The story behind Boscobel
The name Boscobel has special English royalty history connections, although it comes from the Italian ‘bosco bello’, which means ‘in the midst of fair woods’. Near the end of the English Civil War, in 1651, King Charles II fled for his life, seeking refuge at Boscobel House, situated on the Shropshire/ Staffordshire border. On this property, Charles II hid in an oak tree (which became known as The Royal Oak) to escape discovery by Parliamentary soldiers after the Battle of Worcester.
As there is a magnificent oak tree on this property at Magoebaskloof, the name Boscobel was bestowed on the farm, evoking royal historical imagination!
About Boscobel Cottages
Located in the beautiful forested mountains and streams of Magoebaskloof, Boscobel Cottages is an intimate luxury self-catering establishment. Set in lovely gardens and lawns, each of the three cozy stone and thatch cottages offers privacy and charm.
The property is fully fenced and secure and each cottage has its own car port area and outside braai facilities. The central lodge has a comfortable TV lounge for guests, and an attractive function room, suitable for weddings, parties and other events, accommodating up to 100 people.
The three stone and thatch cottages each have their own colour scheme and special name in keeping with the Boscobel Oak history and theme: The Royal Cottage (red), The Crown Cottage (blue) and The Acorn Cottage (green). Meticulously appointed and furnished for your maximum comfort, lovely wood burning fireplaces are a special feature. The cottages consist of a ground floor main bedroom, bathroom and kitchen area, leading out to a braai patio. The upstairs loft area has two single beds for family stays. The kitchen is equipped with all cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils, a 2 plate stove, microwave and fridge. Ample freezer space is available in the main lodge. Basic breakfast ingredients are provided for guests to make their own morning meal. By arrangement full breakfasts are offered in the lodge.
Whilst some people will want to enjoy maximum time in the comfort and privacy of their cottage accommodation, the surrounding area will beckon them to the enjoyment of nature and the outdoors. There are many dams and rivers in the vicinity where trout fishing is a big reason to explore. Permits are arranged by the owners on request when you book.
Magoebaskloof is famous for its variety of bird life, and walks on the property and nearby will thrill any novice or experienced birder, who may encounter the rare bat hawk, or the elusive Narina Trogon, and many more. A professional bird guide can be booked in advance for personally guided bird walks.
For the really energetic, bring your mountain bike, and explore the many byways of the area which abounds in forests, water and stunning scenery. A comprehensive map of the property and surrounding countryside, including suggested routes is available at the Cottages.
The opportunities to just walk at your own pace and enjoy nature, are endless, and a marked trail on the property points out features of interest and delight.
In the greater area, other opportunities for walks and hikes are many - from grassland to indigenous forest walks.
The area is renowned for clean air, summer mists, and frosty winters. Always bring something warm to wear in all seasons. We welcome guests with dogs!
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