Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

Country Retreat, The Drakensberg


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… 


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.


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.


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.



Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

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