Cleopatra Mountain Farm house, in the Drakensberg mountains of KwaZulu Natal, is a luxury gourmet retreat tucked deep into the mountains. Its picturesque location, beside a beautiful dam, is not far from Giants Castle Reserve and Kamberg Nature Reserve with their famous San (Bushmen) Rock Art. The Farm house is surrounded by excellent walking country.
However Cleopatra Mountain Farm house is mostly known for Richard’s legendary ‘foodie’ dinners, and breakfasts. Excitingly different, Richard offers fine gourmet food using local ingredients and home-grown herbs. He’s written a cookery book outlining some of his signature dishes and elaborate, multi-course dinners are the order of the day. You’ll need a hike or two to walk off the glorious food on offer, with several courses even for breakfast! Dining at the Farm house takes place in a charming atmospheric dining room which is cantilevered over the crystal clear dam.
The decor at Cleopatra is eclectic and bold, with many artefacts to interest and amuse its visitors. The 11 rooms and suites are quirky and welcoming, with many personal touches. All have television, separate showers, crisp cotton sheets, mohair blankets and heated underblankets. Please note that the eclectic, slightly eccentric decor will not suit those who prefer a more minimalist decor style. We recommend the Executive suites for people who prefer a more understated style.
Activities at Cleopatra Mountain Farm house include walking, visiting the nearby San rock art at Kamberg and Giants Castle, horse riding, birding and trout fishing in nearby dams and rivers. The enchanting Midlands Meander can also easily be visited with its range of arts and crafts studios and boutique shops, as well as the Crane rehabilitation centre.
Executive Cottages - rooms 10 and 11Room 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.
Executive Suite with FireplaceRoom 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.
Luxury Suite with FireplaceRoom 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
Standard twin and double roomsRoom 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.