Blue Cottages

Set in a four-acre tropical garden, with a magnificent Drakensberg escarpment backdrop, Blue Cottages offers delightfully quaint accommodation in six individual cottages (including self catering and family options).

The main house comprises the original farm managers cottage built in 1948, by Captain Drury, on the pioneering Olifants River Estate.The original lampposts imported especially by Drury from London, can still be seen on the road leading to Blue Cottages.

The main farmhouse is next to Monsoon Gallery & Mad Dogz Caf, which is forms part of the Blue Cottages.

The stunning Blyde River Canyon route is nearby, as are opportunities for rafting, hiking and bird watching,hot-air balloon rides and game viewing drives can also be arranged on request. Kruger Parks Phalaborwa and Orpen gates are an hours drive away.

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  • "The dinner"

    14 January 2018

    "It is a quaint place in a nice and quiet garden setting"

    Tinus Oberholzer
  • "The Peacefulness of the area"

    16 October 2017

    "Overall stay was very nice. Enjoyed the peace and quiet!"

    Christa Bohmer
  • "Peaceful stay on a citrus farm"

    13 July 2017

    "Nice stay. You exactly get what you have paid for."

    Thinus Pretorius
  • "Really good value"

    02 February 2017

    "It is a slightly older establishment however, t was clean, the staff were really nice, the location was great for me. Everything worked, internet, TV,aircon so I was really happy. It's a bit of a gem unfortunately not many people find it. The breakfast was great. So staying in that peaceful surrounding on a business trip was awesome"

    Cynthia Dunham, South Africa
  • "Excellent"

    08 November 2016


    Hermien de Nysschen, South Africa
  • "Nice stop off on the way to Kruger"

    17 August 2016

    "The Blue Cottages are located in a beatiful area and the gardens are lovely. The rooms were comfortable and clean but the dinner was very disappointing. Breakfast was good"

    Jillian Hughes, South Africa
  • "Blue Cottages, Lydenberg Rd, February 2016"

    04 February 2016

    "We had a wonderful one night stay at Blue Cottages. It is very exotic with an extremely interesting jungle garden. The standard is not luxury but everything works: a/c, wifi on the veranda, clean swimming pool. Dinner is served in a romantic arbor, ok, but but not gourmet. But you get a lot for the overall low price. We had a lovely breakfast at the Monsoon Gallery before we left for Pretoria.<div><br /><div><br /></div></div>"

    Anita Petersson, Sweden
  • "Two day stay"

    25 October 2014

    "The cottage was clean and for self catering well equipped. The garden was beautiful and well looked after and the staff were accommodating and pleasant. Dinner is available if one does not want to cook for oneself. I was very comfortable during my stay and found Blue Cottages to be great value for money."

    Gerald France, South Africa
  • "Quiet retreat"

    02 May 2014

    "The cottages are set in a jungle like garden. We used the family cottage and found it comfortable and spacious enough for three adults (son of 17). A kitchen in the rondavel for self catering. We were served a lovely dinner under the stars in the garden. Tony and Tertia made us feel welcome and we will definitely stay there again. Bigger soaps could be provided in the family cottage."

    Hendrine Kriel, South Africa
  • "A rare gem!"

    21 April 2014

    "Well taken care of. If you are looking for tranquillity and beautiful gardens and still be nearby places to visit, then Blue Cottages is the place to stay at.Service was beyond excellent. The personal touch by the owners - lets just say that they are a rare gem."

    Koketso Matlala, South Africa
  • "Blue Cottages"

    12 August 2013

    "Excellent value for money. Really enjoyed our stay and will definitely stay there again. Peace and quiet."

    Lorencia Botha, South Africa
  • "Thank you"

    05 August 2013

    "What a beautiful, peaceful place to stay. We were very comfortable and the gardens are lovely. We enjoyed our delicious breakfasts and evening meal with Tony and Tersia. Thank you so much."

    Philip Harbord, South Africa
  • "Friendly and hospitable"

    29 June 2013

    "We liked the warm welcome and care very much. Dinner was very fine and enjoyable."

