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About Thornleys Guest House

Thornleys is an upmarket guest house, situated in the historical town of Eshowe, in the heart of Zululand. With five en-suite bedrooms and ample living area, Thornleys offer comfortable and affordable accommodation.

Thornleys boasts a wonderful collection of antiques which makes for a very definite Zululand Victorian feel. A homely environment is what we strive for at Thornleys and guests are encouraged to make full use of the house facilities.

Relax near the pool. or read a book or surf the internet on the verandas, Thornleys offers free Wi-Fi to guests. A home away from home, relaxation Zululand Style.

The private dinning room offers a special Thornleys Breakfast. Lunch and dinner can also be arranged on request.

The garden is lush and stretches into the magnificent Dlinza forest which makes for great birding, right on your doorstep. A recent addition to Thornleys is the birding deck, 4 metres high and overlooking the Dlinza forest. Guest can enjoy forest birding with coffee in hand, a wonderful way to go birding in early morning and perfect for sundowners in the evening.

Only an hour and quarter`s drive to the North of King Shaka International airport in Durban. Thornleys is an ideal week-end getaway destination for the city dweller who wants some genuine country serenity


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Wi-Fi
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

Thornleys offers a Full English Breakfast to guest; continental breakfast can also be arranged. Dinner & packed lunch's can be arranged with advanced notice from guests.

Thornleys Guest House Rooms

Reviews for Thornleys Guest House

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Sheena White
05 August 2019

Your staff were very attentive and pleasant. Very peaceful and relaxing. I will recommend your hospitality.

Hellen Sekgororwana
24 June 2019

The breakfast was well prepared and presented . The rooms are well maintained and the staff was friendly .

Qinisani Magubane
02 October 2018

We really got the value of our money, the whole set from my wife's arrival checking in was a great pleasure. Our room was well prepared, clean and most notable the comfort of the bed was superb.The lady staff member serving us with breakfast, show great customer ethics, humble and respective.Quality breakfast served over the two days was awesome.As a suggestion maybe a dedicated plug socket for tea would be great compared to plug and unplug from the bed side socket.Can't see the star ratings but all was on 5 thanks.

Arjan & Michelle
22 April 2014

We had an awesome time at Thornleys. The rooms are spacious and well appointed and the breakfast is great. But the best feature of Thornleys is their hosts. They are very nice, helpful, flexible and accommodating people. They arranged a bird guide, golf and a braai for us. We really felt we were on a holiday and for this reason we stayed an extra day. We will definitely be back.

25 January 2014

When we told people that we would go to Eshowe, they asked: \Eshowe? Why?\" So

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Thornleys Guest House is 2.1km from the centre of Eshowe , the nearest airport 69km (Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling