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Self Catering in Champagne Valley

River Crossing Bed & Breakfast

Location & Contact Details
Address: D277 Central Drakensberg
Farm Cathkin 1285 near Champagne Sports Resort
KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
Contact : Michelle Adams
Local Fax : 086-5011432
INT Fax : +27-86-5011432
Cell (1) : 082-4950912
Cell (2) : 076-1805400
Please note:

All of our accommodation is booked for long-weekends 30 March to 1 April and 27 April to 1 May 2018.

 River Crossing is set on 100 acres of land with magnificent, panoramic views of the lush farmlands of the Champagne Valley and the mountains, Cathkin Peak and Champagne Castle. Situated in the Central Drakensberg, which forms part of the World Heritage Site, River Crossing is bounded by both the Mtoti and the Sterkspruit Rivers and local reedbuck and duiker, which are frequently spotted, take their refuge in the surrounding riverine vegetation. Our stylish, luxurious and romantic decor, combined with great value for money, has made us a favourite destination for honeymoon couples, wedding guests, international and local tourists and also conference delegates who attend conferences at nearby hotels such as Drakensberg Sun or Champagne Sports Resort.

At River Crossing

  • Fishing in our 2 small dams and 2 rivers on the farm.
  • Bird-watching
  • Small game spotting
  • River walks
  • Mountain biking
  • Swimming in sparkling pool
  • Relaxing on sun-beds in the Lapa

Dr Ernest and Michelle Adams enjoy making their guests feel at home and this as well as the amazing views and sense of peace and tranquility are regular comments in our guest book.

Nearby attractions include:

  • Drakensberg Boy's Choir School regular Wednesday concerts during term.
  • Champagne Sports Resort - a favourite destination for golf being a premier South African course.
  • Great hiking options at nearby Monk's Cowl Nature Reserve and about an hour away from Cathedral Peak and Didima, where you can view Bushmen rock paintings in caves, by arrangement.
  • Our many international guests take day trips from our centrally placed B&B to experience the Amphitheatre and Chain ladder at Royal Natal National park and also the Thukela Falls, one of the 4 highest falls in the world.
  • Adrenaline junkies have fun at nearby 4 River Rafting where they enjoy quad biking, abseiling, zip-lining, white water rafting, mountain boarding and archery.
  • Horse Riding Trails take you either through forests or over hill and dale and along streams. Spioenkop Nature Reserve is also great for horse-riding amongst the game animals such as rhino, wildebeest, giraffe, kudu etc.
  • Learn about the Boer, Brit and Zulu wars and view nearby Battlefield sites and memorials.
  • Variety of restaurants and coffee shops where you can have light meals, mega buffets, A la carte meals or delicious waffles and cakes. Do not miss trying out the mouth-watering trout which is a favourite in our area.
  • Helicopter flips, landing up on our nearby mountains (where you can sip champagne) has provided our guests with great opportunities for marriage proposals or other celebrations!
  • Falcon Ridge outdoor Bird Show has delighted all of our guests who have seen it.
  • View the unusual pottery produced by local potters at Ardmore Art Studio.
  • Tourist Centre nearby with comprehensive information.
  • 2 convenience shops nearby and a petrol bollard.
  • Nearby Drakensberg Tree top Canopy tours taking nature to new heights.
  • Numerous Spa's nearby for massage and beauty treatments.

Accommodation at River Crossing

A total of 14 bedrooms (all bedrooms have en-suite bathroom with shower except 1 has a bath), sleeping 28 to 30 guests split as follows:

Villa Adamo (2 bedrooms in total): Home of Dr Ernest & Michelle Adams, your hosts, offers 2 double B&B bedrooms with en-suite bathroom/shower, small fridge, DSTV with hotel bouquet selection, private patio door. 1 Bedroom has Queen Size bed and the other bedroom has twin beds which can convert to King size. Semi self-cater with access to braai/cutlery/crockery. No lounge facility. Relax at covered lapa .Mobile heaters and fans

Villa Toscana (4 bedrooms in total):
Each bedroom with small fridge, DSTV hotel bouquet, private patio door. Accommodation suitable for large family or can also be used as 4 individual B&B rooms for conference attendees. It has a fully equipped kitchen and open plan lounge/dinette with fireplace - provide own wood. 3 Bedrooms have Queen Size beds and the 4th bedroom has twin beds which can convert to King size. Mobile heaters and fans

Villa Venezia (2 X 2 bedroom suites adjacent): 
This villa comprises 4 en-suite bedrooms with shower. This villa is divided into two adjacent but separate 2 bedroom self-cater suites with divided patio too. One bedroom queen and other twin per suite .Each suite has own private entrance, open plan lounge / dinette / kitchenette (fully equipped), with DSTV in the lounge. Mobile braai facility available. Mobile heaters and fans..

