About Shiriba Farm
Shiriba Farm is a privately owned 100 acre property in the Champagne Valley. Unwind in the peace and tranquility of our two cottages, nestled on the edge of a dam and looking out to the mountains of the Central Drakensberg.
It's an oasis of serenity with plenty to do in the surrounds. Here at Shiriba you could enjoy your own splash pool, (Honeystone Cottage only), walks, canoeing, bird-watching or fishing for bass on the large dam (BYO rod). Alternatively you may wish to explore the arts and crafts centres or one of the many activities available here in the neighbourhood.
We have only two cottages, well spaced apart for your privacy and within reason are happy to accept any special requests you might have. Everything is nice; we don’t do ‘tatty’. We’re 2 ½ hours from Durban and about 4 ½ hours from Johannesburg.
Self Catering Accommodation
Honeystone Cottage (sleeps 2):
Our garden cottage is private and secluded and offers both views of the Berg as well as a dam teaming with birdlife. This romantic hideaway-for-two comprises a quaint stone and thatch double-story building - perfect for those who want to escape to the tranquility of nature for a while. It’s great for re-energising escapes, honeymoons or anniversaries.
Upstairs, the spacious bedroom offers a deliciously comfortable queen bed and flaunts lovely views of the mountain, surrounding countryside and dam. Downstairs, this self catering unit offers a fully equipped open plan kitchen with gas / electric stove, microwave and a fridge freezer large enough for those extra supplies. The kitchen opens to the lounge dining area which boasts a cosy fireplace for the cool winter nights. A well appointed modern bathroom has both bath and shower.
From ground level, double-doors open out to the garden, braai and splash-pool vista; The wooden deck invites you for sundowners, whilst the evening dam-life puts on the entertainment. Next to the deck is a canoe for those who want to get closer to the action. A shaded car port solves the sun or hail challenges.
Included in the inventory are the following: linen, oil heater, electric blanket, swimming towels, bath towels, mosquito net, overhead fan and extra blankets. A range of incidentals are also included - ice in the freezer, water, hair dryer, umbrella, torch, CD player with docking station, a safe for valuables and a basket of wood on arrival for fires/braais. Regret - no children allowed. Pets by arrangement only.
Firefly Cottage (sleeps 4):
One hundred and fifty metres away, also on the edge of the dam and with views of the mountain, this two bedroom / two bathroom cottage is a free standing single level abode. Quiet and private – a great place for good friends to relax and enjoy one another’s company after a long days hike.
Both rooms are spacious – The main room having bath and shower and looking out to the mountain, whilst the second room has a shower and looks to the dam. Both offer comfortable kingsize extra-length beds, or singles if preferred. Linen and towels are provided.
The open plan living area offers a fully equipped kitchen, including cutlery, crockery, gas / electric stove, microwave and fridge freezer. The kitchen opens to the dining / lounge area with comfortable furniture, bar and fireplace ... flowing then out onto a covered veranda and the dam vista ... the perfect setting for fire’s in the pit or in the braai area.
Included in the inventory are the following: electric blankets, fan, bath towels and extra blankets. A range of incidentals are also included - ice in the freezer, water, torch, CD player and a basket of wood on arrival for fires / braais. The cottage may be serviced between 11am and 12pm (additional cost per service). Pets by arrangement only.
Attractions and Activities
• Cedarwood Supermarket and Liquor Store is situated across the road from Champagne Sports Resort 8kms away' alternatively Winterton is about 30km away
• Petrol is available at Champagne Sports and Dragons Peak
• Golf - 18 holes at Champagne Sports Resort (rated in top 30 by Complete Golfer) and 9 holes at Monks Cowl
• Drakensberg Boys Choir concerts every Wednesday except when the boys are on tour overseas
• Choice of restaurants / coffee shops
• Horse riding
• Tennis, bowls and fishing
• Scenic helicopter flights
• See locals weaving rugs at Kwa-Zulu Weavers and treat yourself at the Wafflehut
• Battlefield Tours
• Bird of Prey shows
• Short mountain walks or even guided hikes of the “Big Five” mountain trails, including Sterk Horn, Giants Castle, Injisuthi and Matterhorn
• Arts, crafts and curios
• Bellpark Dam or Spionkop Dam Nature Reserve with picnic spots and game viewing
• Clay pigeon shooting, river rafting and quad biking
• Big Five game reserve one hour away
Shiriba Farm is a member of Bushmans Tourism