We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
“A 'Must-Do' Experience”
other travellers have booked this property

Review of African Cottage

African Cottage Living Area
Bookings for this home are first-come, first served. Lock in your dates before they are gone
African Cottage Living Area
African Cottage Front Verandah African Cottage Kitchen
Check Availability
Request to Book
Make Enquiry
Very good
50 reviews
African Cottage Living Area
African Cottage Front Verandah
African Cottage Kitchen
African Cottage BBQ Area
African Cottage Bedroom 1
African Cottage Bedroom 2
African Cottage Bedroom 3
Spacious African themed cottage surrounded by lush tropical gardens. To relax body and soul!
Rolling Green Hills Of Maleny
Tiger The Resident Cat
Resident Guinea Fowl
Rolling Green Hills Of Maleny
Matilda Scarfe Your Host
This property is not available for these dates.
Don't give up! Inquire about other rentals just like this one that are available -
Show all rentals available
Overview
Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9
Maleny, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Reviews from our community

 of 5 bubbles
Very good - based on 50 reviews
Write a Review

Reviews from our community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
VanessaZe...
Brisbane, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A 'Must-Do' Experience”
Reviewed 2 May 2014 for a stay in April 2014

This was our second stay at the African Cottages and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves once again. The Cape Cottage is a little piece of Africa in the beautiful Maleny Region - comfortable, modern and with all the mod-cons. Matilda's cooking is to die-for - absolutely delicious! We loved the convenience of having the meals delivered piping hot to our cottage and will definitely return for the fantastic Bobotie and Malva Pudding! We ended up buying Matilda's recipe book and some of her amazing sauces and chutneys. Definitely worth trying at home! The bed is very comfortable and the cottage was spotless. Matilda's friendly hospitality and local knowledge (she suggested a fabulous place for breakfast in Maleny) just added to the enjoyment of the whole experience. Highly recommended :)

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Service
Liked best: The comfortable bed and Matilda's cooking!
Liked least: Nothing I can think of
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
col_joan
Brisbane, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A different experience to the usual holiday property”
Reviewed 3 April 2014 for a stay in March 2014

Matilda was most hospitable and went out of her way to make us feel welcome.
The accommodation was nicely presented and well placed to visit either Maleny or nearby Montville.
The African influence in her décor is truly representative of her love for that country.

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Service
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Deslee201...
Brisbane, Australia
1 review
“Great place to relax, unwind and re-connect.”
Reviewed 23 March 2014 for a stay in March 2014

I stayed at the Rondawel Cottage with my adult children. The two bedroom cottage was well set up with everything needed, including a well equiped kitchen. I loved the views through the many windows and doors to the beautiful trees and gardens outside. The cottage had a full bathroom with a large bathtub and separate shower, plus another separate toilet and vanity. We were supplied with dinner one night - a delicious African menu, which we served ourselves.

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Service
Liked best: Casual, relaxed feel and central location for visiting the area.
Liked least: Parking was a little inconvenient
Travelling group: Other
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
23 Mar 2014
Thanks Deslee! We love the Rondawel as well. hope to see you back here again!
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
frogmouth...
Gold Coast
Level 4 Contributor
16 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A Taste of Africa in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland”
Reviewed 21 March 2014 for a stay in March 2014

We stayed a couple of nights in 'The Rondawel'- a spacious two bedroom cottage, perfect for two couples. The bathroom was shared but a separate powder room was a considerate touch. Interesting African bric-a-brac decorated all the rooms. A deck at the back overlooked a beautiful spreading 500 year old fig tree, the Avatar-style branches of which provided a perfect night time roosting place for six resident guinea fowl and a couple of bush turkeys. Maleny Cheese factory is across the road in one direction and a well-stocked quilting shop, art gallery and restaurant in the other direction.
The cottages are set up with everything you'd need, and all with an African twist, right down to books and magazines in both English and Afrikaans. We ordered meals both nights and found them tasty with African spices- a welcome change from usual accommodation fare. The deck had a gas barbecue for our use too.

