Set beside a mountain dam, the idyllic setting of the 5-star Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse in KwaZulu Natal makes it a peaceful sanctuary. This bountiful country estate includes a cosy lounge and dining room, a well-stocked cellar, an intimate library and eleven luxurious rooms that overlook the magnificent Drakensberg mountain range.
Offering fresh mountain air by day and cosy fireplaces at night, the farmhouse was originally built as a mountain retreat to escape the coastal heat of KwaZulu Natal. Continuing its legacy of country comfort, three of the rooms have been converted from the original stone farmhouse that dates back to 1940.
More than simply a getaway, the farmhouse is known for its legendary gourmet cuisine, drawing guests from far and wide. Owner and resident chef Richard has a special passion for sauces and reductions and fresh bread is baked twice daily. Much of the ingredients are grown on the farmhouse lands, ensuring fresh, seasonal delights. Diners can look forward to a 7 course dinner and a leisurely 3 course breakfast that will more than tide them over until the next sumptuous meal.
The location of Cleopatra’s means visitors get to enjoy many outdoor activities. The Kamberg Valley where the farmhouse is located is close to Giant’s Castle Nature Reserve and is known for its outstanding trout fishing. Guests can try their luck with the brown trout in the river, or the stocked dam that hold Rainbow trout. Scenic short walks or mountain hikes are close by and visitors who come in summer can enjoy swimming in mountain streams. For those who would like to explore the region and get close to nature, horse riding is accessible and caters to both novice and experienced riders. The estate borders on to the recently declared World Heritage Site of Highmoor Nature Reserve, meaning guests can enjoy the abundant wildlife of the region; such as Oribi, jackal, Serval, Eland, Rooikat as well as rich, diverse birdlife.
Hailed a ‘hidden culinary paradise’ by previous guests, Cleopatra’s is known for it’s outstanding hospitality and takes pride in the friendly, helpful service that they provide.
- 24-hour Security
- Conference Centre
- Malaria Free
- Mobile Connectivity
- Secure Parking
- Babysitting Service
- Credit Card
- Foreign Exchange
- Laundry Service
- Room Service
- Travel Desk
- Battlefield Tours
- Bird Watching
- Cooking Courses
- Cultural Tours
- Game Drives
- Game Viewing
- General Sightseeing
- Historical Tours
- Horse Riding
- Mountain Biking
- Wine Tasting
Room Ten – Nordic Light Room
This is our Swedish room. The pale blue and red with touches of crystal and typical of this style. We have combined it with naturalist touches imagining a sweet Swedish girl collecting bits from her walks in the country.
Room Eleven – Cowboy Room
This room has sparked a glint in many a guests eye with the array of leather and riding gear displayed on this walls! The bridle on the wall has ensured that this is now the Bridal Suite. We had such fun finding things to do with the Wild West.
Room Nine – The Blue Plate Room
White and blue with many blue antique plates on the walls. This room used to be the Grand Tour room.
Room One – Inspired by Italy
Our time in Italy inspired this theme – walking through the street market in Arezzo – seeing tables groaning with white lace, new and old
The lace bits were from an old friend of Mouse’s mother. It is so good to see these things on display as opposed to them sitting in a dark drawer.
Room Seven – Calligraphy Room
Calligraphy is the theme for the old, original farmhouse room. The headboard hides the old fireplace. The bathroom was the original kitchen and the stove inglenook is still evident.
Room Eight – Travel
This room was Ralph and Marj’s bedroom. The room represents Richard and Mouse’s travel overseas after selling Granny Mouse and it has recently been refurbished
Room Two – Scandinavian Room
Originally thought of as the Swedish Room. Our Scandinavian guests have informed us that the red and green colour scheme is more Danish.
Room Three – The Naturalist Room
This room contains birds’ nests, branches, eggs and all things organic. It was easy to decorate this room as most of these things are natural found objects from the farm.
Room Four – Darjeeling Room
Named the Darjeeling room; this yellow, blue and white room contains a collection of gold and white tea cups and china.
Room Five – Garden Room
The garden room is a favourite of ours. Tasha painted the mural on the wall and we interspaced it with garden quotes. The little fence bedhead rounds off the theme.
Room Six – Durban Pioneers Room
This is inspired by the early Natal settlers. We have framed artifacts from both our families and even have my mother’s jodpurs from the war years. Sitting on the loo and reading the “illustrated news” on the wall has caused a few smiles.