Birches is quite remote - 5k down a dirt track from Underberg. The room is fine - but breakfast is only served at the Lemon Tree Cafe in Underberg - and it is frustrating that it doesn't open until 8.30am. All restaurants and shops etc are also in Underberg, so you are likely to be up and down the dirt track quite a lot. We weren't that impressed with the Lemon Tree for dinner either - most of the food is microwaved.
However, the location of Birches is very peaceful - which is fine for a night but for us there was not enough to do in the area round the cottage - not even any walking trails - so, in future, we will stay nearer the National Parks further north.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a quiet corner of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Park, with the cascading Umzimkulu river bounding one side and blue mountain sky the other, lie Birches and Willows cottages. Designed to satisfy the needs of the most discerning traveller, Birches and Willows are luxuriously appointed and serviced daily to international standards. Set in a private garden on the six-hectare riverfront. ... more less