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About The Shire Eco Lodge

The Shire Eco Lodge is extraordinary; inspired by the desire to create a space truly unique. The Shire will captivate you with its innovative design and magnificent setting. These luxury chalets rest on the edge of the indigenous Xholora Forest in the Amatola Mountains, just a stream’s hop from the enchanted home of many rare species of plants, birds and butterflies.

The perfect getaway for the nature-loving and adventurous types, and the quietude and proximity to town makes it equally ideal for those here on business. We offer either self-catering accommodation or B&B just outside Stutterheim.

Each elegant open-plan chalet contains a stylish en-suite bathroom with a comfortable shower. Nestled into the side of curved wooden walls lies a voluptuous queen-size bed or two three-quarter beds depending on your preference. Through the striking curved-glass corner window one can experience the forest and feel at unity with nature.

The fully equipped kitchen contains a stove and a microwave. Each chalet has its own braai/barbecue facilities where one can spend time enjoying the outdoors.

If your curiosity entices you beyond the bounds of The Shire, the area offers a variety of leisurely pursuits. Explore the forest with beautiful hikes to waterfalls, ancient lemonwood forests and the spectacular Anderson Dam. Partake in the horseback trails, superb birdwatching, mountain bike hire, or visit the wild bulb nursery. A spot of sport offers canoeing, excellent trout and bass fishing, archery, rock-climbing and bouldering, golf, tennis, squash and a 90-metre abseil.

Cultural enrichments include a visit to the local artists and galleries, pottery workshops, the remarkable Stationary Engine Museum, trips to Old Thomas River Historical Village, with a rock art museum and tours, or a Mqwali Xhosa Cultural Village.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 3 hours
  • Minimum stay: 2 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 16
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 33 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • 3 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa

The Shire Eco Lodge Rooms

Reviews for The Shire Eco Lodge

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Annemarie Van Wyk
13 May 2019

Really enjoyed our weekend in the tranquil surroundings. The cottage was beautiful and the view wonderful. Will be back.

Jessica Cockburn
25 February 2019

The cabins were really comfortable and we had a very relaxing and enjoyable stay

Marlene Macaskill
05 February 2018

The Shire is where you want to go if you need to renew body mind and soul. From the surrounding forest, sound of running stream and forest noises to the private hot water shower surrounded by forest. Chalets were super confortable as well, I cannot fault any part of my stay at The Shire and look forward to our next stay

Leon Roets
10 January 2018

The Shire Eco Lodge is by far one of the best and most unique holiday experiences I ever had. We stayed there as part of our honeymoon and will definitely return for our anniversary.

Daniele de Canio
08 January 2018

This place is a hidden gem and would recommend it to anyone who wants to shut down and enjoy nature and the peace and quite.

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The Shire Eco Lodge is 6km from the centre of Stutterheim , the nearest airport 74.2km (East London Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling