The Aloes Farm boasts two stunning and fully equipped self-catering houses,

conveniently close to Hilton Village, Hilton College and the famous KZN Midlands Meander.

The Aloes Farm

The Aloes Farm is an active 10 ha small-holding, bordering the Hilton College estate. This stunning property provides a unique combination of rural living just five km from the N3 highway. Sitting astride the main dolerite ridge that extends from Hilton, the farm has spectacular panoramic views to the east that overlook Albert Falls Dam and Wartburg, and to the west towards the Nhlozane Peak and the Drakensberg where The Giant can be seen silhouetted against the sunset on clear evenings. All these natural features contribute to an amazing sense of space and peace, and guests are welcome to walk through farmlands and natural veld, to savour the quiet and peace of the area, enjoying the evening call of jackal, the burble of fiery-necked nightjars or the sharp whistles of reedbuck.

Despite having a rural atmosphere, The Aloes Farm is conveniently close to Hilton Village and the N3 highway. One of the features that make one feel you truly are ‘getting away’ when you stay at The Aloes Farm, is the fact that the last 2 km you travel on before arriving at the cottage is dirt road. We love that we live in the country and yet are 5 km away from the Hilton Life Hospital or the variety of shops in the village!

The D494 district has a remarkedly low incidence of crime and local residents will attest to the general sense of safety and security that we enjoy, which means that guests can relax with a peace of mind.

What an amazing and peaceful getaway! I recently spent a few nights at the studio and all I can say is WOW! From the comfy linen, fully stocked kitchen to the gorgeous patio and beautifully decorated walls, the studio really is a luxury home away from home. And it’s pet-friendly too! I had such an amazing time there. And the host Shelagh is as beautiful on the inside as she is out. Couldn’t have picked a better spot for a relaxing getaway from the city. Definitely going back ❤️
Leanne Pillay
Family · Holiday

Your Hosts

Richard and Shelagh Lechmere-Oertel and their four children have lived on The Aloes Farm since 2013, where they have embraced sustainability principles by using solar power, borehole water, wetland filtration systems, and developing large veggie gardens in an effort to live more in equilibrium with the diverse flora and fauna of the area. Richard has worked from home as a consulting grassland ecologist and Shelagh has home-schooled children. With two children now at university, there has been more time available to develop the tourism potential of The Aloes Farm


The Aloes Farm is a pet-friendly space, and guests are welcome to bring their pets with them. Both the guest houses are enclosed with electric fencing that will contain all but the smallest and most determined escapee, and there is ample space in the gardens and the fields beyond for pets to exercise and play.

Art @ the Aloes

One of the unique features of THE STUDIO and THE GALLERY is that all the art works are originals painted by your host, Shelagh. Shelagh started painting in 2008, and despite no formal tuition, has painted prolifically since then. As a Christian, Shelagh is a great believer in art speaking a visual prophetic message, and she has travelled extensively in Southern Africa and Europe, painting publically in many different contexts. The basis for her inspiration is her Christian faith and the belief that God uses her painting to encourage people with ‘Words of Art’ (as opposed to them just being ‘works of art’). All paintings are available for purchase, so the next time you visit there will probably new art on the walls!

Words of art...

One of the unique features of THE STUDIO is that all the art works are originals painted by your host, Shelagh.

Colour is a power which directly influences the soul.

Wassily Kandinsky: 

Things to do in the area:

The Hilton area is very well endowed with good schools, many of which offer boarding facilities, and The Aloes Farm is conveniently located immediately adjacent to the Hilton College estate and within 10 km of St Anne’s, Laddsworth and Cowan House schools. It is thus an ideal stay for parents who are attending school sports events or other functions, or just visiting their children. 

The Aloes Farm is in a prime position for guests to enjoy the very wide range of activities found in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, include all those associated with the popular Midlands Meander. Without having to leave the property, guests are welcome to walk around the farm and enjoy the sense of space and rural life. 

There is a large network of mountain bike and trail-running trails within a few kilometres of The Aloes Farm, including the network in the plantations near Grace College (5km away) and the 40-plus km of trails in the Hilton College Estate (access requires a permit). Slightly further afield are the internationally-renowned MTB trails of the Karkloof (approx. 30 min drive) and the downhill MTB trails of Cascades (approx. 20 min drive).

The Aloes Farm is a stone’s throw from Hilton College and is thus the perfect place for friends or family who are attending The Hilton Arts Festival, Hilton-Michaelhouse Rugby, or other sporting events. Many sporting and cultural events are based in the Midlands and The Aloes Farm is perfectly positioned for families or groups of friends competing in events such as the Midmar Mile, the Duzi Canoe Marathon, the Comrades Marathon, or the Nelson Mandela Marathon.

Eating out in Hilton

Hilton Village has several excellent restaurants if you aren’t in the mood for cooking, and a wide selection of coffee shops. If you find yourself on the run, then there are also several options for take-aways, as well as supermarkets and bottle stores for any provisions you may need.


THE Aloe Farm is conveniently close to the Hilton N3 off-ramp and is accessed via the Hilton College Road and the D494 district gravel road. The route is well sign-posted from the Hilton College Road, and covered parking is provided.