We were extremely proud to receive TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, once again. We have been rated Winterton’s number one Hotel on TripAdvisor for the 7th year in a row, along with another Hall of Fame Certificate (given for receiving a Certificate of Excellence for 5 years in a row).

However, we couldn’t have done it without our guests who take the time, after each visit, to rate their stay on TripAdvisor. A big thank you to each and everyone one of you. 

According to TripAdvisor, a Certificate of Excellence is:

TripAdvisor gives a Certificate of Excellence to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers.

A big thank you again, and we look forward to welcoming you back to a Sense of Place next time you visit the Central Drakensberg. Not only are we located inside of a World Heritage Site, but our guests have direct access to the mountains from our property. With the Champagne Valley below us, there is a wide variety of attractions and activities to explore.

As technology becomes more and more prevalent, our guests are increasingly requesting access to GPS files to assist them with navigation while walking and hiking from the Hotel. Having a GPS while walking and hiking in the Drakensberg can be very useful. Not only does it help you to find your way on a new trail, but it gives you peace of mind knowing that you have a device on you with directions and a map. 

At the beginning of 2019 we embarked on a quest to provide a GPS solution for all of our guests at Champagne Castle Hotel. 

Firstly, we started recording the trails that leave from the Hotel. We now have 7 trails available to follow

  • Duiker Dam
  • Mike’s Path
  • Fern Forrest
  • The Sphinx and Crystal Falls (we’ve joined these two together)
  • Sunset Trail
  • BlindMan’s Corner

We then set out to find an App for guests who don’t have a dedicated GPS device, or don’t use a GPS App on their phones.

Having tested many Apps, we eventually decided on Wikiloc, for the following reasons:

  • Wikiloc is a fee app (there is a Premium version with extra features)
  • You can follow all of our trails for free.
  • Wikiloc has over 4.5 million members and over 12 million trails
  • With over 12 million trails recorded all over the world, Wikiloc has the potential to be useful once your stay at Champagne Castle Hotel is over.

Download Wikiloc

We’ve set up a Hiking Board at the Hotel with all the details on how to download and use the app, along with helpful information about each of the available trails.

If you’d like to download Wikiloc, it’s available for free on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store

google play store wikiloc  apple app store wikiloc

 

 

rootsafrikiko recently featured Champagne Castle Hotel and our location in the Drakensberg World Heritage on their platform. They’re an online platform who describe themselves as:

Rootsafrikiko.com is a sophisticated online publication about Africa, Our online community is a fun place for Africans to meet online and explore Africa together. Roots Afrikiko is helping Africans in the diaspora and others who are interested in Africa to find, share and interact with one another. Pull up a chair. Come take a taste. Africa life is endlessly delicious!

They featured us through a video created three years ago (2016) by the Africa Travel Channel, during their visit to the Central Drakensberg. 2016 was the year we made it into TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Hotels in South Africa and we were a Traveller’s Choice winner, which meant that we were in the Top 1% of Hotels in the world in the TripAdvisor Eco-System.

 

There are thousands of great reasons to escape for a midweek or weekend break, and head off to the Central Drakensberg. It’s easily one of the most beautiful areas in South Africa, and if you live anywhere on the N3 corridor it’s a hassle free journey on well maintained roads. Before you know it you’ve arrived, wondering why it’s taken you this long to do this?

Champagne Castle Hotel presents another reason to help with your decisions making…. our Autumn Accommodation Special. The special runs from the end of April, includes all of May and ends in the second week of June 2019.

While the Drakensberg is uniquely beautiful all year round, Autumn marks the transition where the lush greens begin to fade and are replaced by shades of deep red, orange and smattering of brown. While the days are warm, the evenings get cooler and the fires inside the Hotel main buildings are lit more frequently. There’s a different ‘sense of place’ to discover at Champagne Castle Hotel during this time of the year, and you won’t be disappointed in what you find.

Starting at R995 per person, sharing per night, and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon teas, as well as a host of activities, this is a special worth taking advantage of.

Click here for all the details and links to either Book or get a Quote from our Reservation Team

See the Drakensberg as you never have before…

Experience the Red Bull Air Force soar through this mythical wilderness and watch the backstory behind the first-ever wingsuit flight from two of its most alluring landmarks.

Renowned for its dramatic peaks, pinnacles and valleys; importance as a haven for wildlife, and, for its wealth of rock paintings; the Drakensberg is a revered range. Now, watch the backstory behind the first-ever wingsuit flight from one of its most alluring landmarks.

