We stayed at Ardmore over New Year and could not have been made more welcome. Paul and Sue were superb hosts and nothing was too much trouble. We stayed in a 3 bed thatched, mountain view cottage which was great! Lovely to soak in the jacuzzi after a long walk and listen to the thunder rolling around the mountains! Ardmore was our final leg of a 3 week holiday in South Africa and we were not disappointed!
We love the mountains and came to hike. The surrounding area boasts stunning views of Champagne Castle and Cathkin Peak which rise to over 3000 metres. There are various walks from Monk's Cowl, a short drive away. We also drove (an hour and a half) to Royal Natal National Park in the North Drakensbergs to walk to Tugela Falls, the world's second highest waterfall. An amazing gorge walk with stunning views and well worth the drive.
On New Years Eve, our hosts arranged a quiz after dinner, and for those who could stay awake until midnight, a champagne toast!
The atmosphere is that of a house party, very friendly and sociable. You all eat dinner together (good home cooked fare) and exchange stories about your day over a glass of wine. For those who love the countryside and animals this is a great place. The dogs happily tag on to your strolls around the gardens, ducklings follow you around, horses munch grass outside your door.
We would certainly go back if we visited the area again. A delightful end to our holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ardmore Guest Farm is situated in the heart of the scenic Champagne Valley in the central Drakensberg mountain range. Here you can enjoy stunning views of the three highest peaks in South Africa - Mafadi (highest peak at 3450m), Injisuti Dome (3410m) and the majestic Champagne Castle (3377m) which are all situated within the World Heritage site. We are surrounded by breathtaking views and fantastic opportunities for hiking and exploring the local area. We also have our won Ardmore Museum and art gallery, and the African Loom weaving centre for those who are interested in local crafts and artwork. We provide comfortable farm style accommodation, with dinner and breakfast included. We have a total of 18 units, situated either in a traditional thatch rondawel or in one of our beautiful mountain facing cottages or garden rooms. All rooms are en-suite with private fireplaces and free firewood. Wake up to a traditional farmhouse breakfast (full English) overlooking Ardmore's extensive gardens. Relax in our pub with a cold drink before joining us for a relaxed four course lantern lit dinner with complimentary wine served in our yellow wood dining room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ardmore Guest Farm Hotel Winterton