Cathkin Cottage is conveniently positioned in the heart of Champagne Valley and is in close proximity to all local attractions and restuarants, with many hikes starting from the cottage this in a safe and secure environment.
Cathkin B&B and Self Catering offers warm hospitality with comfortable accommodation in well appointed rooms, all en suite. 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. Should you choose Self Catering you have the entire house to use since we do not offer B&B and Self Catering simultaneously. Self Catering accommodates up to 10 persons (max).
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.
Facilities and Services:
- Braai (barbecue) area
- Picnic area
- Swimming Pool
- Packed lunches on request for picnics in the mountains (in advance on request)
- Special requests like champagne, chocolate and flowers (in advance on request)
- 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
- Relaxing in the lovely garden
- Laundry can be done (at additional cost on request/with notice)
How to get here:
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. 4 kms 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 38 kms to R74 junction, turn left to Bergville
Continue on R74 for 22 kms to Winterton
Scenic Route. This is the route is not advised unless you have time and a 4x4 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 13 km 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 and Cathkin Cottage B&B. Travel approx. 4 km.
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.
Continue on the N3 from the Mooi River tollgate towards Estcourt, until you reach Exit 179, the Escort North / Giants Castle off ramp. Turn left towards Giants Castle / Loskop proceed for approx. 3 5km past Loskop township and Bata Shoes Factory. Turn Left at Thokisiza onto the R600 - before the dirt road. This road is tar all the way to Cathkin Cottage. 15 km from Thokisiza to Cathkin Cottage B&B and Self Catering.
Accommodation at Cathin Cottage:
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, Mini bar fridges, and are serviced daily. Heaters / fans are provided in each room. All rooms are clean and comfortable with cotton percale linen and bespoke.
1 Deluxe: Kingsize OR Twin Beds, full bathroom with shower and bath. Good for long extended stays. Dcor is predominately neutral with a toilet in charcoal and cream. Inter leading if desired.
2 Twin: Twin Beds, shower. Good as part of a family room since it has an inter leading room if desired. Dcor is in neutral pewter tones. (RM 2 and RM 3 may be inter leading if required).
ROOM 3 Double: Double bed, shower and bath (which is hand painted). Inter leading if desired. Dcor is in Glamorous 1950s style with movie stars (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Elvis Presley).
4 Double: Double bed, shower and bath which are small. Inter leading to Liquorice room if desired. Dcor is in rich chocolate tones.
5 Double: Double bed, shower. Brilliant for extra privacy as the entrance is private. Dcor is in Black/white and neutral tones.
Clothing and Accessories:
In winter you may want to bring warm clothing for the evenings and early mornings - generally the days warm up quite nicely. Evening temperatures are generally around 3 degrees centigrade. In summer you will need cool clothing for the very hot days, your costume is a must. We often have afternoon thundershowers, and when it is misty you may require a light jersey or pullover. Sunhat, sun cream, a hiking stick and hiking boots are a must for this area. A small daypack will help you carry your water and snacks whilst hiking. A raincoat and umbrella will ensure that you can still continue with your activities outdoors even if it rains! Europeans are good at that, South Africans still need to learn not to be demotivated by poor weather.
Most establishments are fairly casual, although the hotels prefer smart casual for evening dress (no jeans) for dinner.
Health and Climate:
The weather is good in this region. Typical Summer rain fall with hot days, whilst winter is generally mild to warm and if a cold front comes through we experience snowfall and cold. One needs to always bring a thin pullover as well as sun hat and such, since often times the weather can change dramatically due to the mountainous region. Winter is generally warmer here than it is in the Highveld (e.g. Johannesburg).
There is much to do in this area. We have a vulture restaurant and as a guest of Cathkin Cottage you have the benefit of being able to book the Vulture Hide (R600.00 per day) and many hikes, this all in the estate. There is a tree canopy tour, horse riding, various sporting facilities, extreme sporting, mountain biking and outdoor scooters, helicopter flips, hot air ballooning, fishing and swimming.
One can canoe, go to the spa (there are many in the area), play putt putt or golf, or laze around the pool and read. In truth there is no reason to be bored! At the very least you can go to the chocolate shop and enjoy their novel approach to coffee and chocolate, enjoy a slice of homemade Honey Cheesecake at Scrumpy Jacks or view antiques at Sandra Lemmers' farm, also feasting on the delightful artworks of local artist Steve Bull.
All deposits received are non refundable.
Facilities & Services available:
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Fireplace on the Premises
Parking (off-street - open)
Parking (off-street - covered)
Xhosa / Zulu