Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

Highmoor Road Kamberg Valley, Drakensberg, Elandskop 3275 South Africa
Cleopatra seen from the top of the mountain
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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This charming, country-chic farmhouse hotel on a lake is 9 km from the Ukahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site and 49.9 km from the town of Mooi River.
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Free parking
Free internet
Internet
Free breakfast
Hiking
Spa
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
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Private balcony
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Non-smoking rooms
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4.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Luxury
Languages Spoken
Afrikaans

Location

Highmoor Road Kamberg Valley, Drakensberg, Elandskop 3275 South Africa
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Pietermaritzburg Airport
79.1 km
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King Shaka Intl Airport
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mfranks911 wrote a review Jan 2020
Edgware, United Kingdom1,009 contribution470 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Much has been said of the poor approach road although we managed without too much trouble in a fairly basic rental saloon without four wheel drive and we had been warned about the continuous potholes!

Our room (number three in the front block) was very large and comfortable and quite nice for a short stay. With separate bath and shower it had all the amenities needed. In modern terms it was fairly basic but each room has its own theme - we had the naturalist room. It is certainly cluttered but this is the effect being created so hard to fault.

The setting is beautiful with a wide range of bird life and the gardens are immaculate.

All the staff are extremely friendly and go out of their way to make you feel very welcome.

It is predominantly a mountain retreat restaurant with rooms. The chef owner Richard Poynton was not in evidence (and we are not sure if he is there anymore) but he has a good track record in the past. The past though is the operative word here though and much as we quite enjoyed the two dinners we experienced we felt the meals to be somewhat on the heavy side by more modern standards. The food is very traditional, presentation acceptable but far from cutting edge unlike many other restaurants we visited in South Africa.

The wine cellar is good fun and they have some interesting wines but prices very much on the expensive side for South Africa.

Notwithstanding this we had a lovely time but would probably not go back as there are so many other nice places to try.
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Date of stay: December 2019
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: All rooms have differing themes
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Fern G wrote a review Jan 2020
Lewisburg, Tennessee18 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent two nights at Cleopatra and were impressed with the grounds. They are well maintained and really lovely. The surrounding mountains were a great backdrop. The main lodge area has a lovely pond that is home to a lot of birds and loud frogs. There is a constant beautiful reflection off the water. But, despite all this, we thought the food was a bit much. We were looking forward to the food because it is billed as a gourmet food destination. The food was good but not great. The portion sizes were so big that you could barely finish the first two courses. You aren't given a choice on meat option so the meat was often under cooked for my liking. The main lodge area is beautiful though and the staff was beyond helpful and friendly. I think the Cleopatra is a bit over priced but if you are a food lover and can handle big portions, it's worth the stay overall. It's also close to the Highmoor area of the Drakensburg for a lovely short drive.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Tom E wrote a review Feb 2020
Poole, United Kingdom238 contributions134 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The service in this hotel is second to none with amazingly prepared five course meals which are explained by the chef. You chose your wine by visiting the wine cellar. The views are delightful and it’s great for hiking. The lake is warm and clean and is great for swimming. You can borrow bikes too. You can not fault the service of the hotel. Don’t miss it!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Ronandclaire wrote a review Feb 2020
London114 contributions33 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 3nights and were really looking forward to a treat. Friends had stayed here a few years ago and extolled the virtues of the whole experience.
The location and tranquility of this restaurant with rooms is enchanting. The rooms are adequate, although pretty jaded and our bathroom was in definite need of an update.
We were able to enjoy 2 great hikes one on highmoor above the property and the other to the rock paintings at Kamberg both of which afforded us fabulous views of the mountains.
Our disappointment lay with the dining experience. I am sure that when Richard Poynton was in the kitchen an evening with him as mine host was a memorable experience. Starting the evening with a trip to the wine cellar to select your wine is a very nice touch. But as a previous reviewer remarked maintaining the formula created by Richard but delivered by his staff feels awkward with them doing their best to deliver the script.
We struggled with the food because it was so rich. Everything was beautifully presented but crammed full of cream, butter and sugar. Our main course one, evening came with lamb served with 3 different purées, not a vegetable in sight. This style of food is somewhat outdated ,very Gary Rhodes circa early 2000’s.
After 2 days our stomachs were in melt down and begging for salad!
We would have enjoyed the dining experience much more if they focussed on presenting a simpler menu of fabulous food created from top quality locally sourced farm goods and did away with the theatrical presentation of the menu.
During our 3 day stay the generator was broken which meant we endured 4-6 hours a day with no electricity whilst load shedding occurred. Far from offering us any apology or compensation for the inconvenience they were quick to insist that we paid for a double gin and tonic rather than the single we had asked for at the bar.
The staff are trying to do their best but without leadership on site to set the tone and provide guidance on customer service I feel that Cleopatras reign as a top lodge in South Africa is ended.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Michael m wrote a review Jan 2024
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked a family stay for the weekend with a party of 8 taking 6 rooms. Arrival was no problem. We all got directed to our rooms and we needed to make one change because of distance from dining facilities.

