Cosy Living Room at Rondawel

Cosy living room of the Rondawel cottage


If you’re in need of a relaxing hinterland escape, then “A Little Bit of Africa”, located in Maleny on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, is a wonderful place from which you can experience this delightful region.


My family and I were invited to stay and experience this cosy accommodation for ourselves, and I can honestly say that we loved it. After heading off from our home in Brisbane late one Friday afternoon, it was a relatively short hour-and-a-half drive before we reached African Cottages. Despite our after-dark arrival, we were happily greeted by the owner Matilda Cutmore, who radiates a warmth and vitality not unlike the atmosphere of the African cottages she manages.



The very friendly and welcoming owner, Matilda Cutmore


Originally from South Africa, Matilda is a woman with a big heart. My first impression of her is that she is deeply proud of her home country, South Africa; she has a genuine desire to help others experience a piece of her homeland for themselves, in the peaceful and scenic hinterland region of Maleny. She also has a great passion for Maleny itself, and through her entrepreneurial spirit and love of Africa, she is a part of what makes Maleny the cultural tourism hub that it is today (see more about Maleny here).



After our arrival, my family and I were escorted to ‘The Rondawel’, a grand, fully self-contained timber cottage that accommodates up to 6 people. Although we didn’t know it until the next morning after the sun came up, the octagonal living area with its many windows provides stunning panoramic views of trees and tropical ferns, making us feel completely immersed in nature. There was an outdoor rear deck overlooking this beautiful landscape including an historic 500 year old fig tree. There was also an outdoor air-suspended chair, especially intended for relaxing and enjoying the hinterland experience; but most impressive was the starlight viewing area above it. It was like our very own night “skylight”, intended for watching the bright stars in the dark of night. It was a relaxing and memorable experience.



African themed living area of the Rondawel cottage


In addition to the Rondawel, there are two other cottages that you can choose to stay at: The African Cottage, which is a spacious, fully self-contained 3 bedroom holiday home that sleeps up to 9 people; and Cape Cottage, a cosy getaway for two with a stunning rear deck backing on to the 500 year old fig tree.



At the time of our visit, there were guests staying at both of these cottages. I only knew this because Matilda told me on our second day that she was fully booked. I was surprised because it was so quiet that I thought we had the whole place to ourselves. These cottages have been thoughtfully constructed and orientated so that you don’t even notice the other cottages during your stay. They are fairly close to one another, but remain very private and separate due to their orientation, brush fences and trees. The only time I saw the other guests was when I went out for a walk; away from the accommodation itself!



Main bedroom of the African Cottage


The larger cottage of the three, called African Cottage, is located in an acre of fragrant gardens and has a large country kitchen that makes it ideal for larger groups and families that love to cook, share meals and laughter. Matilda showed me through this holiday house after the guests had checked out, and it was fantastic. It was great for a large, extended family; with plenty of kids bunks. It also has a spacious lounge and, like the other 2 holiday homes, has an open eco-fire place that keeps you warm in winter.


Cape Cottage Deck

View of 500 year old fig tree from the rear deck of Cape Cottage


The smaller cottage of the three, called Cape Cottage, is a cosy getaway for two. This self-contained cottage with open living area and modern kitchen that flows into the bedroom through a stunning slatted pine petition, provides the ultimate romantic getaway. From the bedroom you are treated to a modern ensuite with a luxuriously deep bath where you can relax and unwind. This cottage, with its eco-friendly fire place and rear deck that backs onto the massive 500 year old fig tree, provides an intimate and relaxing holiday experience you’ll never forget.



“A Little Bit of Africa”, otherwise referred to as the “African Cottages”, is superbly located in this hinterland region. Not only do you get the benefit of being close to Maleny’s Maple Street (the main street); you also have the convenience of being just down the road from the neighbouring town of Montville, where we spent a lovely afternoon with coffee and cake after a visit to the nearby Lake Boondall.



Hinterland Views

Expansive hinterland views from one of Montville's many cafés


There is no shortage of things to do in this magnificent hinterland region on the Sunshine Coast in QLD. We enjoyed a variety of experiences including a trip to McCarthy’s Lookout that overlooks the spectacular Glasshouse Mountains; a delicious lunch at Maleny Cheese Café; a tour of the Maleny Dairies; a picnic at the stunning Lake Boondall; and a relaxing afternoon coffee and cake at the charming tourist town of Montville.



If you’re looking for a great getaway to a beautiful region, the African Cottages in Maleny are sure to impress. I rate our holiday experience 5 stars! Happy holidaying!


To experience this wonderful accommodation in magnificent Maleny, take advantage of these super hot deals, while they last:



These deals all come complete with an authentic African dinner for all guests staying in the cottage. Click on the above links to check them out.