St Bernards Peak Mountain Lodge in the Southern Drakensberg, is a beautiful old stone and thatched Lodge with such history.
Settlers first moved to the area in 1890. The original St Bernards Peak Mountain Lodge was built then, and the hotel was started in 1947, and added onto from that time. It has always been known as a homely, relaxed , family -orientated resort ,with a farm atmosphere. Thatched chalets sleeping three, and thatched rondavels sleeping one to two ,nestle beneath Oak and Fir trees .
There is a shared dining-room in the Lodge serving delicious meals.
The scenery is spectacular, and for the energetic ,a swimming pool, horse riding, hiking (bushman paintings within a 40 min hike), river tubing, trout fishing, to name a few activities.
The Swartberg is such a scenic area. Perfect for mountain hikes, horse riding ,bird watching and just relaxing and enjoying the mountain air by the pool or in the beautiful grounds. The campsite is rustic, with very basic ablutions.There is a scullery with a fridge and hot plate available. If you want upmarket camping this is not for you. If you want peace and quiet and beautiful scenery, and abundant birdlife, with all the Berg has to offer on your doorstep, at a low rate this campsite will suit your needs.
The lodge and rondavels are homely and cosy with a farmstyle feel, good food and welcoming hosts will give you a memorable stay
A family berg hotel where the whole family can recharge.
Wide open spaces, lovely walks for both serious and casual walkers.
Horse riding under the owners supervision.
Trout fishing dams.
A huge swimming pool for the warmer weather.
Super meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner. These are really special. You will add a few centimeters around the waist.
Lovely country pub and lounge, both with blazing log fires. So good!
what a homely atmosphere here and you are made to feel so welcome and special. The food is delicious and there is so much to do here. You must come visit and see for yourself. There are hiking trails, horse rides and awesome scenery. Children can bring their own bicycles as well as enjoy the swimming pool, trampoline, jungle gymand putt putt course. The cottages are cosy and on a cold day, you can enjoy sitting next a warm, crackling fire. Your host and hostess will make you feel right at home.
We recently held our first African wide team workshop at St Bernards Peak. The team of the Lodge were incredible, and the workshop facilities were great and very comfortable for the 20 of us that were together for the week. The restaurant and food was good and the bar was cozy, warm and ideal for relaxing at the end or a busy day. A pool table and dart board kept many of the team busy, and we all ventured out on horse rides and fantastic walks in the area. The Lodge is well situated in an incredibly beautiful landscape and overall is a great venue for the relatively informal workshop that allows for plenty of activities on the side.
Had a nice 4 day stay at St Bernard's Peak. Good food, lovely surroundings, very very nice welcoming owners - in fact everyone was very friendly including the families and guests who treat the place like home. Just needs a bit of money injected into it. It seems like the owners are quite happy to just keep existing guests happy who are happy. Very tired and shabby. There is a thin line between rustic and shabby. So much more could be done to the place even if the rate had to go up a bit. Would still be cheap enough for families. There was a shortage of water and the owners went out of their way to cart water in by 1000's of litres everyday. Tennis court and bowling green both need some TLC. My biggest complaint was lack of outdoor seating. There was no where one could relax in the mornings or afternoons after a meal with a book on some nice comfy chairs. Outside the pub area there are a few plastic 'catering' chairs and a wooden table. On arrival at the pub for pre dinner drinks there is no where to sit (unless in the pub, on a hot summers night). All 6? chairs occupied. Some nice outdoor furniture by the pub area would be nice. Outside the dining area its the same ~ one concrete table. There is an indoor tv lounge which most of the time is occupied by the kids! No adult lounge. There are one or two concrete benches scattered around the garden. Our room had a lovely little verandah ~ no table or chairs? No loungers by the pool ~ it seems like its a BYO system. This lovely little gem with wonderful hosts just needs some TLC and money spent on it to make guests just that little bit more comfy. We gravitated from dining area to pool to room for this very reason ~ no outside seating!
Food was wonderful and Christina goes out of her way but the maids in the d/room could speed it up a bit! We had room number 3 which was quite a task to get to in the dark. No outside lighting leading the way ~ we used our cell phones. This is an ideal family hotel ~ kids love it. No fan or Aircons in the room.