Thimble Cottage - Is our much-loved family holiday cottage situated outside of Underberg on the road towards Drakensberg Gardens, with beautiful views of the Drakensberg mountain range and the Umzimkulu River.
It has been in our family for over 30 years, and has kept all its charm and rustic appeal. It is the perfect place to simply unwind and relax, get away from it all, write a book, be an artist, laze in the garden, Star-gaze at the night sky or thaw your soul by a flickering fire.
For the more adventurous there are long hikes, bicycle rides or tubing down the river. Prepare yourself delicious meals in our well-equipped kitchen and enjoy a chin-wag eating outside on the beautiful patio.
The cottage is a self-catering family holiday home set on a 10 ha smallholding, with mountains and rivers as far as the eye can see. Please treat the cottage as you would your own home, with respect and love.
Facilities and Services:
- Fully equipped kitchen for your self-catering needs
- Spacious under cover veranda
- Portable Braai (found in the garage)
- Indoor fireplace in the lounge
- Undercover lockable garage for 1 car
- Children welcome
- A house keeper Cottage is serviced daily,
- Bedding and bath towels are supplied.
- Laundry Service (wash and dry only, no ironing)
Our tap water is from a spring below the dam. However, if you have only ever drunk town water, we suggest rather bringing bottled water with you, or boil the tap water first.
Big Truck Tubes for floating down the river or chilling on in the dam. Please put back in garage after use. Please dont leave them outside in the sun, as the rubber will perish.
Paddles for the boats on the dam. Boats to be used on dam only. Return paddles to garage after use.
Accommodation at Thimble Cottage:
Sleep 8 guests in Total. Thimble Cottage comprises of a main cottage and a separate flatlet (2 m away). These are let out as one unit and not separately.
The Main Cottage - Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms
- Bathroom (bath, and a shower over the bath)
- Lounge / dining area with a lovely fireplace
- Main Downstairs Bedroom with a double bed
- Upstairs cozy reading nook -come play room
- Upstairs Bathroom (bath, and a shower over the bath)
- Upstairs Second bedroom with Twin beds
Thimblet - Sleeps a family of 4
This is a separate flatlet which is a large spacious family room and includes:
- Shower room
- Bedroom with Queen size bed and a Bunk Bed for kids
Clothing and Accessories:
Your own Swimming Towels
All your own food and beverages.
Your own Toiletries including Toilet paper and Mozzi spray in summer.
Auto Laundry Liquid if you would like Bubu To wash your clothes
Charcoal for a braai (BBQ)
Dry untreated Wood or Briquettes for the indoor fireplace.
Swimming gear. The dam is great fun to swim in, and tubing down the river is fabulous fun (Tubes in the garage) – they may need patching and pumping – at your cost.
Cold weather gear even in summer months.
Your own Flashlight (Torch). We do have rechargeable candles in case the electricity goes out.
Hiking boots, fishing rods and bicycles if you are into that sort of thing.
Great books, board games and a sketchbook if this is more your scene.
Health and Climate:
Summer rainfall area, with not normally more than 2 days of rain at a time. Afternoon thunder showers are a regular occurrence. January, February and March are the hottest months with days being in the 30's (Celsius). Expect all seasons in one day. It can go from a hot morning, to a hail storm and icy cold, to a lovely evening … all in one day!
Winter is cold, with frost. Days are warm in the late teens and early 20's, nights can be very cold. We have very little rain in winter. July, August and September are our coldest months. Lovely for hiking. Snow can occur occasionally at Thimble cottage, but regularly seen on the mountains.
Beautiful walks on the property and along the Umzimkulu River, look out for duiker, and porcupine quills.
Visit our very local Underberg Cheesery and the best Plant Nursery ever down Penny Lane.
The Old Duck for the best cappuccino in the Drakensberg or a delicious meal. Fabulous fun for kids: playground, chickens, bunnies, more. Lovely gift shop Vanilla Rose also on the premises.
Tubing down the river in the summer months. Start around the Old Trout hatchery or further upstream.
Pucketty Farm on the road into Underberg from Bulwer. Lovely home made things. Honesty payment system. We recommend their Fresh bread, brownies, Thick cream and lemon curd.
Loads of hiking trails from Drakensberg Gardens Hotel. Cobham nature reserve and more.
Fabulous selection of Mountain biking (sani-spoor) trails starting from The Old Duck.
Take a walk around Kenmo Lake (Hazeldene) on the road past Himeville. Gorgeous in Autumn.
A selection of restaurants around and about 6 km from Underberg village for shopping requirements.
- Cancellation 29+ days before date of arrival: No Charge
- Cancellation 15 to 28 days before date of arrival: 100% of 1st night’s stay
- Cancellation 8 to 14 days before date of arrival: 100% of deposit paid.
- Cancellation 0 to 7 days before arrival or premature departure: 100% of full booking amount. This also applies to non-arrival or late arrivals.
Please be aware that there will be no refund for situations we have no control over this includes acts of God, civil unrest, personal emergencies, or infrastructural lapses. Please make sure you have personal travel insurance to cover this.
Facilities & Services available:
Children under 12 years
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Hiking / Walking Trails
Thimble Cottage is a Self-Catering in Underberg Southern Drakensberg KwaZulu-Natal South Africa