Sandford Park Country House Getaway Weekend (Southern Berg)

 

Sandford Park Country House, Drakensberg

Beautiful lake at Sandford Park Country House, Drakensberg

Fewer things can make you feel better when you’re under the weather than cool mountain air; fresh ‘crisp’, tasting water and scenic landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see. In mid January, in need of some R-n-R after a nasty bout of God-knows-what in my system, I spent a restful weekend away at Sandford Park Country Hotel, Bergville, in the Southern ‘Berg.

Unable to resist a good bargain, I spotted a deal on Groupon for a two night stay including breakfast and dinner at R2 649. Looking forward to the break, I was amped! The sporadic wifi and cell phone network coverage in the Drakensberg forces you to disconnect for a bit as well, which I needed…..

It was a comfortable three-hour drive from Durban, with fair roads and just a little bit of a gravel path just before reaching Sandford Park.

Make no mistake – Sandford Park is a well equipped, clean, and absolutely stunning establishment.

The modern suites have been newly renovated but if you prefer a more rustic looking cabin there are thatched roof units available as well.

The rustic thatched roof cabins

The rustic thatched roof cabins

 

I opted for the modern, upgraded suites

I opted for the modern, upgraded suites

The Good:

The lawns are in excellent condition; the pool is clean and inviting; the staff are exceptionally warm and friendly.

Sandford Lawns

Sandford Lawns

As with most ‘Berg getaways, you will notice that everything is at least 45 minutes to an hours drive apart, so it’s best to ensure that your little slice of mountain real estate has enough to keep you entertained.

On-Site Activities at Sandford include: 

Swimming pool
Badminton
Volleyball
Mountain biking
Dam: boating and bass-fishing
Nature walks
Bird-watching
Board games available in the lounge and bar area

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There is a chapel here as well. Mountain wedding anyone?

A little lake on site

A little lake on site

Breathtaking views

Breathtaking views

There is a dam walk at Sandford. This little wooden bridge reminded me a little of the Umhlanga Nature Trail bridge. haha Did I tell you about the time I froze while trying to cross it? Not my finest hour haha But that's a story for another day, Dear Reader :)

There is a dam walk at Sandford. This little wooden bridge reminded me a little of the Umhlanga Nature Trail bridge. haha Did I tell you about the time I froze while trying to cross it? Not my finest hour haha But that’s a story for another day, Dear Reader 🙂

The bad:

Sigh, to me, the food, while served in ample portions, simply did not taste good. I was absolutely disappointed. The ingredients were fresh, but it’s like they just don’t know how to cook!

I didn’t even bother to take photographs.

They served ox-tail on Friday night (it was served in a blackish “stew-like” substance and tasted like vinegar soup.) The meals that followed were not much of an upgrade but they slightly redeemed themselves on Saturday night with a prawn and chicken curry.)

Big sigh.

BUT, every cloud has a silver lining – and as far as food goes, I was in for a treat…. 

You can imagine how grateful I was when, on the recommendation of another couple at Sandford, we stopped at The Tower of Pizza (see what they did there?!),  for lunch.

It was a wonderful Saturday lunch and I would highly recommend you stop here, irrespective of where you’re staying in the ‘Berg. 

BEST.PIZZA.EVER.

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Ample toppings, soft, stringy, delicious mozzarella, crispy thin base (I don’t do deep dish), succulent chicken out of a wood fire oven –  Heaven! 

 

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Their menu

The verandah at the Tower of Pizza

The verandah at the Tower of Pizza

Inside

Inside

 

 

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I also explored a bit and stopped at Little Switzerland. Take a look at these snaps. I found it stunning! There were two Zebra wandering about as well.. too cute haha 🙂 

 

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Nice hey?

 

Overall my weekend was brilliant – the only downer being the food that didn’t quite hit the spot for me. I won’t return to Sandford and I hope they up their game. No amount of breathtaking views can satisfy a palette eager for deliciousness!

Such a pity.. it really is a little slice of mountain heaven.

Here are a few more shots of the stunning landscape..

Love,

Lovanya

 

 

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