Welcome to The Crafty Coal Stove

The bed&breakfast and home industry

Old school. That is how we do things. No new fashioned cooking, we do it like Granny would remember her folks used to. Everything is prepared as fresh as possible using real fire breathing coal stoves for our cooking and baking.

We're a local, independent business. Situated in Scottsville, a suburb of Pietermaritzburg South Africa, we are ideally close to the local airport and town is a hop skip and jump away. Fancy a trip to the beach? Only 50 miles (80km) and you are there. We are minutes from the start of the Duzi canoe race and the start/finish of the Comrades Marathon. Fancy soccer? We are walking distance from the Harry Gwala stadium. The Golden Horse Casino and racetrack is also reachable within minutes.

Should you be staying with us, you have a spacious attic at your disposal with a lovely view on our historic university. The attic has its own separate entrance, is semi self catering, but breakfast is included. The bedroom is en-suite and has a double and a single bed, however we can easily cater for more guests.

Amenities include: Air conditioning, Wi-Fi, television (Netflix), carport, own private entrance, daily cleaning. Additional charges will apply to: Dinner (please inform us before noon if you want a dinner); English breakfast (inform us the night before); ferry to and from the airport; laundry wash and dry.

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Should you be staying with us, you have a spacious attic at your disposal with a lovely view on our historic university. The attic has its own separate entrance, is semi self catering, but a light cereal breakfast is included. The bedroom is en-suite and has a double and a single bed, however we can easily cater for four more guests with camping beds.

Amenities include: Air conditioning, Wi-Fi, television (Netflix), carport, daily cleaning. Additional charges will apply to: Dinner or an Eglish breakfast; ferry to and from the airport; laundry wash and dry.

What we offer

Bed and breakfast

– We offer luxury accommodation in our spacious attic. You have a large bedroom with an en suite bathroom, an even larger living area including a microwave, kettle, fridge, TV with Netflix, unlimited WiFi, study area. Park safely under cover. A light cereal breakfast is included. We offer as extras a delicious two course meal for dinner, or an English breakfast. We can also provide a shuttle service to and from the major airports (Pietermaritzburg and King Shaka). Laundry wash and dry service.

Home industry

– We offer meals hot off the stove or frozen for your convenience. We do catering for functions, platters, confectionary. Everything is lovingly prepared on our coal stoves, providing extra quality to our products.

Roadhouse experience

– Here is a unique experience that will take you back to the 1950's. On Fridays and Saturdays, weather permitting during school term and Monday to Saturday over holidays, we host a maximum of 10 vehicles for a traditional Roadhouse experience. Park your car at dusk, enjoy a complementary pack of popcorn and soft drink while you enjoy a film on the big screen. YES YOU READ CORRECTLY! We have incorporated a small scale drive-in theatre into the mix. Once the film start you will be able to order from our menu and the food will be brought to your car as it was back in the day. Booking is essential due to limited space. Admission is free if you stay over in our bed and breakfast. Covid restrictions apply.

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