The Drakensberg mountain range stretches over 1000 km across South Africa and Lesotho, with its highest peak at 11, 424 feet. This highest portion of the Great Escarpment is known by the local Zulu community as uKhahlamba, Barrier of Spears. The place is renowned for its dramatic peaks, pinnacles and valleys. 

Watch: An epic wingsuit first in the Drakensberg

Win 2 Nights at Champagne Castle Hotel

Our annual ‘Sense of Place’ competition is now open. Capture or illustrate ‘A Sense of Place’ with one of your own photos, that includes Champagne Castle (the mountain), somewhere in the photo. Once you’ve entered and uploaded your photo, you can vote for it and invite your friends to vote for it.

We’ll take the top 20 most voted for pics, and our team of judges will select the photo we think best captures ‘A Sense of Place’.

Competition entries close on
13 Jan 2019, and voting closes on 20 Jan 2019. The winner will be announced on 23 Jan 2019 at 12:00, on our Facebook page.


* you don’t have to have stayed at Champagne Castle Hotel or taken the picture from our property to enter. 

It’s really easy to enter:

  1. Submit your photo and details here
  2. Vote for your photo every day
  3. Share your photo and ask your friends to vote for it every day

Thank you to all of our guests who reviewed their stay on TripAdvisor during 2017/2018.

Without you taking the time and effort we’d not ever have received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. This year we also got a Hall of Fame acknowledgement for qualifying for a Certificate of Excellence for 5 years in a row (we’ve received a Certificate of Excellence each year since 2011).

According to TripAdvisor, a Certificate of Excellence is:

TripAdvisor gives a Certificate of Excellence to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers.

A big thank you again, and we look forward to welcoming you back to a Sense of Place next time you’re in this part of the Drakensberg.

Every year, over December and January we run our annual ‘Sense of Place’ photo competition. It’s open to anyone who has taken a photo that they think captures the essence of a ‘Sense of Place’ and includes the beautiful Champagne Castle Mountain in the photo. You don’t have to have stayed at Champagne Castle Hotel to enter, and the photo you submit doesn’t have to have be taken on our property. 

It’s our invitation to celebrate what we think is one of the world’s most beautiful mountains that captures what Champagne Castle Hotel is all about, a Sense of Place.

To enter and for more information and the rules, click here

Hello 2018. May you be everything we hope for. Start the year off with our Summer Deal and getaway to one of the world’s most beautiful areas, the Drakensberg. Situated in a World Heritage Site, you won’t be disappointed by the views and walking opportunities that these mountains offer.

However you choose to spend your time, relaxing, walking, golfing, birding, swimming, sitting, reading, or catching up with the special people in your world, Champagne Castle Hotel looks forward to welcoming you to a Sense of Place in the Central Drakensberg. 

The Summer Deal accommodation special is only available by booking directly through the hotel. Book onlineemail us, or call now on +27 36 468 1063 

Only applies to Deluxe Rooms:

SHARING
Midweek – R1 150 per person sharing per night
Weekend – R1 250 per person sharing per night

SINGLE
Midweek – R1 725 per person per night
Single Weekend – R2 500 per person per night

 

The Summer Deal has limited rooms available and will close when allocations are sold out.
Valid from 14 January 2018 – 28 February 2018
Fully inclusive of breakfast, lunch, dinner; morning / afternoon tea.
Standard Terms and Conditions apply
The Summer Deal only applies to new bookings. 
The Summer Deal is only available by booking directly through the hotel. Book onlineemail us, or call now on +27 36 468 1063 

Please quote PROM when making the reservation directly with the hotel.

The Holiday Season is right around the corner, and if 2017 had a voice it would say that you deserve to take some time to relax and explore the incredible beauty of the Drakensberg. Take advantage of our December Special.

The December Special is only available by booking directly through the hotel. Book onlineemail us, or call now on +27 36 468 1063 

Only applies to Deluxe Rooms:

SHARING
Midweek – R1 085 per person sharing per night
Weekend – R1 185 per person sharing per night

SINGLE
Midweek – R1 630 per person per night
Single Weekend – R2 370 per person per night

 

  • The December Special has limited rooms available and will close when allocations are sold out.
  • Valid from 1 December – 14 December 2017
  • Fully inclusive of breakfast, lunch, dinner; morning / afternoon tea.
  • Standard Terms and Conditions apply
  • The December Special only applies to new bookings. 
  • The December Special is only available by booking directly through the hotel. Book onlineemail us, or call now on +27 36 468 1063 

Please quote PROM when making the reservation directly with the hotel.