News and Views of Mount Ceder
Assessment Date: 19-10-2017
Category: Self-Catering Resort
Our Assessor visited your property on 19-10-2017 and compiled the following report:
Here, at Mount Ceder, experience discreet, personalised service that is second to none. Attractive eye-catching logo and name of the establishment is easily identified at the entrance. An excellent first impression is created when guests enter into the stylishly furnished reception area. A prompt, thorough and professional reservation process has been put in place. Check In is handled quickly and efficiently.
This establishment specialises in personal attention and offers unsurpassed service excellence. Prompt and efficient service in all areas. All emails and telephone enquiries are answered promptly. Prompt response when I phoned to make the appointment.
Extremely high standards of cleanliness have been achieved throughout with excellent attention to detail. The furniture is highly polished and flawless. All soft furnishings are spotless and shows no sign of wear and tear. It is noticeable that great care has been taken to keep this establishment in pristine condition.
The interior of this establishment is timeless in its appeal with clear and defined spaces, tastefully decorated, with careful attention to detail. Continuous upgrades and maintenance is evident. All the fixtures, fittings, furniture and appliances are in very good condition. New remote controlled security gates.
Here you will find discreet service for the discerning corporate or leisure traveller offering gracious hospitality. Guests are always ensured of an exceptional experience made memorable by warm and friendly attentive personal service.
This establishment miles away from anything, is a retreat from the world. Mountain hikes and walks down the river explore, Mount Ceder and surrounds. Rochelle and her staff are well versed in the area. Info at reception om looking for fossils, birds, walks etc. Beautiful guest folder in all the rooms.
Very good service levels considering this is a self catering concept. Units are serviced every three days, or on request daily at a fee. Children are welcome and a camp cot is available on request. Laundry on request, WiFi hot spot in the restaurant, liquor licence, heaters put on in winter prior to arrival. Four mountain bikes for hire, canoes for hire, fishing in the river (bring your own rods) hiking trails. Helicopter landing pad. Although self catering, meals on request.
Bedrooms (Type 1)
Six cottages have one bedroom- sleep 2-4 pax. Five two bedroom cottages, sleep 6 pax. One three bedroom sleeps 8 pax. All units are decorated in the same minimalistic cottage style furniture theme, fully equipped with everything for a very comfortable stay. Percale linen, mattress and pillow protectors, bedside tables, lamps and mats. Wardrobe in each bedroom. Fantastic views of the river and mountain!
Bathrooms (Type 1)
Some units have bath and separate shower,some bath only, some shower only. Good lighting, mirrors, towels, sealed Rooibos soap, space for guest’s personal items.
Each unit has a spacious and comfortable lounge, fully equipped kitchen, dining room and patio/stoep areas with private braai and garden furniture. Upholstered sofas and chairs. Fire place in lounges. All very comfortable and in good state of repair. No TV. Very striking art on the walls. Fantastic mountain views.
The exteriors of the buildings are in very good condition with no sign of deterioration. Good maintenance plan in place.
Safe and secure, next to each unit, behind remote controlled gates.
Grounds & Gardens
Natural farm setting. This is a nature reserve. Fantastic fynbos, profuse bird life and magnificent views!
Safe and secure environment. Fire extinguisher in each unit, oil lamps for power outages. Camping gas stove in each unit for power outages. Notice for fire extinguishers and emergency procedure in each unit.
Large Restaurant with peaked high reed ceiling and brilliant views! Fireplace in lounge area. French doors all round. Meal of the day is served, as well as breakfast - however, this is a self catering resort and this is on a small scale. Food not sampled this trip, but on previous occasions delicious and well presented.
Cottages are spread out and secluded, private. Natural surroundings, beautiful views. A tranquil get away for nature lovers. A peaceful retreat.
Exclusive interiors and pristine views. Amazing location, surrounded by river and canyon. The establishment is immaculate. Standards are well maintained with constant maintenance.
