Located in the beautiful forested mountains and streams of Magoebaskloof, Boscobel Cottages is an intimate, luxury self-catering establishment that offers memorable accommodation in Magoebaskloof. Set in lovely gardens and lawns, each of the three cosy stone and thatch cottages offers privacy and charm.The name Boscobel has a special English royalty history and connection, although it comes from the Italian word 'bosco bello', which means 'in the midst of fair woods'. Near the end of the English Civil War in 1651, King Charles II fled for his life, seeking refuge at Boscobel House, situated on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border and built around 1632. On this property, Charles II hid in a nearby oak tree (which became known as The Royal Oak) to escape discovery by Parliamentary soldiers after the Battle of Worcester.
As there is a magnificent oak tree on this property at Magoebaskloof, the name Boscobel was bestowed on the farm, evoking royal historical imagination!
Boscobel Cottages offer excellent birding as they border onto the Woodbush Forest.
Accommodation consists of 3 cottages for self-catering accommodation and can sleep 12 people. Four people in each cottage.
The three stone and thatch cottages each have their own colour scheme and special name in keeping with the Boscobel Oak history and theme:
- The Royal Cottage (red) - Sleeps 4 people. Double bed down stairs and upstairs loft area 2 beds.
- The Crown Cottage (blue) - Sleeps 4 people. 2 three quarter beds down stairs and upstairs loft area 2 beds.
- The Acorn Cottage (green).- Sleeps 4 people. 2 three quarter beds down stairs and upstairs loft area 2 beds.
Meticulously appointed and furnished for your maximum comfort, lovely wood burning fireplaces are a special feature. The cottages consist of a ground floor main bedroom, bathroom and kitchen area, leading out to a braai patio. Two cottages have a combined bath/stand in shower, and the third offers a shower. The upstairs loft area has two single beds for family stays. The kitchen is equipped with all cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils, a 2-plate stove, microwave and fridge. Ample freezer space is available in the main lodge. Coffee,tea,milk,sugar and home-made rusks are supplied. Free Wi-Fi in main lodge and all the cottages. Guests have a key to use the facilities in the main lodge (see below).
- Main Central Lodge: It has fully equipped kitchen. We have a TV in the main lodge that all the quests that are staying at Boscobel can use. They all have a key to the main lodge and can use the lodge at any time of their stay. A dining room table that seats 12 people.Lounge area with a fire place, a pool table and card games. We have swings for the children and a trampoline. The cottages are serviced daily.Units are fully serviced.
- R430.00 per adult /night
- R350.00 per adult/night upstairs
- R250.00 Children 4-12yrs
Whilst some people will want to enjoy maximum time in the comfort and privacy of their cottage accommodation, the surrounding area will beckon them to the enjoyment of nature and the outdoors. There are many dams and rivers in the vicinity where trout fishing is a big reason to explore. Permits are arranged by the owners on request when you book.
Magoebaskloof is famous for its variety of bird life, and walks on the property and nearby will thrill any novice or experienced birder, who may encounter the rare bat hawk, the elusive Narina Trogon, or perhaps a thrilling sighting of a Crested Flycatcher . . . and many more. A professional bird guide can be booked in advance for personally guided bird walks.
For the really energetic, bring your mountain bike and explore the many byways of the area which abounds in forests, water and stunning scenery. A comprehensive map of the property and surrounding countryside, including suggested routes is available at the cottages.The opportunities to just walk at your own pace and enjoy nature are endless, and there is a marked trail on the property, pointing out features of interest and delight.
In the greater area, other opportunities for walks and hikes are many – grassland and indigenous forest walks are available near Magoebaskloof Hotel and in the quaint village of Haenertsburg.
Eating out: If you do not feel like cooking, there are several restaurants from which to choose, located on the Magoebaskloof road and in the Village of Haenertsburg.
The area is renowned for clean air, summer mists and frosty winters. Always bring something warm to wear in all seasons
Activities in the area
Historical sites: two places where the famous Boer Long Toms were destroyed | Hiking and walking trail | The Wolkberg Wilderness area | Trout fishing | Abseiling, tubing, mountain biking (own bike) | Horse riding | Birding (Two South African birds, the Black-fronted Bush Shrike and the Blue Swallow are endemic to this area) | Various tea gardens and nurseries | Picnicking at the Dap Naude dam | Waterfalls, including the Debengeni falls | Visit organic farms and do a cheese making or farm tour | Cruises on the Ebenezer dam.
Please complete and submit your booking enquiry directly to Margie at Boscobel Cottages by completing and submitting this form. Please do not hesitate to consult the website again should there not be availability. .
Thank you for your interest and enjoy your stay. Please check the dates for all our activities and festivals and remember to book your accommodation early during busy periods.
GPS Co-ordinates: S 23°51'41.42" E 29°56'17.05"
From Johannesburg, take the N1 highway to Polokwane (Pietersburg), turn left at The University of the North (20km). Follow this road for 22 km and then turn right towards Magoebaskloof. After 8.7 km, find Boscobel on your right.
Magoebaskloof area map