ID #2829

Lord Fraser Guesthouse, Wepener, Eastern Free State.

The name itself evokes images of days gone by…of aristocracy and good living…of an atmosphere of old leather, fine cognac and times when life seemed easier and simpler. The hamlet of Wepener in the Eastern Free State highlands, not far from the border with Lesotho, is a place that time has passed by.  The passage of time left in its wake the values and style which existed when the town was the South African seat of the House of Fraser and the home of Lord Ian Fraser for over 60 years.

Lord Fraser died in 1974 and willed that his home be used to create the Ian Fraser Memorial College. After its closure, the building was donated to the Wepener Municipality for use as a museum. This never happened and, in 1993, it was converted into the Lord Fraser Guesthouse.  Each double suite was carefully restored to its original style and tastefully redecorated. Seven suites are in the old Fraser House and the other in an old stable on the property. 

It is located on a wooded property and there is a beautiful Italian patio that looks out onto well-maintained lawns. There is a 90-m railing that the blind Lord Fraser used to find his way to the swimming pool. Enjoy drinks in the stable. Dine in style – our cuisine is of the highest standard. Retire to the patio after dinner to enjoy a snifter of cognac or a liqueur and gaze at the stars sparkling in the clear Free State skies.  Awake to a farm-style breakfast refreshed and invigorated to enjoy the attractions in the area and Lesotho. There are many Anglo-Boer war sites in the region – we are willing to arrange tours.

Wepener is on the R702 southeast of Bloemfontein, which is at the intersection of the N1 with the N6 and the N8. It is on the R26, 64-km north of Zastron and 100-km south of Ladybrand and is a convenient stopover for those travelling to and from the Cape and either Johannesburg, Natal or the lowveld. BJLord

Contct:            Wilna Swanepoel
Box 63 Wepener 9944
+27 (51) 583 1481 telephone
+27 (51) 583 1485 fax

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