Wine cellar was suitable stocked with some nice wines and the bar was stocked with premium and stock liquor. Check the prices for some of the premium liquor before ordering if money is a thing.

The main reason for booking Cleopatra was the chef. Two of our party had dietary needs, lacto vegetarian and gluten free. There needs were not satisfied. In the booking it was mentioned and every meal it had to be repeated and food sent back at times. Part of the meal was on there plate with parts missing. Meal plan for the vegetarian was non existent. I do think if you have dietary needs this place is not for you. My food was not to standard of a top chef as described in the write ups and other reviews read.

Rooms were dated and my bed was lumpy. Also smelt a bit damp.

Overall not going back.
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Date of stay: January 2024
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Check that your dietary needs are covered
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Disappointed Ian and Janet wrote a review Aug 2022
St. Albans, United Kingdom1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We'd booked this lovely place back in January 2021, for November 2022. But 2 days ago the hotel has cancelled our booking because they have taken a booking for a larger group that wants a 'covid secure' environment. So our booking (in place since January 2021) has been cancelled to make way for the group that wants no other guests there. Our tour operator is trying to find an alternative but most other nearby places are now fully booked. It appears that we have been "dumped".

So I cannot comment on the accommodation or the food. But the business ethics are disappointing. South Africa deserves much better ambassadors than this.
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Date of stay: August 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Umayya T wrote a review Mar 2022
Pretoria, South Africa163 contributions18 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We initially booked an executive suite but were "upgraded" to a cottage. It was shabby and far from 5-star. Food was good and the massage therapist was a treat but we don't plan on returning to Cleopatra. The toilet was constantly running, a bathroom sink was leaking around the bowl, and towels were frayed and worn out. In-room decor and fixtures need some serious updating... everything is so old, it's like stepping back in time into the 90s.
The fireplace became a safety hazard; we returned to our room after dinner to find it filled with smoke. At least the staff were friendly and obliging. Lastly, know that the roads to get here are riddled with potholes and it takes at least 45 minutes to reach Nottingham Road so keep this in mind.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Feb/March seems to be the rainy season. It rained heavily at least twice a day, everyday.
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Ann K wrote a review Aug 2020
5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
To be greeted after a long, hot journey, by Amen (yes!) & Clinton with home-made lemonade & hot flannels was a great beginning to a wonderful stay. The setting is beautiful: the weaver birds building countless nests outside the bar area, the pretty gardens, the frogs croaking, the rooms, views, wine cellar & the food was FANTASTIC!! We were told the menu & how the food is cooked beforehand & the buffet table was incredible, too.
The staff couldn't have been more helpful & friendly, including being able to watch England's game in the Rugby World Cup........I wish we'd had more time there, but I would return in a heartbeat - thank you SO much.
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Date of stay: October 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Caroline H wrote a review Feb 2023
Denmark48 contributions27 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited Cleopatras Farmhouse several years ago and enjoyed it so much that we decided to visit again. We arrived on a rainy day and had a minor problem on the gravel road which is the last 5km to the farmhouse. I rang the farmhouse and they immediately sent a couple of men to assist us. Problem solved! The room was very comfortable with thoughful touches : fire lit whilst we were at dinner, bed warmed and some complimentary port. The food was great : this is definitely a reason to visit, but then so is the amazing scenery. There is also a spa where I enjoyed a massage.
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Date of stay: January 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Gavin P wrote a review Nov 2021
Galway, Ireland3 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for a number of days and the highlight has to be the location. The food was good but would not rave about it. We never saw the GM even though we stayed longer than most guests which was odd for such a small supposedly intermate venue. Hiking in the area is good and the resident hiking guide was really informative and knew the area well.

Rooms were in need of an upgrade, especially the bathrooms but were not uncomfortable.

Would recommend for a short getaway to the "burg"
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Date of stay: December 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Michael m wrote a tip Jan 2024
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Check that your dietary needs are covered "
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Kay P wrote a tip Mar 2023
Cala Millor, Spain3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay for a minimum of 2 nights to make the most of your stay and to justify the bumpy roads to get there. We wish we had!"
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Umayya T wrote a tip Mar 2022
Pretoria, South Africa163 contributions18 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Feb/March seems to be the rainy season. It rained heavily at least twice a day, everyday. "
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mfranks911 wrote a tip Jan 2020
Edgware, United Kingdom1,009 contribution470 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms have differing themes"
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ljkilian777 wrote a tip May 2019
Roodepoort, South Africa175 contributions37 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for room 9"
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PRICE RANGE
R 4,043 - R 6,312 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
cleopatra mountain farmhouse hotel balgowan, cleopatra mountain farmhouse kwazulu natal
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalDrakensberg RegionElandskop
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse
Which popular attractions are close to Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse?
Nearby attractions include Kamberg Nature Reserve (6.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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