by the way guesthouse

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Experience Clarens

Clarens is renowned for its picturesque surroundings. Take leisurely strolls through streets lined with unique shops. Immerse yourself in the vibrant art scene, where creativity flourishes and inspiration abounds.

About By The Way Guesthouse

Our charming getaway is perfectly positioned at the gateway to this vibrant and historically rich destination, resting against the majestic Maluti Mountains. Just a leisurely 700 meters away from the bustling town square, our guesthouse invites you to experience the true essence of Clarens while enjoying the convenience of our prime location. Get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure in the heart of South Africa’s Eastern Free State!

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our accommodation


Pebble is a four sleeper unit. A separate bedroom with a queen sized bed, and second open plan bedroom. Pebble sleeps a maximum of 4 people. READ MORE


Petal is a full self-catering unit decorated in pink and beige. It has a separate bedroom with a king sized bed and can be set up as 2 single beds on request. Max 2. READ MORE


Moss is a sunny room decorated in hints of green. The unit has a queen sized bed and the bathroom is en suite shower only. Moss sleeps a maximum of 2 people. READ MORE

Meadow is decorated in hints of yellow. The unit has a King Sized bed, but can also be set up with 2 single beds on request. Meadow sleeps a maximum of 2 people. READ MORE

Haze is decorated in purple accents. The unit has a queen sized bed and en suite bathroom with a bath and shower.  Haze sleeps a maximum of 2 people. READ MORE


Come and experience the allure of Clarens for yourself. This extraordinary destination truly has something for everyone, and every moment here feels like pure magic.


Experience the magic of Clarens, one of South Africa’s coldest and most beautiful destinations. Our cozy oasis, By The Way guesthouse, offers five spacious apartment-style suites tastefully decorated with everything you need for your home away from home. Embrace the winter chill with fireplaces in every suite, perfect for snuggling up with a glass of red wine and snacks while gazing at the snow-capped mountains in the distance.

Founded in 1912, Clarens has become a renowned tourist hub known for its extreme beauty. Located just 336 km from Johannesburg, 284 km from Bloemfontein, and 389 km from Durban, our guesthouse is the ideal base for exploring this enchanting town. Indulge in a variety of dining options and explore the village square’s art galleries, craft stores, and retail shops.

Don’t miss the breathtaking Golden Gate Highlands National Park, a mere 17 km from Clarens, boasting majestic mountains, historic sites, and abundant wildlife. It’s a must-see for all visitors.

Clarens offers an array of thrilling activities, from river rafting and quad biking to archery, rock climbing, and zip-lining. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the Clarens Conservancy, the mountain trails in and around Clarens are safe, well-marked, and meticulously maintained. Trail maps and permits are conveniently available at our guesthouse.


Village Activities

Find Brushstrokes!

Find Brushstrokes!

Debbie Marx and Rose-Marie Schütze have relocated their art gallery 'Brushstrokes’, to By The Way guesthouse, where they share their space with African Bee Leather. Their art is categorised by painting whatever intrigues them about living in Clarens. Their main focus...

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