Located in Pennington, 18 miles from Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve, Botha House has accommodations with an outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. 18 miles from Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve and 6 miles from Sezela country club, the property provides a garden and a terrace. The guesthouse has family rooms.

The guesthouse will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a closet, an electric tea pot, a fridge, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a TV and a private bathroom with a shower. Free WiFi is accessible to all guests, while certain rooms also offer a patio. At Botha House the rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels.

The accommodation offers a buffet or à la carte breakfast.

Activities such as hiking, windsurfing, cycling can be enjoyed in the surrounding areas, and guests can relax along the beachfront.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.6 for a two-person trip.

Botha House has been welcoming Booking.com guests since Apr 26, 2019

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Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.6)

Breakfast Info

Full English/Irish, Buffet

Free Private Parking Available On Site


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Max adults: 2
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  • 2 twin beds
  • 1 king bed
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  • 1 king bed
  • 2 twin beds
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  • 1 king bed
  • 2 twin beds
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  • 2 twin beds
  • 1 king bed
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Max adults: 4
Family Room
  • 4 twin beds
  • 2 king beds
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Closest beaches
  • Pennington Beach

    Pennington Beach

    8.3 Very good beach
    800 feet from property
  • Nkomba Beach

    Nkomba Beach

    8.5 Very good beach
    1.4 miles from property
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Hosted by Jacolette Crous

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Jacolette Crous
Comprising 9 double or twin en-suite bedrooms and a self-catering cottage, all with king-sized beds, this historical house can comfortably host up to 22 visitors. 7 of our suites and the cottage offer panoramic sea views with the remaining 2 smaller suites off our lovely and picturesque courtyard garden. Botha House provides an unforgettable experience. Your home away from home where authenticity and style meets tranquil splendour. Less than an hour's drive from Durban, situated in the heart of one of KwaZulu-Natal's coastal forests, Botha House is an ideal location to enjoy the full South Coast experience. For the discerning golfer, pack your golf clubs and tee-off on the picturesque Umdoni Park Golf Club. Or enjoy a stroll along Pennington’s beach, or the Umdoni Park forest trails with exciting birding opportunities. For the more adventurous at heart, go scuba diving off the world renowned Aliwal Shoal or bungee jumping at Oribi Gorge. Or simply relax with a glass of wine or tipple of your choice and enjoy the breathtaking ocean vistas from our terrace or pool.
Umdoni Park owes its existence to the foresight and generosity of Sir Frank Reynolds (1852 – 1930), Member of Parliament and successful sugar farmer. The Umdoni Park Trust was set up in 1920, following which the Park was presented as a ‘gift to the nation’. The Trust was required to ‘hold’ Botha House for the use of Annie Botha and at her death to the use of the Prime Minister. and his successors in office’, and to hold ‘the remainder of Umdoni Park Estate” for the use of the public. Although the Trust then took on the responsibility for the administration of the Estate, Sir Frank continued to put enormous effort into the development of the property. The first 9 holes of the golf course were completed in 1921, with the second 9 holes being completed 9 years later. The club house was built in 1926/27. By September 1918 he had selected a site for the proposed ‘cottage’ for his friend General Botha and Botha House was 'born'....
Pennington is a beautiful, relatively small village on Kwa-Zulu Natal's South Coast in South Africa. It has 2 very different golf courses: Umdoni Park and Selborne. Pennington is home to some lovely restaurants, a craft brewery, small shopping mall, but what makes it unique is that it enjoys the best of both worlds - Indigenous coastal forest (one of the few remaining) and the Indian Ocean. The former enjoys some lovely wildlife (Buskbuck, Red Duiker, Blue Duiker, Leguaan, Bushpig and much more...), grasslands, trees, a gorge with the Nkumbane River & a waterfall and an array of forest birds, whilst the latter provides swimming, rock pools and the seasonal sightings of whales, dolphins and sea birds. The forest also has some lovely trails for walking, running and cycling and hosts a Parkrun every Saturday morning and a MyRun every Sunday morning. The birding and photographic opportunities are endless.
Languages spoken: Afrikaans,English
Area Info *
Guests loved walking around the neighborhood!
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What's nearby
  • Umdoni Golf Club
    0.3 miles
  • Scottburgh Golf Club
    8 miles
  • Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve
    10 miles
  • Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve
    10.1 miles
  • Crocworld Ezembeni
    10.8 miles
Restaurants & cafes
  • Restaurant Umdoni Park
    0.3 miles
  • Cafe/Bar Umdoni Park
    0.3 miles
Natural Beauty
  • River Nkumbane
    1.9 miles
Beaches in the Neighborhood
  • Pennington Beach
    800 feet
  • Nkomba Beach
    1.4 miles
  • Bazley Beach
    2.5 miles
  • Preston Beach
    4.9 miles
  • Park Rynie Beach
    6 miles
Closest Airports
  • Pietermaritzburg Airport
    54.4 miles
  • King Shaka International Airport
    59.7 miles
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Amenities of Botha House
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun deck
  • BBQ facilities Additional charge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Electric kettle
  • Refrigerator
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Tour or class about local culture Additional charge
  • Themed dinners Additional charge
  • Walking tours
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Snorkeling Off-site Additional charge
  • Horseback riding Additional charge
  • Diving Off-site Additional charge
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Windsurfing Off-site
  • Fishing Off-site
  • Golf course (within 2 miles) Additional charge
Media & Technology
  • Satellite channels
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Wine/Champagne Additional charge
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Snack bar
  • Bar
  • Minibar
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in some hotel rooms and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
  • Secure parking
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Private check-in/out
  • Concierge
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • Security alarm
  • 24-hour security
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Family rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
  • Safe
Outdoor swimming pool
Free! All pools are free of charge
  • Open all year
  • All ages welcome
  • Pool/Beach towels
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
  • Pool with view
  • Shallow end
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
  • Pool/Beach towels
Languages Spoken
  • Afrikaans
  • English
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Sustainability initiatives
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2:00 PM - 10:00 PM


9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


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Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

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Crib and extra bed policies

0 - 12 years
Extra bed by request
ZAR 350 per child, per night
13+ years
Extra bed by request
ZAR 450 per person, per night

Additional fees are not calculated automatically in the total cost and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.

There's no capacity for cribs at this property.

The maximum number of extra beds allowed depends on the room you choose. Double-check the maximum capacity for the room you selected.

All cribs and extra beds are subject to availability.

No age restriction

There's no age requirement for check-in

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Smoking is not allowed.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

FAQs about Botha House

  • Room options at Botha House include:

    • Twin/Double
    • Family

  • The prices at Botha House may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Botha House offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Snorkeling
    • Diving
    • Fishing
    • Windsurfing
    • Golf course (within 2 miles)
    • Beachfront
    • Horseback riding
    • Themed dinners
    • Walking tours
    • Tour or class about local culture
    • Beach

  • Check-in at Botha House is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM.

  • The following parking options are available to guests staying at Botha House (subject to availability):

    • Parking on site
    • Private Parking
    • Parking
    • Secure parking
    • Accessible parking
    • Free parking

  • Guests staying at Botha House can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 9.1).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Full English/Irish
    • Buffet
    • À la carte

  • Botha House is 1.9 miles from the center of Pennington.

  • From the nearest airport, you can get to Botha House by:

    • Car 1h 50min

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. See details about the pool and other facilities on this page.