Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

4 nights from £ 656 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Breakfast and dinner as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

Country Retreat, The Drakensberg

About

Deep in the Drakensberg Mountain hides an idyllic farmhouse famed for its delicious food.  Run by fanatical foodies Richard and Mouse Poynton, Cleopatra also promises serenity and rustic luxury to those beating a retreat from normal life.  The lodge is cantilevered over a dam and bursting with personality via its quirky decor and inventive menus.  All around are sweeping views, rolling hills, satisfying hikes and space, glorious space… 

Accommodation

Occupying both the main building and the original stone farmhouse are 11 rooms. Each is eclectically decorated – curios include Victorian teacups and retro seed packets – and individually themed.  There are some staples, however: snug beds with mohair blankets, fireplaces and awesome vistas. You’ll drift off to the cascading river and wake up to mysterious mountain mists.

Facilities

Richard and Mouse describe their hotel as a ‘gourmet getaway’ for good reason.  Passion, flair and a variety of influences go into every delicious dish Richard makes – as do homegrown vegetables and herbs.  The seven-course menu changes daily.  Sip pre-dinner drinks in the cosy Poached Trout pub around a log fire, or peruse The Portrait Room’s wacky array of family artworks and curios.  The newest arrival is The Copper Pot Spa, its treatments using the regional baobab, Kalahari melon and marula shrubs.

Activities

Besides eating?  Actually, there’s plenty else to do: a variety of mountain walking, cycling and horse-riding (all levels), wild-swimming in streams and excursions to see ancient Bushman paintings.  Fly-fishing is available all year round, with the local rivers full of trout.  Rods can be hired.  Ten minutes away is the Highmoor Nature Reserve and its eland, jackals and rich birdlife, while real show-offs can order a helicopter flight, soaring over the peaks and stopping somewhere for a remote glass of champagne.

Child Policy

Children aged 12 and over are welcome.

 

 

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