My fiancée to be and I took a road trip through Clarens, the Drakensburg and the South Coast and had a pleasant stay at Acorn cottages for 2 or 3 nights in April.
We arrived whilst Herman was out, but a phone call later and we were directed to our room, which was adjoined to the main house. The room was adequate whilst not luxurious, but had the basic necessities.
To use as a base to explore the area, it is superb, being in close proximity to probably the most stunning part of the Berg, Cathkin Valley, even if the views of the mountains are slightly distant.
Breakfast was superb and plentiful served by the staff in the morning.
Herman is very knowledgeable on hiking and directed us to some of the hikes around Monks Cowl area and lent us a book on the different options. The short (4/5 hour "Sphinx" route was most enjoyable and stunning. Well recommended as a short day outing.)
Whilst compared to places outside of the Drakensberg it may seem quite expensive (for basic accommodation), I think that it is comparable to other BnB's in the area. If I were again looking for a simple, honest base from which to explore the area then I'd consider Acorn Cottages again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering 4 self catering units located in the heart of the central Drakensberg. Pet friendly to small breed dogs, we also have a rock pool and a small fitness center for the guests. All the cottages are equipped for self catering including a fridge , stove /mini oven , kettle, toaster, pots and pans, crockery and cutlery. ... more less