The Prynnsberg Estate
Orange Free State

The Prynnsberg Estate – sleeps up to 22 in The Manor and 28 at the Glamping site

“This is the place for a hoedown”.
Prynnsberg is a classic style English Estate and has been appropriately described as “the architectural jewel of the Eastern Free State”. It is one of the most colourful destinations in the country and a window into the romantic heart of the Melvill family. The estate offers accommodation in the flamboyant sandstone mansion (sleeps up to 22), its historical heart, or glamping in the 14 classic colonial era safari tents (sleeps up to 28), underneath the bushman cave, deck and bathhouse.

To stay here is truly special and it warrants a gathering of friends and family. The estate also welcomes weddings, events and conferences of all kinds.

Sue and Rick like their guests to get involved in the business of the farm where possible, so stand by for an invitation to lend a hand in the cattle crush or to assist with the likes of the cattle count. In a vast expanse of over 1,200 hectares you’ll find plenty to do. A feature of the Estate is its 4×4 / hiking / trail running / mountain bike trail which circumnavigates the property . And our polo field is easily adapted for village cricket games with a synthetic wicket. For golfers we’re in easy reach of the Clocolan and Ficksburg golf clubs.

The bedrooms at The Manor

The Manor House sleeps 16 people (8 luxury bedrooms with bathrooms en suite).
The house is self catered with a Chef, waiter and household staff. At this stage the house is unlicensed.
Some of the highlights of the house are it’s billiard room, ‘glass staircase’, Victorian bathhouse, 8 gracious bedrooms with bathrooms en suite, elegant public rooms, antique furnishings, elaborate gardens, Victorian stable block, sandstone swimming pool and an outdoor movie house.
The Manor is taken in its entirety and comes with resident chef plus full compliment of support staff.


The campsite is taken as a whole with a minimum booking of 8 tents, out of the maximum of 14.

The tents

The 14 tents are attractively lined and have fly sheets for insulation. They have wooden floors, Persian carpets and Melvill & Moon campaign furnishings. The side panels are rolled up to allow for a through breeze in hot weather. The overall design of the tents is based on a classic ‘white mischief’ era East African safari tent template. There is quality linen throughout.

The deck
The bushmen always chose the best spots. The sandstone overhang that protects the Glamping site’s deck and bohemian lounge from the elements remains blackened by the home fires from many centuries of bushmen occupation.
The deck area is cool in summer and warm in winter and protected from wind and rain. There are gas mushroom heaters if necessary.
The eclectic furniture includes Melvill & Moon daybeds, Roorkee campaign chairs, a Melvill & Moon safari bar plus various other collectables.
Lighting wise there are gas and oil lamps plus candles. For parties and quality sound and lighting we have a generator. For day to day usage there is a top end bluetooth sound system.

The kitchen area of the deck is well supplied with gas cooking equipment plus fridge and all the relevant utensils. There is a large patio style gas braai plus boma fire place.
As a space the deck is very flexible and can work as well for an intimate dinner or chilled evening around the fire as it does for a party with the likes of a DJ or band.
We also have a spit machine and an unusual (enormous) Boer war troop train cooking pot.

Behind Free State versions of ‘Muizenburg’ change houses you will find black and white tiles, pictures on walls, flush loos and hot showers.
The showers and bathhouse are supplied by a high capacity ‘donkey boiler’ of very professional design. This in turn is fed by a borehole up on the mountain.

The Bathhouse
With the manor house bathhouse for inspiration the Bushman Cave also boasts four Victorian baths set high on a platform over a natural watercourse. The whole set up is open to the stars. Typically you’d want the Melvill & Moon safari bar up there – and time on your hands .

Molly Dlamini is our chef in residence. Anna and Gladys look after the servicing of the tents and the deck. Anna’s husband Motsie handles staging details plus Mike the nightwatch doubles up as CEO lamps, thermos flasks, hot water bottles and donkey boiler supervision.

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