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About Birches Cottage

In the 7-hectare Brittlewood Estate, with the cascading Umzimkulu river bounding one side and blue mountain sky the other, lie the Birches and Willows cottages.

Designed to satisfy the needs of the most discerning traveller, Birches and Willows are luxuriously appointed and serviced daily to international standards.

Set in a private garden riverfront estate, the Birches and Willows combine luxurious country living with a host of outdoor adventures, self-drive activities and cultural pursuits. The most memorable aspect of your visit will be the superlative service, attention to detail and the sincere interest of the Birches and Willows team in your personal comfort.

There are a host of outdoor facilities available in Underberg and its surrounds. If a visit the highest pub in Africa is on your schedule, you will require a valid passport. Besides a visit to the pub, local tour operators offer day excursions to San painting sites, horse trails, biking, quad bike excursions, 4X4 excursions, hiking, birdwatching, trout fishing, white water rafting, tubing, rock climbing, abseiling, golf and lots more.

  • Response Rate: 85%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 5 hours
  • Minimum stay: 3 Days
  • Type: Guest House
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 49 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Gym
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Dutch
  • German
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Birches Cottage Rooms

Reviews for Birches Cottage

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Mitch Whayman
10 January 2018

Loved the river walk and little hideaways. Clean and friendly.

Nadine Van Niekerk
07 January 2018

Lovely stay! Large cottage with comfortable furniture and facilities. Fridge a little small! But that is the only issue we had. Neighbors very close and cottages share a wall, but we weren’t bothered. Gorgeous surroundings and very friendly hosts!

Nikki Eagar
14 May 2017

Thank you for a very comfortable, clean and cosy stay, with very friendly hosts. We will definitely be back next time we are in the Underberg.

Karlien de Wet, South Africa
13 December 2016

We had a lovely one night stay at the Cottage. The walk down to the river and the serenity of the place is magnificent. The cottage is close enought to town but far away from "civilisation".

Matemeke Maredi, South Africa
25 October 2016

The cottage was spacious and clean. The bathroom was huge! The owners were very patient to answer all our questions in detail and in a friendly manner. I loved that the place is surrounded by nature. We enjoyed the garden and loved the walk to the river. We spotted a couple of animals on our river walk. The bonus was the herb garden where we were allowed to help ourselves to some herbs. Very peaceful and tranquil place.

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Birches Cottage is 2.3km from the centre of Underberg , the nearest airport 150.6km (Margate Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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