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Why did we hand pick Coweys Corner?

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  • Warm country feel to this town venue
  • Very centrally located for exploring Durban and the surrounds
  • Hearty breakfast included, cooking facilities available and restaurants nearby

Coweys Corner

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Durban


-29.8421, 31.0087


The charming red-roofed house at Coweys Corner has been immaculately restored into a modern no-frills bed and breakfast. While the guest house has been decorated with an eye for contemporary detail, rustic features such as rich wooden floors and unpainted doors add a timeless charm which makes you feel right at home.

Although the guest house is situated in the heart of Durban, the rooms have a countryside feel and are pleasantly light and cosy, fitted with conveniences such as air conditioning and DSTV. Free wireless internet ensures that guests stay connected throughout their stay.

In the King-size/twin rooms, the full en-suite bathrooms include spacious showers and free-standing baths. A pull-out single bed makes the rooms ideal for couples with children, without compromising space for couples who don’t have kids. 

Guests will also sleep comfortably in the Queen-size beds of the two double rooms, and have a choice between a room with a bath or one with a shower.

After what will surely be an untroubled night’s sleep, guests head to the dining room to enjoy a hearty breakfast. The standard breakfast is Full English, but those who prefer to go continental can request this in advance. Dinners are also available on request.

Those who want to prepare their own lunches and dinners can make use of a modern, amply-equipped kitchen, and a number of good food and grocery shops are within 200 metres of the guest house. Conveniently for bed and breakfast guests, there are also four restaurants which are just as close. 

A lovely feature of the guest house is a large verandah adjoining the dining room, where guests can sit on comfortable furniture while taking advantage of the mild climate. 

One of the perks of Coweys Corner is its close proximity to most of Durban’s attractions. The buzz of this interesting city, with its historical attractions, rich culture and friendly seaside ambience, will keep visitors thoroughly captivated. The Botanical Gardens, Greyville Race Course and prestigious Royal Durban Golf Club are a gentle walk away, while a five minute drive will take you to the Moses Mabhida Soccer Stadium and Durban’s famous beachfront, with its many shops and restaurants. 

Drive just a touch further, and you will find attractions such as the family-friendly uShaka Marine World, entertainment and shopping complexes, art galleries, historical monuments, and nature reserves. The ever-present Indian Ocean is a big, warm playground to enjoy everything from fishing to scuba diving, ocean cruises and surfing.

Rates & Summary

3 King/Twin Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
Extra pull-out single bed
En-suite shower and bath

2 Double Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower or bath


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Full English breakfast included in rates
Continental breakfast included by arrangement
Dinner available at extra cost
Guest kitchen can be used for self-catering


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Coweys Corner is centrally situated in Durban’s Berea suburb, offering pleasant bed and breakfast accommodation in well-appointed double rooms on a secure property. The lovingly-restored guest house is ideally suited for visitors seeking comfortable suburban accommodation within touching distance of Durban’s attractions. The wide verandah is especially welcoming and a large, well-equipped guest kitchen is available to guests who want to self-cater.


  • Warm country feel to this town venue
  • Very centrally located for exploring Durban and the surrounds
  • Hearty breakfast included, cooking facilities available and restaurants nearby

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, fishing gear, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching/dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Nearby: Beaches, fishing, Durban Beachfront, uShaka Marine World, scuba diving, golf courses, botanical gardens, bird park, horse trails, mountain biking, nature reserves, urban adrenaline adventures, entertainment and shopping complexes, Moses Mabhida Stadium, historical attractions.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • No Restaurant
  • Full Kitchen


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 500m
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted




Durban & Surrounds

KwaZulu Natal


Fun, sun, sand, surf, sea. Durban is the perfect example of big city life meeting the outdoors, thanks in part to the Indian Ocean that laps up against its and in part to the tropical weather that makes it an all-year-round holiday destination.

But Durban owes its existence and its success to the substantial natural bay that has been converted from a wild and lonely lagoon, home to huge numbers of fish, water birds, crocodiles and hippos, into Africa’s busiest port, and South Africa’s biggest. The bay was first entered by a ship, the Salisbury, by lieutenants James King and Francis Farewell in 1823. The following year, a trading house was established but it was only in 1835 that it was decided to establish a town here and to name it after Sir Benjamn D’Urban, then the governor of the Cape Colony. 

