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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.

Covid Safety Approved: Masks, Gloves and Sanitizer available Rooms and shared areas thoroughly cleaned and sanitized daily Access to premises by sole owner and staying guests exclusively

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Bed and Breakfast
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Check-in: 14:00
    Check-out: 10:00
  • Reviews: 85 Reviews


  • Garden
  • Wi-Fi
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Cosy
  • Covid Safety Approved

Languages Spoken

  • English

Important Information

Children over 12 welcome.

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  • Double En-suite Room Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B 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 $56 Room rate
    • Adults
      • Twin Room Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B 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 $56 Room rate
        • Adults

          Reviews for Primrose Cottage

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          Dianne MacPherson
          06 January 2022

          Lovely welcoming hosts, clean and attention to detail accommodation. Lovely breakfast. happy to supply crockery and cutlery for own braai in their garden.

          Wilna Steenkamp
          10 October 2021

          Our hosts were lovely people. We were shown to our room & all that are available to us, as soon as we arrived. All you need for cold evenings in Sutherland was there - Electric blanket, heater in bathroom if you need to use it etc. Lovely breakfast

          David Bryant
          27 September 2021

          Denise and David went out of their way to welcome us warmly. The rooms are clean and good value for money. The breakfast was superb!!

          Carel Wolhuter
          18 September 2021

          The pressure of the water can be improved.

          Sanette Terblanche
          14 September 2021

          We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with Denise.Thank you for an excellent breakfast and your hospitality.

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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