Explore the superb accommodation options at The Oyster Collection

The Oyster Collection - Burlington Bush Cottages - Salem - Eastern Cape

Luxury accommodation at The Oyster Collection

Built-up over ten years, The Oyster Collection has developed a reputation of providing a wide variety of exceptional accommodation offerings across South Africa that the discerning traveller will love.

Take your pick from their top-notch guest houses, bed & breakfasts, self-catering or even whole-house rental options!

All of their accommodation offerings are luxurious and fully equipped to ensure that you have a completely relaxing and comfortable experience during your stay, whether it is for business or pleasure.

There are 13 different accommodation offerings within The Oyster Collection; seven can be found at Kenton-on-Sea, two in Franschhoek, two in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown), one in Salem and another in Sea Point.

When travelling from Grahamstown towards Kenton-on-Sea, you can enjoy three of The Oyster Collections beautiful accommodations as you travel down via Salem.

For those starting their trip from Grahamstown, you can relax in The Milner Luxury Guest House, then as you travel through Salem you can enjoy some peace and quiet in the Burlington Bush Cottages before finally arriving at Kenton-on-Sea where you will find the flagship accommodation of The Oyster Collection; The Oyster Box Beach House. Read about each establishment below.

The Milner, Grahamstown

An oasis of calm in the Eastern Cape, The Milner Luxury Guest House can be found in the heart of Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown). This accommodation is ideally situated near the centre of the city so that you can travel easily and reach all the hotspots in town without any worry.

The Milner Luxury Guest House has a superior standard of quality and hospitality thanks to their highly skilled team and management. You can enjoy a sense of peace and relaxation throughout the accommodation and indulge your senses in their wonderful facilities.

Staying at The Milner Luxury Guesthouse

There are seven different luxury rooms to choose from at The Milner Luxury Guesthouse, each one is stylishly decorated and spacious, providing you with total comfort and relaxation. You will find a spacious lounge area where you can sit back and relax and an honesty bar where you can enjoy a sundowner at the end of the day.

Take a walk through their manicured gardens or relax on the patio and feel your stress melt away. To cool off during the hot summer days you can take a dip in their pristine swimming pool.

To find out more about The Milner Luxury Guest House, give them a call on 021 876 2112 or email reservations@oystercollection.co.za. Visit their website at www.themilner.co.za. Find them on Google Maps.

Burlington Bush Cottages, Salem

Situated in the Eastern Cape, the Burlington Bush Cottages are a secluded, secret accommodation in the area of Salem. Bushveld meets the beach at this stylish accommodation; you can enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings and rustic living here.

A 4-star accommodation, the refinement and expertise you will experience at Burlington Bush are synonymous with what The Oyster Collection strives to achieve with all their accommodations. The indoor space transitions beautifully into the outdoors where you can dine under the stars.

Staying at Burlington Bush Cottages

There are four cottages to choose from at Burlington Bush Cottages, each one perched over the scenic dam and designed to offer you a totally luxurious and comfortable experience. The indoor space transitions easily into the outdoors where you can enjoy the warmth and comfort of the fire pit or enjoy a traditional South African braai.

Admire the beauty of the dam from morning until night and maybe even take a dip should you need to cool off during the summer.

Their staff is known to provide some of the best hospitality the province has to offer; you will feel as if you are royalty during your stay.

To find out more about Burlington Bush Lodge, give them a call on 021 876 2112 or email reservations@oystercollection.co.za. Visit their website at www.burlingtonbushcottages.com. Find them on Google Maps.

The Oyster Box Beach House, Kenton-on-Sea

A luxury holiday villa, The Oyster Box Beach House is a whole house rental, self-catering and bed & breakfast accommodation in the heart of Kenton-on-Sea. You can enjoy spectacular coastal views and relax after a day of soaking in some sunshine or playing by the swimming pool.

The Oyster Box Beach House if the flagship accommodation of The Oyster Collection, and is perfect for honeymooners, birthday parties, romantic weekends or even family holidays. If you are lucky, you might even spot whales breaching during your stay.

Staying at The Oyster Box Beach House

When staying at The Oyster Box, you can choose to stay in the Upstairs Luxury Suite or Downstairs Luxury Suite. You also have the option of renting out the entire house for larger groups and longer stays. For those who are not into self-catering, you can choose the bed & breakfast option for your stay.

The deck area of the house allows you to relax after a long day of exploring, you can enjoy a braai and sip on some sundowners with your friends and take in the views of the area. You can take a dip in their crystal clear swimming pool when you want to cool off or even take a short walk to the beach.

To find out more about The Oyster Box Beach House, give them a call on 021 876 2112 or email reservations@oystercollection.co.za. Visit their website at www.theoysterboxbeachhouse.co.za. Find them on Google Maps.

To find out more about The Oyster Collection and their accommodation offerings, visit their website at www.oystercollection.co.za

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