Newstead Farm, Midlands Meander Accommodation 

A Midlands experience as it should be!


Your stay in the Midlands is meant to be an escape to the country! 

Newstead Farm exudes charm and elegance, and a significant history that dates back to the late 1840s. A rural smallholding, with horses, pastures and a 700-tree plum orchard, this is a small piece of heaven in a lush and indigenous valley close to some of the top golf courses, restaurants and forest walks in the country.  Located 3km from the Balgowan / Bosch Hoek N3 highway turn off, between Johannesburg and Durban, close to the villages of Balgowan and Nottingham Road.  There are many wonderful restaurants to enjoy in the area.


  • What an amazing find with the most incredible hosts and food for the soul surroundings.The location to explore what the Midlands have to offer is just perfect.

  • “What an incredible place. The location is out of this world. It was the perfect hideaway from the city for our family and we would gladly come again!”

    – Juanita. October 2021
  • “Beautiful tranquil cottage on a beautiful farm. Perfect location to explore the area. Everything just as described. Our kids loved the horses and rowing on the dam. Thanks for an exceptional introduction to the Midlands.” 

    – Leandri, October 2021
  • “If you looking for a spot that is peaceful together with all the little luxuries from home to make your stay comfortable and memorable Newstead Farm will not disappoint!”

    • Yvette, August 2021
  • “Absolutely incredible stay with the most thoughtful touches! Beautiful property, peaceful surroundings and a great location on the Meander. We can’t wait to come back!”

    • Gabrielle, August 2021

What makes Newstead Farm an authentic Midlands destination?

Our cottages, rooms and historic family homestead aren’t designed to keep you at arm’s length from the country. Nestled in the rolling hills and surrounded by horses and cattle, Newstead gives you the chance to experience the true peace and tranquility of the country but is able to offer this from a superbly central location. It’s good, clean, country living that is so good for the soul but unlike so many other true country escapes, doesn’t require a degree in off road driving to access!

“It’s hard to think of a destination in the Natal Midlands that has a better location yet hasn’t sacrificed that true country ethos better than Newstead Farm”

– James Williams, owner of Hidden Gems Travel Co. and Midlands resident for 20 years. Click here to review more reviews on TripAdvisor

The make-up of the Newstead accommodation:


double room cottages

Our signature self catering units for those longer visits or bigger families and groups.


single room cottages

The couple’s choice! Cozy, cute and a great choice for a weekend getaway!


private rooms

The lock-up and go option. Very convenient for wedding guests who have a busy weekend and need a central base.


Visit an active farm

Between our orchard, our cattle and our horses, there is always something to do or clean or chase on Newstead Farm.


See local attractions

The Midlands Meander is alive and well and bursting with popular stops and secret artisans to visit.


Explore the country

Newstead is surrounded by stunning indigenous bush and boasts incredible birdlife and local wildlife to find on foot with a pair of binoculars.

Where do you find us? 

We are located 3km from the Balgowan / Bosch Hoek N3 highway turn off, between Johannesburg and Durban, close to the villages of Balgowan and Nottingham Road. Click here to find us on Google Maps 

Driving time & distances: Durban: 1.5 hrs  |  Pietermaritzburg: 45min  |  Johannesburg: 5 hrs

How to book a stay at Newstead Farm:

We can't wait to have you join us on our family farm - follow the 3 easy steps below to make your booking.

choose your dates

We are open year around. (The Family Homestead is only available on special request).

Send us an email

We'll check availability and get back to you in regards to securing your booking

booking confirmed

Once confirmed, we'll send you a booking confirmation and deposit invoice. 

It's time for your...

...escape to the country!

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the owners

The team looking after you includes Simon, Tracy, their children and their friendly housekeeper, Winnie.

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144 Currys Post Rd, Howick, 3290

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