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Drakensberg Mountain Retreat
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Durban, South Africa
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

I visited the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat from Sunday 8th December until Thursday 12th December 2013. It is a magnificent property with stunning views all-round. The location is absolutely perfect as it in close proximity to many attractions and in easy reach of the Golden Gate National Park and Clarens. I would like to congratulate the General Manager - Sean Kruger on doing a sterling job for DMR, he is a great asset to this establishment. I found him to be extremely knowledgeable on the area and he was friendly and courteous at all times. The staff all respect him and think very highly of him. Sean ensured that we were comfortable and he made us feel so at home. I have stayed at many establishments world-wide and have never experienced such great hospitality and efficiency from the management. I will certainly be back! Thank you Sean and staff for making our stay so awesome.

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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Excellent location with amazing view of the berg. The host was friendly and went out of the way to make s feel comfortable. The pillows were all too soft and had to request firmer ones the following day.I will suggest that they provide soft and firm pollows as a standard.

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Zurich, Switzerland
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Was my third time to DMR. It's always so relaxing to stay there. The drive is very bumpy but you get an amazing view and tranquility. Choosed Room 1 which is very spacy and has excellent views of the Drakensberg. In some parts the house would need a little refurbishment. But service and food is still on a very high level. Would always recommend!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bloemfontein
1 review
Reviewed November 17, 2013

Evserything was absolutely wonderful. The setting is idyllic. Sean, the manager went out of his way to see that our stay was unforgettable. What a nice young man. The food was great. It would be even nicer if the road via Sterkfontein dam could be fixed. I feel sorry for all the farmers in that area that have to use such a shocking road. Our roads department is fast asleep and responsible for the financial ruin of hotels and lodges in the Oliviershoek area. Hope they wake up soon.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

From the moment I arrived at Drakensberg Mountain Retreat, I had the strangest sensation of familiarity and peace... almost a feeling of 'coming home' to a place I've never been.

As a self-diagnosed heliophile, the large glass windows and doors inviting the glorious light indoors and offering expansive views of the mountains, were an appreciated architectural detail.

The magical indoor gardens also captivated my imagination. These pretty little pods allow one to enjoy splashes of Mother Nature's colour palette whilst still being protected from the wind, sun and rain. And the pungent smell of Jasmine near the indoor swimming pool at the Barnhouse accommodation - heavenly!

The Barnhouse rooms were basic but spotlessly clean with wonderful water pressure in the showers. No more and no less than what you need.

'Retreat' is such an apt description for this beautiful venue that truly invites one to escape fropm the noise of the city. Personal service, warm hospitality, hearty food and majestic views that feed the soul & imagination are just some of the reasons I would return...

Thank you for serving up some delicious 'chicken soup' for this weary soul.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Vanderbijlpark
1 review
Reviewed November 10, 2013

It is very hard to find a high quality establishment that allows pets. Our Giant Schnauzer had the time of his life. The hikes, scenery, pool, dinning and service were all fantastic. We will definitely visit again.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed November 4, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay. It is a lovely place where you just can park your car and relax... It has a lot of nice routes for hiking from the hotel. We went with our small dog and she also enjoyed to much. Definitely, a place to go back.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Drakensberg Mountain Retreat

Property: Drakensberg Mountain Retreat
Address: Scheepersrus Farm | Bergville District Okhahlamba, Bergville 3350, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Drakensberg Region > Bergville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Bergville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Drakensberg Mountain Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Drakenberg Mountain Retreat is a stunning destination in the northern Drakensberg with breathtaking views. Accommodation at the Lodge is fully catered for breakfast and Dinner. Lunch can be ordered and can be enjoyed on the patio or a picnic basket for your walk in the mountains. The rooms range in quality and size so chat to the management if you want something specific. There are 2 luxurious rooms for romantic couples wanting a totally private retreat. Our pet friendly rooms have enclosed gardens and our large family rooms are wonderful for relaxing with the kids. There are no fixed entertainment activities for the kids. There are marked hiking trails for the fit and not so fit. Enjoy the streams, rivers and just be captured by the quiet of nature. Bring some board games for kids and some of their books from home. Useful on rainy days. The Lodge is set high on a ridge overlooking the northern Drakensberg, the Maluti mountains and most of the central Drakensberg. A wonderful base from which to experience what this part of the Drakensberg has in store for you. The BARNHOUSE is our Self Catering option on the same premises. It offers accommodation for groups and conferences. Enjoy the "homely" atmosphere and caring hosts. ... more   less 
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