Beverley Country Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dargle

Our goal at Beverley Country Cottages is to make our guests feel welcome, comfortable and at home with our own personal touches. We pride ourselves in our service excellence and providing clean, fresh cottages that are looked after by our honest, willing and friendly staff. Nothing makes us happier than to share our beautiful and peaceful part of the country with our guests.

Welcome to our Cottages, which consist of 4 stunning self catering cottages and 2 comfortable B n B rooms, sleeping 22 in total.

The accommodation consists of the old Stables (sleeps 6 in 3 en-suite bedrooms), Hayloft (sleeps 2 with an en-suite bathroom), Dairy (sleeps 4 in 2 en-suite bedrooms) and the double story Thatched House (sleeps 6 in 3 en-suite bedrooms) which have been lovingly converted and renovated into beautiful self catering cottages, completely self contained. In the original stone homestead, built in 1913, there are an additional two large rooms with oregan floors and ceilings, which are offered on a bed and breakfast basis only. Enjoy the splendour of these elegant rooms, while relaxing in the grand Victorian baths or the comfortable sleigh, or four-poster beds. They each have their own separate entrances off a shared veranda.

Owned and managed by Kate and Garry Kelly. We are situated in the beautiful valley of Dargle, on the Midlands Meander, looking down on the Umgeni River over looked by the handsome N’Hlosane Mountain. Dargle is an area South West of the N3 and is accessed from Lions River off the R103.

Beverley Farm is situated on a hilltop with magnificent views of the rolling midlands all around, surrounded by lush lawns, paddocks, azalea bushes, Rhododendrons, Yellow woods and 2 magnificent old Oak trees. We are ideal for a romantic country getaway in very peaceful surroundings as well as a child friendly family gathering with large gardens and pastures to explore!

Get away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life and step into a world of peace and tranquility. Experience the country, our friendly animals and the beautiful scenery that surrounds us.


The River Dargle (Irish: An Deargail, meaning "little red spot", so called with reference to the prevailing tint of its rocks) rises in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland on the northern slopes of Djouce Mountain and flows over the highest waterfall in Ireland, falling 121m (398 feet) at Powerscourt Waterfall. It then flows through the Glencree Valley where it is fed by the River Glencree before flowing east for a further 14 km (9 miles) to reach the Irish Sea at Bray Harbor. The area known to visitors as Upper Dargle, situated in the shadow of the dominant N’Hlosane Mountain in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, is as rich in settler history as it is in natural beauty.

It was here, in 1847, that the Irish settler Thomas Fannin bought the farm Buffels Bosch. He immediately renamed it The Dargle, on account of its resemblance to the country of the Dargle stream, south of Dublin from where they came. The naming of the area, “The Dargle” in the Midlands, was also attributed to Thomas Fanning. It was one of the Fannins who sold a piece of their farm to Alan Ross, who named it Beverley and who built the magnificent home in 1913 that still stands today.

It was a few years later that the same Thomas Fannin brought more than just a touch of Irish mist to the area. In April 1854, with rumors of discoveries of gold in the Cape, Transvaal and Free State making the population particularly excited, he claimed to have struck both coal and gold on The Dargle - a claim even the most optimistic prospector took with a pinch of salt.

Most of the early settler farmers in the area established either saw mills or saw pits, supplementing this activity with the breeding of cattle, sheep and horses. Local archives abound in tales of the locals teaming up to retrieve stolen livestock from raiding Bushmen - and there are many stories of bravery, courage and the hardships endured by the settlers in those early years.

The early settlers were as much attracted by the charm and beauty of the area as the present day farmers - for most properties boast tumbling streams, cascading waterfalls and abundant wild life. The reconstitution of favorite water haunts, as well as the construction of dams, has reintroduced both Brown and Rainbow trout to the area - making it a fly-fishing paradise.

Today the area has a rich tradition of hospitality and there is a wide and varied range of accommodation to suit every getaway preference.

Info courtesy of the Boston Bulwer Beat History Archives.


The charming village of Dargle is situated in the rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal's Southern Drakensberg. The hamlet, part of the famous Midlands Meander, lies in a peaceful valley.

The name of the village, as well as the railway siding there, took its name from the Dargle stream, a tributary of the Mgeni River. Dargle is the name of a stream near Dublin in Ireland, and it is thought that an Irish immigrant, Thomas Fannin, bestowed the name upon the KwaZulu-Natal village. Dargle has retained its original charm and is a great spot for a wonderful, relaxing breakaway.

