Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

Location: the Kwa-Zulu Natal, Drakensberg
No of rooms: 11 rooms
One Stop Reason to Go: Here is a gourmet’s dream – the food is out of this world.

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Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse has earned global renown as a romantic gourmet getaway due its fabulous position, nestled in the heart of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Drakensberg, and its dedication to sumptuous food and rustic luxury. With just 11 5 star rooms, the Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is a haven for those looking to break away from their fast-paced life to enjoy walks along the mountains, roaring log fires, seven-course dinners and time for relaxation and pampering.

Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse has given strict attention to detail in all of the suites and cottages – with his & hers bathrooms, dressing rooms and a cosy fireplace. Solid oak tables, wicker chairs and freestanding basins all add to the country-home feel of this charming lodge. There are five standard rooms near the main house, which look out onto the dam, with an open-plan sitting area and en suite bathroom. The three luxury suites have their own glassed-in verandas with beautiful mountain and garden views whilst the executive suite joins two luxury suites together and has its own private lounge with a fireplace, as well as great views of the surrounding mountains. The two executive cottages are stand-alone units with their own private veranda overlooking the nearby wetland and mountains. Spacious, open-plan and beautifully decorated, the executive cottages are great for families.

Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse gives its guests endless opportunities to bird watch, hike through the Berg, and swim in cold mountain rivers or enjoy a horseback ride along the mountain trails. A guided nature walk with an expert guide can also be arranged or guests are encouraged to relax in one of the hammocks in the garden area. A ‘must-try’ during a stay at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is to take one of the cookery classes that are offered – after all Cleopatra’s is well-known for their excellent cuisine and award-winning chefs.

The menu is the jewel in the crown of this charming getaway. Dinner is a sumptuous affair with the ever-changing menu dependant on seasonal produce and created by an international kitchen whilst served in an elegant dining room overlooking the dam and mountain ranges beyond. The underground wine cellar is well stocked with South African premier wines, and guests are welcome to join the chef in selecting the right wine to compliment their meal. Breakfasts are never average, while lunch is by arrangement – a picnic basket can be packed for guests spent away on request.

Adjoining Giants Castle Nature Reserve and sitting alongside a mountain river brimming with trout, the Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is a gourmet getaway in the heart of the spectacular Drakensberg mountain range, KwaZulu-Natal, approximately two hours from Durban.

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