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Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

Wow what a spectacular location for a getaway!!! Matilda is a fabulous host and has created a unique African experience in the middle of beautiful Maleny!! We have stayed in both the original house and the Rondawel. Both are spacious, beautifully decorated and well-stocked with basic items as well as yummy condiments Matilda has made herself. She has also put...

Thank Deanneletitia
Hervey Bay, Australia
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

we just spent 2 nights at Cape Cottage Malany it was so peaceful vey nice fresh linen on bed meal delivered to our room was delicious even met tiger the cat very friendly and the 500 year old fig tree had to be seen to be believed the owner Matilda very lovely lady even bought some of her condiments can't...

Thank MarieLindsay
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My hubby, son & I stayed in the African cottage with 2 friends & 2 other children. When we arrived, they insisted to go up and turn the air conditioners on to cool the place down, which I thought was really nice. Loved the space - bedrooms are very spacious with high ceilings. We found it very well equipped for...

Thank Pkmkl
African2013, Owner at The African Cottage and Rondawel, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely words! We do want our guests to relax and have a wonderful experience. We don't try and be 5 Star - more rustic and homely. And when lovely people like you tell us we have succeeded, it makes my heart sing! So we really do hope to see you back here in the near future. Have...

Reviewed 5 January 2017

we stayed in the front two story cottage, which is very close to the road, but as there is little traffic, that was not a problem for us. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms, the upstairs bedrooms have queen beds and are quite comfortable, there is fresh linen, but as others have stated previously the overall feeling is that...

1Thank Robyn S
African2013, Owner at The African Cottage and Rondawel, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Robyn. But I think you have been sadly influenced. Because just before you checked in the whole of African Cottage was PAINTED inside (cost me a fortune!), new blinds in the lounge, and thoroughly sprig cleaned - including washing ALL doona covers and pillow cases (which we do weekly anyway!)! More we cannot do! And seriously,...

Atherton, Queensland, Australia
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

We stayed here for a wedding the rooms were spacious there was a fire place but no other heating and it was quite cool The rooms were very African however slightly too much African I think for what we paid per night they could of offered more than just euro beds For the extra guests as the cottage only sleeps...

2Thank AntnJoobie R
African2013, Owner at The African Cottage and Rondawel, responded to this review

Thanks for your review - if a bit negative. It was October you stayed, and if you were cold all you had to do was ASK and we would have given you fuel for the eco friendly fireplace in the lounge. There is also an oil heater in one of the bedrooms. Maybe you didn't notice it! As for the...

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

My family and I stayed at Rondawel for a long weekend. We took up both the cottage and house. When we first arrived, we were impressed by the fig tree and beautiful birds surrounding the accommodation, but this is where it ended. Both places were dirty and looked (and smelled) like they have not been cleaned for a long time....

1Thank Tvinney
African2013, Owner at The African Cottage and Rondawel, responded to this review

I never cease to be amazed at how cunning people can be! As always, I went into The Rondawel where everyone was sitting, and asked if everything was OK. I always check up on my guests to see if we can do something for them. All agreed everything was fine - no problems! Well, if the place was so dirty,...

Brisbane Region, Australia
Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

On our visit stayed in the Rondawel, it was a delight. Lots of space and everything there you could need and if it wasn't then Matilda was on hand to help. Her main aim seemed to be ensuring we had an enjoyable time and she is a fantastic cook! The cottage is rustic and set back off the road in...

Thank Streuthy
African2013, Owner at The African Cottage and Rondawel, responded to this review

You are quite right - my main aim is for our guests to have a pleasant experience! Sometimes there is a hiccup - but nothing that can't be fixed. And yes, the cottages are rustic. We are in the country, with a lot of foliage around - not a sterile environment. I LOVE spoiling our guests, cooking them delicious food...

Brisbane, Queensland
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Stayed in Rondawel for 3 nights. Lovely cottage with great African feel and atmosphere but our stay became more and more disappointing as we continually noticed the poor standard of cleanliness throughout the cottage (blinds, lightshades, rugs, sofa, kitchen, bedding). The cottage itself initially presents well and sitting out on side verandah with glass of wine overlooking giant fig tree...

