Our Story

Ardmore Guest Farm started out as a maize operation, and when Paul Ross bought the farm in 1998 it was a working dairy farm. Today, Ardmore is a Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, organic timber farm that supplies logs to paper mills.
Over the years Paul and his wife Sue have continually upgraded the establishment, adding new features and guest accommodation.

An Enchanting Mountain Retreat

Ardmore Guest Farm is situated in the Champagne Valley in the picturesque Drakensberg mountains in KwaZulu-Natal.

The farm lies in the valley below the three highest peaks in South Africa, namely Mafadi (3450m), Injisuti Dome (3410m) and Champagne Castle (3377m).

At Ardmore there are 16 beautiful units to choose from according to your preference. We cater for groups of all sizes, from single guests to large groups. We are happy to field enquiries and help you organise your stay with us.

We have 1,2 or 3 bed units either in our renovated garden-facing studios with stunning views of Ardmore’s extensive gardens, or you can book one of our mountain-facing cottages of various sizes, facing the majestic mountain peaks.

Most of our accommodation options have en-suite bathrooms with tea/coffee making facilities, jacuzzi spa baths and showers, and a wood fireplace with free firewood is provided.

We offer accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. A three-course lantern-lit dinner is an optional extra. Free wifi is available in the main lodge complex and the guest rooms.

The world renowned Ardmore Ceramic Art was established on Ardmore Farm in 1985 and the Ardmore Museum on the property has an extensive array of Ardmore’s ceramics on display.

Ardmore Ceramic Art is located near Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.


Ardmore is a fully functioning organic, Forestry Stewardship Council certified eucalyptus timber farm and guesthouse. It is one of the few carbon-negative accommodation establishments in South Africa.

The setting is rural, tranquil and scenic with the main property overlooking the majestic Drakensberg mountains. We have horses, ponies, goats, ducks, dogs, chickens and a couple of free-range kids.

We are looking for self-motivated volunteers who will enjoy the setting, for at least 3 weeks. We need volunteers to help prepare meals for the restaurant, gardening and general help in the guesthouse. We have a lot of British, Dutch and German guests as well as local tourists.

In the future, we want to work on a number of eco-projects including a wood-gasifier, biogas project as well as an eco-pond.

Two types of volunteer accommodation are available – a dormitory and two en-suite rondavels for singles or couples. On the farm, we have a dam for fishing and wild swimming and lots of trails for walking and mountain biking. There are also plenty of hiking trails close by.

Please contact us if this sounds like something you might be into. We’d love to have a chat!
You can also find us on Workaway and HelpX.