Porcupine House

This little cottage is perfect for an individual or couple to make into their home for a few days, or weeks, enjoying life at the Melody Hill estate.

A free standing cottage built in the heart of the property to take advantage of the surrounding views with its tall, reclaimed industrial windows. The cottage has wooden floors upstairs and down, with a wood-burning fireplace for cosy barefoot living. The bedroom upstairs is linked to an open plan bathroom with a cast iron bath that looks out through a window into the pecan orchard.

Downstairs the kitchen has a central high table for dining and a comfortable couch for lounging. There is also a small office space for work-away stays. The house has a large open stoep that leads to the labyrinth and bonfire area. Next to the house is the large grass lawn area shared with the Melody Hill house.


Picnic by the river, nap on the daybed & a short hike up the koppie.



Surrounded by beautiful countryside views of animals, trees and birds.



Work desk and WiFi, for productive countryside getaways.



  • Open plan kitchen and dining area.
  • Interior lounge/sitting room.
  • Exterior covered daybed seats & dining table.
  • Large stoep overlooking the farm.
  • Walking labyrinth.
  • 1 en-suite bedrooms with cast iron bath.
  • Interior fireplace.
  • Outside fire place & braai.
  • Work desk and chair.
  • Parking not covered & stairs should be expected.
  • Not pet friendly.
  • Capacity

    The Porcupine House sleepsĀ 2 people. Additional beds can be arranged for children (rate on request).

    There is 1 en suite bedroom.

    Not pet friendly.

    Standard Rates

    Self catering rate of R950pn for 1 person or R1600pn for 2 people.

    Please Note: - Above prices are for 2024.

    - Rates for 2025 will be subject to increase.

    - A 50% deposit is required for all bookings.


    Massages can be arranged with advance notice.

    The self-catering rate does not include staff to clean dishes, the kitchen or the house during your stay.

    Cell reception peaks at 4G. Uncapped WiFi is provided at the venue - the speed peaks at 10mb and weather can affect its reliability.


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    Our Location

    Our Surroundings

    MHR has a good 30-45 minute walk, up the koppie (nature preserve hill) just across the road. The well marked footpath takes you up to top of the hill looking out over the Magalies valley. At the bottom of the property is the Magalies riuver with a wide bank and beautiful big trees, perfect for strolling or picnicing.

    The beauty of the Magalies lies in its unique biome of indigenous plants, animals and trees. The transformation from Summer (tropical, luscious and green) to Winter (golden grass, bare trees giving way to long views and sunsets) makes it feel like there are 2 different versions of MHR - we can never seem to decide which we love more.

    Magaliesburg has a variety of activities and adventures, from hikes, cycling/running trails, game drives, balloon rides, historical sites, markets, restaurants and breweries.

    There is a decently stocked Super Spar (grocery store) in Magaliesburg town - 10 minutes away.

    Lanseria Airport: 40mins | OR Tambo: 1hr 30mins