History & Press


St Bernard’s has received press in National Papers and Magazines:

Daily news
June 11, 2013

Mountain Echo
Peter Maxwell at the Peak

St Bernard’s Mountain Lodge or The Peak as it is known to many locals put on a smashing show on Saturday 26th February when they hosted Peter Maxwell and invited the locals to come and enjoy an evening of music, laughter, good food and companionship. Having heard of Peter but not having the opportunity, previously, of attending one of his shows, it was decided that now was as good a time as ever. But also known the road to the Peak can be a bit rough, especially when it rains, it was also decided to book for the night. A wise decision – especially when the party usually continues into the wee hours of the next morning. Dinner was served before the show, with soup, home made breads, roast beef, Yorkshire pud, Lamb Curry, Chicken Schnitzels, Roasted Veg & Potatoes, followed by Triffle, Yummy Tart & Choc Sauce. And then the show began.
Peter is no spring chicken, being in his 70’s but once he starts tickling the ivory, you would think he is half his age. His piano playing is magnificent. In fact the last time I have heard such an excellent performance was in the Ball Room at Blackpool Tower, where the organ rises twice a day from beneath the floor to entertain visitors. But that organ player has definitely not got what Peter has in his repertoire. He sings, tells stories & jokes, and takes the Mickey out of his audience – all the while playing his piano in the most unbelievable fashion. Listening to him was pure pleasure for all of us, and congratulations to the owners Ian & Cheri for a most memorable evening.
Of course there were others who contributed towards making the evening such a success – the “Dr Barman”, the short Ian, the Chef and many more – thanks to one and all.
By Lesley Emmerson
February 2005

Mountain Echo

By this time the chaps were in a bit of a hurry as there was Rugby on TV that could not be missed! Finally we reached St Bernard’s Mountain Lodge just in time. Disembarking and stretching to ease muscles, each person headed for the place they needed most. The pub, the TV or the loo! The day had started out chilly but turned into the most perfect day anyone could have wished for. Warm, clear and for once not a breath of wind. Everyone agreed, as they tucked into the large plate of steak, egg and chips provided by the lodge, and sipping their favourite tipple, that it was time well spent and day to be remembered..
John Emmerson
July 2004

South African Country Life

For a little bit of luxury – the fully catered type – we ended our perusal of the Swartberg with a stay at St Bernard’s Peak Mountain Lodge. Here, the thatched chalets and tranquil gardens rest under a soft canopy of oak trees, and hearty country meals are taken in the main stone building.

So when you are ready for your next break away from it all take a drive out towards Swartberg and savour some of its secret treasures. You are guaranteed warm hospitality, a tranquil environment, great fishing, and adventures that will make your stay a memorable one.
Shanon Davis
March 2004

The Mail & Guardian

Landrover Club

South African Venues


St. Bernard’s Peak was established around 1890 and was originally called “Middle Valley”.
The thatched cottages in the gardens were built by Frans Vetter in about 1948.

Ian and Cheri took over the lodge in April 1998 and have gone from strength to strength building new friendships with the regular guests.
The lodge has undergone extensive repairs and renovations but has not lost any of its rustic character.

We would be extremely interested to hear of any further information or pictures you have of St Bernard’s.