Primrose Cottage

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Having travelled around the world together, Denise and her husband David, amateur astronomer and retired tour manager at the Observatory, now welcome you to their stone cottage on grounds dotted with fruit trees and grapevines. Private lazer star gazing can be provided on request.

There is a double room en-suite and a twin bedded room with private bathroom. All rooms are equipped with heaters and electric blankets for those cold winter nights. We also have undercover parking for all vehicles to shelter them from the frost. There is an excellent music collection and an extensive library for those who want to relax and experience the snow in comfort. An authentic English breakfast is provided in the yellow wood dining room.

Take time to relax on the drive from Matjiesfontein, enjoy the Karoo scenery and stop occasionally to listen to the silence. The climb through the Verlatenkloof pass is stunning, after which the telescopes at the observatory can be seen quite clearly on the eastern horizon. Sutherland has become well known for the Southern African Large Telescope, inaugurated in November 2005 at the already world-famous observatory. Visitors should take advantage of one of the regular, extremely interesting tours of the observatory telescopes including the visitors centre and the SALT project.

For those interested in history, there are military graves in the Boer war cemetery and a tour of the NG church where the soldiers were billeted is a must. A door containing graffiti written by the soldiers can still be seen. Sutherland is also the home of the Louw brothers, well known Afrikaans authors. Their house is now a museum.

For the birdwatcher, Sutherland has a species count of 191, more than 20 of which are endemic. Most of these endemics can be seen within the grounds of Primrose Cottage at the right time. Let David and Denise identify these birds for you and of course point out the constellations visible in the incredibly clear night skies over Sutherland.

Facilities

  • Parking Available
  • Internet Access
  • Wi-Fi
  • ADSL Internet
  • No Credit Card Facilities

Languages Spoken

  • English
ON REQUEST
Thursday 11th September
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Reviews for Primrose Cottage

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24 January 2015

What a welcome we received! And this from people previously totally unknown to us. As I had booked this as a surprise for my husband's birthday we were stunned by all the personal small touches, including a birthday banner over the mirror in our room, a welcoming glass of white wine,... Denise also took care of all the reservations (to the Observatory, for dinner at a restaurant). The cherry on the cake was David's very knowledgeable explanation of the gorgeous starry sky! He studies Astro-Physics and - by laser pointer - brought the whole sky to life for us: on a basic level for myself but on a very in-depth level for my husband who is a retired space engineer. David just started this as a private venture but should definitely expand this. I think a lot of people would enjoy his calm and private explanations where he answers all your questions in a very knowledgeable way. No need to tell you we were both in high heaven! Have been travelling the world for over 40 years but never had a welcome such as this one! Thank you so very much, Denise and David, we'll definitely send our friends to you! Come and see us in Belgium! Roland & Marleen

05 January 2015

Extremely considerate hosts that helped us by booking dinner and activities. The guesthouse has everything you need. Good breakfast and great coffee. Highly recommended.

10 November 2014

Highly recommend Primrose Cottage. Our hosts could not have been more helpful. Very convenient and we would stay here again.

03 October 2014

This little cottage and its wonderful hosts are a big reason my girlfriend and I fell in love with Sutherland on our weekend there. Wonderful experience! I hope to return one day.

11 August 2014

Dave and Denise are wonderful hosts. Kind, thoughtful with a wealth of information regarding SALT and Sutherland. The cottage is clean, neat and homely. We had a lovely time in Sutherland. Lovely lamb shanks at Cluster and pizza at Jupiter. When we left, it felt like we were leaving friends behind! Thanks Dave and Denise!

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Primrose Cottage is 0.6km from the centre of Sutherland , the nearest airport 261.6km (George Airport).

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