A spectacular landscape and setting that's so beautiful, even in the winter season. Tucked away in the mountains. One has a selection of a variety of hiking trails. A leisurely scenic drive through the mountains. Or even a relaxing time right at the farmhouse. The rooms are quaint and country-style. Cosy and warm in the cooler evenings. The staff were wonderful too. The food was exceptional, especially the vegan options.
Disappointing. The interior needs an upgrade . The setting is beautiful, but sadly there is no ambiance/vibe in the dining area. R100 per bottle of wine for corkage is ridiculous.! Do they even have a liquor license? The toad to the Kamberg has deteriorated, no ones fault but the municipality. It’s off putting though, would recommend driving in a 4x4 or truck.
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.
Went for one night on the way to the coast because of the reputaton of an excellent fine dining experience. The food was very good but fell short of a real tasitng sensation. Not as good as it as in th past.
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.…