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About Shawswood

Shawswood has a variety of accommodation options on offer from Stone Haven, a quaint self-catering cottage with loft bedroom that sleeps two adults and two kiddies on fold out chair beds, to a wing of no-fuss double rooms with communal ablutions and kitchen/dining facilities, to nine backpacker bunk bed rooms that require guests to bring their own bedding. The self-catering kitchen is well stocked with cooking appliances, crockery and cutlery, and there are outside braai facilities too. The property has been in the same family for generations, and offers some challenging hikes through plantations and indigenous forest to the bottom and top of the waterfall Grey Mare's Tail. Close by attractions are Karkloof Canopy Tours and Karkloof Country Club's mountain biking trails.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 3 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 74
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 10 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Hiking
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • No TGCSA Grading

Important Information

Shawswood is ideal for groups of people, however they do take bookings for a minimum of two people.

Shawswood Rooms

Reviews for Shawswood

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Dennise Meintjes
25 November 2018

A lovely cottage with breathtaking views. Mrs and Mr Shaw are wonderful

Janis theron, South Africa
08 July 2016

We loved Shawswood and our 2 boys, Jordan and Jean, said it was their best cottage on the entire road trip - where we stayed in 9 cotttages! thank you Bundy and Wendy for a wonderful setting, beaut cottage and time to find ourselves again in one of our favourite parts of SA!

Andre Pretorius, South Africa
20 June 2016

Very pleasant stay and high standard for a backpacker, the host are also very pleasant and goes out of their way to make you feel welcome and at home.

Rosemarie Newton, Finland
19 October 2015

My husband and I have just spent two nights in what we thought would be a very rustic cottage - however when you go inside it is cosy and very comfortable . When they talk of "lovingly restored' , here they have really meant it . Our hosts Wendy and Bundy were very warm and friendly . Our only regret .... we could not stay for another two nights ! It was also nice and close to the Karkloof MTB club so we were able to get in a good bit of cycling on some awesome tracks. A wonderful weekend and a highly recommended retreat from city life .

Helen Squirrell-Armstrong, South Africa
02 March 2015

Beautiful cottage, quiet and superb location.  Lovely hosts.  Loved our weekend at Shawswood.  Will definitely be back.

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Shawswood is 22km from the centre of Howick , the nearest airport 95.8km (King Shaka International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling