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Penny Farthing Country House

Found in: Dundee, Guestfarms, Guesthouses / B&B, KwaZulu Natal

Penny Farthing is situated on a 3 000 hectare cattle and game farm in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal battlefields and is in close
proximity to Rorke’s Drift, Isandlwana and Blood River. The house is built on the original foundations of the colonial home founded by the Vermaak family in 1847. Present owners 5th generation. It is set in a large garden with a fish pond and swimming pool and is graced with an abundant bird life.

Foy’s late wife, Marinella was a descendant of Dougald McPhail, a founder of the town of Dundee, and one of the few survivors of the battle of Isandlwana. Foy is a registered tour guide, with a passion for history, and conducts regular tours of the battlefields.

A flight of semi-circular stairs leads one into an impressive 10 X 4 m
dining room, furnished with a 16 seater walnut table and carved oak chairs. A Victorian sideboards and server complement this enormous room. A wide passage leads off the dining room and homes a Victorian bookcase filled with a collection of Africana books for guest to enjoy.

All five bedrooms have French doors which lead into the garden, and each is tastefully furnished with antique furniture and choice fabric to enhance the ambience. All beds are fitted with electric blankets for those cold winter’s nights, and each room has an overhead electric fan to ease the summer heat.

An authentic fort is converted to an interesting en suite bedroom. The comfortable lounge has a big fireplace, and wood fires in winter
allow for very cozy conversations, while a small bar supplies the refreshments after a grueling day in the African sun.

Directions to Penny Farthing Country House

From Johannesburg take N3 to Free State border and turn of at Warden/Frankfort sign and travel to Newcastle, Dannhauser & Dundee and take R 33 towards Greytown for 30 km. Turn right at Large Penny Farthing sign.

From Durban take N3 to Pietermaritzburg and turn off onto R33 at Church Street/Greytown turn off-ramp. Travel to Greytown. Tugela Ferry, Pomeroy and 25 km past Pomeroy You will see our large sign Penny Farthing. Travel for 2 km on the Farm road.

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Features and Facilities at Penny Farthing Country House


  • 3 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
  • GHA (SA) Accredited
  • AA Highly recommended


  • Breakfast Served


  • Swimming Pool
  • Bar on the Premises

For Whom

  • Honeymoon
  • Family
  • Solo Travellers

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