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Cowrie Cove Guest House
Ranked #7 of 255 Durban B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
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“Beautiful place, great service”
Reviewed 11 June 2009

At 850 ZAR single rate (possibly high season price, as it was around Easter) it is one of the more expensive B&B’s I have encountered in South Africa. And it is certainly one of the smallest rooms that I have stayed in.
But it is also one of the nicest decorated rooms and B&B’s, and it is clear that you are paying for all the nice furnishings in the room, including the 8 pillows on the bed, the flat screen tv, and the lovely paintings, mirrors, rugs and other posh furnishings in the house! And don’t forget the biggest breakfast I ever had at an B&B, with lots of choices in cereals, fruit, jams, cold cuts, cheeses etc, besides the egg and bacon dishes.
And the host Caroline and her staff go out of their way to provide a pleasant stay.

The bathroom is lovely, with a nice bath, a designer vanity and a separate rain shower. The double or queen size bed had a good mattress (not too hard), but seemed rather short and quite small for 2.
The rooms have wireless (at least rms 7 and 8, although the signal was low, it worked fine, but may also depend on your laptop, as one of our laptops worked fine, the other one kept losing signal.
Although the site mentions electronic safes, I did not see a safe in the room.
We had rooms 7 and 8. 8 is on an outside patio across from the laundry room. There is another guest room adjoining this patio as well, and the main problem I had with the room, besides it small size, was the lack of privacy. There are only windows (and door) on one side of the room, where people would walk by. You had to close the heavy curtains (made of beautiful silk) if you needed some privacy, which made the room warmer (and dark) so the airco had to be switched on. Other rooms on the side of the house may have the same problem with guest walking past on their way to room or beach, although some have lighter (daytime) curtains as well.
Besides that, on this side of the house, you could hear some traffic noise from the M4 highway, if you have the windows open. But this a general problem in this area, as the M4 runs very close along the ocean.

It is in a leafy suburban area just north of Durban (15-20 minute drive to center of Durban, guess 5-10 minutes to Umhlanga), and only a very short walk (1-2 minutes) to a nice beach. But when we were there the currents and waves were too strong too swim and the beach is not patrolled, for that you have to go to Umhlanga, although the waves were even bigger there.
Apparently, few beaches here are really good for swimming.
The B&B provides beach gear, like an umbrella, towels etc.
The pool is nice but cold, but it is a very pleasant place to lounge with a nice thatched roof gazebo in Asian/African style and lounge chairs along the pool. There is also a braai that guests can use.
Be aware that there are at least 3 dogs and a cat walking around in the house, including in the guest area.

Overall, a very nice place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2009
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Thank Kamante
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Property: Cowrie Cove Guest House
Address: 4 Cowrie Terrace | La Lucia, Durban 4051, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 255 B&Bs / Inns in Durban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Cowrie Cove Guest House 5*
Number of rooms: 9
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