Crooked Tree Cottage offers Bed & Breakfast or self-catering accommodation close to Umhlanga's beaches and a short drive from Durban and its famous Golden Mile. This intimate establishment consists of 3 bed & breakfast rooms and 3 self-catering units. The wonderfully “crooked” tree provides restful, cooling shade on hot summer days and loses its leaves in the winter making the garden even more spectacular. The sea views from the balconies are magnificent and the bird life is a joy to watch. Monkeys are nearly daily visitors and the occasional stork can be spotted in the branches. The friendly, multilingual Crooked Tree Cottage hosts pride themselves on creating a relaxed atmosphere and providing personal service that delights their guests.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.5 for a two-person trip.

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Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.5)

Free Private Parking Available On Site


Availability

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Room Type
Number of guests
 
1 king bed
1 full bed
1 king bed
or
1 sofa bed
1 king bed
1 king bed
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Travel Sustainable Level 3

This property told us they’re making large investments and efforts toward sustainability by taking steps that can have environmental and social impact. We worked with experts including Travalyst and Sustainalize to create the Travel Sustainable program – making it easier for you to experience the world more sustainably.
Guest reviews

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Staff
9.5
Facilities
9.3
Cleanliness
9.5
Comfort
9.5
Value for money
9.3
Location
9.5
Free WiFi
9.3
High score for Durban
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See what guests loved the most:

  • Amanda
    South AfricaSouth Africa
    The room was spacious and clean. I absolutely loved the city and beach view. Our host was welcoming.
  • Phumzile
    South AfricaSouth Africa
    Staff and the service from the landlord she was super nice
  • Dave
    South AfricaSouth Africa
    Location away from the hustle and bustle, but easy access to beach and shops. Great breakfast and very comfortable room with lots of extras.

Hosted by Helen

9.5
Host Review Score

Helen
Crooked Tree is a lovely 6 room establishment set in the heart of the ever growing Umhlanga coastal town close to Durban CBD. Centrally located and close to the Umhlanga village as well as many newly located businesses, it is a short walk to some of the best beaches on the Kwazulu Natal coastline. Crooked tree has the added advantage of lovely sea views and the option to book on a bed only, bed and breakfast or self catering basis.
My husband Reinhard and I have been running the Crooked Tree together for the last 15 years. We take pride in owner managed accommodation. As well trying to be there 100% of the time to welcome all our guests, we do our own breakfasts and we do most of the maintenance to the property ourselves. The cottage and Room 4 were revamped, finishing in April 2016. Rooms 5 and 6 have recently been repainted and updated. And we have just made changes to Rooms 4's bathroom. It now has a walk in shower only. In addition to being water conservative, we take great pride in being a truly owner managed and run establishment.
Umhlanga was a premier holiday destination but it has blossomed into one of the hottest spots to vacation on the African continent. Rub shoulders with the rich and the not so, and gym with some of the international rugby teams when they come to compete.. Commerce and business centers abound in the area, so we are also an ideal location for business travelers. Whatever your needs we are perfectly located for all.
Languages spoken: German,English

Area info

Amenities of Crooked Tree Cottage
Great facilities! Review score, 9.3

Most popular amenities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Free parking
  • Family rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Terrace
  • Tea/Coffee Maker in All Rooms
Bathroom
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Towels/Sheets (extra fee)
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
Bedroom
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
View
  • City view
  • View
Outdoors
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Patio
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Kitchen
  • Electric kettle
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Clothes rack
Activities
  • Aerobics
    Off-site
  • Live sports events (broadcast)
    Off-site
  • Themed dinners
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Stand-up comedy
    Off-site
  • Water park
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Water sports facilities on site
  • Snorkeling
    Off-site
  • Racquetball
    Off-site
  • Horseback riding
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Diving
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Bowling
    Off-site
  • Cycling
    Off-site
  • Hiking
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Canoeing
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Windsurfing
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Fishing
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Golf course (within 2 miles)
    Additional charge
  • Tennis court
    Off-site
Living Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Streaming service (like Netflix)
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable channels
  • Satellite channels
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Tea/Coffee maker
Internet
WiFi is available in the rooms and is free of charge.
Parking
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
Services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Private check-in/out
  • Baggage storage
  • Fax/Photocopying
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key access
  • Safe
General
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Fan
  • Family rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
Accessibility
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
Outdoor swimming pool
  • Open all year
  • All ages welcome
  • Shallow end
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
Spa
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
Languages Spoken
  • German
  • English

House rules

Crooked Tree Cottage takes special requests – add in the next step!

Check-in

From 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in

Check-out

From 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM

 

Cancellation/
prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

The number of cribs allowed depends on the option you choose. Check your selected option for more info.

There are no extra beds available at this property.

All cribs are subject to availability.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

Maestro Mastercard Visa Cash is not accepted Crooked Tree Cottage accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Smoking

Smoking is not allowed.

Parties

Parties/events are not allowed

Quiet hours

Guests need be quiet between 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM.

Pets

Pets are not allowed.

The fine print
Must-know information for guests at this property

If you expect to arrive outside reception opening hours, please inform Crooked Tree Cottage in advance. Charges are applicable for late check-in requests.

Please note, payment is required through an online credit card payment link services. Crooked Tree Cottage will contact you with instructions.

Please note that the guest will be required to present their Government issued ID matching the Credit card used for payment before the keys to the property are provided.

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

Please inform Crooked Tree Cottage of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

Payment before arrival by bank transfer is required. The property will contact you after you book to provide instructions.

This property does not accommodate bachelor(ette) or similar parties.

Quiet hours are between 22:00:00 and 07:00:00.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Food and beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

In accordance with government guidelines to minimize transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property may request additional documentation from guests to validate identity, travel itinerary, and other relevant info on dates where such guidelines exist.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor common areas.

FAQs about Crooked Tree Cottage

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

  • Crooked Tree Cottage offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Bowling
    • Snorkeling
    • Diving
    • Tennis court
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing
    • Windsurfing
    • Golf course (within 2 miles)
    • Racquetball
    • Water park
    • Themed dinners
    • Horseback riding
    • Water sports facilities on site
    • Aerobics
    • Stand-up comedy
    • Live sports events (broadcast)
    • Swimming pool

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

  • Crooked Tree Cottage is 9.3 miles from the center of Durban. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Check-in at Crooked Tree Cottage is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.

  • Room options at Crooked Tree Cottage include:

    • Twin/Double
    • Double
    • Studio

  • The nearest beach is 0.9 miles from Crooked Tree Cottage. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.