a lovely place for a breakaway, however spoilt by smoking. the bar which is in the main building right next to the main lounge where tea is served and along side the smaller lounge which has interleading doors to the bar. the doors are opened frequently which allows the smoke to enter the rooms. you are unable to get to enjoy a drink in the bar as there is smoking inside, this is very unfair to non-smokers. on complaining to reception we were told that the owner was currently having a smoke in the bar who allows this and there is nothing they can do. also during lunch time they have a beautiful patio which overlooks a lovely pool, we were unable to even sit there and enjoy our lunch due to smoking, which resulted in having lunch in the dining room which was unacceptable. even when you walk to and from the dining rooms, one must pass the bar where the doors are left open during the day. just a warning to all non-smokers your magical trip will be spoilt by this, we are hoping that this will be corrected as they could have been lovely place. - attitude of staff in dining room needs to be worked on as well. - during midday they have a weedeater making alot of noice right in front of the rooms, not very peaceful as what you would have liked.
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- Champagne Castle Hotel is nestled below the second highest peak in South Africa, Champagne Castle (3377m), part of the main escarpment within the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg mountain range, the highest mountain range in South Africa. Due to its diversity of plant, bird and insect life and the richest collection of San rock paintings in Africa, it has been declared a Mixed World Heritage Site. For visual impact, recreational variety and luxurious splendour, Champagne Castle Hotel is pretty close to being an ultimate experience. Your stay will be characterised by the proximity you gain to the most dramatic and immediate views of the Drakensberg Escarpment and the 'Barrier of Spears'. Whether you walk or hike, trout fish or horse ride, play golf or tennis, swim or bowl, everything here has been configured to embrace this unparalleled setting. ... more less
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