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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%
  • Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Bed and Breakfast
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Check-in: 02:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 42 Reviews


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

Languages Spoken

  • English

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          Reviews for Primrose Cottage

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          Zorka Duval, South Africa
          24 December 2016

          David and Denise, our hosts in Primrose Cottage , provided all we needed to experience in Sutherland: the relaxed , calming pace of this charming Karoo town, star gazing with insight and transformative effect ( David's knowledge of the sky , galaxies , stars , planet etc... is enchanting as it is his humble, respectful yet witty way of dialogue ), and the best suggestions on how to enjoy your time in Sutherland. It is obvious that the couple travelled as the attention to detail Denise put in creating comfort and welcoming experience is obvious in every corner of of their charming cottage (...
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          Tamara Sweet, South Africa
          03 October 2016

          We had been planning a trip to Sutherland to see the stars for years and when we finally made that trip it far outweighed our expectations, thanks to Denise and Dave at Primrose cottage. We were very disappointed that we had left it too late and missed out on a booking for the SALT guided tour but when we arrived at Primrose cottage Denise had already made a booking for us. Everything was taken care of for us; dinner reservations, a star-gazing tour and a delicious breakfast in the morning! I wouldn't hesitate recommending Primrose cottage to anyone visiting Sutherland!

          Anneme de Waard, South Africa
          09 September 2016

          You get to a small town like Sutherland and then you realize: the people makes the place and not the surroundings.Denise and Dave were those people. They are responsible for the fond memories we'll have of Sutherland.Denise walked the extra mile to book dinner (best lamb shank ever), book a tour to SALT and was always ready with a recommendation where to have coffee or a snack.Breakfast was absolutely delicious!Dave went out of his way to show us Jupiter which would have set before our evening stargazing tour.

          Gerhard Offringa, South Africa
          01 August 2016

          We had a most enjoyable two night stay at Primrose Cottage. A wonderful English breakfast (that coffee!), cosy and warm beds, good linen and Denise and David being assisting and caring hosts all the time, ensured a verypleasant stay - and we would highly reccommend it.

          John Callanan, South Africa
          08 July 2016

          We had a pleasant stay at Primrose cottage. We had a comfortable room and the electric blanket and heaters were appreciated. Our hosts were very welcoming and we enjoyed our many chats.

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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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