Comfortable country style self-catering cottages

Perfect setting to celebrate special occasions

A special place to retreat from city life

Enjoy nature and majestic mountain views


Premium self-catering accommodation to suit the needs of
couples, families and larger groups.

Our country style self-catering accommodation comprises five beautifully furnished cottages that sleep between 4 and 6 people as well as a special communal entertainment unit that sleeps 20 people with the necessary facilities to host large gatherings.  You can put your feet up at one of the cottages, opt to connect with friends or family at Eagle’s Eyrie or book the entire venue.


The cottages are located on a terrace, lined with majestic pin oak trees overlooking a bubbling creek.  Each cottage is private with a walled veranda, but also within comfortable walking distance for groups or families relaxing together.

Eagle’s Eyrie

Eagle’s Eyrie is located on a terrace overlooking the cottages, featuring a majestic view of the Helderstroom valley.  With sleeping capacity of up to 20 people it is ideal for larger self-catering gatherings.

Special Occasions

Milestone birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and other special occasions are moments that matter.  Rusty Gate is ideal as an extraordinary venue for small intimate gatherings and parties, and also corporate functions or team-building events.


Everything you need to relax and feel right at home

Our guest farm and accommodation include excellent facilities and all the amenities that you will require for a comfortable and relaxing self-catering breakaway.  These are just a few provided.

Fully Equipped Accommodation

All our accommodation units provide for comfortable self-catering, equipped with gas hobs, electric ovens, fridge/freezers, microwave ovens, all the crockery, cutlery and utensils you will need and dishwashers (in cottages).

Cosy Fireplaces

All our cottages have fireplaces, and Eagle’s Eyrie has two wood burning stoves for a romantic atmosphere and keeping you warm in winter.

Free Firewood

We cater for the “closet pyromaniacs” and provide free firewood for braai areas and fireplaces at all our accommodation.

Indoor Activities

We provide various board games, puzzles, cards for family fun and books for quiet relaxation in front of the fireplace during inclement weather.

Outdoor Activities

The Recreation Dam with a jetty, grass embankments, kayaks and a zip line for fun in the water or lazy sun soaking.
Explore nature with a hike on one of our six hiking trails.
Recreational mountain biking on various tracks and trails.

Loadshedding Ready

We have a 16KVA generator with sufficient power for guest facilities at Eagle’s Eyrie.
There are rechargeable load shedding LED bulbs in all guest accommodation that will last for at least 4 hours.


What to do at Rusty Gate and Surrounding Areas

Rusty Gate’s location and topography are unique and makes it ideally suitable for outdoor activities in nature.  Adjacent to the Riviersonderend Nature Reserve in the mountains, the native fauna and flora promise unforgettable sights and experiences for any nature lover.

At Rusty Gate

We cater to the young, old and in-between with various adventure and/or relaxing activities by offering bird watching, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, paddling and even a foefie-slide (zipline) for the less faint-hearted!  For those less active, a leisurely read in a hammock under the pin oak trees or relaxing at the Recreation Dam should do the trick.

Surrounding Areas

For those who like to get around and satisfy their wanderlust needs we are perfectly located.  Take a morning or day trip and within an 80km radius from Rusty Gate there is much to explore and enjoy including adventure and other sports, arts and culture, eating out, live entertainment, nature excursions, shopping, wine tasting and much more.


Thank you to all the wonderful and loyal guests who support Rusty Gate.  We are humbled and also very proud of the accolades received, none of which would have been possible without you!