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About Crab Apple Cottages

Delightfully comfortable, Crab Apple’s AA Superior Cottages are set on the edge of the Kilgobbin Forest and the Dargle Valley Conservancy. Generations of visitors have experienced the soul-restoring reassurance that comes with being surrounded by the beauty of creation. The forest is filled with ancient trees, animals and over 200 species of birds.

Retreat to one of our three thatched, self-catering cottages furnished with every comfort. The spacious, open plan living area, leads onto a sun deck. Each bedroom has a queen-sized bed and the loft, just up above the living area, has two single beds, so is ideal for the children. There is an antique cast iron Victorian tub and shower in the en-suite bathroom. The heated pool, braai and entertainment area are available for you to use. Fur-children are permitted by arrangement.

Our delicious spring water, from the taps, is drinkable. We have also invested in a generator to ensure that should Eskom load shed, you will enjoy the luxury of a continuous electricity supply. There will be no ‘lights out’ during your stay with us. Enjoy our free Wi-Fi.

Wedding Venues: Up a steep country road, deep in the Dargle Valley in the midlands, is the large Crab Apple Chapel. Covered in ivy, it is a picture perfect country chapel. The chapel seats up to 170 people on church pews.

Family friendly: There is a jungle gym and play area.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 9 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 12
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 29 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Wi-Fi
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Cosy

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Afrikaans


  • AA Superior
* Please enquire for further details.

Crab Apple Cottages Rooms

Reviews for Crab Apple Cottages

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Charmian Pearce
05 July 2019

Everything was perfect! Maybe a plug point in the loft. If there is one we couldn't find it. Definitely will be back for another stay and history walk.

David Rogers
12 July 2017

The owners Helen and Barend made our stay unforgettable. We felt part of the family right from the start, the cottage was tastefully decorated, the rooms cosy despite a distinct nip in the Midlands air and the environment perfectly suited to feeling calm. I was able to be active, taking the 10km MTB track while my son could just chill out in the beauty of the reserve near the homestead.

20 June 2017

This place is a gem if you need peace and quiet and you love nature. You can watch the sunrise from your bed, you have a fireplace and forest walks! Very secluded. The owners are so kind! A place I can recommend and so close if you do want to meander and buy a few things.I will go again.

Vuyiswa Tshazi
19 June 2017

I had a wonderful time at the crab appleHelen and her husband made my partner and I feel soo at homeI had the most magic weekend get awayThe atmosphere is so warm and so welcomingI enjoyed every momentThank you Crab apple for the Great service and hospitality I will definitely come back

Duncan Fletcher
24 March 2017

Well equipped for self catering. Great ambience and beautiful location for all the guest cottages. Hosts were very friendly and helpful. Will definitely recommend.

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Crab Apple Cottages is 18.5km from the centre of Howick , the nearest airport 117.7km (King Shaka International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling