Delightfully comfortable, Crab Apple’s AA Superior Cottages are set on the edge of the Kilgobbin Forest and the Dargle Valley Conservancy. Retreat to one of our three thatched, self-catering cottages furnished with every comfort, including a fireplace and underfloor heating, to keep you cosy.

Each cottage has a spacious, open plan living area leads onto a sundeck. The bedroom has a queen-sized bed and there is an antique cast iron Victorian tub and shower in the en-suite bathroom. A wooden ladder from the living area leads up to a loft with two single beds. It is ideal for children. The kitchen is equipped with a two plate hob, fridge, and microwave.

The pool, braai, and entertainment area are available for you to use.

There are a couple of things in your cottage for your convenience that you might not expect to find so we have made a list for you
It isn’t comprehensive, please feel to ask if you have any queries:
– camp cot (by arrangement)
– hair dryer
– umbrella
– mini-weber braai
– charcoal, firelighters and tongs
– salt & pepper grinder
– coffee plunger


Our Starred Robin Cottage is a quaint, English-style country cottage, decorated in a cream and white palette with oak furniture. The deck is garlanded with rambling roses and overlooks a fairy ring of Silver Birch trees and the rolling lawn leads down into the forest’s stream.

The cottage’s namesake, a pair of Starred Robins, are resident. Another pair nest at Wood Owl cottage. These shy insect-eaters is notoriously difficult to spot. You are also likely to see the troop of Samango monkeys who regularly raid the lemon tree. Children will be delighted to find the playground near this cottage, it includes a jungle gym, sandpit, and swing.


Tucked into the forest, our Crowned Eagle Cottage is both modern and warm, decorated in rich reds and oranges. The porcelain lamp fitting was restored by Helen and her father. The wooden deck provides a breath-taking view over the forest. This is the territory of a pair of Crowned Eagles – the nest has been in the same spot for at least 70 years and is visible from the cottage. A family of dassies (Rock Hyrax) has made their home beneath the deck.


An African Elegance vibe was instilled in our Wood Owl Cottage. Mohair curtains, wicker chairs, and dark wood furniture create luxurious warmth and elegance along with the bespoke four-poster bed. This cottage offers many pleasures – the deck overlooks the forest, the doors open onto the pool and there is a fragrant rose garden just around the corner.

OUR Oatley Hide

For all true nature lovers, The Oatley Hide and ultimate getaway is now available for sleep overs.

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Situated in the heart of the Kilgobbin mist belt forest, now The Dargle Nature Reserve, this self -catering facility is completely off-grid and is conveniently situated no more than 300m from the parking. Oatley Hide sleeps four people, (two in the hide itself and two in a provided tent).

facilities at Oatley Hide

  • Mattresses provided
  • HOT and cold water
  • Ventilated improved pit latrine
  • Fire pit (firewood provided)
  • Weber-for-two braai 
  • Access to hiking trails


Don't leave your fur-child behind, we'd love to have all of you to stay! Experience country life, take a walk amongst the roses and breathe in the fresh air. Let the fur-children romp in our large, fenced garden. Snuggle down next to a roaring fire or laze beside the pool. A freshly laundered dog-bed is provided in your cottage. Please remember to bring his/her kibbles and bowls and current vaccinations are essential. Should you take a walk out along our adventurous country roads, please clip a lead on. 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. Go carefully, you are responsible for your fur-child.

explore our forest


enjoy birding with us


kayak on midmar dam



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BDI Tourism

Crab Apple Cottages is a member of BDIT (Boston, Dargle, Impendle Community Tourism Organisation).


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AA Travel

Crab Apple is "Superior" Quality Assured by AA Travel

Birdlife SA

We are an accredited Birder Friendly venue.


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Afristay Top Rated us for Pet-friendly accommodation.