    Henk Schats, Switzerland
  • "Quiet"

    24 April 2013

    "I stayed at Blue Cottages and the staff were pleasant. However, the place needs some sprucing up and pest control especially for rodents as they were scurrying all over the whole night."

    Zwelibanzi ndlovu
  • "Overnight stay"

    23 April 2013

    "Affordable, neat and quiet stay. Friendly couple and great breakfast."

    Koos Crause, South Africa
  • "Fabulous"

    07 January 2013

    "We had a fantastic stay at Blue cottages, we really enjoyed ourselves please keep up the good work."

    Tebogo Raphasha, South Africa
  • "Fantastic stay"

    27 December 2012

    "We enjoyed our stay at Blue Cottages so much. The owners really made us feel like family rather than visitors. We will most definately be back in the near future."

    Magda Willemse, South Africa
  • "Very nice and warm stay"

    11 August 2012

    "It's a lovely place with a beautiful garden. The cottages are very nice and all facilities are great. Very kind people and nice food!"

    Sandra Gussen, Netherlands
  • "Nice green location between Kruger and Blyde Canyon"

    31 March 2012

    "Nice location on the way from Kruger to Blye Canyon. We had a very friendly welcome and a cute cottage. Dinner was luckily offered to us and we said yes due to no other chances in the area. Unfortunately, we were then not asked again about the contents of dinner and just got the whole three-course menu with starter, main course and dessert. The price was fine with R160 per person. Also without telling the price, we paid R25 for going online for only 10 minutes. Overall, a nice location but there should be more communication regarding prices. Just to keep it fair."

    Tim Wiebusch, Germany
  • "Fantastic experience"

    05 August 2011

    "I really enjoyed our stay at Blue Cottages and would highly recommend the B&B to anybody visiting this area. Tony and his wife made us feel very welcome and I have to say I will be back again next time I am in the area."

    Kelvin Blake, Australia
  • "Blue Cottages"

    29 November 2010

    "We had a very relaxing evening and had a very friendly service."

    Danny Damen, South Africa
  • "Blue Cottages"

    29 November 2010

    "We had a very relaxing evening and had a very friendly service."

    Danny Damen,South Africa
  • "Willl return"

    09 November 2010

    "We greatly appreciated the setting, service and personality of the owners who made us feel at home on this first visit to South Africa."

    Martin Ransom, France
  • "Willl return"

    09 November 2010

    "We greatly appreciated the setting, service and personality of the owners who made us feel at home on this first visit to South Africa."

    Martin Ransom,France
  • "Blue Cottages"

    18 May 2010

    "Very clean. Thought the outdoor plumbing would be a problem but we've still loved it. Will go again"

    Alta Smit,South Africa
  • "Dit was heerlik"

    03 May 2010

    "Pragtige plek en die ontbyt was WONDERLIK !Selfs die feit dat ons laat daar aangekom het (22h00) het niks verander aan die vriendelike diens wat ons ontvang het nie.Ek is spyt ek het nie op die pad terug ook so gemaak nie.Ek kan dit hoog aanbeveel.Die Weavers family nest wat ons in gebly het was ook heeltemal groot genoeg vir 2 volwassenes, 3 tieners en 'n kleuter !Selfs die 'touch' met al die muskiet weerders wat reg gestaan het was great - ons het nie nodig gehad om enigeiets uit die kar uit te gaan krap daardie tyd van die aand nie !Ons sal beslis weer daar gaan bly."

    Mathilda Clarke,South Africa
  • "Everything was more than we expected. "

    28 April 2010

    "The staff are very competent and friendly.The rooms are neat and spacious and the garden is beautiful. The breakfast were delicious and tasty.Even our teenage daughters had a good time.We will definitely stay there again in future!Thank you!"

