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The Kwa-Zulu Natal Nottingham Road Area
Experience the gentle side of life
If you feel battered by the rat race then it's time to sound the retreat and escape the hustle and bustle of city life to the magical rolling green hills of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands. Here you will experience the gentle side of life…..a fusion of tranquil beauty, lush green paddocks, birdsong and old fashion values in a delightful and a relaxing country setting. It is a haven for those who enjoy elegant architecture and the good life.

Climate and history
The midlands is a summer rainfall area that supports predominantly summer grassland with indigenous semi-evergreen yellowwood forests occurring in protected habitats. Blessed with abundant grazing and water this fertile region produces nearly 50% of the farming income for the province. Farming activities include dairy, beef studs and a stable of top race horse breeding and training establishments. Commercial timber growing has dramatically increased the area under pine and gum forests. The climate is pleasant for most of the year with hottest period falling between January and March. Winter days are mild to warm and nights crisp to cold. Snow can fall during winter.

Prior to the arrival of boer settlers in the early 1800's very few people lived in the area as it had been a Zulu Royal Hunting Preserve. At the time game was abundant and elephant common. Indigenous timber was also plentiful. A number of trekker families settled in the Midlands as evidenced by farm names such as Geelhout, Boschhoek and Boschfontein. Many historical buildings dating back to the 1880's are found in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands. Settler churches include: St John Gowrie in Nottingham Road was built in 1885; St Andrews, The Dargle was built in 1882; St Pauls at Curry's Post was built in 1876; St Mathews at Lidgetton and St Lukes in Howick was opened 1869.

Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands Meander - South Africa's Premiere Arts and Crafts Route
In 1985 an eclectic collection of artists and crafters, shopkeepers, restauranteurs and hoteliers launched the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands Meander which has since become the South Africa's premier arts and crafts route. The Meander route winds through some of the most pristine countryside in southern Africa and incorporates a number of picturesque villages and towns between Hilton, a quaint village just north of Pietermaritzburg, and Hidcote a farming hamlet outside Mooi River. It extends from Rietvlei and Curry's Post in the east to the lush Dargle Valley and Fort Nottingham in the west. The meander is steeped in unique history and cultural diversity. It offers dozens of captivating ports of call including a fascinating mix of shops and galleries as well as historical and environmental sites. Restaurants along the route offer a variety of options from hearty country fare to gourmet delights. Unearth treasures in art studios and galleries. Discover herb and flower farms. Visit delightful tea gardens, designer breweries, wine barns, and country pubs. Meet the artists first hand. There is nothing else like quite like it in South Africa. Visit www.midlandsmeander.co.za for further details

Nottingham Road Village
Gowrie Farm Golf and Fly-fishing Estate is situated on the outskirts of the village of Nottingham Road which was founded in 1905. Nottingham Road is steeped in history.

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The village derives its name from Fort Nottingham which was established in 1856 to protect farmers in the area against raiding Bushmen. Fort Nottingham is located some 15km south of the present day village of Nottingham Road and the history of this garrison settlement can be seen in the Fort Nottingham Museum. Nottingham Road is a village with old world values, friendly people and long-standing institutions. It serves as a major access point to many nature reserves (such as Loteni and Kamberg) and resorts on the slopes of the Drakensberg.
Nottingham Breweries The Junction The Whistling Duck
The village is a popular stopover on the Midlands Meander which is reminiscent of a country road in England. The Nottingham Road Brewing Company is located at Rawdons Estate within 5 minutes of Nottingham Road. Beers brewed include Whistling Weasel Pale Ale, Pickled Pig Porter, Tiddly Toad Lager and others. The setting is synonymous with fresh air and good wholesome country living. Local names - Lavender Fields, Mulberry Hill, Caversham Mill, Hobbit Hut, Old Halliwell, Yellowwood café, The Whisling Duck, Mad about Cows, Gowrie Village, Curry's Post, The Woodturner and Culamoya Chimes - say it all. By investing in the Gowrie Farm Golf and Fly-fishing Estate you can make this village lifestyle …a part of your lifestyle.
 
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