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Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

Certificate of Excellence
Highmoor Road, Balgowan 3275, South Africa
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Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Balgowan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Very quaint lovely setting, oldy worldy, long way from Joburg . Phillips and Astly great stand ins for Richard and Mel who were away, fabulous evening presentations by Phillipa on activities history and the very excellent 5 course dinners ( granita is not a course) had to buy the book so I could try to replicate the appetizers and entrees.... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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117 reviews 117 reviews
21 hotel reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Cleopatra's is all about food - AMAZING food, consistently good food as well as comfort and relaxation. We had tried once before to get a booking and hadn't succeeded. The food is imaginative, fresh, beautifully presented and generous This is going to be long review. I wrote down every single menu that we enjoyed because I wanted to share the... More 

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East Dean,Chichester United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If I say this has to be one of the top 5 places in the world that I have ever stayed in, you might get the drift of what's coming! I absolutely LOVE Cleopatra's with all my heart! When we arrived, Amon greeted us with cool, fresh lemonade and towels after a very long and pot holed drive to find... More 

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The only bad thing is our error in not booking for longer! The accommodation was wonderful, food excellent and service is comparable to the best hotel anywhere in the world. We sadly spent only two nights at The Cleopatra Lodge. The staff were very helpful with our pre stay arrange,nets and advice and could not have looked after U.S. Any... More 

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123 reviews 123 reviews
64 hotel reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The rooms were average but the setting was spectacular in the shadow of the drakensberg mountains. The food however was to die for. It was unique, tasty and amazing. Every meal a cullinary delight. The staff were also great, friendly and helpful. But the food, a must for anyone who seriously loves good food.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Superb surroundings, excellent staff and food that is out of this world....! In the words of the host - this is not a Health Farm ! We spent three glorious days, walking, eating and talking to new-found friends.

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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This is a wonderful hotel, comfortable, quirky and with great staff. The location is fantastic and the walks in the area are magnificent. It is absolutely perfect, IF ONLY they would stop pretending that they are great cooks. Dinner is a 6 course marathon which is described in great detail before you go into the dining room, but it is... More 

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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Location, location, location - just about says it all. Sitting just a 10 minute drive from Highmoor, one of the highest points you can drive to in the Drakensberg is Cleopatra's Farmhouse. It is owned by Richard Poynton a highly rated chef and restauranteur in SA, so food is one of the key aspects of your stay. However the rooms... More 

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Durban, South Africa
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I truly do not have enough superlatives to describe the setting at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse....this is one of the few places which actually looks exactly like the photo's on the website. The staff are amazing, extremely courteous, friendly and helpful. The food was great, although a little on the rich side. Well appointed rooms, we were in the Blue room... More 

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Englewood, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

As an experienced cook and well seasoned travellers we chose this place on a noted review.. The setting is magnificent and accommodation really good, the farmhouse itself quirky and fun. Management couldn't be more helpful, but the food was more than a little disappointing. We stayed 2 nights and after Richard introduced his menu on the first night with aplomb,... More 

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