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About River Cottages

River Cottages offers both recreational and overnight accommodation in a riverside environment.

There are three fully equipped self-catering houses sleeping up to 12 guests per house as well as seven 2-Sleeper self-catering units and two 4-Sleeper units. The houses are located right on the banks of the Vaal River in Parys whilst the 2-sleeper units are 200 m away from the river but still a mere 2 minutes stroll to the river. There are swimming pools, lapas and built in braai facilities spread all over the property for those hot, lazy summer days.

The location is also suitable for functions and special occasions as the property is very large and picturesque and we have function/conference/restaurant facilities on site. River Cottages can host groups for bachelor/ettes, bikers and other club functions, team building etc.

The little country town of Parys lies on the banks of the Vaal River about an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and an hour and a half from Pretoria. Parys is essentially a farming community, but it has become a popular recreation town due to loads of outdoor activities on offer, the Vaal River and because of its proximity to Johannesburg, Pretoria and other major cities.

The Vaal River runs for about 1 km through our property and its banks are lined with weeping willows and reeds and is the perfect invitation for those fond of water-related activities such as fishing, canoeing, river rafting etc. There are some lovely hiking and 4X4 trails in and around the town, as well as art, antique and coffee shops as well as a wide range of excellent restaurants.

River Cottages looks forward to sharing our paradise with you.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 58
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 12 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Satellite TV*
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Conference Venues
  • Parking on Premises
  • 220 Volt
  • Activities desk
  • Bathroom

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

River Cottages Rooms

Reviews for River Cottages

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Jacqui Hattingh
17 February 2020

The lady at reception is very friendly and helpful. The accommodation was clean and we had a nice rest for the weekend. Loved the gardens- and it was nice that there was a swimming pool near, where ever you are on the property. overall a enjoyable stay. We will go again.

Guy Stokes
29 December 2019

Lot of mantanance on accomdation

Cheryll Sanders
29 December 2019

The Riverside setting is beautiful.. The chalet we were given was part of an old run down farmhouse and needed serious maintenance. The owner told us when we complained it had Old world charm.. rubbish.. just run down.... The worst part was the rest of the farmhouse was hired out to guests of a 250 member wedding party.. This was never shared with us when we booked.. The taxis pumped music from early morning.. We were forced to find alernate accommodation.. we could not even sit outside to eat breakfast as all tables.. chairs etc are communal property around the pool... So sad as it is a...
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Marinda Hattingh
04 December 2019

Wat ñ pragtige juweel is hierdie plek nie? Prentjiemooi langs die Vaalrivier, en een van die skoonste plekke waar ons in ñ lang tyd was. Baie dankie vir die vriendelike ontvangs, Marlouise, en vooraf e-pos, Marianca.

Wynand Pretorius
30 September 2019

One could forgive one or two things wrong with accommodation, but when there are more things wrong than right you know there is a problem.None of the good things seen in previous reviews were true for our stay. Clearly they have one or two units which are maintained and the rest are just forgotten. The place looks a lot better in pictures than in real life. We had to contend with a very long drive down a very poor dirt road through open veld to our unit which was far away from the river. The outside of the unit looks like an outbuilding on a farm. The front door was clearly broken into and...
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River Cottages is 3.2km from the centre of Parys , the nearest airport 121.1km (Lanseria International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling