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About Galileo Cottage

In 1609, Galileo Galilei made a public demonstration of the first scientifically constructed telescope. Today, thousands of tourists come to the small town of Sutherland to visit the largest telescope in the Southern Hemisphere, called SALT.Travelling on 110 km of tarred road from the N1 turn-off at Matjiesfontein will bring you to Galileo Cottage which will be the place you will want to stay. Whereas Galileo proclaimed that the earth moves around the sun, we at claim that with us the earth moves around your comfort.We offer a self-catering cottage where all expectations are exceeded. World-class accommodation, unbelievable attention to detail and warm and generous hospitality not often found in today's world. We guarantee privacy with sunny living rooms, a private entrance and a garden with bird life.Guests are encouraged to use the barbecue facilities as well as a wonderful fire place in the cottage. We supply reading materials, board games and a collection of DVDs. As part of the service, we offer to do the necessary bookings for our guests for visits to the Observatory, night stargazing and a restaurant if desired.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 3 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 63 Reviews


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Hiking
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Cosy

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Availability and pricing

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  • Galileo Cottage Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering This is a spacious self-catering cottage with a wonderful fireplace. It is well suited for a family of four with one... see more Features:  Double beds, Local channels, En-suite, Shower only, Fireplace, Self-catering see more Double beds, Local channels, En-suite, Shower only, Fireplace, Self-catering, Separate toilet, Single beds, Fan, Heater, Television, Satellite TV, Radio, Tea and Coffee Facilities, No Smoking in Rooms, Hair Dryer, Garden views
    from R600 For 2 guests
    • Adults

      Reviews for Galileo Cottage

      63 guest reviews Reviews of

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      Gillian Mudie
      05 July 2018

      Comfortable and convenient

      Brian Rowe
      24 May 2018

      Liked the peace and quiet. Our hostess was most helpful and gave a lot of her time.

      Johan Kuhn
      27 April 2018

      Aangename stil en rustige omgewing, netjies en skoon fasiliteit.

      Paul Barnard
      16 April 2018

      This cottage is well appointed, comfortable and ideal for two people. What a joy to be able to sit outside in the front garden under the trees enjoying the tranquility of this quaint town. A visit to Tjol's pub at the toll house was quite an experience and well worth adding to the normal sights and experiences on offer.

      Hermann Schutzler
      03 April 2018

      The cottage is beautiful. However, it is very small for 4 adults. There was also a lot of clutter. To much ornaments, etc.

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      Galileo Cottage Map

      Galileo Cottage is 0.7km from the centre of Sutherland , the nearest airport 261.3km (George Airport).
      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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