The Midlands and Drakensberg region with its spectacular scenery, comfortable climate and easy accessibility is a popular tourist destination, offering mountain and trout fishing retreats, a wonderful country lifestyle, a rich cultural heritage as well as some of the most well respected private schools in the country. There is no doubt that the diversity offered within the province has made the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands a popular choice for both international and South African buyers

Nottingham Road and the surrounding villages are very busy tourist destinations. Weekend visitors flock in to come and enjoy our amazing scenic splendor, our locally brewed ales, the traditional pub fares with warm fires blazing throughout winter, historical buildings and the ever popular Midlands Meander arts and crafts route. 

“Notties” as it is warmly referred to by its residents, offers most facilities for comfortable living, such as, a supermarket, pharmacy, hardware store, library, book store, health shops, fly fishing and birding shops, doctor, service stations etc. all enjoying some of South Africa’s most well respected private schools. 


Explore Nottingham Road

Arts and crafts

Arts and crafts

The enchanting Midlands Meander has always been home to artists and crafts-people. In 1985 local artists, potters and weavers joined forces to create an arts and crafts route. Six studios opened their doors to the public and the Midlands Meander was born. By selling directly to visitors, the studios were able to keep prices down, and with the active support of hospitality establishments in the area, a unique route was formed.

History and culture

History and culture

There are many historical buildings, several of which date back to the 1800’s. A number have been declared National Monuments including some well preserved Settler Churches. The area is well known for its beauty, security, trout fishing, world renowned schools and not to forget – its famous arts and crafts trail. 



Annual popular events include the Comrades Marathon, the Midmar Mile, the Duzi Marathon, Trout fishing competitions, The Medieval Festival, the Vintage and Steam, and the Royal Agricultural Show. The region is also a very popular wedding destination and has beautiful hiking and bicycle trails, bird watching, hot air ballooning and even canopy touring over an indigenous forests. 

Eating out

Eating out

The Piggly Wiggly started out as a one stall shop and has now become a popular destination for day trippers from Durban, family outings for breakfast or lunch and bikers on their Sunday rides. There is also Chocolate Heaven, Abingdon Wine Estate, and the Ugly Ducking.

Living in Nottingham Road

Areas near to Nottingham Road

Hilton, Howick, Pietermaritzburg,


Nottingham Road is fortunate to have some of the top schools in the country in the Midlands.  Our private schools include Clifton Preparatory School Nottingham Road, Michaelhouse and Treverton PrepSchool and College. Cowan House Preparatory School, Hilton College and St Annes Diocesan College can be found in Hilton.


Nottingham Road itself has two doctors, a dentist, chiropractor, physiotherapist, a gym and a number of alternate health options.  Also offered is yoga and pilates.  We also have some of the top Health Spas, such as Fordoun, Brookedale Health Hydro and Indigo Fields.


Being a country village, Nottingham Road has plenty of coffee shops and restaurants.  When it comes to shopping, we have a Spar and Tops, 2 Butcheries, 2 Hardware Shops, a Florist, a Stationery Shop, an Antique Shop, a Hi-Q and an Engen.  Enough for your day to day living.


Nottingham road is only 8Km’s off the N3 highway between Johannesburg and Durban.  Only 20 minutes from the foothills of the Drakensberg, just over an hour and a half from King Shaka International Airport (Durban) and 45 minutes from Oribi Airport  (Pietermaritzburg).

Gowrie Farm - A Place where Simple Thinking can be Appreciated.

Gowrie Farm is situated in the heart of South Africa's premier Arts and Crafts routes in the Natal Midlands at Nottingham Road. 

There comes a time in everyone's life where one feels the need to find a simpler, more enjoyable lifestyle.  A lifestyle where age old values and traditions can be experienced and enjoyed within a refreshingly safe farm environment.

Finding such a place is not easy and the Developers of Gowrie Farm have strived to retain all the qualities of country living, while bringing in some of the essential elements of modern living. 

Welcome relief from the warm months early in the year is brought by summer rainfall, allowing for some of the provinces most spectacular gardens.  The mild winter days are brought to a close with crisp nights and occassionally winter supplies snow in the area with a fairy tale romantic touch.

Gowrie Farm offers excellent re-sale potential from the constantly evolving parent population from all the highly recommended schools in the area.



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