5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Tripadvisor
Stayed for two nights in this wonderful spot. Away from everything, with wonderful views and lots of stars. We stayed in the most basic house, which was more luxurious than lots of places I've seen. No electricity outlets but had shower, fridge, fire place and braai area.
Staff was also great. We forgot to stock up on goods when we arrived and their little store provided us everything we needed. If we ever come back to SA we will definitely come here again
Stayed September 2016, travelled as a couple
Intermediate 1.5 hour walk along a well marked pathway. Admire the beautiful mountains and rock formations along the way. You will have the chance to see Klipspringer and a variety of birds. In summer the actual waterfall is not very full, but the cool pool of water at the bottom is always there – a lovely cool off during your hike. The waterfall is full again in winter after good rains.
3 hour intermediate hike along an old jeep track. Absolutely stunning views over Blinkberg mountain towards the Tankwa Karoo and onto the Grootrivier valley. You will have the chance to see Klipspringer and a variety of birds along the way.
Please note that the horse riding activity will not be available at Mount Ceder from immediate effect.
But don't worry..... you will never run out of things to do at Mount Ceder!
Against a backdrop of rugged beauty and dramatic mountains, Mount Ceder is the perfect place to both revive weary souls and enthrall inquisitive adventurers.
Activities include hiking, walking, fishing, river swimming, canoeing, and exploring the local rock art and fossils.
A few short videos showing the Mountain Biking experience at Mount Ceder.
Grootrivier, tans beter bekend as Mount Ceder, het grootliks sy ontwikkeling as ’n ekonomiese eenheid te danke aan die verbouing van pruimtwak. Daar is gewoonlik in Augustus en September begin met
die voorbereiding van die twakland. Wavragte bemesting uit die bokkrale is in netjies en eweredige rye in hope op die land afgelaai en later met die hand, oop gestrooi. Groot troppe boerbokke is spesiaal aangehou en elke aand deur die bokwagter kraal toe gebring sodat voldoende hoeveelhede mis gemaak kon word.
Alhoewel kunsmis en ghwano later jare beskikbaar geraak het, het die boere bly bemes met bokmis omdat hulle geglo het die pruimtabak se skop was te danke aan die mis uit die bokkrale.
Nadat die mis ingeploeg is, is tabakplantjies in netjiese rye geplant. Die land is natgelei en dus was dit absoluut noodsaaklik dat die rye en leivore teen die regte val en hoek voorberei is. Daardie jare was
‘n twakland die boer se trots en daar is onderling tussen die buurplase in die Cederberge meegeding oor wie se twakland die beste vertoon.
Wanneer die tabakplante uitgegroei het teen die einde van die seisoen is die hele stoel afgesny en onderstebo aan twaksteiers opgehang om gedeeltelik te droog.
Voordat die blare heeltemal uitgedroog het is hulle een vir een van die stam losgesny en in hope op ‘n sementvloer in die twakhuis gepak om verder te droog. Gedurende hierdie proses het die hope blare, wat met goiingsakke toegegooi is, gesweet en hitte opgebou wat tot gevolg gehad het dat dit twee maal per dag
afgekoel moes word. Die hope blare is herhaaldelik met die hande opgetel en die blare stuk vir stuk terug laat val grond toe totdat die hele hoop afgekoel het. Hierdie proses het homself vir ‘n hele paar dae herhaal totdat die hoop uitgesweet is en nie meer hitte opgebou het nie. Die blare was nou gereed om in
‘n duimdikte string gevleg te word en in ‘n spoel op ‘n twakbank opgedraai te word. Sodra die twakbank vol was het die rolmaker, gewoonlik die boer, oorgeneem en tabakrolle gemaak. Laasgenoemde moes almal presies ewe groot wees. Die tabakrolle was nou gereed om in kartonne verpak en bemark te word.
Saamgestel deur André Marais – Januarie 2012
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