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What Our Guests Say

Read what our guest have to say about their stay at Rusty Gate Mountain Retreat.

The BEST of the BEST

This place is incredible!!! The owners, the accommodation, the views and the surroundings. I have visited Rusty Gate twice (once in winter and once in summer) and will keep going back for more. It is an absolute GEM of a place and you will most definitely have the best time of your life!

Mieke Burger

January 2021

Wonderful Stay at Rusty Gate Mountain Retreat

After the most fabulous 5-night stay, I can absolutely recommend Rusty Gate Mountain Retreat as a truly memorable and wonderful place to visit. The location is magnificent – beautiful hiking/trail running paths and a fantastic dam to swim in, with magnificent views of mountains and surrounds. The cottages are spotless, beautifully furnished with real attention to detail, and have everything one could possibly need. The beds are extremely comfortable, and the outside verandah and braai area is perfect for long summer evenings. We would highly recommend Rusty Gate and cannot wait to be back again. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

Christine Steyn

January 2021

Above & Beyond!

You will LOVE it here! The view, the owners, the cottages, the hiking trails, kayaking, a swim in the dam and did I mention the views…it was a perfect weekend escape! The two hosts are incredible – kind and very warm and they really went out of their way to make sure we had an epic weekend! The cottages are fitted like it’s your own home – everything you need is there! The Rock Pools hike was awesome. We didn’t get to do all the hikes but we are going back for more! Rusty Gate is our new found GEM!


December 2020

Rustenburg Dad’s & Daughters Weekend

What a truly amazing place. Bokkie and the staff of Rustygate could not be more accommodating. We had our annual dad’s and daughters’ weekend here and from when we arrived till when we left. everything we could have possibly needed was there. the whole place was extremely comfortable, with great beds and wash facilities to a fully stocked kitchen with everything you could possibly need. The Dam for the girls was the highlight of the weekend and we spent the whole day on the zipline and the kayaks that were there to use. As for the dads after lights out. We had a fantastic evening in the Chit chat lounge area (Man Cave). A true hidden gem, which I am sure we will be booking again and again. Thank you. Scott

Belinda Backwell

November 2020

Awesome Getaway

We returned to Rusty Gate for the second year in a row for our annual boys’ weekend away. It really is the perfect location, beautifully situated in the mountains, with a great central area to braai, eat and socialize and nicely finished cottages just down the hill. Tons of hiking, running and biking options also. We will be back.

Mark Gebhart

October 2020

Piece of Heaven

What a special piece of heaven we discovered? We arrived early enough to explore the farm and was particularly impressed by the rich Fynbos varieties. The accommodation was beautifully decorated, spacious and comfortable with attention to small and functional detail. Waking up to the mountain stream and birdsong revitalized both the mind and the soul! Thanks Bokkie and Anchen for your hospitality and the special stay! We will be back

Sonja van Vliet

September 2020

Perfect getaway, no matter the weather

We had a lovely weekend in Kingfisher Cottage at Rusty Gate. The cottage is beautifully decorated and well equipped. The weekend we visited was cold and rainy, but when we couldn’t go out, there was enough wood to keep a big fire going, a variety of games and books, and all we needed to cook up a storm in the kitchen. We with our kids enjoyed cycling and walking around – it is a beautiful fynbos area with views of valleys and mountains. The Sunday when we woke up the peaks were snow-capped…very special. We will definitely be back and we look forward to take the boat out on the dam and even maybe zipline when we visit in the summer. But no matter if it’s sunshine or rain, this will always be a winner for a escape from life’s normal hustle and bustle.

Claudien Everson

August 2020

Beautiful getaway near Greyton – all you can want in one place

The cottages have been newly renovated and they have thought of small and convenient touches in each – dishwashers in each cottage with a supply of dishwasher tablets; Fresh flowers and a huge supply of wood – with firelighters and matches. There were a variety of games in each cottage – perfect for adults or families with kids. And extra blankets for the cold nights. The undercover patio allows you to sit outside even when its raining, enjoying a warm fire or braai. The beds all have electric blankets and warm duvets to ensure a deep and comfortable sleep. Each cottage has a hammock out in front where you can sit and read peacefully looking around the beautiful mountains. Lots of great walking and mountain biking trails around and a great dam to swim and play around. Nothing was too much trouble for Bokkie and his hospitality and friendliness made the booking process and our stay memorable. We will definitely go back and highly recommend this beautiful hideaway.

Carol Kilkenny

August 2020

Lockdown Recharge

We chose the weekend that South Africa had its biggest storm in 30 years to go to Rusty Gate. Glad to s at we chose the best place to spend the weekend. Stunning location. Facilities outstanding. The attention to detail by the owners is quite outstanding. Everything you could possibly think of that your heart desired was provided. If you need anything else all you need to do was ask. Hiking, biking, swimming, braaing whatever you can think of doing can be done. We will go back again……. and again…… And again

Bobby Bell

July 2020

Just what we needed

We arrived in darkness on Friday evening and woke up to breathtaking scenery. The views from the porch, while we had a braai – did the trick to unwind. The place is such a great find. We stayed in Blue Crane Cottage which was fitted with clean, modern furniture, shower and all kitchen utensils one would need (even a dishwasher). The massive inside fireplace was perfect for the winter and ample supply of firewood. The farm catered for a beautiful 5km hike which was filled with endless views of Proteas; sugarbirds and sunbirds. This was the perfect breakaway. Only 2 hours drive from the heart of Cape Town via Franschhoek pass. We would definitely recommend to Rusty Gate Mountain Retreat to couples and families alike. Thank you Bokkie for your generosity and hospitality.

Charl Heunis

July 2020