Growing to Eat in KwaZulu Natal


Cleopatra is a five star gourmet getaway tucked deep into the KwaZulu Natal’s Drakensberg Mountains surrounded by Giants Castle Nature Reserve.  Situated on the edge of a trout filled dam, alongside the Little Mooi River.  Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is offering a Growing to Eat Garden Course on the 19th and 20th September 2011 and 5th and 6th December 2011.  On this delightfully different course you will learn how to: Plan where and what to plant, Make biodegradable pots, What is Companion Planting; Crop Rotation and why do it, Microgreen and Sprout, Raised Beds, Hoop Houses, Poly Tunnels and mini greenhouses, Square meter garden, Protecting your vegetable beds, Pesticides and natural remedies, Vertical garden, Butterfly strings and beneficial insects.


Having been one of the originators of the Country House movement in the 1980’s, Richard and Mouse also travelled overseas working and absorbing the gourmet world with a view to opening Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse – their intimate gourmet getaway.  Its awesome setting with splendid views of the mountains and running with crystal clear streams and waterfalls, Cleopatra is the ultimate in peace, tranquillity and solitude.  It is ideal for its intended purpose as a restful refuge with professional yet understated service and most of all a gourmet experience to remember.


All the ingredients are in place for a complete treat.  Snug beds with mohair blankets and crisp, fresh cotton sheets, a spectacular view of the mist covered mountains emerging from the early morning sun, the aromas of a country kitchen tempting hunger heightened by the brisk mountain.


Loving meals of hearty soups, vegetables, freshly caught trout, local cheeses and homemade breads, bundles of fresh herbs and vegetables just picked from the kitchen garden, friendly dining room filled with the quiet buzz of contented conversations a roaring fire in the lounge, cantilevered over a trout-filled dam.  Choose just the right wine from the underground wine cellar and prepare your senses for the tastes and flavors that follow Richard’s legendary talks extolling the pleasures and practices of his food preparation.  Dinner is a sumptuous 6 course affair with no effort or expense spared to give our guests a memorable dining experience.  The menu changes every evening according to the seasons and the availability of local produce.  Breakfasts are unusual and exciting. Contact Road Travel to book your special gourmet getaway.

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