    Mary McDougall,South Africa
  • "Off the beaten track"

    24 March 2010

    "Blue cottages is a great launch pad for the Panorama route-- but don't stay there if you need easy access to anything like wi-fi, ATM, dinner restaurant, shopping, etc. It's quiet and secluded and the environment is lovely. Hosts are very attentive and helpful. A cottage for two singles is a bit cramped for two people with luggage, and there is no AC. The effect of the sluggish one-speed fan for sleeping seems to be negated by the mosquito net. "

    Anonymous,South Africa
  • "Blue Cottages 04 Sept 2009 - 06 Sept 2009"

    07 September 2009

    "The hosts were very friendly and helpful. Breakfasts were tasty and the food was fresh. The bathroom for Quail 1 was a little unpleasant and needs some work to get up to three star standard (paint is peeling, rust, etc). Overall a pleasant place to stay."

    Anonymous,South Africa
  • "Highly recommended"

    10 July 2009

    "Stayed overnight - highly recommended"

    Anonymous,South Africa
  • "Perfect B&B"

    01 July 2009

    "Excellent and large accommodation; family cottage is perfect. Great hospitality; very kind hosts, delicious diner and breakfast: perfect. "

    Jack Gillissen,Netherlands
  • "Enjoyable"

    28 June 2009

    "We enjoyed our stay - in a rondavel with its own private bathroom in a separate 'thatched' building next door.The gardens were a very pleasant setting for an excellent dinner and for breakfast the next morning. "

    Elizabeth Taylor,United Kingdom
  • "Great"

    11 March 2009

    "Had a wonderful rest, the garden cottage was beautiful, staff and food were wonderful, would go back again"

    Tanya Shaw,South Africa
  • "Lovely garden "

    20 September 2008

    "We enjoyed the restfulness and peace in the lovely garden atmosphere."

    Patrick Fitzgerald,South Africa
  • "Recommended"

    13 March 2008


    Anonymous,South Africa
  • "Highly recommend."

    23 January 2008

    "It was absolutely fabulous. Very relaxing and peaceful place. Hosts and staff were really wonderful. "

    Joey Swanepoel,South Africa
  • "Fantastic location"

    19 January 2008

    "The garden cottage we had was beautiful and had everything we needed. Blue cottages is in a fantastic location for exploring the Blyde Canyon. There is so much to see and do in the area, and Blue Cottages makes the ideal base to do explore from. Maria and Pieter were extremely helpful, and gave us good tips for planning our day trips. The breakfasts were excellent! We were sad to leave, and will definitely be back!"

    Amy Funnell,United Kingdom
  • " A real treat !!!"

    18 January 2008

    "This is a great place to just relax and have no-one and nothing bother you. Surrounding nature and Blue Cottage's garden is a real treat !!!"

    Juan Kros,South Africa
  • "Very nice,"

    10 January 2008

    "Excellent food, outstanding and accommodating our family of 6."

    M. Judie Hosie,Canada
  • "Awesome, "

    10 January 2008

    "Piet and Maria made us feel very welcome and at home. Keep up the good work guys!!!"

    Janis Winkler,South Africa
  • "Setting was superb "

    06 January 2008

    "The stylish accommodation was luxurious without being formal. The setting was superb - relaxed and peaceful but with a good-sized pool to keep the children happy. Food and service were spot-on. Altogether a great place which we were sad to leave."

    Phil Grice,United Kingdom
  • "Fantastic"

    18 December 2007

    "Fantastic place for a good sleep in wonderful garden.Diner and breakfast by Rosie were also exellent."

    Mirella Bonneveld,Netherlands
  • "Highly recommended"

    27 November 2007

    "Pieter and Maria did everything they could to make us feel at home.As I am a wheelchair user we were allowed to drive near the cottage on the grass to make it easier for us to discharge the car. They put a table in front of the cottage and we had our supper romantically served under the sky.They were the warmest people we met during our 3 weeks in South Africa and we will recommend the Blue Cottages to all our friends. "

    Linda Cornelis,Belgium
  • "Fantastic experience. "

    10 November 2007

    "Pieter and Maria are wonderful hosts with a great team.The food was beyond excellent and I will return for that alone."

    Paul Janisch,South Africa
  • "Enjoyed our stay very much"

    05 September 2007

    "Good rondavels in a great garden-environment.Nice hosts and perfect service with good breakfast and dinner.Would stay there again."