Villa Romanza (2 X 2 bedroom suites adjacent): 
This villa comprises 4 en-suite bedrooms, one with a bath which honeymooners enjoy. This villa is divided into two adjacent but separate 2 bedroom self-cater suites. One bedroom queen and other twin per suite. Each suite has own private entrance, open plan lounge / dinette / kitchenette (fully equipped), with DSTV in the lounge. Mobile braai facility available. Mobile heaters and fans

Free Wi-Fi available.

  • Awards & Accreditations As Claimed By The Establishment
  • AA Superior Accommodation
  • National Accommodation Association

Directions
From Johannesburg:

A. Freeway route

- From Johannesburg International Airport take the road to Johannesburg.
- Take the left turn at the sign N3 South (Durban / Germiston).
- Follow the N3 towards Durban.
- Go through the main Tugela Plaza - do not turn off at the Plaza. Take the first off-ramp after the Tugela Toll Plaza and then turn left towards Ladysmith.
- After approx 4km take a right turn to Winterton on the R600.
- In Winterton opposite the Engen garage, take the R600 Central Berg road - you will go over a railway line.
- Approximately 13 km you will pass through a crossroad junction and on your left is the Thokosiza curio/shopping/information centre/restaurant, well worth a pop-in for lunch.
- Approximately 5km thereafter you will see signs for signs "Cayley Lodge" and Bell Park Dam. Turn right here onto the D53.
- Approximately 3km you cross a river and shortly thereafter again a Cayley Lodge sign to the right which take onto the D277.
- Shortly after turning, cross over another river and approximately 200 yards on the left you will see a smallish white sign for River Crossing. Turn left onto the dirt road and depending on arrangements, you will either be staying at the first or the second cottage.
B. Scenic Route from Johannesburg (do not follow this route in wet or freezing conditions).
- N3 Johannesburg towards Durban.
- At Harrismith take the N5 offramp then turn right towards Bethlehem/Bloemfontein.
- After approx 5km turn left onto the R712 Qwa-Qwa/Bergville road.
- After approx 10km turn left again onto R74 Bergville/Oliviershoek pass road. NB .Take care as there are pot holes.
- Pass by Sterkfontein Dam, Oliviershoek Pass, Bergville towards Winterton.
- In Winterton opposite the Engen garage, take the R600 Central Berg road - you will go over a railway line.
- Approximately 13 km you will pass through a crossroad junction on your left is the Thokosiza curio/shopping/information centre/restaurant well worth a pop-in or lunch.
- Approximately 5km thereafter you will see signs for signs "Cayley Lodge" and Bell Park Dam. Turn right here onto the D53.
- Approximately 3km you cross a river and shortly thereafter again a Cayley Lodge sign to the right which take onto the D277.
- Shortly after turning, cross over another river and approximately 200 yards on the left you will see a smallish white sign for River Crossing. Turn left onto the dirt road and depending on arrangements you will either be staying at the first or the second cottage.
From Durban:

A (Recommended Daytime only - shortest)
Note that this is a road through a rural area with a number of goats, cattle and traffic calming humps.

- N3 to JHB. Take offramp at Giants Castle/Estcourt North. At intersection of offramp, take left hand turn to Loskop.
- Approximately 26km onwards take a left hand turn onto the R600. Once you have turned, you will see the Thokosiza curio/shopping/information/restaurant on your left.
- Approximately 5km thereafter you will see signs for signs "Cayley Lodge" and Bell Park Dam. Turn right here onto the D53.
- Approximately 3km later you cross a river and shortly thereafter again a Cayley Lodge sign to the right which take onto the D277.
- Shortly after turning, cross over another river and approximately 200 yards on the left you will see a smallish white sign for River Crossing. Turn left onto the dirt road and depending on arrangements you will either be staying at the first , second or 3rd Villa.
B ( Day or night)