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Lesley W
Brisbane, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Time out of the rat race”
Reviewed 14 March 2014 for a stay in March 2014

We stayed in the Cape Cottage which is perfect for a couple. The weather enabled us to to try out the heater which was unusual and provided a lovely subtle and gentle warmth. At another time we took advantage of a lovely breeze on the verandah looking into the branches of a wonderful fig tree. We were very comfortable and felt at home. We ordered food from the menu for each night. It may not be to everyone's taste (I loved it) . Mathilda is a delightful host but not intrusive. Having a massage in your own room is an added bonus. Would I stay again? Yes.

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Service
Liked best: The seclusion
Liked least: Because of a fixed screen you have to get into the bath to turn on the shower. A little awkward but able to be managed.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
14 Mar 2014
Thanks Lesley! Our guests are VERY important to us. And we love our cottages. You are the cherry on top of the cake! Out of the last ten reviews, there was only ONE negative one. We must be doing something right! We look forward to you coming back - and trying some more of our delicious food!
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
JeannieDV...
Brisbane, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
“Superb”
Reviewed 11 March 2014 for a stay in March 2014

I can't say enough what a beautiful spot of Africa this place is.....decor is beautiful, food is dee-li-cious!!! Host is very pleasant, setting is spectacular!!! It rained most of the time we were there, but it was such a pleasant place to be it didn't matter, we put some wood in the wood stove and enjoyed the coziness of the cabin! I felt guilty being there for such an inexpensive price!!! Would I recommend it again? without a hesitation! We will be back Matilda!!!

How easy was it to book the property? How easy was key pickup/access to the property?
Overall condition of the property Bedding & mattresses
Kitchen & utensils Bathroom cleanliness
Service
Liked best: atmosphere! And food
Liked least: There was absolutely nothing, other than we had to leave after our two day stay!
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
11 Mar 2014
Thanks Jeannie! But with guests like you we can't help but be nice! Waiting for you to come back.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Marian F
Kingaroy, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Dirty”
Reviewed 7 March 2014 for a stay in February 2014

We asked that the cottage be re-cleaned because the mirror had "Clean me" written in the dust, we found a huge hair plug in the bath, I went to grill some muffins with cheese on and removed my hand covered in grease. The grill was in the oven, and the oven shelves were disgusting. I ate the muffin, which I toasted in the toaster, with uncooked cheese on!
After the cottage had supposedly being cleaned again, we found a spider my sister had killed was still on the floor, and we still could not see through the oven door glass. We had specifically mentioned the state of the stove.

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Service
Liked best: Good location, and really well thought out decor. Could have been terrific if cleaned properly
Liked least: The state of the oven, and the WiFi did not work, there was no reception
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
7 Mar 2014
You can imagine my horror when you girls complained about the state of the cottage! If you read our other reviews, they are all glowing reports of how lovely our cottages are. As you know, I immediately called the cleaner in (on her day off) to come and rectify the situation. What you don't know is that she told me she knew it was dirty - but she couldn't be bothered cleaning it! She obviously does not work there any more! You should see the cottage now that Suzie has cleaned it - spotless! We would love you to come back for a FREE night.and I hope nobody employs a woman called Donna as a cleaner!
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Enter dates for more accurate prices
2 guests
Adults2
Children0
Apply
from
US$218
/
Night
Week
Book Now
Or, send the owner a message
This property has Payment Protection
Never pay for your holiday rental by wire transfer.
Learn more about paying safely.
Do you own a holiday rental? List it here.
Extra income
Earn money by renting out your home. With no up-front fees and no contract, you keep more for yourself.
Easy to manage
Confirm bookings in one click and track everything from enquiry to check-out – even while you're on the go.
Trusted by travellers
With millions of reviews and protected online payments, TripAdvisor helps travellers book your home with confidence.
Set up your free listing