    Edgar Blatt,Germany
  • "Wedding party 24 August 2007"

    28 August 2007

    "Liewe Maria & PietOns het heerlik gebly by julle.Baie dankie vir die pragtige kamers, julle gasvryheid en die wonderlike ontbyt.Ons sal julle definitief aanbeveel en verseker volgende keer aandete ook daar nuttig.Groete"

    Mari Heydenrych,South Africa
  • "True South Africa Hospitality"

    22 July 2007

    "Arriving at the Blue Cottages we were made to feel at home immediately by the warm welcome of our hosts.They made sure we enjoyed the tranquil surroundings by providing a splendid dinner on a lamp-lit veranda.It was a memorable stay."

    Tersia Fourie,South Africa
  • "Very satisfied with our stay at blue Cottages"

    10 July 2007

    "What we liked most was the extremely friendly atmosphere from the owners. We felt like at home - and the nice food. "

    regine stransky-heilkron,Germany
  • "Accommodation at Blue Cottages"

    08 July 2007

    "We enjoyed our night very much thank you.The room was very comfortable, the food was delicious and the hosts were very friendly.Thank you for making it a very pleasant night."

    Caroline Partridge,New Zealand
  • "African Feeling"

    01 July 2007

    "We rent the 3 rondevles for us both a littel bit to big, but it was a very funny and nice african feelingThe dinner was excellent and romantic.The only worse think was the coffee in the morning but if this is all, it`s nothing.Thank you and I can recommend everyone this accommodation"

    Dietmar Berger,Austria
  • "Stay at Blue Cottages"

    02 January 2007

    "Enjoyed the hospitality, friendliness and food"

    Anina Roux,South Africa
  • "Highly recommended stop-over en route for the Kruger and Blyde River Canyon."

    20 September 2006

    "We found this a thoroughly relaxing and lovely stay after our long drive from Jo'burg.Maria and Pieter could not have been more welcoming - and the 3-course dinner by lamplight on the verandah of the farmhouse was truly delicious - and atmospheric !Breakfast (the 'healthy option') was a refreshing and large freshly-prepared fruit salad, followed by warm home-made bread and jam.We stayed in the en suite twin-bedded Quail Cottage - which was beautifully furnished and very comfortable indeed.Our choice is always character rather than high luxury (and 'anonymity' of hotels) - and we were not disappointed. "

    marilyn mason,United Kingdom
  • "Blue cottages- Aug 06"

    12 September 2006

    "Beautiful Oasis in dry landscape wonderful mature trees and enough ground to play circket- restaurant at the end of the drive very good indeed. Hosts very attentive and interesting and evening meal on the veranda a perfect end to the day. Rondevals very clean and atmospheric with the Blyde river escarpment in the background- very very good value"

    Gordon Shiells,United States of America
  • "Baie Pragtig"

    20 February 2006

    "Hi julle, baie dankie dit was baie lekker en ons het dit baie geniet. Julle plekkie is baie pragtig en die veblyf is net so mooi soos die area daar. Piet jy moet maar die boek publiseer want jou inligting is puik.Baie dankie julle is baie gasvry en het ons baie tuis lat voel"

    Marius Cronje, South Africa
  • "Baie Pragtig"

    20 February 2006

    "Hi julle, baie dankie dit was baie lekker en ons het dit baie geniet. Julle plekkie is baie pragtig en die veblyf is net so mooi soos die area daar. Piet jy moet maar die boek publiseer want jou inligting is puik.Baie dankiejulle is baie gasvry en het ons baie tuis lat voel"

    Marius Cronje,South Africa
  • "Very nice"

    28 November 2005

    "We really enjoyed our stay in the Crane Cottage. Delicious dinner and breakfast. The hosts and the staff were very friendly and obliging."

    Stephan Jung, Germany
  • "Very nice"

    28 November 2005

    "We really enjoyed our stay in the Crane Cottage. Delicious dinner and breakfast. The hosts and the staff were very friendly and obliging."

    Stephan Jung,Germany
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