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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


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

Languages Spoken

  • English

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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 $52 Room rate
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      • 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 $52 Room rate
        • Adults

          Reviews for Primrose Cottage

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          Tina Mathuvis
          02 March 2020

          Our hosts David and Denise were absolutely awesome, they certainly made us feel at home and comfortable, receiving us as we arrived. After a long drive offered us refreshments and shared all about Sutherland, which was very interesting.The breakfast we were served was delicious, small detail is very important to them. Thank you to both David and Denise for an home from home experience!Thinus and Tina.

          Barrie Jones
          15 February 2020

          Would prefer an en-suite set up. Hospitable hosts. Excellent breakfast.

          Alta Storm
          18 December 2019

          Breakfast excellent.

          Alison Coetzee
          15 December 2019

          Such a lovely stay with David and Denise who were such gracious hosts. The accommodation was clearly prepared with love and pride and Denise had thoughtfully booked dinner and stargazing for us.We loved our visit!

          Louisa McKinnon
          02 July 2019

          We were warmly welcomed by Denise and David on a very cold but sunny Friday afternoon. Denise offered us something warm to drink and showed us around to orientate us. The room was comfortable nice bed and pillows and electric blanket to warm the bed. Denise switch on the blanket for us to get into a nice warm bed, when we were out in the evenings. There are wall heaters which were switched on to warm the room on our arrival. There is no TV or radio. The shower has some mold and could do with a good clean. We had to make our own bed. Breakfast area is comfortable warm and cozy with nice big...
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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