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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: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Bed and Breakfast
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 62 Reviews


  • 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

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          Nick Burger
          09 May 2019

          Great spot and hosts. Knowledgeable about attractions and happy to help with bookings. Facilities basic but clean and comfortable. Definitely recommended.

          Frank Calboutin
          02 May 2019

          Proximity to everything.

          Niels Strand Nielsen
          10 March 2019

          The friendliness and helpfulness; the homely atmosphere.

          Cecil Harris
          28 September 2018

          Good clean comfortable and spacious accommodation with room to "breathe". Was good to have electric blankets! Nice little lounge area and b/fast room. Good tasty b/fast and v friendly, helpful and knowlgeable owners. Description of "on-suite" pushing it a bit with shower in the b/room and toilet in the cupboard! Might be an idea to fit an extractor above the shower to get rid of steam?

          Karen James
          25 August 2018

          Denise is a marvellous hostess with wonderful attention to every detail for a delightfully comfortable stay. Her home is immaculate and filled with much loved antique furniture which adds delightful character. In Sutherland's icy winter, we didn't notice the cold for a moment once we were inside. She also prepared us a delicious vegetarian breakfast of fruit and mushrooms on toast which we thoroughly enjoyed! Denise also has all the interesting places to visit right at her fingertips, and kindly booked us in for a tour of the observatory. I highly recommend staying here if you are in Sutherlan...
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          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