Chrissiesmeer - Miss Chrissies Sandstone Country House
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Chrissiesmeer is a little village 35km east of Ermelo on the N17 towards Swaziland in the spectacular Highveld Grass and Wetlands and in the middle of the Lake District, which consists of 270 pans and lakes…all within a 20 km radius.

The historical Miss Chrissie's Country House offers superb sandstone accommodation and is only a visually stimulating 5 km drive from the village all along the side of the Large Lake. The house is only 800m from the Lake and offers a self-catering or catered option. It is a lovely sandstone building dating back to 1870 with private lounge and socializing areas with fireplaces, five en-suite bedrooms with fire-places as well as a restaurant and games and pool room. This is the ideal destination for family gatherings or groups of friends.

The farm is ideal for relaxing and getting away from city life. You can even join in with the farm activities involving our sheep, cattle and geese, feed the calves or maybe learn to milk a cow! We now also make cheese from our own milk…and the district and offers exciting activities and attractions – from frogging and birding to sailing and touch farming and many more…
The Restaurant is furnished with furniture befitting the old sandstone structure (small) and cosy lounge with fireplace (large)
The Restaurant is furnished with furniture befitting the old sandstone structure (small) and cosy lounge with fireplace (large)
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Activities:
Fishing No trout fishing in The Lake District – there is no river systems...only pans and lakes. Bass and carp are the two species caught in the deeper pans in the area. The best spot is at Eiland Meer.

Bird Watching Mpumalanga's best kept secret is also southern Africa's largest natural freshwater lake district. The pristine, sprawling wetland is home to 82 water birds and more than 100 other bird species, many of which are endemic to the region.

Rainfall and the level of the pans and lakes play a very important roll in birding in this area. The first waders arrive in September. The best time for birding will be from September to March.

Self-help Tours -- The Coffee Shoppe and Info centre in Chrissiesmeer, as well as most of the guest houses provide birding route maps. The route is a circular drive of 60 km, mainly gravel road. Best birding spots are marked on the map. Your host Aretha is a local water bird guide. She has a passion for water birds. Please contact her to arrange a birding tour. Aretha has permission to go on private land and know where to get the special ones.

Other Activities Canoeing, nature walks, night drives on weekends, table tennis. Croquet, darts, pool table, fishing, and two mountain bikes to ride

On the farming side you can join us milking our cows and feeding the calves, love our sheep and see where the goose down in our pillows comes from. Go on a tractor ride

Birding and picnic tours are available when arranged beforehand

Bring your sail boat and swimming gear for the summer time to experience the Lake's waters. Ask us about our Scottish history and the Anglo Boer war battle here. Miss Chrissies is part of the Matotoland Ecotourism Association which offers various ecoweekends every year.
 
Rates:
Season Single Double
In season R 0.00 R 0.00
Out season R 0.00 R 0.00
Remarks: Rates on request

Miss Chrissie is a lovely sandstone building dating back to 1870. It offers a private lounge with fireplaces, five en-suite bedrooms, a lounge, restaurant and pool room. The accommodation is in a restored sandstone building dating back to the 1870's. There are five on suite bedrooms each with its own individuality and exquisite linen.

The Lounge with a huge open fireplace is an enormous cosy room where you can spend endless evenings relaxing with your family or friends and a glass of wine. The Games room also has an open fireplace and an “Honesty Bar”, where you can spend many relaxing hours playing pool or throwing darts.

The Restaurant is furnished with furniture befitting the old sandstone structure. You can experience the most awe-inspiring sunsets over the 2000ha Lake from the veranda or while strolling around the large garden
Rooms include :   Yes  Yes   No  No
Phone No
Television No
Radio No
Heater Yes
Roof Fan No
Airconditioner No
Miss Chrissie is a lovely sandstone building dating back to 1870 (small and large)
Miss Chrissie is a lovely sandstone building dating back to 1870 (small and large)
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Nearest Town:
Carolina
Distance: 20km
Police: Yes
Hospital: Yes
ANNUAL FROG FESTIVAL
Matotoland in Mpumalanga is home to the annual Chrissiesmeer Frog Festival, a rollicking good night chasing down ribbiting amphibians among the reeds. 'Matoto' is how Scottish settlers pronounced Maxoxo – the siSwati word for frog. Now Matotoland Region is home to the Frogging Festival.

The adventurous frog hunt begins at sunset. A sharp eye, keen ear and agility are key to the successful bagging of the sprightly amphibians.

From November to April in Matotoland in the highlands of Mpumalanga, the croaking, reeding, ribbitting calls of frogs looking for a mate can be close to deafening. One night of the year, their cries are less to do with courtship and more to do with outrage, as they are plucked from their reed or lily pad on the eve of the Chrissiesmeer Frog Festival.

Fortunately for the frogs, there is no ill intent in their capture, and after they are counted, measured and assessed by scientists from the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Cape Town, they are released back into the wild to continue their amorous songs.

The festival was started 10 years ago to celebrate the abundance of frogs in the area.

RESERVATIONS: Make a reservation enquiry (only an enquiry) by clicking on the reservation icon at the bottom of this page or contact the Farmstay reservation office hours: 039 313 0608 or phone August after hours on 082 882 7475. E-mail enquiries to August at august@farmstay.co.za
Any other information which may interest tourists to the area
Bring your own canoe, windsurfer, cat or any other rowing gear. Some of the guest houses supply some of this rowing equipment, ask them about it. No motor boats allowed.

The rainfall and the level of the pans and lakes play a very important role in canoeing in the Lake District. Many of the more shallow pans dry up every winter if the summer rainfall wasn’t enough. The big lake, Lake Chrissie, is much deeper and the water level are much more stable. The lake is 1500 ha big and 5 m deep at the deepest point. Permission to go on Lake Chrissie can be obtained from your host


A bit about your hosts:
Pieter and Aretha are your hosts. Aretha is a local water bird guide with a passion for water birds. Awe-inspiring sunsets over the 2000 ha Lake from the veranda (small) and another lounge (large)
Awe-inspiring sunsets over the 2000 ha Lake from the veranda (small) and another lounge (large)
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How to get there:
Route map supplied when reservations are made

  Photo gallery

View of lake Chrissie from the farm (small and large)
View of lake Chrissie from the farm (small and large)
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   Superb ensuite bedroom (small) and collage of the others (large)
Superb ensuite bedroom (small) and collage of the others (large)
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