ABOUT OUR LODGE
The nearby village of Salem was founded as a village community by the British Sephton party in 1820. The buildings show the enthusiasm with which they set about creating an English village in the winding green valley which formed the principal part of their holdings. The name Salem, taken from Psalm 76, means ‘peace’, and the first inhabitants were people who feared only God, hence the church served as a central fort and place of worship. Salem is en route from Kenton-on-Sea to the N2 and it falls within a 50 kilometre radius of the popular town that is typically awash with wild flowers, rolling hills, pineapples and long winding valleys that make a fascinating drive. The little 1820 village is famous for its wonderful array of historical buildings and it gained its name when the Xhosa agreed to leave the village in peace after negotiations during the War of Hintsa. Many of the original cottages are still in use today and the cricket pitch is regarded as the oldest cricket pitch in the country.
The vision of the owners is to promote sustainable conservation and eco-friendly experiences for visitors to the lodge. They strive to participate in raising the awareness of the area by attracting like-minded visitors for which history, nature and authentic experiences are top of mind and to endeavour to provide a service to visitors in making their experience to the immediate and neighbouring areas an unforgettable and care free one.