Acorn Cottages Self Catering

Location: South Africa » Kwazulu Natal » Drakensberg » Central Drakensberg » Monks Cowl » Winterton

Acorn Cottages Self Catering accommodation in Champagne Valley Kwazulu Natal

3 Star
Name of hostsNikki Walters
Tel:+27 (0)86 127 6237

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Enjoy heavenly scenery all around you from the peace and privacy of your own home from home cottage or suite in the stunning CHAMPAGNE VALLEY.

Look up at the imposing Drakensberg Mountains of Champagne and Cathkin, with nearby access to the Peaks of Cathedral peak, the majestic Amphitheatre at Royal Natal National Park and Giants Castle. All these areas are waiting for you to explore and each area differs totally.

Once home in the afternoons enjoy the rock pool and the beauty of South African sunsets, from your own verandah.

Being just 4 km off the road that leads into the mountains we have the best of both worlds, total peace and quiet and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, but you are near the local restaurants and hotels for meals etc.

Beware of cutting your time here, as there is so much to do and see, it is not unknown for a guest to arrive for 3 days and stay for 12! They leave as friends.

Delicious and plentiful breakfasts are served when possible on the lawn in the shade of an acacia tree, any type of breakfasts are offered and if you find the views so relaxing request another cup of coffee and take your time! Chat to your hostess about the local activities and restaurants etc and even for recommendations for your next stop.

Local activities must include a visit to Drakensberg Boys School choir, and you will return bemused by the sounds of Africa that you hear from such beautiful young voices.

Play golf and all other sports are available, at the famous Champagne Sports Resort, or the 9 hole courses of Cathedral Peak and Monks Cowl.

Falcoln Ridge fly their birds most mornings and is fast becoming world famous for their show and the knowledge they impart.

For the adventurous contact 4 Rivers Rafting and Adventures to enquire about white water rafting in season, quad biking and other activities.

Then there are the horse trails for both the experienced rider and the novice, experience the beauty of the Drakensberg World Heritage site from horse back, a whole new perspective!

The main attraction however, has to be the Mountain, for either a leisurely walk or a vigorous hike, and there are so many to choose from you could be here for weeks and still need to return for more.

If country life is for you, then you have found your venue!

So discuss the various types of accommodation that will most suit your needs and pocket

We are licensed to sell liquor for our convenience, and accept major credit cards.

I really look forwards to making your visit to the Drakensberg Mountains a wonderful experience.


Gallery Suite

This is a stunning suite for a couple - self catering or bed and breakfast. The views of the mountains and surrounding country side are quite awesome from the private verandah.

Satellite TV and a CD player are provided, and there is comfy furniture for both inside and on the verandah. A braai is provided. In winter sleep by the light of the little fireplace and in summer there are 2 ceiling fans. Breakfast is served on the lawn.

Rose Cottage

A romantic little hideaway with oregan pine sash windows, and welsh dresser, a corner bath separate shower and separate toilet. There is 1 bedroom with a fan in summer, a big fireplace warms the whole cottage in winter, TV is provided and a CD, enjoy self cater or bed and breakfast (breakfast is served on the lawn) The verandah has sweeping views of the Drakensberg and a braai in the garden. The stove is gas, with 4 plates and oven. There is also a microwave.

Pin Oak and English Oak Cottages

Our ever popular 2 bedroom cottages ( all bedrooms en suite) are set in a pecan nut plantation on the hill, they are great fun for a family or group of friends, this is the complete self cater option with a full stove and microwave and full size fridge, Braai area, TV a big fireplace for cold winter nights, and for those who just like a romantic evening around a log fire.

We are the only self cater accommodation in the Central Drakensberg with a star rating, so your comfort is guaranteed.

Awarded one of the TOP 10 VENUES in SOUTH AFRICA PET FRIENDLY – by arrangement only.

Garden Suite

For a couple or even if you are traveling alone, this suite is smaller but pretty and has everything needed for self cater, but more often guests do have breakfast.

The suite has a queen size bed, TV with decoder, (bring own smart card,) CD player , and its own little garden area. The full bathroom is en suite and there is a little kitchenette, so some catering can be done, and a BBQ in the garden.


FROM JOHANNESBERG: N3 to Harrismith, N5 to Bethlehem, but turn left after 5 km to BERGVILLE, R74, then keep on the R74 at next intersection. You will now travel down the Oliviers Hoek Pass, very beautiful road but not a fast road, in the event of bad weather, mist, and at night we suggest stay on the N3 to COLENSO exit 194. BERGVILLE to WINTERTON, as you enter the village over a bridge look for turning to the RIGHT opposite the Engen garage, (suggest fill up if getting low) onto the R600 road to the Central Drakensberg. Travel this road for approx 10 minutes past Kwazulu weavers to intersection and then straight across. Pass THOKOSISA and after 4 km you will see the road sign to ACORN COTTAGES to the RIGHT, drive 2km and turn right again and keep straight until you see our gate. PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY, ANIMALS AROUND!!!!! WELCOME. FROM DURBAN: N3 to ESTCOURT NORTH/GIANTS CASTLE turn off, exit 179, turn LEFT and drive through LOSKOP, beware animals in the road and children, to 4 way intersection, LEFT at THOKOSISA corner. After 4km you will see the ACORN COTTAGE road sign to the right, drive 2km and turn right again, keep straight until you see our gate. PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY, ANIMALS AROUND!!!!!! WELCOME FROM BLOEMFONTEIN: N5 towards HARRISMITH watch for the turning to the RIGHT to BERGVILLE, follow as per from Johannesburg. FROM LADYSMITH: At the bottom of Murchison Street, (Wimpy on right) turn right, follow road signs to N3 DURBAN. SLOW AND CAREFUL!!! Branch off left then right and follow sign to BERGVILLE, after a few km LEFT to WINTERTON, past Spionkop Dam, when entering Winterton, go left then right opposite the Engen garage, follow as for Johannesburg. PLEASE PHONE IF NOT SURE OF THE WAY, better to make sure than end up too far out of your way!!!