We were here when a cold front hit and it was a bit chilly despite the room heater and hot water bottles.
There was a log fire in the bar in the evenings and Hester was a great host, she moved us into the bar for dinner on our second evening as we were the only ones eating, which was a nice touch.
Alistair is a genial host and made us very welcome.
On our last morning we did the tour of Spion Kop battlefield with his father Raymond who was a most informative guide on a very emotional tour, it was without doubt the highlight of our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by low hills that slope up to the towering peaks of the Drakensberg and Free State Mountains. Spion Kop Lodge is the ideal place from where to explore the battlefields, set on an echo farm in Kwazulu-Natal. General Buller’s headquarters during the relief of the Ladysmith campaign, Mount Alice, is located on the farm. The beautifully restored, 8 bedroomed colonial-style farmhouse, is set in tranquil, secure grounds with superb views. Added to this there are two cottages, offering self-catering accommodation in an out-of-Africa setting. There is a library with an excellent collection of historical books, a dining room, cozy pub and a swimming pool. The owner and registered guide, Raymond Heron (F.R.G.S), guides guests to the many historic Battlefield sites, as does his son Alastair. We have 250 different bird species, hiking on the property and Sunset Boat Cruises and horse riding amongst the rhino, giraffe and various other animals. "Arrive as guests, leave as friends." ... more less
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