My wife and I visited Ardmore Guest farm this weekend for a quick getaway. We used to live close by and regularly took our children there but, since living in the Big Smoke, haven't been to visit in a while. This weekend, with both our children out of house, we decided to slip out, go to Ardmore and become human again. I need to paint this picture for those who haven't been to the Berg for a spell (or ever). When you get there, everything just slows down. The first thing you see as you approach Ardmore is some beautifully looked-after horses, grazing peacefully with the mountain in the backdrop. It's like driving into a different era. There's a fire going in the dining room and one packed and ready to light in the bedroom - a thatched rondavel with a view of the mountain (while lying in bed). A beautiful, small, but well-stocked library beckons you as you approach the dining room. It has a couch, table and chairs, in case you want to enjoy your meal there. You had me at "Library". The wine, food, conversations, views and general pace draws you in, slows your heart and heals your soul. This place truly is the best in the Berg. This weekend we saw what we've always seen there - couples, old and young, and families with children of all ages come here to enjoy wide open spaces, go for rides on ponies and bikes, take walks or just play board games. Some just choose to be, well, together. All have a great time and most, those who are not too far, seem to have been before and are now returning for a second, third or umpteenth time - one stops counting when you're there. Over the years, while visiting Ardmore, we've met many wonderful people and been in conversation with guests from all over the world. This time was no different. We met a young couple from Brazil with the most beautiful baby girl and got talking about commercial dairy farming (well, the men did - apparently this topic didn't interest out wives as much). We lounged, read, slept, walked (actually, "stroll" is more descriptive) and ate. We dreamed and had great conversations with each other and with others. Generally, we just, were. At the end of our visit we drove back to the Big Smoke wistfully, wondering if we couldn't just call in sick at work and stay a little longer – maybe forever. This place heals our souls as it has always done. We'll be back.…
In the centre of the magestic Drakensburg lies the most tranquil resting place, a piece of land that could be the closest to heaven that we have on earth. This land is know by common folk as Ardmore Guest Farm. From the moment we stepped foot on this farm we were relaxed, treated with utmost respect, and our every wish was no effort for the team. The unit was clean, spacious, and we loved the jet bath. The fire place warmed our bodies as the earth warmed our souls. All meals were perfect to nourish us, most pleasant to the eye and even more pleasant to the taste. Personnel are super friendly and helpful. We will always remember our stay and look forward to visiting again in future. Our best regards, The Kemps
What a wonderful surprise. Needed a stay over for 1 night. A lovely farm location with a host of activities. Able to do a nice long walk in the afternoon and a beautiful long run in the morning. Meals were excellent. Families with young kids looking should really consider this. Good value for money. Would definitely recommend to others and stay over again.
We had a lovely stay at Ardmore with our little boy. The units are spacious and clean. The staff is friendly and very attentive. The kids just love the goats, sheep and horses. We even fed the goats and our little one could ride a horse for free. The staff is very good with little ones. The food is delicious, generous portions.
Delightful visit even though it was very wet and rainy when we visited. Enjoyed our stay. Great service and good food. Good location and lots to do in the vicinity. Enjoyed the spa bath in the bathroom.