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McBains is situated at the summit of the Bainskloof Pass, offering venue hire and accommodation for up to 40 people in an eclectic variety of rooms, cabins, and spaces. Fronting the Klein Sneeuberg Mountain and Witte River, McBains is blessed with stunning views and easy access to an abundance of river pools and mountain walks. We are at the top of a mountain and you need to drive up a scary (for some), winding mountain pass to get here. We have no cellphone reception, but you can get intermittent access from the road. We are a little bit rough around the edges – just how we like it.

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General Info

McBains is situated at the summit of the Bainskloof Pass, offering venue hire and accommodation for up to 40 people in an eclectic variety of rooms, cabins, and spaces. Fronting the Klein Sneeuberg Mountain and Witte River, McBains is blessed with stunning views and easy access to an abundance of river pools and mountain walks.

We are at the top of a mountain and you need to drive up a scary (for some), winding mountain pass to get here. We have no cellphone reception, but you can get intermittent access from the road. We are a little bit rough around the edges – just how we like it.


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Our priority is providing a space for you to unwind - without us tending to your every need. We have a wide range of books available for you to read while you are here. We encourage you to take some time off from your phone. Accordingly, we have no wi-fi.

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However, if you're a doctor on call or an Instagram Influencer who needs wi-fi like the doctor's patient needs life support, we can hook you up. The real catharsis in coming to McBains is to be found in surviving the drive up the windy pass, jumping into the healing waters of the Witte River, grabbing a book and having a read and a snooze in bed, and catching the sunset. The Champagne Package involves hanging out in the hot tub followed by a Midnight Swim... you'll have to bribe the hosts to take part in this most visceral of experiences!

McBains is best enjoyed with a few mates: round up a crew of friends or family and book out a few rooms.

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If you come with good vibes, you’ll have a good time. We make no apologies for the weather. Bring your own head torch - the paths are dark at night so that we can see the stars! We supply a towel on request, a duvet, pillow and a blanket as bedding. If you’re staying with us you’ll have your own clean bed in an awesome room. There’s a shared kitchen, outdoor lounge and deck area with fabulous views of the mountain and easy access to the river below.

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If you come with good vibes, you’ll have a good time. We make no apologies for the weather. Bring your own head torch - the paths are dark at night so that we can see the stars! We supply a towel, a duvet, pillow and blanket as bedding. If you’re staying with us you’ll have your own clean bed in an awesome room. There’s a shared kitchen, outdoor lounge and deck area with fabulous views of the mountain and easy access to the river below.

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When it’s time to pack, think: I’m going camping but I’m going to get to sleep in a comfy bed and there is a kitchen there with the basics and modest facilities to keep me clean. Please pack lightly and please assist us with waste management by taking home with you whatever recycling and refuse you are capable of.

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We offer a variety of board and card games. Feel free to bring your own portable speaker and play your own music. The Village Noise curfew is at 11pm, which we aim to respect. You can always take your party into one of the rooms if you're still going strong. We usually light the hot tub at around 4pm and this is a great way to rinse off the day and soak away your worries. Wood for the hot tub as well as wood for braai'ing can be bought from us for R50 per crate if you don't manage to bring your own wood up the pass with you.

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The nearest shops are in Wellington at the bottom of the pass, 15 minutes away. The SPAR on Main Road is probably the best spot to get meat and booze and last minute supplies. We have a full-time managerial couple (Calven and Magret) on site 24/7 to assist you during your stay.

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We are fully self-catering have two communal self-catering kitchens with plenty of fridge space. Please consider when packing at home to remove all unnecessary packaging and bring your food up in a well considered cooler box. We have plenty of braai options as well as a pizza oven (which chows a lot of wood).

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Drinks. Please feel welcome to bring your own and consider taking some of your recycling home with you as well. We can upcycle your glass beer bottles for our kombucha, which is our house blend of buchu and ginger, tastes divine, and is for sale for R25 a bottle. It's great on its own and as a mixer.

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