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50 reviews
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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
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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9
Maleny, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

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Kay W
North Lakes, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A stay at the African Cottage put the "R" in relaxation.”
Reviewed 26 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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Our 3 night stay at African Cottage started before we had left home with my wife phoning Matilda to discuss sleeping and bathroom arrangements for her 93 year old father. Matilda confirmed that the downstairs bedroom had an ensuite with a shower that would be ideal for her father.
Matilda greeted us on our arrival and made us feel most welcome, the African Cottage facilities were spacious and the fire place in the lounge a real winner. The grounds surrounding this little bit of Africa in Aus complete the experience.
Sleep ins were the order of each day with late breakfasts cooked in the spacious kitchen, followed by reading a book in the private outdoor BBQ area in the morning sun, or for her dad more rest. The fire was lit late afternoon and a relaxing evening was enjoyed by all in front of the fire.
We came up to African Cottage to rest and recharge our batteries and have spent three beautiful days, shame it had to finish, but we will be back.

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Liked best: The location and facalities
Liked least: Could do with better lighting for reading in lounge area.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Bex0918
Brisbane
1 review
“Spacious modern house”
Reviewed 14 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Clean, tidy, modern. Great for large families/group of friends. Handy location to Maleny city centre, as well as the wedding venues. Very friendly owner who is always floating around if you need anything. Would stay there again.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
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Natalie M...
Napier, New Zealand
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Everything that was promised was fulfilled.”
Reviewed 24 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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Our stay at the African Cottage was truly beautiful. Our group are all cooking enthusiast and the provisions in the kitchen surpassed our expectations. The rooms were large, spacious and airy with plenty of room to spread out. The tranquil setting and privacy of the grounds is just what we needed to relax and unwind. We took advantage of the in-house massage and facial which was truly bliss. Our stay was magical, relaxing. The meal delicious. This is the perfect place to go with a larger group and we will be back to enjoy the fire and create more memories over a glass of wine or two. Thank you Matilda for your hospitality and friendship you showed us. We wish you well. Until we meet again, all the very best from Natalie and family.

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Liked best: The spaciousness
Liked least: Fear of snakes - Im from New Zealand
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
5 Aug 2014
Natalie, you have made my day! It is guests like you who make all the hard work worth it! We loved having you and we really hope you will be coming back - seeing you have to travel over the Tasman to get here. But I'm sure you'll be back - Tiger also thinks so. To make more memories over a glass of wine, or two. I might just join you as well. Take care. Matilda
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MARYANN47...
Mackay, Australia
1 review
“Friendly, welcomed kids, comfortable, close to all and would recommend”
Reviewed 21 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We had a great stay at African Cottages. The children were made to feel comfortable played outside and were never seen as a problem. They loved the hidie bed( not saying anymore. It was close to everything and Matilda was so hospitable, we even learnt how to cook a Arican Breakfast.

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Liked best: Matilda and how she made the kids welcome
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
1 Aug 2014
Thanks Maryanne! With guests like you it is not difficult to be nice. Glad the kids enjoyed the "cubby house". And hope to see you here again in the not too distant future!
Matilda
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MissBeeHa...
HEATHWOOD
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Lovely stay, great location!”
Reviewed 28 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014

Spacious house, formal dining room, breakfast nook, large kitchen, bedroom on lower floor, with 2 bedrooms upstairs with additional bedding in a loft cupboard (children may like this & call it an adventure!), has an upstairs bathroom which may not cater for a 'full' house of guests. Loved the African knick knacks on display, and a nice selection of reading material.Wonderful Hostess, so welcoming. We can't wait to return with the rest of our family.

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Liked best: Great location in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
Liked least: I prefer a softer mattress, with luxury padding (just me I guess!)
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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VanessaZe...
Brisbane, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 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 :)

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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
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col_joan
Brisbane, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 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.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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