From R300 nightly per person.
Budget Getaways Review
As far as group getaways go, you don't come closer to the ideal than this.
Hugging the banks of the Goukou River and 14km upstream from Stilbaai, Rustfontein ("Fountain of Rest") is exactly that: a place to kickback, relax, and put aside those urban worries.
This small working farm features an olive grove, a vineyard, a fruit and nut orchard, a small flock of sheep and a couple of cattle - all framed by a long stretch of water and 630ha of craggy fynbos.
The owners also produce their own Cabernet, Merlot and Shiraz. What's more, the wine is sulphur free - meaning, no hangover from hell the morning after.
Now to the accommodation. Rustfontein is a privately appointed old farmhouse that's been been beautifully and creatively transformed into an elegant country retreat. And, unlike some ol farmhouses we've come across in our time, this one is is rustic-luxury comfort one end to the other.
The house can sleep a total of 12 guests in five double bedrooms (three of them with singles added), plus there are four more single beds scattered around the place. As such, the perfect pad for two or more families who want to spend quality time together without getting tangled in each other's hair.
Percale cotton linen, a stone fireplace, handpicked decor and furniture, a Victorian slipper-bath with a view, water from a nearby spring, al fresco dining under the milkwoods, the list goes on.
Meandering a mere 200m from the front door, the wide Goukou River is good for canoeing, swimming and birdwatching. For more action, there are long walks to be had in the fynbos and ancient milkwood forest. Stilbaai is 14km up the road, with beach, eateries and Pretoria-by-the-sea vibe.
Like we said, if it's the perfect group getaway you're after...
"Such a beautiful setting. We loved it, kids had so much fun. River is awesome and felt safe for swimming and kayaking and the water was a good temperature that encouraged lazy long sessions of floating & bobbing around."
(Stephen Lew, visited Jan 2019)
"It was the best getaway I have experienced. Wonderful."
(Dale Simpson, visited January 2018)
"Our family and two guests from England and their baby stayed at Rustfontein in January. Our hosts made us really feel at home and our oversees guests loved the unbelievable setting in the countryside. The well equiped and beautiful house was big enough for all of us to relax and enjoy. We all loved walking down to the river. We can fully recommend this getaway."
(Elme Lloyd, visited Jan 2018)
"We had a wonderful and relaxing family holiday at Rustfontein. Beautifully situated away from the crowds. A real rustic country farm house with loads of charm and pretty comfort, with the Goukou River a 30 second walk away. A great house and surrounds for families to share and relax in."
(Sue Milne, visited Dec 2017)
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