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About Primrose Cottage

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. Private lazer star gazing can be provided on request.

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.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 7 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Bed and Breakfast
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 56 Reviews

Facilities

  • Wi-Fi
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Cosy

Languages Spoken

  • English

Availability and pricing

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  • Double En-suite Room Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B Double bed with shower and toilet en-suite. Features:  Double beds, Shower only, Separate toilet, Garden views, Fan, Heater see more Double beds, Shower only, Separate toilet, Garden views, Fan, Heater, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Wi-Fi, No Smoking in Rooms, Hair Dryer
    from R750 For 2 guests
    • Adults
      • Twin Room Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B Twin bedded room with private bathroom. Features:  Twin beds, Shower over bath, Garden views, Heater, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Wi-Fi see more Twin beds, Shower over bath, Garden views, Heater, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Wi-Fi, No Smoking in Rooms, Hair Dryer
        from R750 For 2 guests
        • Adults

          Reviews for Primrose Cottage

          56 guest reviews Reviews of

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          Lawrie Mabin
          20 May 2018

          Wonderful hosts thank you for making us so welcome

          Louise Higginson
          12 January 2018

          Our host and hostess at Primrose Cottage welcomed us as if we were family. They had thought of everything! Denise made bookings for us and as she and Dave have travelled all around the area they could advise us of the best places to visit. The breakfast was 5🌟!

          Amour Venter
          08 January 2018

          We can definitely recommend staying over at Primrose Cottage when visiting Sutherland. We had a very comfortable room and the breakfast was really great. The owners are warm and friendly and have made our stay special by taking a genuine interest in us and making time to talk to us while we were there. This is definitely the place where we will stay in future if we visit Sutherland again. The best accommodation in town! Thank you, Denise & David!

          Erika Pieters
          02 January 2018

          The rooms were absolutely beautiful and it felt just like home. Denise and her husband were so generous and welcoming it felt like we became part of the family. I would definitely recommend Primrose Cottage to anyone looking for an authentic Sutherland experience.

          Maressa Salvatore
          25 December 2017

          Our stay in Sutherland will forever be a special memory. Primrose Cottage, David and Denise were the very best of hosts and their suggestions of places to see and things to do kept our days and evenings so busy that we will need to come back. See you in Winter

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          Primrose Cottage Map

          Primrose Cottage is 0.6km from the centre of Sutherland , the nearest airport 261.6km (George Airport).
          *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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