About Ardmore Guest Farm
We are situated in the scenic Champagne Valley in the Central Drakensberg. You will enjoy stunning views of the three highest peaks in South Africa. Mafadi (highest peak at 3450m) Injisuti Dome (second highest at 3410m) and the majestic Champagne Castle (third highest at 3377m) which are all situated in South Africa’s latest World Heritage Site. This is a malaria free area.
Ardmore provides cosy farm style accommodation, with a dinner, bed and breakfast service. We have a total of 9 units, situated either in one of the original renovated thatch rondawels or in one of our mountain view thatch cottages. All are en-suite and have a fan, tea/coffee making facility, and a wood fireplace (firewood is provided free of charge) Our guests can choose between:
A thatch rondawel with a queen bed, log fireplace, couch and an en-suite bathroom with a bath, a separate shower and a wall heater.
Accommodation with 1, 2 (2 en-suites) or 3 (2 en-suites) double bedrooms, some with multiple beds. The main bedroom has a 4 poster queen bed, each main en-suite has a wall heater, bath and a separate shower. There is a spacious lounge with a large log fireplace. Large bedrooms, heated bathrooms and bedrooms, log fires and a full-time chef are all part of the “Ardmore scene”. Your hosts are the owners, Paul and Sue Ross, who stay in a separate dwelling. We had guests from over 35 countries last year.
Wake up to a traditional farmhouse breakfast (full English) served on the verandah/dining room overlooking Ardmore’s extensive garden. Snacks and drinks can be ordered in our tea garden. Join your hosts and other guests for a lantern-lit, unpretentious four-course dinner with complimentary wine, served in our Yellowwood dining room (dress informal). Coffee/tea is served in the lounge after supper. Guests usually gather in the cosy pub or in the lounge prior to supper, (guests are welcome to bring their own drinks).
Activities on the farm
Ardmore is the home of the home dyed brightly coloured cotton weaving business called “African Loom”. We also have our own “Amangwe Craft Centre” which sells only locally made crafts, it has the largest known collection of traditional Amangwe Zulu beadwork.
The internationally respected “Ardmore Ceramic Art Studio” is next to the Guesthouse. About 50 local Zulu artists work in the studio, and more than 200 pieces can be seen in the Guest House. The above are all open 7 days a week. You can also enjoy swimming in our swimming pool, mountain biking and walks on the farm. We have a large farm dam with plenty of bass, so try your hand at fishing or go bird watching. (Basic mountain bikes are available to guests at no extra charge). Stroll up to the trig beacon on “Ardmore Hill”, 235m above us.
Activities in the valley
2 golf courses, one an 18 hole championship course, tennis, swimming, bowls, hiking trails, bird watching (311 species), trout and bass fishing, river rafting, quad biking, kloofing and horse riding.
Local places of interest
Include Spioenkop battlefield, Bushman paintings, Spioenkop Game Reserve (where you can ride horses amongst rhino and giraffe), the Drakensberg Boy’s Choir School (performances on most Wednesdays at 15h30), a Falconry display centre (daily performances,except Fridays, at 10-30 am), Tugela Falls (2nd highest in world), helicopter flips into the mountains, the Winterton Museum and Arts and Crafts Centers along the Drakensberg Meander, most places are just a short drive from the farm.