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About Morning Glory Cottages

Morning Glory Cottages is a guest house located on the working farm Gelykfontein (vd Walt since 1884) that offers charming suites, and is situated near Venterstad, which is in 'Karoo hartland' in the Eastern Cape. Perfect for guests looking for comfortable lodging and warm hospitality, away from the city's hustle and bustle.A short Drive from the N1 situated adjacent the South Eastern Shore line of The Gariep dam 9km Venterstad & Oviston.En route to PE, Port Alfred, Addo, Plettenberg bay.Accommodation at Morning Glory Cottages comprises 6 Units that are fully furnished, and quaintly decorated. These Units/ Cottages range from one to two bedrooms, which are equipped with either twin or double beds with an en-suite or private bathroom that has a bath or shower, or both with a basin and toilet.All suites are quite spacious and contain a small kitchenette, such as a bar fridge with tea and coffee making amenities, a microwave as well as crockery and cutlery.General facilities includes: All Units have TV that has selected DSTV -channels, ceiling fan hairdryer on request, iron with ironing board on requestextra blankets and electric blankets for winter nights. WIFI Hotspot in Bar AreaAirconditioning in Main BedroomsGuests are spoiled for choice when dining in the dining room, as the on-site chef prepares delectable Karoo cuisine.Morning Glory Cottages also provides braai amenities for guests in the lapa area, and offers a splash pool to cool off in on hot summer days. For the corporate guest, the guest house has a conferencing venue and is able to host up to 20 delegates. Secure parking is available for vehicles on PremisesOn Premises activities include: Nature walks ,Star gazing, Bird watching, Interact with farm animals, Thoroughbred Horse Stud, Mountain biking on Farm Tracks(bring own bike), Glorious Sunsets, or just the calm and Tranquility of a Karoo Farm, Karoo Cooking at its Best.Nearby Attractions Include:Game drives in adjacent Game Reserve, Horse Riding and fishing at Gariep Dam, as well as 4x4 routes, Anglo Boer War Sites, Oviston water tunnel Inlet, and so much more.Regret: NO PETS ALLOWEDLimited Cell receptionDinner must be arranged 24hrs in advance.

Conference Venues: Conference facilities for up to 20 delegates are available. * a Projector and screen available for hire. Conference packages designed according to your requirements.

Family friendly: A small splash pool is available and a toy box and childrens' books are available on request. Children can also interact with farm animals.


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Satellite TV*
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Conference Venues
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

- Children aged between 0 and 2 stay free.
- Children aged between 3 and 11 pay 50% of the sharing rate.
- Teenagers 12 yr and up pay the Adult Rate
- Licenced bar available.
(24hr Prior arrangement essential for all meals)
- DINNER - R265.00 Per Adult - 3 Course set Menu / Farm...
- Children aged between 0 and 2 stay free.
- Children aged between 3 and 11 pay 50% of the sharing rate.
- Teenagers 12 yr and up pay the Adult Rate
- Licenced bar available.
(24hr Prior arrangement essential for all meals)
- DINNER - R265.00 Per Adult - 3 Course set Menu / Farm table
-FARM BREAKFAST - R100.00 Per Adult
Kids 3-11 yrs= 50% discount on All Meals. - 2 Course
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Reviews for Morning Glory Cottages

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Lillian King
09 February 2018

We loved staying at Morning Glory Cottages, everyone was very friendly and helpful.Marenee is an excellent host and the food was wonderful. Special attention was paid to dietary needs and care taken in presenting each course. This was our first visit to South Africa and really enjoyed our conversations with Marenee and Lynette. Would highly recommend a visit.

Braam Steyn, South Africa
01 December 2016

Lovely place! Thank you

Toni Van Hoey Smith, South Africa
26 October 2016

Beautiful farm with very luxurious accommodation and most welcoming hostess.The food was outstanding - we had the braai picnic basket and there was so much food ! Farm fresh bread, delicious home-grown salads and they are very happy to discuss which meats you prefer.The horses are gorgeous, and its a very convenient place to stop over.Thanks so much - we were very very impressed!

Amelia Mulder, South Africa
02 January 2014

Die kamer was 5 ster, die etes was nog beter. Ons kon nie beter kry in die omgewing nie. Die eienaars is vriendelik en nou betrokke. Ons was aangenaam verras.

Peter Campbell, South Africa
19 November 2013

The rooms far exceeded our expectations, and the hospitality was OUTSTANDING! A fantastic attraction is the location, being on a racehorse breeding farm. If you love horses, it is indeed a privilege to interact with and watch these amazing creatures!

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Morning Glory Cottages is 10.1km from the centre of Venterstad , the nearest airport 196.1km (Bloemfontein Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

Things to do in and around Venterstad

Oviston Nature Reserve

(10.1 km from Venterstad)

Situated on the southern side of the Gariep Dam, the Oviston Nature Reserve is home to an exciting variety of wildlife and birds. The area offers a range of fun outdoor activities and it is a popular fly-fishing venue offering an abundance of Yellow...

Walk the Wall Tour

(37.7 km from Venterstad)

Visit one of South Africa’s celebrated civil engineering projects on the country’s biggest dam. Local guides take visitors on interesting tours of the Gariep Dam wall through passages and down to the bedrock. If you’re lucky, they might open the...

Gariep Dam Fishing

(38.4 km from Venterstad)

Gariep Dam is an idyllic place to cast a line for yellowfish, tilapia or mudfish. Locals will advise you on good fishing places or you can wander off and find a secret spot of you own. You needn’t catch anything, just kick back and soak up the...

Bamboeshoek 4x4 Trail

(74.6 km from Venterstad)

The Bamboeshoek 4x4 Trail is just outside Molteno, set next to and on top Nuveld Mountain Range. The trail has great views and challenges such as gorges and cliffs. A 4x4 or 2x4 vehicle is required with low range and high clearance. The route is...