1Thank simc
African2013, Owner at The African Cottage and Rondawel, responded to this review

Thank you for a positive and fair review. Point taken. It has been very dry lately and those blinds are like a magnet to dust! But we should have been more vigilant. They have been thoroughly cleaned now - a mammoth task! And an ongoing one as there is so much foliage around the cottage. But we do want our...

Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

We stayed for 2 nights in Cape Cottage. Firstly the location is lovely and not far from both Maleny and Montville - two of my favourite places. I was very excited to stay here due to the positive reviews on TripAdvisor....really I should have paid more attention to the negative reviews as they are spot on. Perhaps the veiled intimidation...

1Thank Sarah H
African2013, Owner at The African Cottage and Rondawel, responded to this review

Well, what do I say? Firstly I would like to apologise for the dust and the bugs - but I think the comments were grossly exaggerated. I would NEVER let guests stay in such filthy conditions! I always inspect the cottages after the cleaner has done her job - and it is ridiculous to even suggest that I would approve...

Gold Coast, Australia
Reviewed 15 November 2016

A Completely rip-off. Over prize for what you get. Place not well looked after, dirty, scruffy and old furniture. Please take note South Africans houses is very neat and tidy and what this house and cottage looks like is not a very good impression of African Living. Matilda is very friendly lady but that is where it stops. Food very...

2Thank rianafoord
African2013, Owner at The African Cottage and Rondawel, responded to this review

I wasn't even going to answer this one. But for the sake of other guests who might be confused I will. There was NO pleasing these guests - from the minute they arrived they complained. We even moved them from one cottage to another because they "didn't like" the first one. No reason, just that. They didn't like it. I...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The African Cottage and The Rondawel - and now our NEW CAPE COTTAGE and KALAHARI COTTAGE is a little bit of Africa in Aus! Relax on your beautiful deck, order a romantic traditional South African dinner, have a soothing massage - all in the comfort and privacy of your cottage! Or go for a rainforest walk, dine at our many award winning restaurants, browse the interesting shops and art galleries. Australia Zoo only 20 mins away, and beautiful beaches 30 mins. Relax, revive, rejuvenate!THE AFRICAN COTTAGE sleeps up to 9 guests comfortably and is ideal for families or groups of friends. THE RONDAWEL sleeps 6, is a very special hexagonal glass and timber cottage with the branches of our 500 year old figtree touching the deck! KALAHARI COTTAGE and CAPE COTTAGE are cosy cottages for couples. Both are open plan with eco friendly camp fires. KALAHARI has its own private courtyard with soothing water feature and CAPE COTTAGE is sheer magic as it is under the figtree with the branches embracing the cottage. It has a stunning deck, overlooking the tree! All our cottages are fully self contained. Perfect for a relaxing getaway to recharge the batteries! Come and experience a little bit of Africa in Aus! ... more   less 

Additional Information about The African Cottage and Rondawel

Address: 943 Maleny-Montville Rd, Maleny, Queensland 4552, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Sunshine Coast > Maleny
Price Range: RM642 - RM1,048 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The African Cottage and Rondawel 3*
Number of rooms: 3
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“The tropical view from the deck and the close rain forest and water falls all adds to The magic of Maleny and Montville......”
 of 5 bubbles 326barbp, 7 Oct 2016 | Read review
“There are limited rooms so depends on the number of people; the fig tree cottage was superb for 1-2”
  • The fig tree-wrapped verandah
 of 5 bubbles Suetheshark, 10 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Dont have the room closet to the road or pond. You can her the traffic & the frogs are rather noisy”
 of 5 bubbles J7941YDdeniseh, 28 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Romantic time away try Rondawel or family try the cottage”
 of 5 bubbles 327lynnev, 28 Nov 2015 | Read review
“very unique and comfortable”
 of 5 bubbles L5189GYjoycec, 12 Sep 2015 | Read review
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