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Cathkin Cottage - Champagne Valley

Cathkin Cottage is conveniently placed in the heart of Champagne Valley and is in close proximity to all local attractions and restuarants, with many hikes starting from the cottage.

Cathkin B and B offers warm hospitality with comfortable accommodation in well appointed rooms, all ensuite. Each room comprises tea and coffee making facilities, a mini bar fridge and is fully serviced. You can enjoy delicious breakfasts on the patio whilst taking in the view and planning your day

Whether you choose to lie at the pool and read or get out and about exploring - you will find this beautiful place induces great peace and relaxation. Rejuvenation is not an option but just a natural process whilst visiting Champagne Valley. Local attractions are mostly within a 10 minute drive from your accommodation and walking/hiking trails start at the cottage, so you don’t even need to get into your car.

Near by attractions include the many hiking and walking trails from Monks Cowl Conservation area, horseriding in the mountains or in a nature reserve where you get up close to rhino, giraffe, wildebeest, buck, zebra, etc. There are also many sporting activities including a championship 18 hole golf course, tennnis, bowls, squash etc. Guided tours to bushmen paintings, a falconry display, Drakensberg Boys Choir Concerts are a must for visitors. Helicopter flips and microlite flights over the mountains are easily arranged. Cathedral Peak and Didima Rock Art Centre is a scenic 40 minute drive. River rafting and quad biking are popular activities and great fun. Local arts and crafts are plentiful and we have excellent restaurants, coffee shops and tea gardens close by, all offering value for money meals.

For those wishing to explore a bit further afield the following day trips are all just over an hours drive from Cathkin Cottage: Giants Castle to see the only San museum in the world where visitors are given explanations of good examples of rock art and how the bushmen lived, Royal Natal National Park, Amphitheatre, Kamberg Canopy Tours, Midlands Meander and lots more.

Rooms
Tastefully decorated en-suite double and twin rooms with private entrances from the lovely garden, are fully equipped with towels, toileteries, tea and coffee facilities, biscuits, stocked mini bar fridges, and are serviced daily. Heaters / fans are provided in each room.

Heaters / fans are provided in each room and some TV`s are available if requested when booking.

Facilities
*Braai (barbecue) area
*Picnic area
*Pool
*Packed lunches on request for picnics in the mountains
*Delicious English or continental breakfast served on the patio or in our cosy diningroom, both overlooking a park like garden with a pool and wonderful views
*Birding
*Relaxing in the lovely garden

How to get there
FROM JOHANNESBURG
Freeway route: Johannesburg to Van Reenans Pass on N3.
Take the first glide off after the Tugela Toll Plaza, which is at the bottom of Van Reenan`s Pass.

Route 1. Turn left for approx. 4kms on the N11 then turn right towards WINTERTON onto the R600. You will cross over the N3 concrete highway. At R74 turn left towards Winterton.

Route 2. Turn right over N3 freeway and proceed for 38kms to R74 junction, turn left to Bergville
Continue on R74 for 22kms to Winterton

Scenic Route. This is the route we use, but we must advise that the condition of the roads is shocking and you need to avoid using it in misty, poor weather conditions. Also do not travel this road at night. At Harrismith you need to turn off towards QwaQwa/Bethlehem. Continue towards Bethlehem until you see the QwaQwa sign to the left. Take this turning and continue until you see the Sterkfontein Dam / Central Drakensberg turning to left. Continue next to the dam (which will be on your right hand side) and travel down Oliviers Pass, past Little Switzerland towards Bergville.
In Winterton, opposite Engen Garage, turn right onto R600 CENTRAL BERG road. Proceed for approx 13km to the crossroad junction.

* Cross straight over and continue for 12km. Pass Champagne Sports Resort on your left hand side. Take the next road right - sign posted the Drakensberg Sun Resort. Travel approx. 4km.

* The Drakensberg Sun is on your right hand side. Continue straight on and tell security at the `boom gate` that you are going to No,l Yellowwood Drive. Turn left at the small circle, into Yellowwood Drive. Cathkin Cottage is the first house on your left hand side.

FROM DURBAN: Continue on the N3 from the tollgate towards Estcourt, until you reach Exit 194, the R74 BERGVLLLE/COLENSO/GREYTOWN glide off. Turn right over the bridge and proceed for 20km to Winterton.

Or alternately take the LOSKOP/CENTRAL DRAKENSBERG/ESCOURT SOUTH offramp and you will travel until the R600 intersection where you turn left towards Central Drakensberg.

Opposite the Engen Garage, turn left onto the R600 CENTRAL BERG road. Proceed for 13km to the crossroad junction.

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