Come and stay!
The Artists' Press is surrounded by farmland. Our neighbours grow macadamia nuts, avocados, vegetables and their fields ramble over gentle hills. At the bottom of the valley is the Sandriver and within easy hiking distance is a granite koppie that has Iron Age ruins surrounding it. Vervet monkeys, bushbuck, mongeese, duikers and a great range of birds can be seen. During the day the tracks of nocturnal residents reveal themselves; hippo, bushpig, civet and genets are out and about in the valley. At night fruit bats come to eat off the indigenous fig and yellow wood trees that grow in the garden, bushbabies (the greater galago ones) occasionally clamber over the roof tops at night and if they are feeling feisty they shriek. The dam and surrounding springs are home to a vast array of frogs whose calls fill the air on summer evenings. The irrigation canal from Witklip dam meanders through the garden and provides the sound of running water throughout the year. The Artists' Press is a place of peace.
Accommodation is provided for artists and visitors on the property in the comfortable self-catering guest house (the original farmhouse, which has been renovated). Facilities include three en-suite bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, dining/sitting room with a television, a wonderful rambling garden and a swimming pool. Fresh veggies, fruit and nuts are available from the organic garden, while supermarkets are close by. There are fish in the dam if you care to cast a line!
Each bedroom is provided with mosquito nets, The Artists' Press is above the malaria belt and neither our children nor us take anti-malaria medication, but it is advisable to take it if you plan to explore the area and especially the Kruger Park.
Hot water is provided by solar geysars, bath soaps are locally made using safe natural ingredients, cleaning materials are home made and safe for the environment, laundry is washed with triple Orange (a environmentally safe detergent)and is dried in the sun. Coffee in the rooms is organic and cookies are home baked. All recyclable waste is recycled and food waste goes into our compost heaps. The lighting is either LED or CFL, greatly reducing electricity consumption. Firewood for heating is from local invasive trees.The gardens are completly organic. Breakfasts are prepared from free range eggs from our hens, homemade bread from home ground organic wheat, homemade jams and organic tea and coffee. Fruit is either local or from our permaculture garden as are any veggies and herbs.
The Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport is a twenty-minute drive from the studio. There are also regular shuttle busses from Johannesburg and Pretoria to White River. We will gladly collect guests from the airport or from town. If you are driving, let us know and we will send you a map. We look forward to seeing you!
Rates for accommodation are:
Bed and breakfast: R 350 per person per night
One of the bedrooms in the guesthouse
One of the bathrooms
The lounge/dining area
The studio where accommodation is provided