About Us

­Thornleys Guesthouse is a majestic colonial home boasting an unrivaled view over the Dlinza Forest, which is synonomous with Eshowe, Zululand.


This newly renovated Boutique Guesthouse has five individually-designed en-suite rooms.


The generous size of our property allows visitors to be as private or social as they choose to be.

Guests can choose between activities like socialising at the bar, relaxing by the pool, reading a good book,having a romantic stroll in our manicured gardens, or simply enjoying a morning cup of coffee or sundowner, whilst bird-watching from our recently built Dlinza Forest viewing deck.


Apart from being relaxing environment, Thornleys is also fully-geared for Business Guests, by providing Free WIFI connectivity & conference facilites.

































Our Services include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Spacious private dining room with a fireplace
  • Viewing deck overlooking the Dlinza Forest
  • Swimming pool
  • A variety of verandahs and gazebos 
  • Cozy reading corners
  • Secure off-road parking
  • Free WIFI
  • Laundry service
  • Packed breakfast & lunch by prior arrangement
  • Dinner avaiilable on request


  • Flatscreen TV with DSTV commercial premium package
  • Complimentary Wifi
  • Free secure parking
  • Complimentary tea & coffee facility
  • Fresh fruit and flowers
  • Fans
  • Housekeeping service daily
  • Hairdryer, Iron & ironing board available from reception


Room Only Rates


(Rooms 1-4)

Single: R650 pppn

Sharing: R395 pppn

Third & Fourth Person Sharing: R250 pp


(Traveller's Room)

Single R550 pppn

Sharing: R345 pppn

Third & Fourth: R200 pppn


Bed & Breakfast

Single: R750 pppn

Sharing: R495 pppn


Dinner (Main, Dessert): R200 pp

Lunchpack: R100 pp


Children Rates

Under 3 Years: Stay Free

Under 12 Years: R200 pppn



Book Online


Local Attractions

Eshowe is situated around the lush Dlinza Forest in the rolling hills of Zululand, and is close to the Capitals of the old Zulu Kingdoms.The town boasts a wealth of fauna, flora and bird life unequalled in Southern Africa. The 250 hectare indigenous coastal scarp forest (Dlinza Forest) is home to more than 90 species of birds, 85 species of butterflies, and 130 different tree species. This is surrounded by endless views of natural landscape, sugar plantations and orchards.Eshowe is the ideal base to discover the Zululand Birding Route, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park at Saint Lucia, the game reserves of Northern Zululand and the Battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu war.


  • Other Attractions Include:
  • Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk – 5 minutes
  • Fort Nongqayi Museum Village – 5 minutes
  • N2 motorway – 30 minutes
  • Shakaland - Zulu Culture Village Experience - 20 Minutes
  • Amatikulu Beach - 40 minutes
  • King Shaka International airport – 1 1/4 hours
  • Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve – 1 1/2 hours
  • Rorke’s Drift – 1 3/4 hours
  • Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park - 2 hours

­Terms & Conditions­

  • If Cancelled 7 Days or less prior to Arrival - 100%
  • If Cancelled 8-14 Days prior to Arrival - 75%
  • If Cancelled 15-29 Days prior to Arrival - 50%
  • If Cancelled over 30 days prior to Arrival - 25%


Contact Us­

Tel: 035 474 4179


Cell: 081 873 0498 or 083 442 3884


E-Mail: info@thornleysguesthouse.co.za


17 Mansel Terrace, Eshowe, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa


gallery/main pic website
gallery/thornleys logo