Primrose Cottage

25 Guest Reviews
25 Customer Reviews
  • Exterior
  • Dining room
  • Double en-suite
  • Guest lounge
  • Music room
  • Snowfall at Primrose
  • Description
  • Facilities
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.

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.
  • Type: Bed and Breakfast
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Check-in: 02:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 25
  • Wi-Fi
  • ADSL Internet
  • No Credit Card Facilities

Languages Spoken

  • English

25 Reviews on Primrose Cottage

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!

11 August 2014

Hospitality at Primrose is the best I have come across to date. Dave and Denise make you feel at home from arrival to departure. The house is basic yet super clean with cosy white linen. Coming back from stargazing at 22h00 and very cold we were surprised with hot chocolate with a smile. (on the house, compliments from Denise). By the time we got to Primrose, Denise already booked our dinner table, visit to salt and stargazing at Jurgh's place. Dinner was expensive at Cluster d'Hote but worth the expense. Karoo lamb chops and shank that Dr Tim Noakes will die for. Well done Dave and Denise.

18 July 2014

Very pleasant, will stay again.

30 May 2014

Dave and Denise are the perfect hosts in this lovely quiet getaway, complete with crisp white linen and all the warmth you could want in a guesthouse. The coffee and breakfast were delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Dave is extremely knowledgeable about the stars and that is what guests to Southerland have come for. Denise will direct you to everything you may need in the little friendly town. We'll be back. Thank you, Primrose Cottage.

22 April 2014

I needed a place to stay while on a business trip (3 nights) to Sutherland. Primrose Cottage and their hosts, Denise and Dave, were very accommodating. The twin room was simple and cosy. I enjoyed my stay there, and I would recommend it to friends and family if they were staying in the area.

13 December 2013
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Room information

Double En-suite Room x 1

Includes: B & B

Double bed with shower and toilet en-suite.

Features available

Bathroom Facilities Shower only, Separate toilet
Beds Double beds
Other Fan, Heater, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Wi-Fi, No Smoking in Rooms, Hair Dryer
Views Garden

Twin Room x 1

Includes: B & B

Twin bedded room with private bathroom.

Features available

Bathroom Facilities Shower over bath
Beds Twin beds
Other Heater, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Wi-Fi, No Smoking in Rooms, Hair Dryer
Views Garden

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