River Cottages  Verified Listing

Vaal River Parys Free State Province South Africa

Excellent Rating: 4.6 / 5
Based on 31 verified guest reviews

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Member since: 20 Dec. 2017

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Full Kitchen
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Covid-19 H&S Certified
Swimming Pool
Braai/BBQ Area
Parking on Premises
Conference Facility
Dining Area
Child friendly
No smoking
Serviced Daily

River Cottages is situated in Parys and offers comfortable accommodation in a tranquil riverside environment.

Accommodation is offered in three fully equipped self-catering beautiful houses sleeping up to 12 guests per house as well as seven 2-Sleeper self-catering lovely units and two charming 4-Sleeper units. The 2-sleeper units are 200 m away from the river and the houses are located right on the banks of the Vaal River.

Guests can take a dip and relax by the swimming pools, lapas and enjoy the built in braai facilities. The large property has stunning nature surroundings and views.

River Cottages is ideal for getaways with loved ones, special occasions and functions. River Cottages can host groups for bachelor and bachelorettes, team building as well as bikers club functions.

The property is about an hour and a half from Pretoria and an hour’s drive from Johannesburg.

The Vaal River runs for about 1 km through the property and its banks are lined with weeping willows and reeds. It perfect for those fond of water-related activities such as canoeing, river rafting and fishing. Parys has many outdoor activities guests can enjoy from hiking and 4X4 trails in and around the town, as well as art, antique and coffee shops and a wide range of fantastic restaurants.


Extra Info

Property Type Pet Friendly, Cottage, Holiday Home, Resort, Self Catering
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Check-out before 10:00 AM
Cancellation Policy Moderate
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Themba Kubeka
30 December 2020

I have enjoyed myself the environment was good to relax.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Neethu S
04 November 2019


Superb. 5 out of 5
Sonja Roscher
19 August 2019

River Cottage is the best place to stay for a weekend or holiday. Hostess very kind and friendly. Best of all its pet friendly. Will recommend the place to every one.

Superb. 5 out of 5
18 June 2019

Pleasant and safe location with a good view.

Okay. 3 out of 5
21 May 2019

Ons het heerlik gekuier en huis is so ruim. Pragtig soos teen die rivier. Ons sal beslis weer kom. Diens was ook van hoogstaande gehalte!!!!!

Superb. 5 out of 5
Brad Fibiger Lewis
20 May 2019

Peace and quiet. Lovely walks. Just what was needed the weekend. The accommodation is neat and clean. All the basics are there. I would recommend the accommodation. Its a lovely place to use as a base camp for river rafting or going into town and shopping or just to stay there and relax.

Marlouise is friendly and made sure that we had all we needed and that there were no problems with the accommodation.

Will definitely be going there again.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Elsabe Crawford
29 April 2019

I would recommend River Cottages for either intimate or a family/group gathering. The place is safe, neat and most accommodating that you will ever experience. I will certainly return very soon. Although the weather changed, the men still enjoyed themselves with fishing. A record size muddy of 2,74kg was caught, and released again.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Lily Radloff
23 April 2019

We were welcomed at River Cottages in a friendly manner and enjoyed our stay at the establishment.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Robert Penson
01 April 2019

We had the most amazing time at River Cottages. My family and I loved every minute of our stay there, so much so that we were gutted to have to return home. We stayed in River Cottage 1 which was perfect for our needs and wants. The cottage was spotless and had everything we needed for our weekend. The view from the patio was amazing and perfectly situated to watch the kids play in the pool and to see what was going on at the river. The cottage is roughly 40m from the pool and about 60m from the river's edge. What more could one ask for?
There aren't any play ground facilities for the kids, but this didn't stop our children from having a blast. Perhaps that could be a future addition which would be a big win.
Then I need to thank Marianca for making the entire reservation process so simple and pain free. I asked a multitude of questions and favours and there was nothing that she wasn't prepared to accommodate me with (within reason of course).
Our host, Marlouise, was amazing too. She made us feel so welcome on arrival and again attended to all of our needs. There was nothing too big nor small that she wasn't prepared to help us with. She made us feel like we were part of an extended family and encouraged us to let our hair down and relax.
I would highly recommend River Cottages to anyone whom is seeking a peaceful and relaxing weekend away.
For the fishermen/fisherwomen - we didn't catch any record breaking fish, but we had a very successful fishing experience. Our first day was very quiet and we wondered if there were any fish in the river. However, after some advice from the local fishing store in Parys and some recommended bait, we were kept busy all day and night. Don't try anything fancy - worms, banana and pineapple mielies and some "Superman" dip, worked a charm. We didn't have any luck with specimen rigs and boilies, but it is not to say that it won't work.

On the whole, we would return without a shadow of a doubt - in fact, we are planning our next trip already.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Martie Matthee
27 March 2019

Was baie mooi en rustig, plekkie was baie skoon en netjies en die gasvrou het uit haar pad gegaan om behulpsaam te wees in alles, sal die plek aanbeveel en sal defnitief weer terug gaan.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5

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Excellent Rating: 4.6 / 5
Based on 31 verified guest reviews

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Parys Reviews

Hanlie Ellis
01 April 2019

Baie lekker ou dorpie met heelwat om te doen, eet rond loer in die winkels en net ontspan langs die rivier

Superb. 5 out of 5
Mzi Sihlaba
20 December 2018

Swim, river rafting and local market in Parys.

Superb. 5 out of 5
adri Moolman
02 December 2018

The bridge with the locks.

Okay. 3 out of 5
Lienta Roelofse
26 November 2018

Nice little shops in Parys.

Okay. 3 out of 5
Stephanie Le Roux
26 September 2018

The Nature.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Elsabe McCallum
25 September 2018

Lots of places to eat and curio shops. The river and nature. It is a little holiday town.

Okay. 3 out of 5
Derek Marsden
10 September 2018

Bohemian atmosphere. Friendly. All amenities available Parys.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Jana Nel
27 August 2018

The antique shops, and restaurants.

Okay. 3 out of 5
Joggie Taljaard
14 August 2018

Awesome little shops, unique restaurants and very nice 2nd hand shops.

Okay. 3 out of 5
Yvonne Grobler
13 August 2018

Definitely recommend Savanna for a game drive.
Had a lovely meal at the Pickled Pig.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5

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