Course Accomodation, Catering and Transport

Heavin Forge Layout

On site accommodation: the "Golden Mole Conservancy" - We offer basic, shared, accommodation on the property in our extra house at R180 per person per night, self-catering. Eight people can be accommodated, sharing 4 rooms. All bedding, towels, cutlery, crockery etc. is provided. There is a fully equipped kitchen with a large fridge/freezer, chest freezer, microwave oven, stove/oven and all the cutlery and crockery you will need. There are braai facilities as well as a wood-burning pizza oven and smoker - bring your own wood and charcoal.  There is a carport for two vehicles with ample open parking within the garden. Evenings in the bunkhouse can be spent watching our library of knifemaking DVD's.  The house has Wi-Fi.  Our house is reserved for our students.  We have beams around the perimeter of the property.

We have separate private accommodation with ablution facilities onsite for female students, at the same rate as the house.

Other accommodation on site.

"Heavin Forge Cottage", our old student's "bunkhouse" is now a lovely cottage that we rent out to the public.  It can sleep 5 people.  Two bedrooms with double beds and an office/bedroom with a single bed.  Fully equipped kitchen, large lounge with T.V for local channels and a braai area.  Front and back verandas and parking in the garden for 3 cars.  Own entrance and also protected by beams around the perimeter.  WiFi.  R425 per night for the whole cottage.

Nearby alternatives - If you don't wish to stay on the property, we recommend that you contact one of the guest houses in the area. There are several options for self-catering accommodation in Belfast:

  • Woody's offers self-catering accommodation in town 013 253 0952,
  • Blue Crane Farm, 083 443 4350
  • Cozy Moon Overnight Accommodation is just 1.5 kms away from us, self-catering accommodation 082 300 9090 or 082 498 2715,

Should you wish to bring your family with you and would like a larger place, consider Lakenvlei 013 253 0550, 10 kms outside Belfast. There are many accommodation places in Dullstroom which is 30 kms away, please look at the two websites, and for further information.  Due to the long hours working each day, there will not be much time to spend with your family though if they come with you.

Heavin Forge Bladesmithing Studio and School.

Food - Please bring your own food as there will be very little time for you to do shopping. If you are a vegan or have any special dietary needs, please bring your own supplies as our town has only very basic shops. If you are flying into Johannesburg and coming up by bus, we will help you with your shopping needs. Our Spar supermarket closes at 6 pm during the week and 1 pm on weekends.
Belfast has a few takeaway places in town.  Kentucky Fried Chicken and Steers are at the Shell garage in town as well as a Wimpy on the N4.  Dullstroom is only 30 kms away with a variety of good restaurants.

Clothing - As far as the workshop goes, all you need to bring with you are clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, preferably cotton clothes for forging and closed comfortable shoes. Jeans or cotton long pants are needed for forging.  Bring warm clothes as it can get very chilly, even in summer!

Transport options - If you would like to catch a bus from the O.R Tambo airport or Lanseria airport, please phone Lime Time Shuttle, , 086 999 0978 or City Bug, on 013 753 3392. They stop at the Engen/Wimpy on the N4. and we can collect you from there. We can collect you and help you with transport for your shopping.