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Cleopatra’s Farmhouse

Cleopatra’s Farmhouse

This farm-style retreat in the Drakensberg Mountains is a place of legendary culinary delight. With a passion for cooking and a flair for ingenuity, the owners have created a rare experience in the idyllic mountain setting near Giant’s Castle. Beautifully situated on the edge of a trout filled dam, alongside the Little Mooi River, the soaring mountains rise majestically from the bottom of the garden. If it’s legendary food, spectacular scenery and tranquillity you’re after, then Cleopatra is for you. Richard and Mouse Poynton and their team welcome you warmly to their idyllic mountain farmhouse in the heart of the Drakensberg mountains.

Excitingly different, Richard and his chefs offer fine gourmet food, prepared with love, care and especially flavour. The use of local ingredients and home-grown herbs and vegetables makes dining a delightful experience. Mouse has created the ideal environment for relaxation with many artefacts to interest and amuse. Fauna, flora, San rock art, walking, birding and riding create memories never to be forgotten. TGCSA 5-Star Country House | Airport transfers | Limited smoking | Children 12+ welcome Kamberg Valley, Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Accommodation

All rooms have TV, separate bath, separate shower and en-suite WC with heated towel rails, beds are fitted with cotton sheets, mohair blankets and heated under blankets.

Cuisine

Passion and dedication are the keywords in the Cleopatra kitchen – his speciality is sauces, a subject very close to his heart. He has long been obsessed with reduction techniques – which allow the full intense flavour of the food to shine through. Fresh ingredients are essential, and being able to pick from the gardens minutes before serving is a real pleasure. For the more exotic tastes, Richard spends hours hunting down local and imported ingredients of the highest quality – flying in fresh salmon from Norway and procuring genuine Parma hams and cheeses from Italy.

Facilities

The lounge and dinning room of Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse are cantilevered over a trout-filled dam, which looks across the water to the stunning mountains. An underground wine cellar – well stocked with South African premier wines.

ACTIVITIES:
The Kamberg is fast becoming one of South Africa's top fishing areas. At Cleopatra, the Little Mooi river runs through the property and it is stocked with brown trout. There are also many private dams & rivers available to our guests, for fishing along with Highmoor (trophy fish) & Kamberg Nature Reserve. Birding in this area is excellent as we have several different habitats. The Vulture Restaurant at Giants Castle is spectacular but has to be booked well in advance. Hiking and climbing in the Berg is extremely popular and guests may take marked trails or wander at will across the beautiful mountains. Expert guides can also be arranged to take guests on their walks. Walking, hiking, swimming in mountain streams, trout fishing, bird watching, horse riding and excursions to local bushman paintings are just some of the activities enjoyed on the farm and in the area. With the frenzied pace of city life, the allure of an escape back to a more natural environment has grown stronger than ever.

Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse turns the dreams of an idyllic rural break into reality, with a superb collection of seasonal foods served in a unique country atmosphere. Kamberg Nature Reserve – Only 15 minutes away and amazing San Rock Art caves have recently been opened to the public with guides available to take you up to the mountain to see them. It is a fairly strenuous walk taking about 1.5 hours to the top. An interpretation centre has a video presentation which gives an insight into the history of the Bushmen. Highmoor Nature Reserve- Visits are a must, being only 5 minutes drive up a spectacular road winding its way to the top of Mount Lebanon and Cleopatra Mountain. Here flat walks can be taken past trout dams with the majestic Giant’s Castle in view. Eland, Mountain Reedbuck, Duiker and Baboons are often spotted as well as Bearded Vultures and Black Eagles overhead.

Giants Castle – A 45 minute drive and you are in the heart of the mighty Drakensberg Mountains. Here you can walk to San Rock Art caves where a guide opens the gate on the hour every hour till 3 o’clock and gives you a comprehensive tour of the paintings. There are also other wonderful walks in the mountains with maps available. A local horse expert and registered tour guide – can take you out for the day to see race horse studs and other interesting features in our area. The midlands meander – A famous craft route with many stops offering a wide range of gifts, curios and local produce all well-documented on the large map. Horse Rides – Rides along the contours of the mountains taking in the crisp air and amazing views are really a hit with our guests and are essential for those not wanting to use their own legs!

Sani Pass- Trips leave Himeville at 9.30am and return at 3.45pm. You must take your Passport & lunch is available at the top. It will take about 2 hours to get to Himeville. Historical Tours- These tours are organised by Ron Gold, a very experienced guide in our area and very knowledgeable on the Battlefields, Rock Art Tours, Hiking and the Drakensberg region. Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse – Weddings Cleopatra boasts its own chapel area overlooking the trout dam on the property. Weddings can be arranged for up to 60 guests.

COST

From R 1,500.00 per person sharing per night
Children over the age of 12 are welcome

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