Don't put this place on your bucket list.
Put it on your Absolutely-Totally-Definitely-Must-Do-Now list.
The best fine food I've had since that famous restaurant in The Rocks in Sydney (can't remember the name!). Pea risotto wrapped in slivers of oxtail; fresh mushroom and marjoram soup; avo and olive melange wrapped in springbok carpaccio; Norwegain salmon topped with ginger, chili and garlic topped with dorado, prawn and steamed asparagus (every layer a new sensation!); Mediterranean potatoes and finally crème brulee made the old fashioned way. Even my breakfast omelette was incredible; lofty floaty foam filled with soft camembert, bacon and cranberry.
Phillipa explains the menu before dinner, beside a roaring fire. Also, the history. Met fellow-travellers from Tourism Indaba and we talked and talked. Bed has a feather mattress cover and a down duvet. My own fire. A river. A shimmering lake. Rows of cutlery predict how many courses to expect! Owner Richard's son's wine to die for. Incredible staff always there, but never intrusive.
I would rather stay here once than anywhere else twice! Remember when you check the price, it includes your gourmet meal; so not as expensive as it first seems. Memories are made of this. Thank you Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse
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- Also Known As:
- Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse Hotel Balgowan
- Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse Kwazulu Natal
- Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse South Africa/Balgowan, KwaZulu-Natal