- N3 pass Shell Ultra City and take EXIT 194 the Winterton/Bergville/Colenso (R74) off ramp and turn left to Winterton which is about 20km away.
- In Winterton opposite the Engen garage, take the R600 Central Berg road - you will go over a railway line.
- Approximately 13 km you will pass through a crossroad junction. *On your left is the Thokosiza curio/shopping/information centre/restaurant, well worth a pop-in or lunch.
- Approximately 5km thereafter you will see signs for signs "Cayley Lodge" and Bell Park Dam. Turn right here onto the D53.
- Approximately 3km later you cross a river and shortly thereafter again a Cayley Lodge sign to the right which take onto the D277.
- Shortly after turning, cross over another river and approximately 200 yards on the left you will see a smallish white sign for River Crossing. Turn left onto the dirt road and depending on arrangements you will either be staying at the first, second or 3rd Villa.
  • Payment Methods
  • American Express
  • EFT / Bank Transfer
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Languages Spoken At Establishment
  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Bed Configuration
  • Villa Adamo (Queen) (Sleeps 2) x 1
    • Room 1 - queen
  • Villa Adamo (Twin/King) (Sleeps 2) x 1
    • Room 1 - twin
  • Villa Romanza (Sleeps 4) x 1
    • Room 1 - queen
    • Room 2 - twin
  • Villa Romanza (Honeymoon) (Sleeps 2) x 1
    • Room 1 - queen
  • Villa Toscana (Sleeps 8) x 1
    • Room 1 - queen
    • Room 2 - queen
    • Room 3 - queen
    • Room 4 - twin
  • Villa Venezia (Sleeps 4) x 2
    • Room 1 - queen
    • Room 2 - twin
  • Facilities
  • air conditioner (some units)
  • bar fridge (some units)
  • big game (less than 30km)
  • boat / marine slipway (within 5km)
  • bowls (less than 5km)
  • braai / barbecue - communal
  • braai / barbecue - onsite
  • braai/barbeque (some units)
  • canoeing (less than 5km)
  • conference venue onsite
  • DSTV in communal area
  • DSTV in room
  • DSTV in unit
  • fireplace
  • fishing (less than 3km)
  • fishing onsite
  • game drives (less than 30km)
  • golf (less than 5km)
  • horse riding (less than 5km)
  • hunting (less than 30km)
  • internet facilities
  • kitchen (fully equipped)
  • kitchen communal
  • lake (less than 5km)
  • lock-up safe
  • microwave in unit
  • nature trail (less than 2km)
  • nature trail onsite
  • outdoor pool
  • parking all onsite
  • pets allowed by prior arrangement
  • private airfield (less than 15km)
  • private entrance
  • remote security
  • reptile park (less than 20km)
  • restaurant (less than 5km)
  • rock art (less than 20km)
  • tea / coffee making facilities
  • television in communal area
  • water skiing (less than 10km)
  • wi-fi / hotspot
  • Special Categories
  • Interesting Place Accommodationdetails
    Why is your establishment interesting?
    Detail description : We are very central and we have a stunning panorama of farms and mountains and virtually no buildings in view. We have 100 acres of peaceful land bordered by two rivers where you explorem often with sightings of small game and wild flowers and of course, birds. Yet, within 7 to 15 minutes you can be at a 1000 seater Auditorium and World class Golf course. Nearby are many places to eat and things to do including adventure sports, hiking, horse-riding, abseiling river rafting, fishing, cycling, tree top canopy touring, quad biking, bird -watching, bird of prey shows, Drakensberg Boys choir school. And within a hour you can visit the famous battlefields or you could enjoy a day visit to a big five nature reserve. We serve breakfast in our lovely Lapa and or you can also do your own thing in the fully equipped kitchenettes and available in almost all our stylish Tuscan inspired accommodation. There are mobile braai's at all our accommodation. All our bedrooms are en-suite. The view from the sparkling pool is awesome and a lovely way to refresh after an active day.

  • Pet Friendly Accommodationdetails
    The following apply
    Small dogs
    Big dogs
    Dogs have to be on lead whilst outside
    Kennels provided
    Kennels must be used
    Other animals on the property
    Horse stables – bedding provided
    Horse stables – bedding not provided
    Horse paddocks
    Grooms available
    Arena
    Parking area for horse box / float
  • Sleeps 10 or More Accommodationdetails
    Your establishment has capacity to cater for groups of 10 or more.
    Yes
  • Wedding Venue Accommodationdetails
    Capacity Information
    Overnight accommodation for how many people? : 28
    Max people allowed at the venue? : 200

    The following apply
    Reception area
    Chapel
    Area for wedding ceremony
    Undercover area for signing the register
    Fully catered
    Couple must provide own catering
    In house events coordinator (compulsory)
    In house events coordinator (not compulsory)
    Liquor license
    Fully stocked bar
    Cutlery and crockery rental
    Cleaning / serving staff
    Bridal suite
    Honeymoon suite
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