Arts and Culture:
For the traveler interested in art, culture and great dining, the Midlands Meander should be top of the list. This haven for artists is home to many studios, shops and galleries, and tourists can enjoy watching the artists at work. The products that are created by these talented artisans are on sale, with some of them including leather-ware, paintings, sculptures and stained glass. This thriving destination is growing at an accelerated rate, but still retains its wonderfully tranquil atmosphere. It is said that Dargle is home to many master crafters and stores of the route.

Science and Nature:
Nature lovers are in for a treat when visiting the Midlands countryside. The green rolling hills are home to a wide variety of bird species, and the views of the Dargle Valley and surrounds are quite spectacular. Enjoy the fresh country air, and let nature entertain you.


The cottages are self catering but Breakfasts and Dinners are available on request in the comfort of your cottage.

Each cottage is equipped with the following:

  • Colour TVs with selcted DSTV channels including Mnet and news channels.
  • Fully functional kitchen, ideal for self catering.
  • Wood and Gas braais. Wood is provided, Charcoal is not.
  • Electric Blankets on all beds.
  • Access to Wireless internet.

All cottages have a Colour TV, a selection of Satellite channels and M Net. Each cottage has a verandah and an area to braai with the wood or gas braai’s that are provided. Wood is also provided. The kitchens are superbly set up for Self catering, with a microwave and a conventional oven in every cottage. A dining area, with table & chairs is present. Cottages are serviced daily.

All bedrooms are en-suite and have a bath and a shower. The beds are equipped with electric blankets and extra warm blankets to keep you snug at night, on those wintry evenings. Bed linen and bath towels are provided.

Every cottage has access to a wireless internet service. A password is required. Please enquire on check in.

We can provide the following:

  • Child activities on the property. We are very child friendly and safe.
  • Tennis.
  • Fishing on other neighbouring properties.
  • Old stone pub as a venue to hire.
  • A peaceful and relaxing getaway!

We are a very proud child friendly venue where, as we have small children of our own, there is plenty of activities for the children. Interaction with rabbits, friendly chickens, horses, dogs and cats. Jasmin and Jade will give your children a guided tour! It is very safe and pet friendly.

A tennis court is available for those more active guests! Rackets and balls are provided on request. Fishing is available on nearby farms.

Today the area has a rich tradition of hospitality and there is a wide and varied range of accommodation to suit every getaway preference.

An old stone pub is available to hire as a venue for small parties. Please provide your own alcohol.


The Stables

The Stables is a spacious comfortable cottage which has 3 en-suite bedrooms, all opening up onto a central lounge which has a big log fire place.The fireplace brings much character and coziness to this delightful cottage in the midst of winter, when those chilly winds blow of the mountains. It has a separate spacious kitchen with a dining area that seats 6. Meals served on request in the comfort and privacy of your own cottage!

The Thatched Cottage

This Thatched House has 3 en-suite bedrooms. It is ideal for large families or a party of friends. The large kitchen is ideal to entertain and the spacious lounge/dining room area cozies up in no time due to the Jet Master log fireplace. It also has a large verandah looking down into a secluded valley. Meals served on request in the comfort and privacy of your own cottage!

The Dairy Cottage

It is another spacious cottage which has 2 en suite bedrooms, opening up onto a central open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area. It too has a very cozy log fire place which warms up the cottage in no time. This cottage overlooks a beautiful valley and has views to match. Meals served on request in the comfort and privacy of your own cottage!

Hayloft Cottage

It is the smallest of the cottages and is ideal for a romantic getaway. It has one en suite bedroom opening onto an open plan lounge, kitchenette and dining area. It too has a log fire place and nothing beats snuggling up in bed watching the fire glow! Its not called the Honeymoon suite for nothing! Meals served on request in the comfort and privacy of your own cottage!

East Wing Rooms

The 2 rooms in the East Wing of the main old house are en suite and have their own separate entrances off a central verandah. The bathrooms are spacious with freestanding Victorian baths. The rooms themselves have Oregon pine floors and ceilings are very spacious. These rooms are on a Bed & Breakfast basis only. The rates include breakfast, which is served in the grand dining room of the old stone homestead.

Onsite Facilities And Features

  • braai / barbecue - onsite
  • kitchen (fully equipped)
  • microwave in unit
  • parking all onsite
  • private entrance
  • serviced
  • sun deck

Languages Spoken

  • English
From R535.00 Per Person
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