Dargle Accommodation at Crab Apple Cottages Self-Catering, Natal Midlands

Crab Apple Cottages

Self Catering at Farm No 13, Dargle Valley, Natal Midlands, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. Show on Map

  • Property TypeFarm Stay
  • Guests12
  • Units/Rooms3
  • Minimum Stay2 Nights

About Crab Apple Cottages

Architecturally designed and delightfully comfortable, the three AA Highly Recommended Crab Apple Cottages are situated on the edge of just such a pristine wilderness, the Dargle Valley Conservancy, a national heritage site.

Self Catering Accommodation

Each of these self-catering cottages has a different character while all being furnished with every comfort. Each cottage has a queen size bed and a sleeper couch for children. There is spacious open plan living area and a verandah.

The Forest

The forest is generously endowed with ancient trees, flowing streams and abundant bird and animal life. This is a place where life moves at a gentler pace, and where generations of visitors have experienced the soul restoring reassurance that comes from being surrounded by the beauty of creation, in all its rich diversity. A place where the call of the crowned eagle and the dassie are heard, and where visits by the family of Samango monkeys are part of daily life.

This is the place that inspired Austen Roberts to start his now well-known Roberts Book of Birds, and where visitors can walk the same paths and enjoy the same bird-life that he did. The Dargle Valley is lush and green all year round and resembles the Irish countryside. It is from this that it was so named. It experiences heavy rainfall and mist in the summer.


• Currently only accepting dogs
• One dog per cottage
• Any size dog welcome
• Shared large garden in which to romp but should you take a walk out along our adventurous country roads, please clip a lead on
• A freshly laundered dog-bed is provided in your cottage
• Owner must bring own dog kibble, bowls etc
• Current vaccinations are essential (the up-to-date records from the vet are required)
• We have our own fur-children and feathered friends (Marmaduke & his Venda Hens, our labradors, dach-russels, horses and cats) who make a well socialised fur-child appreciated
• Owner is responsible for cleaning up dog messes

Your Hosts

Enjoy the hospitality of your hosts Helen and Barend and experience a truly country lifestyle, complete with horses and carriages. Meet Marmaduke, our handsome Venda rooster and his duchesses. Allow Kirby, our Labrador, to lead you by the hand to who knows where and taste and feel the softness of cold spring water. Appreciate the sounds and fragrances of the mist belted forest and allow the peace and serenity to revive and restore you.

For rose lovers, Helen’s hundreds of roses are a treat in springtime and, for the more 'earthy' soul, visit Barend’s organic plot where there is always something fresh to pick and eat. Experience on-site compost making.

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In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Kitchenette (semi-equipped)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Underfloor heating

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Garden(s)
  • Housekeeping (periodic)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (off street)
  • Pets allowed (by arrangement)
  • Swimming pool

Food & Drink

  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee


  • Free Wi-Fi


AA Quality Assured Accommodation Highly Recommended

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  • ZAR 1200
  • per unit per nightbased on 2 persons

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Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -29.475611110444444
Longitude: 30.066194444444445

Closest airport(s)
King Shaka International - 120km
Pietermaritzburg Airport - 45km

Children policy
Children of all ages are welcome.

Check-in/out times
Check-in from 14h00
Check-out by 10h00

Listed on SA-Venues.com
October 2011 - 6 Reviews

Travellers' Reviews

What a fabulously peaceful spot! Thank you for making our family celebration even more...

Malcolm and Judith Richardson, Unknown

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