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About Cheerio Gardens

The Story of Cheerio Gardens
Cheerio Gardens was established by Sheila, also known as Box Thompson after she was discharged from the army in 1946. Box was a keen botanist and wanted to establish indigenous plants. The valley was too cold so she decided on deciduous trees and shrubs from the Northern Hemisphere that had beautiful autumn colours, trees such as maples & flowering cherries. Many of the indigenous bulbs were eaten by bush pigs, porcupines and moles. Even the tree ferns were eaten by porcupines during the drought. The garden was established by 3 people : Box Thompson, Audrey (Googoo) Thompson (Box’ Mother) and Station (a Mozambican employee).

The walled terraces were all made by hand. Walking through the gardens one can appreciate the love and dedication with which the garden was created. The farm was bought by Box's Father in 1918 and other than for a period of two years, has been in the family ever since.

We welcome you to come and enjoy the peace and tranquility these beautiful gardens have to offer.  During spring our gardens are ablaze with the vibrant colours of crab apple, azaleas and flowering cherries and visitors to the annual Spring Festival in Magoebaskloof can wander thru the gardens.   The gardens are really an all year round destination.  Autumn brings blazing reds, oranges and yellows and winter is the calm season when all plants have a rest to get ready for the coming spring.

 


Spring Festival at Cheerio Gardens
Every year during our spring season, guests from around the world flock to Haenertsburg for the annual Spring Festival. Cheerio Gardens is the heart of and reason for this annual event. During this time the valley is a wash of pale pinks, reds and vibrant spring green. The farm boasts 9 different varieties of flowering cherries and many unusual varieties of azalea’s. Crab apples and the early flowering azaleas start at the second half of august reaching their peak about mid September. The later flowering azalea varieties and the cherries start flowering in the second half of September and peak at the end of September, beginning of October. The gardens contain rare botanical specimens from around the world.


Accommodation

Nestled  amongst the famous gardens are 2 beautiful rustic mountain cottages.

Googoo's Cottage

(Cottage 1)  R1500 per night - low season
R1500 per night - high season high season (Aug/sep/oct)
  sleeps 7 persons
Beds: 2 x double beds; 2 x 3/4 beds; 1 x single bed
Bathrooms: 1 en-suite toilet and shower; 1 separate toilet; 1 separate shower
Fully equipped kitchen with fridge / microwave / gas oven / kettle and toaster; cutlery / crockery and glassware
Fireplace inside cottage and built up braai area outside
We provide fire wood for the fireplace inside but not for the braai. (charcoal only)
We supply linen and towels, toilet paper, tea/coffee and sugar


Penthouse


(Cottage 2) -sleeps 4 persons  R1100 per night - low season
R1200 per night - high season high season (Aug/sep/oct)
Beds: 1 x double bed; 2 x single beds, Bathrooms: Separate toilet and shower
Fully equipped kitchenette with fridge / microwave / gas oven / kettle and toaster; cutlery / crockery and glassware
Fireplace inside cottage and built up braai area outside
We provide fire wood for the fireplace inside but not for the braai. (charcoal only)
We supply linen and towels, toilet paper, tea/coffee and sugar


Rates

Googoo's cottage(Cottage 1)  R1500 per night - low season
R1500 per night - high season high season (Aug/sep/oct)
  sleeps 7 persons
Penthouse (Cottage 2) -sleeps 4 persons  R1100 per night - low season
R1200 per night - high season high season (Aug/sep/oct)


 

Farm Wedding Venue

Nestled in the mountains of Magoebaskloof, Cheerio Gardens offers the perfect setting for weddings, corporate and private functions, conferences and a relaxing mountain retreat. The Venue opens onto spectacular gardens, with open rafters and enormous doors onto a porch spilling out into the gardens.

The farm wedding venue and self catering cottages capture the spirit of tranquility and beauty of the natural surroundings. We offer an ideal facility for tranquil and productive corporate conferences and training sessions, including facilities, quality food and beverages and on site accommodation.

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Activities on the property

Beautiful wild farm garden | Trout fishing and winding mountain bike trails | Short walks on the property and to neighboring properties
Farm wedding venue for romantic garden weddings | Dial-a-picnic-box
Trout fishing:
We offer Trout fishing in 3 dams on the farm.  We do not supply any rods. Hiring of fishing gear can be hired from Haenertsburg Village.
Day permits are issued from Cheerio Trout Lodge and Holiday Resort next door.


Activities nearby

Hiking and walking trails | Fishing | Birding | Horse riding | Ebenezer | Tzaneen | Magoebaskloof and Dap Naude Dams
Debegeni Waterfalls |The Giant Baobab | Adventure Sports – Quad-biking, abseiling, kloofing, tubing, paintball etc
Tour Wegraakbosch Dairy and Organic Farm | Blueberry Picking – in season only


Facilities nearby

Haenertsburg Village with General dealers, ATM machines, shops and restaurants, Magoebaskloof Hotel and Magoebaskloof Adventures


 

Contact us

Please complete and submit your booking enquiry directly to Sarah at Cheerio Gardens  by completing and submitting this form. Please do not hesitate to consult the website again should there not be availability. .
Thank you for your interest and enjoy your stay. Please check the dates for all our activities and festivals and remember to book your accommodation early during busy periods.











 

Map and directions

From Johannesburg, take the N1 highway to Polokwane (Pietersburg), then the R71 to Tzaneen, continue for +-61km and pass the turn-off to Haenertsburg. Turn left at the turn-off to Cheerio (signposted). travel fo about two kilometers on the sand road - please go slow - until you come to a fork in the road, turn left and then take the middle road towards Cheerio gardens.  Follow the signs to the Cheerio Gardens

Magoebaskloof Map

Magoebaskloof Activities