These days, Durban is the third-largest city in South Africa, with large industrial and commercial centres and a booming tourism industry. Every school holiday sees droves of local tourists flock to the city, while international visitors have come to recognise Durban both as a destination in its own right and as a convenient gateway to the Drakensberg, the big-five reserves of Zululand and everything else that KwaZulu-Natal has to offer.

Durban might not be the de facto capital of KZN (Pietermaritzburg fills this role), but it certainly is in terms of commerce and population size. It is also something of a sporting hub, hosting the annual Comrades Marathon, the Dusi Canoe Marathon, provincial soccer, cricket and rugby matches, cycling races, surfing competitions and surf ski races, to mention just a few of the sporting codes represented here.

Every morning and evening, all year round, a stroll along the beachfront will reveal casual games of soccer, joggers running along the promenade, surfers, swimmers, and even a few souls doing yoga. 

Despite the city’s modern feel, history abounds. Museums, monuments, art galleries and theatres are all worth visiting, as are the botanical gardens and the various markets.

Those looking for something a little different should pop into the Victoria Street market for a spicy shopping interlude, or the muti (traditional medicine) market at Warwick Junction for the chance to consult a sangoma (witchdoctor) or an inyanga (traditional healer) or just browse the incredible items on sale. 

As with life in Durban, the hotel industry is centred on the beachfront, where there is a long line of international hotels. Smaller hotels, boutique hotels, bed & breakfasts, backpackers and even flats for hire are all available in Durban, catering for all tastes and budgets. 

Getting around Durban is easier than many South African cities thanks to the people-mover bus system, but hiring a car will be necessary to explore the outlying areas.

Look out for

Bunny chows are a unique Durban meal consisting of a piece of bread hollowed out and filled with curry, then eaten with your hands. Every year a competition is held to find the best “bunny”, as they are known, and there are dozens of places where a phenomenal bunny can be enjoyed.

uShaka Marine World features a world-class aquarium, water rides, dolphin shows, scuba diving in tanks, snorkelling and tube rides. It is simply not to be missed. 

Durban boasts kilometres of beaches just waiting to be enjoyed. You can surf, snorkel, hire a canoe, go for surfing or surf ski lessons, or just do the old-fashioned thing and laze on the beach and watch the world go by. 

Markets abound in the Durban area, from the curio market on the beachfront to the relaxed little Essenwood market, the Shongweni farmers’ market and the Victoria Street Market in the centre of town. The latter offers a particularly unique experience of Indian spices and culture. 

Mountain-bikers are well catered for in the Durban area. Giba Gorge is one of the best locations to test your skills and your fitness, and there is also a well-stocked bike shop and a charming restaurant. 

Those in search of a bit of culture can take in shows at one of the theatres in town. The Playhouse is the grand dame of the theatre world and brings the bigger shows to Durban, while other venues for music, theatre and poetry include the Bat Centre, the Catalina Theatre and the university’s theatre. 

Built for the 2010 Fifa soccer world cup, the Moses Mabhida Stadium is a beautiful piece of functional architecture. Time your visit to catch a local soccer game or take a ride in a skycar to the top of the stadium for an unforgettable view of the city. The wild at heart can do the stadium swing from the top of the stadium’s arch. 

The Valley of a Thousand Hills is an area of great scenic beauty on Durban’s doorstep. A simple drive through the area is very enjoyable and there are all sorts of spots to stop to shop or eat. Traditional dancing and singing can also be experienced in the valley. 

Hire a bike and cruise the beachfront. Stop in at a coffee shop or restaurant, or cycle to the end of the pier at uShaka Marine World for a sundowner at Moyo restaurant, the waves crashing below you. Another option is to hire a rickshaw for a colourful ride along the promenade. 

Concerts are often organised for Sunday afternoons at the botanical gardens. Lounge on the lawns and listen to some of South Africa’s most popular bands. The orchid house is also worth visiting.

Watch rugby at Absa Stadium Kings Park, perhaps the most festive place in the world to do so. Supporters park their cars on the outlying fields, light a braai and party before and after the game. Live music entertains the crowd and the rugby players mingle after the game.

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