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Guest Farm In Drakensberg With Spectacular Views For Sale

Drakensberg, KwaZulu - Natal
Asking Price:
R29,000,000 Furniture / Fixtures and Inventory / Stock included
Sales Revenue:
R3M - R8M
Cash Flow:
R3M - R8M

The Guest Farm has spectacular views of the 3 highest peaks in South Africa. The guests are predominantly foreign, from Europe especially. We have year round high occupancy with the peak months being March, April, July, August, October and December. There is an FSC accredited timber farm( eucalyptus for pulp) on the property and a large farm dam of about one hectare in size stocked with Bass. There are 3 streams on the property, all arising from springs.
The accommodation is all within a well fenced 20 hectare section of the farm. There are numerous grazing camps for the sheep and Dexter herd. There is a large kitchen serving breakfast and dinner daily in the dining area which seats up to 70 guests comfortably. There are 30 bedrooms in 17 units. There are 3 and 2 bedroom thatch cottages and also one bedroom units.

All units have a comfortable lounge area with a lounge suite, a fridge and a wood fireplace. All the en suite bathrooms have a jacuzzi spa bath, a walk in shower, a toilet and a basin. There is a large building with 4 adjoining venues being converted to a wedding venue,the sizes of the rooms in this shed are 220, 90, 64, 60 and 60 sq meters plus other smaller rooms. There are 2 swimming pools, a trampoline, a jungle gym, etc
Electricity is supplied by Eskom, water is from 2 boreholes on the property, one of 100 meters deep which has never run dry despite running 24 hours a day when we have had a leak in a pipe during a dry period. The water is of the highest quality.

There is a large, 600 sq meter, owners house plus 6 en suite staff management units, plus 2 en suite units for guides and drivers. There are a number of STO agreements in place with travel companies.

The restaurant has a liquor license and the property is graded 3 star.
Total building area is about 5000 sq meters, the buildings are either thatch or zinc roofed. There are numerous buildings available to be converted for other use. A comprehensive provincial planning approval is in place for the expansion of the guest farm.

The average number of guests per night for the last 3 years, 2016, 2017 and 2018 was 25 pax per night.
We have just harvested 15 ha of the gum plantation, the harvest was 194 tons per ha at about R900 gross per ton with a net of about 50%, the next harvest will be about 60 ha in about 2 years time. Independent Contractors plant, harvest and transport the timber.

Property Information

Real Estate:

Real Property Included

Living Accommodation:

A large 600 sq m main house is on the property, 4 years old. There are 6 bedrooms, 6 toilets, 4 showers and 3 baths. There are 2 offices as well as a TV lounge etc. The large kitchen is modern. The 8 m wide glass folding doors are a feature of the house.


Ardmore Guest Farm is situated in the Champagne Valley in the Central Drakensberg mountains of Kwa Zulu Natal about 25 km from the village of Winterton.

Premises Details:

There are 17 units for guests, 4 of 3 bedrooms with lounge, 3 of 2 bedrooms with lounge and 9 of one bedroom. There is also a self catering cottage with 2 en suite bedrooms.
The main lodge building has a large dining area seating about 70 max and then a large kitchen with a walk in cold room. The licenced bar is near the dining room.

Size in square feet:
600 sq m
Planning Consent:

A comprehensive planning process was undertaken and the document with approval is available.

Business Operation

Expansion Potential:

An extensive planning application and approval document is available.

Competition / Market:

Ardmore is the only Guest Farm in the area and is the closest privately owned farm to Champagne Castle mountain. There are a number of tourist businesses in the area, the larger resorts mainly being conference venues. There are a number of time share resorts and B&Bs as well as two large caravan parks in the area.

Reasons for selling:

Owners have other interests that they wish to persue.

Trading hours:

06h30 till 21h30 365 days a year

15 workers and 6 management staff
Years established:

Other Information

Support & training:

support is available

Furniture / Fixtures value:
R600,000 - included in the asking price
Inventory / Stock value:
R30,000 - included in the asking price
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