From Family Homestead to Luxury Resort - The Story of Castleburn

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In 1983, a farm in the Underberg region with a mere dwelling consisting of caravan and outhouse, was the place where Castleburn resort was to be built.
Since then, it has been transformed into a luxury mountain resort which is part of the Magic Breakaways Leisure resorts portfolio.
The Garden Castle mountain which overlooks the farm and the Scottish name for a small stream - a burn - are what gave the name to the farm:-Castleburn.
The Barnett family were the original owners of the land and they earned their living from the construction trade as well as smaller farming activities.
Creating a lake with cottages on the shores with their own home overlooking it was their dream.
The construction of an earthen dam wall as well as a clubhouse and 4 cottages began in 1991, probably a year that the Barnett's remember very well as being the start of their dreams manifesting.
One could say that a degree of divine intervention was experienced at Castleburn when the rains filled the lake shortly after completion at the end of 1991.
Castleburn farm became Castleburn Mountain Resort after Dave Barnett and Peter Foaden from Magic Breakaways met and formed a winning relationship.
The Legacy Group of companies is a large African corporation and an institution in hospitality with Magic Breakaways operating in the resort development aspect of their operations.
Castleburn is indeed the result of this winning relationship and has grown to accommodate:
  • 4 Luxury chalets with Jacuzzi bath
  • 6 single bedroom apartments
  • 22 chalets with three-bedrooms
  • 4 luxury chalets accommodating 8
Climate in the region is moderate with cool winters and warm summers.
The coldest months are April through September with the lowest temperatures dropping to 2 degrees Celsius in winter mornings and highs peaking at 26 degrees during December.
The peace surrounding the resort is conducive to savouring many a moment with loved ones, being located at the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg, the resort is flanked by a beautiful scene of snow-capped mountains in the winter months.
And although the mountains and winter may bring the cold to the resort, the chalets are more than adequately equipped with heating systems and stone fireplaces to keep the cold out.
Trout fisherman and nature enthusiasts will be in their element at Castleburn however, the resort has many more activities to offer as well.
The resort's main attraction is Lake Madingofani (formerly Castleburn Lake) and there are 7 smaller dams in the resort as well.
Sharing a border with Castleburn is a Natal Parks Board nature reserve.
Rainbow, triploid and brown trout are the three main species of trout abundant in Lake Madingofani.
Disappointed fly fishermen are an uncommon occurrence as the dams are continually restocked.
There are plenty of other things to do including: hiking, rowing, canoeing, sailing, squash, guided horse trail, swimming in a rock-hewn swimming pool, volleyball court, two walks in the grounds,, trampolines, outdoor chess, tennis court and children's playground.
If one's idea of true relaxation does not involve physical exertion the resort is equipped with a health and beauty salon as well as restaurants and cocktail bar, putt-putt and even a recreation centre with darts and pool.
Naturally, the confines of the units are equipped with luxurious conveniences such as satellite television and patios from which one can relish a meal, cup of tea or one's favourite novelist.
The regions bird life will keep the bird-watching folk occupied with some one hundred species of bird to be seen.
Reedbuck and Eland as well as Bush buck, Duiker and jackals are also native to the region and are commonly sighted.
In the class of relaxation destinations, Castleburn is easily the most understated and I implore all readers to consider it as a timeshare or fractional ownership prospect.
Castleburn resort has a Four Star Gold Crown rating, thanks to the many skills and experience which Legacy has brought to its offering.
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