is a gourmet getaway tucked deep into the KwaZulu-Natalís
surrounded by the Giants Castle Nature Reserve.
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 Giantís 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.
Mountain farmhouse accommodates a
maximum of 22 guests (eleven luxury individual decorated rooms) which guarantees
you a serene, un-crowded experience in the warm heart of the Drakensberg.
Each room has a theme and is filled with many articles pertaining to the
colour scheme and theme.
rooms have a minibar, tea/coffee facilities with home made biscuits.
Complimentary sherry is an added bonus in all the room
you to enjoy a world-class meal lovingly prepared by
Richard Poynton (awarded a 5 star chef status). Passion
and patience goes into the preparation of every dish with flavour paramount.
Menus change daily and local, imported and
home grown ingredients are
used at their peak and a stroll through the vegetable and herb gardens will
attest to this. A place in the country becomes a natural magnet to people who
want to savour the flavours of home grown vegetables, farm fresh dairy
products and home cured hams. The passion and patience that go into the
preparation of food are reflected in its tastes and textures.
Richard and Mouse Poynton - Cleopatra
Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse - Activities
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.
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
Giantís Castle in view. Eland, Mountain Reedbuck, Duiker and Baboons are
often spotted as well as Bearded Vultures and Black Eagles overhead.
- 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 oíclock 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
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.
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