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Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

Description

Having been one of the originators of the Country House movement in the 1980's, Richard and Mouse then travelled overseas working and absorbing the "foodie" world with a view to opening Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse - their intimate gourmet getaway. Its awesome setting with splendid views of the mountains and running with crystal clear streams and waterfalls, Cleopatra is the ultimate in peace, tranquillity and solitude. It is ideal for its intended purpose as a restful refuge with professional yet understated service and most of all a gourmet experience to remember. All the ingredients are in place for a complete treat. Snug beds with mohair blankets and crisp, fresh cotton sheets, a spectacular view of the mist covered mountains emerging from the early morning sun, the aromas of a country kitchen tempting hunger heightened by the brisk mountain. Loving meals of hearty soups, vegetables, freshly caught trout, local cheeses and homemade breads, bundles of fresh herbs and vegetables just picked from the kitchen garden, friendly dining room filled with the quiet buzz of contented conversations a roaring fire in the lounge, cantilevered over a trout-filled dam. Choose just the right wine from the underground wine cellar and prepare your senses for the tastes and flavours that follow Richard's legendary talks extolling the pleasures and practices of his food preparation. Dinner is a sumptuous 6 course affair with no effort or expense spared to give our guests a memorable dining experience. Our menu changes every evening according to the seasons and the availability of our local produce. Breakfasts are unusual and exciting.

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Contact Details

Name of hostsRichard & Mouse Poynton
Tel:+27 (0)33 267 7243
fax+27 (0)33 267 9901
Cell+27 (0)82 455 6774
5 Star
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Attractions

Visits to the Highmoor Nature Reserve 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. Kamberg Nature Reserve is 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. At Giants Castle - a 45 minute drive - 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. Sue Armstrong - 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 is a famous craft route with many stops offering a wide range of gifts, curios and local produce all well-documented on a large map. Horse 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! There are trips to the top of Sani Pass leaving at 9.30 a.m. & returning at 3.45 p.m. You must take your Passport & lunch is available at the top. It will take about 2 hours to get to Himeville. This is just a sampler of the activities on offer in the Midlands and Drakensberg area. Our staff will be more than happy to organise your day-trips and outings for you - please ask for more information.

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Facilities

Dinner is a sumptuous 6 course affair with no effort or expense spared to give our guests a memorable dining experience. Our menu changes every evening according to the seasons and the availability of our local produce. Breakfasts are unusual and exciting, and lunches are now available to the public and consists of a 4 course set menu

Directions

Cleopatra mountain farmhouse is tucked away in the most beautiful Kamberg valley in the Drakensberg Mountains near to Giant's Castle (just below Highmoor Dam) in KwaZulu Natal approx. 4.5 hours from Johannesburg and 2 hours from Durban on good roads. From Johannesburg * take the N3 to Durban * take the very left hand lane at the MAIN Mooi River Toll (Mooi River South Greytown) * turn right - back over the highway until T-junction (Engen garage and Wimpy ahead) * turn left and join the R103. Travel 10km south to Rosetta * At Rosetta turn right onto the Kamberg Road (opposite the Ugly Duckling) * stay on the tar road for 30 km until you reach the Cleopatra, Dondini & Silver Hill sign (also Highmoor & Glengarry sign) * turn left onto this dirt road * travel for 5 km until you reach a single lane bridge * approx 500m after the bridge the road turns sharply left to climb the mountain * at this corner you will see a concrete wall with the sign "CLEOPATRA" From Durban * take the N3 to Johannesburg * turn off at the Nottingham Road off ramp (exit 132) * continue into Nottingham Road village (travel under the railway bridge) * continue through Nottingham Road on the R103 north to Rosetta * DO NOT TAKE THE KAMBERG ROAD AT NOTTINGHAM ROAD POLICE STATION * at Rosetta turn to the left and follow the Kamberg Road (opposite the Ugly Duckling) * stay on the tar road for 30 km until you reach the Cleopatra, Dondini & Silver Hill sign (also Highmoor & Glengarry sign) * turn left onto this dirt road * travel for 5 km until you reach a single lane bridge * approx 500m after the bridge the road turns sharply left to climb the mountain * at this corner you will see a concrete wall with the sign "CLEOPATRA"

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