Ardmore is situated below the majestic Champagne Castle mountain range in a warm, scenic valley. The atmosphere is quiet, restful and informal with a 360° view of the mountains and surrounding hills. The cosy farm-style accommodation offers dinner, as well as bed and breakfast.
Sleep in an en-suite rondavel (small circular building with a cone-shaped roof) with a fireplace or in one of the mountain view cottages, which have two to three bedrooms and a lounge with a fireplace. The rondavels and cottages are within easy walking distance of the main guesthouse, where you will find the yellowwood dining room, television room, kids’ play room, spacious lounge and pub.
In the evening join your hosts and other guests for a pre-dinner drink in the pub, or a four-course meal (with complimentary wine). The kitchen is supplemented by an organic vegetable garden. Light lunches and snacks are available from the tea garden throughout the day.
Acitivites on the farm include:
- Bass fishing;
- Mountain biking;
- Canoeing; and
Cool off in the pool with a view or just relax under the enormous liquidambar tree. Children can enjoy a jungle gym, trampoline and petting the animals.
Activities in the valley include:
- Two golf courses;
- Trout fishing;
- Quad biking;
- Helicopter rides;
- River rafting; and
A highlight is to ride among giraffes and rhinos in the nearby Spionkop Game Reserve.
Local places of interest include:
- Battlefield sites;
- Bushman paintings;
- The Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School;
- A falconry display centre; and
- Bonnie Ntshalintshali:
The internationally acclaimed ceramist Bonnie Ntshalintshali (1967-1999) was a founder member of Ardmore Ceramic Art Studio. She was born and brought up on Ardmore Farm. She won many national awards and some of her pieces, along with over 200 other Ardmore ceramic art pieces, can be seen in the guesthouse.
Guests can take a one-minute stroll to the neighbouring Ardmore Ceramic Art Studio where approximately 50 artists can be seen at work.