Welcome to the Dargle.
Reviving the nostalgia at Hebron Haven, one room at a time.
Carl Preller was the first owner of the property that was formerly part of a government land grant designed to encourage settlers to inhabit the nether regions of the then all-powerful British Empire. Preller was granted 2 495 hectares in 1849.
This covered the area as far as where Midmar Dam is today as well as through to Lions River, up the Dargle and further.
He died in 1870, after falling off his horse. It’s said he was father to two layabout sons, and supposedly buried boxes of gold coins on the property to keep them from squandering it. He died without revealing the treasure’s whereabouts.
Giving credence to the myth, a box of coins was reportedly unearthed when the road to Dargle was tarred.
It is said that Preller sold the farm to a Mr. Boschoff for a bottle of whisky.
Hebron then passed into the hands of Col Gardener around 1920.
The hotel developed around the concept of providing accommodation to weary travellers and Lumbermen, working to supply the gold fields with building materials. Early Hebron would have seen these travellers camping out next to their wagons, as the original homestead was the only building at the time.
Hebron Haven Hotel's Renovation Story
A vast refurbishment program has led to the upgrade of the main building and the hotel rooms. Luxurious decor, exquisite bedding and attention to detail, has resulted in beautiful rooms that are a pleasure to stay in. Coupled with the hospitality offered by the on site restaurant and bar, Humphrey's of Hebron, guests arrive as strangers and leave as friends.
The main building has a very comfortable lounge to relax in, read a book, chat with friends or just enjoy the ambiance of the country in front of the fireplace. The pub, formerly known as “The King and Riddle” is a firm favourite with the locals. Sporting events, locals’ night on Thursdays and Fridays and Sunday lunches fill the pub and patio to capacity, adding to the spirit of the hotel.
Hebron Haven is child friendly and family focused.
The grounds have seen extensive work too. The pond with resident ducks, has been landscaped and the pool area has been refurbished. Tennis courts are available for social games and the river frontage is perfect for long and lingering picnics.
The birdlife is prolific so avid birders will be rewarded with sightings of fish eagles, hoopoes, knysna loeries, weavers and more.
Hebron Haven Hotel is ideally situated... with the north facing patio, rolling farm lawns, great food and on-site amenities there is no need to leave the hotel. But the beautiful Midlands is on our doorstep for you to experience... road trip to local vineyards for wine-tasting, nearby go-karting, for the adventurous river rafting, Karkloof canopy tours and their zip lining, horse riding, cycling, hiking and good ol' meandering are all waiting for you!
The Suites at Hebron Haven Hotel
Natalie Bisset, Lidgetton
"It has been such a treat for us to watch the transformation at Hebron Haven Hotel. The newly renovated hotel rooms are so beautiful. We are obsessed with Humphrey's of Hebron's waffles! Being allowed to swim at the hotel pool is a treat for us locals."