electronic address: stonecrop at mweb dot co dot za

about stonecrop

  The name "Stonecrop" is taken from the hardy, edible succulent plant family, Sedum, of which there are many       different types. Ironically, upon trying to establish a garden on the original unspoilt land, it soon became clear that it was indeed a good choice of name for another unexpected reason: Stonecrop could also allude to the fact that there are simply millions of pebbly stones in the soil. So many in fact, that it remains a real challenge to create and maintain the lush paradise we dreamt about!

The names of five of the units are derived from common names given to Sedum. Many of the garden shrubs as well as Sedum, attract butterflies and it was therefore decided to retain the name of the original guest cottage; Butterfly.

Hundreds of mostly indigenous trees and shrubs were planted on the property over the past number of years in an effort to keep the habitat as close as possible to true Lowveld; hence also, the pockets of uncultivated veld. Guinea fowl, Natal Francolin and a wide variety of other birds make use of free accommodation and meals here. The most spectacular and noisy of these is the Purple-crested Turaco (previously loerie) with its incredibly beautiful scarlet wings. The call of the greater galago (Galago crassicaudatus) might startle you at night, while the call of the resident Spotted Eagle owl and Fiery-necked Nightjar can often be heard. We encourage guests to enjoy the garden while staying here where we're blessed with this abundance of bird- and plant-life. 

Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to find a treasure!

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about your hosts

Alan and Leonora established the guest lodge, Stonecrop, to share the beauty of the property with guests, as well as with family and friends.

Leonora is a talented floral designer and floral art judge who sold her flower shop, Flower Fair to devote her time and energy to the development of Stonecrop. She is an artistic, fun-loving person who enjoys meeting new people and experiencing new things. She applied her artistic talent to the design and interior decoration of the various units at Stonecrop, and continues to apply her philosophy of “If it's worth doing, it's worth doing well…” to the management of the guest lodge.

Alan is a semi-retired businessman who owns an engineering project management company. The success of Stonecrop demands much of his time however, and he will often be seen among the washing lines or with a vacuum cleaner in his hands! He is the resident "Mr Fix-it" and regularly has to apply his skills to ensure the units are in tip-top shape.  

They share a love for outdoor life, travelling, gardening, bird watching, reading and photography, spending lazy afternoons with friends, good wine and food. They are keen hikers and are delighted to have ticked, amongst others,
 the grueling eight-day Naukluft trail in Namibia off their bucket list. Sunday's late mornings often see them taking off on Alan's touring motorbike. Regular exercise in the form of cycling, running and visits to the gym is also high on their agenda. 

Their goal with Stonecrop is to ultimately make it the most sought-after self-catering address in the White River area, and their desire is that their guests may arrive as strangers, but leave as friends, having had a thoroughly enjoyable stay, looking forward to the next visit!

about the team

Rose Mkhatswa has been employed at Stonecrop for the past fifteen years and is the indispensable senior member of the maintenance team. She is responsible for preparing the units for our guests and also does all the laundry, a formidable task which she performs splendidly.

As so many women in South Africa, Rose is the single mother of three children and has two grandchildren, and needs to work to help support her young daughter, two adult children and grandson. In her leisure time, she runs a successful piggery at home which supplements her income. A great farmer and true entrepreneur!

Owen Tlobela joined the team in 2014 and is responsible for the maintenance of the garden and grounds. He is married and has a young daughter. He mows the lawns in summer and is totally devoted to keeping the swimming pool, pond and walking areas clean and free of leaves and debris. He might also be seen shooing away the monkeys which can otherwise become a nuisance. We take our hats off to him as it is hot out there in the Lowveld sun!