A special place to relax and enjoy nature, where you can see the stars at night with no city lights in sight!
If you are looking for a serene and picturesque place to rejuvenate body and soul, Rusty Gate Mountain Retreat is perfect for you.
Rusty Gate is truly a Mountain Retreat, nestled in the Riviersonderend Mountains, with unsurpassed vistas over the Helderstroom valley and Overberg area. The property, spanning 290 hectares, lies adjacent to the Riviersonderend Nature Reserve, abounds with fynbos and proteas and offers ample for nature lovers to enjoy.
Less than 120km from Cape Town International Airport (approximately 1½ hour drive along the N2 towards the Garden Route) this special getaway is conveniently situated midway between Greyton and Villiersdorp.
Our self-catering accommodation comprises five beautifully furnished cottages, each with its unique style, as well as Eagles Eyrie, a special communal entertainment and sleeping unit.
Enjoy a Relaxing stay with us
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 Eagles Eyrie or book the entire venue.
Check availability and rates for the accommodation options that best suit your needs and book online instantly. If you have special requirements or want to host an event at Rusty Gate, please contact us directly.
Everything you need to feel right at home
All our self catering stay options come with great facilities. These are just a few provided.
Fully Equipped Kitchens
All our kitchens 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 the cottages.
The Eagle’s Eyrie has two wood burning stoves and all our cottages have fireplaces for a romantic atmosphere and keeping you warm in winter.
Covered porch, eating area and built-in braai facilities with hammock to hang amongst the majestic pin oak trees to enjoy the view.
Brimming with pure mountain water, access to a jetty and grass embankments for lazy sun soaking as well as a zip line (“foefie”slide) and canoes for the more adventurous folk.
Celebrating those moments that matter
Rusty Gate is ideal as an extraordinary venue for small intimate weddings or special celebrations such as birthdays, family gatherings, bachelor’s parties, and even corporate functions or team-building events.
things to do
What to do at Rusty Gate
Rusty Gate caters to the young, old and in-between by offering bird watching, fishing, 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 alongside a shady stream amongst the pin oak trees should do the trick.
Rusty Gate offers much to explore for birding enthusiasts as a result of the interesting geography and fauna on the farm. Take your time to explore the veld, rocky outcrops, ravines and water areas to spot many of our feathered friends ranging from endemic and local species to various migratory birds and raptors.
There are many tracks and trails to explore at Rusty Gate for the hiking enthusiast. Take a leisurely stroll around the cottages or the “Otter Trail”. The more adventurous can opt for the longer mountainous 2 kilometre hike to the Elandskoof Dam in the adjacent Nature reserve. The more energetic folk can do a 3 to 4-hour round trip hike following river courses and dirt tracks.
The recreational dam within walking distance to the North-east from Eagle’s Eyrie and the cottages is a favourite spot of Rusty Guests for water activities. The dam holds about 100 000 cubic meters of water with the deepest point at over 15 meters when full. The dam caters for summer and winter recreation.
What Our Guests Say
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Rusty Gate is a great getaway for large or small groups, only a short drive from the city. We have been fortunate to visit many times over the years, for various occasions, to experience the wonder of nature and the outdoors. With recent renovations to the chalets and main area by the new hosts Anchen and Bokkie, they have some how managed to improve on an already amazing venue! From zip lining and paddling on the dam, mountain hikes, celebrations or quiet sundowners by the fire – Rusty Gate is and always will be one of our favourite local spots!
★ ★ ★ ★Calley & Claire - January 2020
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Rusty Gate never fails to provide the peace and tranquillity that one demands from a break away “from it all”. We have been coming to Rusty Gate for a few years now and always come away from our stay feeling well rested, relaxed and rejuvenated. The children love getting back to nature and enjoying the outdoors. The dam provides lots of fun activities for all to enjoy. The new owners are welcoming and have done magnificent improvements to the cottages to ensure your stay is a luxurious and comfortable one. Rusty Gate is a true gem that is worth the stay to get away and recharge.
★ ★ ★ ★Belinda Backwell - January 2020
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Rusty Gate is one of the best kept secrets in the Western Cape. Comfortable and clean, centrally located just of the beaten track, but out of the rush, with unbelievable natural beauty. The cottage was quaint and homely but well equipped and very clean. The views are spectacular. It is a great base , from which to do day trips to Franschhoek, Greyton and Hermanus, but you will eventually just want to switch off and wander all over the farm to take in the pristine fynbos and the amazing views. (“Afskies”)
★ ★ ★ ★Tripadvisor - January 2020