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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: 99%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 2 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 58
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 19 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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Yolandi Marais
06 April 2021

The location is lovely and ideal for a large group. Communication was good. Did suggest that they should add an additional fridge to the large unit as a single fridge was not adequate. Had some minor issues with the stove. Although the units could do with some maintenance and an update it was cost friendly and we had a wonderful time.

Caroline Pienaar
02 March 2021

Good location, great stay!

Fienie Kruger
07 February 2021

Loved the pool and braai area. The place was clean and comfortable. We really enjoyed our stay.

Jeffrey Mpinga
26 January 2021

The cottage we booked could do with a pair of couches, a flat screen TV unlike the one I kept bumping with my head every time I needed to go to the bathroom, it really was a depressing setup that let to us cutting our stay shorter that we had planned.😏

Mercia Smit
01 November 2020

The buildings and ground needs some urgent maintenance including the swimming pools. The accommodation facilities are neat and comfortable

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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