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Champagne Cottages

Champagne Cottages
Location & Contact Details
Address: No. 6 D 53 BellPark Dam
Champagne Valley
Winterton
KwaZulu-Natal,
Contact : Nikki Thompson
Local Tel : 036-4681210
INT Tel : +27-36-4681210
INT Fax : 086-5461809
Champagne Cottages is a small family owned resort situated alongside the beautiful Bell Park Dam in the magnificent mountainous region of the Central Drakensberg.

The Central Berg is part of the Okhahlamba region and is one of SA's World Heritage Sites. The area has no 'poor weather' season and the Summers, although hot during the day, are invariably cool in the evenings. The Winters are especially nice with sunny days and chilly mornings and evenings - perfect to enjoy a cosy fire!

A tarred road extends to our front gate and provides easy access to the many amenities of the area, which include hotels, restaurants, golf courses as well as a variety of outdoor activities, all within eight to fifteen minutes drive.

The resort, a two hour drive from Durban and a four hour drive from Johannesburg, is perfect for a weekend getaway.

If you are looking for a quiet relaxing holiday venue, we offer comfortable value-for-money accommodation.

Accommodation :

We have six self catering cottages offering a variety of accommodation :
  • 1 x 2 sleeper
  • 1 x 3 sleeper (one bedroom with a sleeper couch in the lounge)
  • 1 x 4 sleeper (one bedroom with 2 single beds in the lounge)
  • 2 x 6 sleepers
  • 1 x 8 sleeper
  • Total number of bedrooms - 12
  • Sleeps 29
All the chalets are fully equipped for self catering and linen is provided.
Every unit has the following :
  • Fireplaces
  • TV with MNet / Movie Magic 1 & 2 / SABC 3
  • Covered Verandahs with braai facilities
The chalets are serviced daily with the exception of Public Holidays.

During Winter, wood is available to purchase and the maids will provide the necessary kindling and paper to start your fire.

What to bring :
  • Towels and toiletries
  • Dishwashing requirements
  • Braai charcoal & matches
  • Food and drink
Facilities on Site :

The chalets are a short walk down to Bell Park Dam (pedestrian access only) where one can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the waters edge as well as the abundant bird life. The dam is stocked with Bass and Yellow Fish and fishing rods are available for hire if you don't have your own. You are welcome to bring your own canoes and motor boats - vehicular access is via the main gate to the dam and day permits are required to enter.

There is also a smaller dam on the property and is stocked with Bass and Carp.

The resort has a swimming pool and a childrens play area and there are horse trails right next door.

Activities in the valley:

Include two golf courses, one an 18 - hole championship course, tennis, squash, bowls, swimming, hiking, bird watching, quad biking, helicopter tours, trout and bass fishing, river rafting, horse riding and canopy tours. The area hosts a number of MTB races every year and is fast becoming a mountain bikers paradise.

Local places of interest:

Include battlefield sites, bushman paintings, Spioenkop Game Reserve, the internationally acclaimed Drakensberg Boys' Choir School (performances on Wednesday at 15h30). A falconry display centre (daily performances at 10h30am), helicopter flips into the mountains, the Winterton museum and arts and crafts centres along the Drakensberg Meander.

Directions
ROUTE FROM GAUTENG:
Take N3 to Durban. At Harrismith take the N5 Bethleham Off ramp from the N3. Follow this road for 5km. Take the left turn to Bergville Phutaditjhaba/Qwa Qwa. After 5km travelling on this road, you need to take the left hand turn off to Bergville R74. (Avoid driving straight to Qwa Qwa)
This road will lead you down the pass and straight to Bergville an 80km drive. On reaching Bergville continue straight on this road and follow the signpost for Winterton.
As you come into Winterton, you will cross over a bridge. Approximately 50m after crossing the bridge, you will see the Windene/Engen Petrol Station on your left hand side.
Directly opposite on the right hand side is the turn off to the Central Berg – R600. Take the R600 (Crossing over the Railway Line) and continue to Central Berg.
You will come to a 4-way intersection where you need to continue straight over. Approximately 5km along you will reach the D53 /BELLPARK DAM TURNOFF. Turn right into D53 & continue for 7 km where you will come to Champagne Cottages. Key in gate code 54321#.

ROUTE FROM DURBAN :
Take the N3 Northbound.
You will go through Mooi River Toll Plaza. Approximately 5km after Shell Ultra City take the first off ramp (R74).
Once on the off ramp, you need to go left, heading for Winterton which is 20km away.
When you reach Winterton, follow the signs for Central Berg.
  • Facilities
  • restaurant (less than 300m)
  • Special Categories
  • Fresh-Water Fishing Accommodation
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