After 11 kms of very very rough public unmetalled road you reach a rough track to the Retreat. It is wonderfully situated on the edge of a plateau giving it uninterrupted views of the whole of the central and north Drakensberg range. Stunning.
The grounds are extensive so you can stay home and hike for miles in completely unspoiled countryside. The Retreat has a swimming pool, billiard room and spacious lounges and communal areas. There are extensive lawns, free-roaming horses It is fabulous really.
We stayed for three nights, braving the road to do some daytime touring. Breakfasts were excellent. Dinners were freshly cooked and very good indeed. Staff were 100% helpful. There was a well-stocked trust bar. And wifi worked well in hotspot areas, not in your room.
My wife and I loved the Fordoun. It was the perfect relaxation stop on our tour of the country with safari on either side. The restaurant is great. Milk tart ice cream was the best we'd ever had. Staff could not have been more helpful and the room was luxurious.
I booked and paid through Expedia, but in the hotel at first they were trying to charge a difference between the rate paid and the rate considered for this day by the hotel. After I explain that I had paid in advance and I had not more to pay, the point was understood.
The other point is that the hotel has different sides with differents lebel of room. During the booking is not able to know which tipe of room is it. There is not pictures...
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