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Posted on: Thursday, 14 March 2013

Burnedale Centre and Pottery Gallery – A Review

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Burnedale Centre

Burnedale Centre

Burnedale Centre and Pottery Gallery is a relatively new kid on the block in Umhlali but its well worth a visit – I was suitably impressed.

Originally a farm, Burnedale is named after an Irishman, John Burne, who as a young man, came to South Africa as part of the 82nd Foot Connaught Rangers Regiment in 1843.  Years later, in 1861 he finished his years of service, moved to Umhlali and built his home on the current site of Burnedale.

The farm and house have now been transformed into a fantastic venue offering a coffee shop, the unique ‘One of a Kind’ where you can find all sorts of gorgeous things from jewellery, cushions, crafts and ceramics.  In need of a new outfit … pop into ‘Kaliko’ which offers an eclectic selection of trousers, shorts, dresses and tops.  There is also a fantastic interior shop and don’t forget to browse the pottery gallery – there is heaps to see!

The coffee shop offers a tasty selection of meals: breakfasts include the petite breakfast (R29), health breakfast at R38, a country breakfast for R59 or Eggs Benedict for R49.

Light lunches include flat breads, wraps and assorted breads all topped with fillings that include shaved beef with rocket and mayo, grilled chicken or avo, mozzarella and basil.  Prices range depending on the filling of choice.

Salads and gourmet burgers are also available, as are a selection of cakes, scones and waffles.

There is endless entertainment for children; the large garden allows for lots of running around, there is a jungle gym and last but not least, a farm yard!


Burnedale Centre


We had a lovely morning at Burnedale; I loved the relaxed atmosphere and the seating out on the wide verandah.

Book a hotel in Umhlali for your stay on the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu Natal.

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Contact Details:
Burnedale is at 1 Main Road, Umhlali.  They are open 08h00 – 16h30 Monday to Sunday.
Get hold of them on +27 (0)32 947-1980.

Helen Rushton


After living in London and travelling the world for many years and more recently living in the Mother City, I now reside on a tranquil sugar cane farm in Kearsney; an area steeped in the history of South Africa’s sugar industry. During the summer months I get involved with the community by assisting the local primary school with swimming lessons at our country club. Some of my favourite things are reading or picking freshly grown vegetables and Iceland poppies in our garden. Milly, my boxer loves her walks to the river that runs through our farm and sometimes, Sandy the cat I hand reared, joins us for a stroll!

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