Bokmakierie Country Lodge

In order to best illustrate the unique ambiance and to describe the facilities to be found at Bokmakierie Country Lodge, we have felt it appropriate to incorporate the kind words of a guest who stayed with us in order to complete a write-up which was compiled for the Ladysmith Gazette. The hospitality experienced by this guest is exactly how we at Bokmakierie Country Lodge strive to offer to all of our guests. A short list of the facilities available to our guests is supplied at the bottom of the page, and we hope that you enjoy our hospitality as much as this guest did:

“The name ‘Bokmakierie’ sounds fairly strange for a “Bed and Breakfast”, and makes one wonder, “What on earth is a bokma-what?”. Then, when you understand why it’s called that , you will say, “Oh, it makes sense”. The Bokmakierie is a bird whose correct name is Telophorus Zeylonus, and has made its permanent residence at this particular bed and breakfast in 30 Chevril street, Reservoir Hill. If the name hasn’t grabbed your attention already, the place certainly will. The Bokmakierie Country Lodge is set in tranquil surroundings at the edge of town, overlooking the Country Club golf course, acres of barren land, and a variety of wildlife. The house belongs to Judy and Tony Scharrighuisen, and was converted into a bed and breakfast when all three of their sons left home to seek greener pastures.

Reception border Your hosts, Judy and Tony Scharrighuisen, relaxing in the lodge's attractive reception.
Reception border Your hosts, Judy and Tony Scharrighuisen, relaxing in the lodge's attractive reception.

The Scharrighuisens realized that their home was now too big for just the two of them, and made the decision to serve the public. After many years of doing just that, they then realized that the house was now too small to be a lodge, and decided to extend their property. Judy’s philosophy is, “We’ve got a beautiful home, and would like to share it with everyone”. The word ‘beautiful’ is an understatement, I would say. The Scharriguisen’s garden, home and setting is simply stunning. From the moment you enter the driveway, you are immediately enveloped by a world of beauty and tranquility. When you enter the main house, you feel at home almost at once. Judy is usually the person who receives guests, and has a way of making you feel most welcome. You can’t help but look around with awe, especially when you go outside.

Our self catering units

The stunning pool beckons to you warmly, while you wonder if the grass is real or fake. Palm trees and green shrubs give the feel of a tropical island, as you look out into the peaceful countryside. Amazingly enough, you can almost see the majestic Drakensberg in the distance. As Judy leads you to your room, you try and figure out if you really are in Ladysmith, because it feels as if you are at some safari lodge for the weekend. The rooms in the new wing are all different, with a personal African touch. Every room comes with satellite TV, air conditioning, and under floor heating in the bathroom. Each bathroom houses a lovely Victorian bath (you know, those white ones on legs), some with the option of the shower also, and each wash basin is personally handcrafted to match the room, in ethnic design.

And after your soak in the bath, you can wrap yourself in a thirsty, toweling Bokmakierie robe. How’s that for consideration? From the wrought iron towel racks to the gilded mirrors to the African art, all is done in good taste….no, impeccable taste. A bar and snacks are also available while you unwind. You can enjoy breakfast in the dining room overlooking the pool, or beside the pool, in comfortable cane loungers. One of the rooms also boasts a steam room, and a Jacuzzi in the main section of the house. And if you please, your laundry will also get done during your stay. What more could we ask for? The honeymoon suite maybe? This room is tucked away in a corner. After all, honeymooners do want their privacy.

A couple relaxing in our romantic Honeymoon suite.

The honeymoon suite suits its own private patio overlooking the amazing vistas and is a little more spacious than the rest of the rooms. When East Coast Radio jock, Dave Guselli, stayed at the lodge on his visit to Ladysmith, he could not get over how amazing the place is. “It’s even better than a five star hotel”, he said. I would agree with him completely. Bokmakierie has all the makings of a five star hotel, but with a little extra….that personal touch. It even won the prestigious Garden and Home’s House of the Year award in 1990.”

Photographs from our magnificent self catering flat
Photographs from our magnificent self catering flat

Facilities on offer at Bokmakierie Country Lodge

  • Swimming and Jet Pools
  • Air Conditioning
  • Satellite DSTV
  • Electronic Safety Gates
  • Open Fire Place
  • Walk in Chubb’s Safe
  • Tea and Coffee Facilities
  • Night Security Guard
  • In room Stocked Fridges
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • One Self Catering Flats