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Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse
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Reviewed 4 June 2013

Adjacent to the Drakensberg Mountains, Cleopatra is a small farmhouse complex with a variety of rooms. Now a little tired and shabby-chic but still comfortable, many with fireplaces supplied with wood and lighters. Great walks close by in the hills. The main feature is the restaurant where set 6 course gourmet meals are served each evening to a superb standard. This is definitely for those who love their food, You need the walks to prepare for the next meal!
Could be greatly improved with a little work on the rooms.

Room Tip: The two executive cottages with great views over the countryside and hills.
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank michaelwhittall
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Reviewed 23 May 2013

We loved everything about Cleopatra, from the breath taking views, the welcoming and knowledgeable staff ( came to serve us home made lemonade upon our return from a walk from the Moors. Very nice touch) to exception fine dining experience which catered for vegetarians too. All the ingredients were of highest quality hence the food tasting so exceptional.
The room was very comfortable, with a lovely warm electric blanket which was a wonderful surprise when we slipped into our comfy bed.
There is nothing that was not likable, and we would highly recommend anyone to stay here and experience, the finest dining in the finest breath taking surrounding.

Room Tip: We had Room No 1 and it was very beautiful.
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 May 2013

We travelled there from Australia recently, for our daughter's wedding. The staff were fantastic, the food though a bit rich for my liking, was delicious. The mountain views lovely. I also enjoyed the mountain view from the bath in room 9. The gardens however are pretty ordinary and the room we had - room 9 is very tired and in desperate need of a refreshing re-vamp. I don't feel it was worth the high cost and was pretty disappointed in the background for the wedding ceremony. A lovely mountain granted, but spoilt with the view of an iron roof and surrounded by ordinary grounds. We opted for higher ground under a tree but personally I was disappointed for my daughter. The pergola where most ceremonies are apparently held could do with some desperate tizzying up - very grey to look at. Needs a proper step up into it and some nice brick paving/tiling on top of the concrete to make it look a bit more appealing, plus something planted to block out the iron roof. If I ever went back it would be solely to meet up with all of the staff again.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Rosemary A
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Reviewed 15 May 2013

I found the place odd. The decor is straight out of pre-victorian england. Considering we were in africa, it seemed kind of strange....the food was, well, odd too. Fishheads baked in cheese for breakfast? Really?? Everything was blanketed in a sea of bland cream sauces. The meat was cooked in such a fashion to reduce it to mush. Not a green vegetable to be seen, or a salad... I guess it was the height of haute cuisine in 1860 or so..i guess it just wasn't to my taste but the meal was beautifully presented and it was lovely to enjoy their hospitality. . With that said, they tried very hard, were very gracious and accomodating. The african staff do an exceptional job. They are really outstanding. The area is beautiful and we enjoyed hiking in the area. The rooms themselves are old ( older bathrooms, etc) but very very clean. The style of decorating runs to every surface being covered in knick-knacks. That either appeals to you or it doesn't. I guess eccentric might be a word to describe it...stuck in time. If you have fantasies of edwardian england or colonial africa, this is your place; if you booked a vacation in modern africa you would be out of luck here...

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Jewtah
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Reviewed 2 May 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for three nights and wish it had been longer! All the previous reviews really say it all and we couldn't really fault the place. Our room  ( Number 6) was kitted out as " the Natural History museum" and worked well in an eccentric way including some appropriate memorabilia from the Poyntons' past. Staff very friendly and efficient. Food was excellent and the breakfasts probably the best we've had, although it's very rich and no quarter is given to the food "health police".  Richard Poynton was not around for the duration of our stay however this didnt seem to affect the quality of the food. The location is also amazing, set in large grounds with a freshwater dam at the front where you can throw food to the trout which you could easily mistake for piranhas! Our only regret was that we didn't stay longer and take advantage of the amazing things to do in the awe inspiring setting that is the Drakensburg Mountains. 

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Thank Nos6
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