Pat Busch Mountain Reserve is owned & managed by husband and wife team, Stephan & Lindi Busch who look forward to welcoming you. Their reserve offers a variety of self-catering accommodation in several cosy cottages, a large farmhouse and 2 exclusive units sleeping up to 48 guests in total.
Enjoy 2000ha of spectacular mountain fynbos with wooded streams & farm dams for swimming & fishing, mountain biking & hiking for outdoor enthusiasts, 100 plus species of birds, and spectacular indigenous fauna & flora. You’re invited to escape the hustle & bustle and come explore their hidden valleys with friends & family. The rustic banquet hall & lush meadows are a perfect venue for your next conference, retreat, reunion, party or wedding!
Explore this spectacular ‘World in One Valley’ & discover the many wonders our corner of the Western Cape has to offer. Pat Busch Mountain Reserve is situated on Route 62, the longest wine route in the world, and only 1,5 hours scenic drive from Cape Town. The reserve forms part of the Klaasvoogds West foothills in the Langeberg Mountains, 15km between the towns of Robertson & Ashton. Standard Self Catering Accommodation:
Our comfortable, standard self-catering cottages were renovated in the late 1980’s when the original large clay brick barn with common stable and cellar were converted to guest rooms. This accommodation was originally down to earth overnight quarters for nature lovers & hikers to our mountains who would visit regularly. These units have since been made more comfortable and now cater mostly to smaller families of 3-4 people who are either on a budget, or who prefer to go away more often with the family at a reasonable cost. These units also cater for couples not wanting to break the bank but desperately needing some country & braai time away from the city.
Pine Cottage is great for a family of four (one couple plus 2 singles). It is a cosy self-catering cottage with 1½ rooms, one double bed and 2 single beds in a separate bedroom off from the lounge. It has an indoor fireplace & ceiling fan. Open plan lounge / dining & kitchen area. Fully equipped kitchen including microwave & mini-oven, bathroom with shower & outside undercover stoep with braai, potjie & utensils all included. *Recent upgrades: Undercover braai area and the cottage now offers cosy feather duvets for the winter months!
Fig Cottage is great for a family with one child (one couple plus one single). This is a spacious self-catering cottage, open plan with indoor fireplace & ceiling fan, double bed & one single bed in an alcove, fully equipped kitchen including microwave & mini-oven with small dining area, bathroom with shower & outside stoep with undercover braai including potjie, grid & utensils. *Recent upgrades: Undercover braai area for all types of weather!
Peach Cottage is great for a couple (sleeps 2). This cosy, self-catering open plan room with indoor fireplace, double bed, fully equipped kitchen including microwave with small dining area, bathroom with shower. Outside stoep with undercover braai including potjie, grid & utensils. Freestanding fan for summer months. *Recent upgrades: Undercover braai area for all types of weather!
Quince Cottage is perfect for a family with 2 children as it has a bunk bed for kids (one couple plus 2 children). This self-catering cottage has 1½ rooms, one double bed in the bedroom, a bunk bed for children in an alcove off from the lounge. Indoor fireplace, ceiling fan, open plan lounge / dining & kitchen area. Fully equipped kitchen including microwave & mini-oven, bathroom with shower & outside stoep with undercover braai, potjie, grid & utensils included. *Recent upgrades: Undercover braai area & the cottage now offers a cosy feather duvet on the double bed for the winter months!
Of all our standard units, Oak cottage is the most private and perfect for a couple on a getaway (sleeps 2). This is a cosy & romantic, self-catering open plan unit with a double bed in front of the fireplace. It is fully equipped including a microwave & small oven/stove, it has a small dining area, bathroom with shower, outside stoep with undercover braai, potjie, grid & utensils included. Freestanding fan for summer months, panel heater for winter months. *Recent upgrades: Undercover braai area for all types of weather!
Farmhouse Erika & Garden Flat:
This is the original old farmhouse with a large Garden Flat underneath, and as with most farmhouses it has been renovated by each descendant as it was passed down through the decades. This very large self-catering farmhouse is perfect for large groups of friends or families!
It has its own private garden with lawn and oak trees, a fully equipped large outdoor braai area under the oak tree and indoor fireplace. It can sleep up to 25 people in total, split as follows: 16 people between 6 bedrooms upstairs and a Garden Flat beneath the house which can sleep a further 6. The house also offers a futon & various sleeper couches which can be used for small children. Farmhouse Erika offers 4 bathrooms in total: 3 bathrooms – one with shower, one with bath and one with shower and bath, then the Garden Flat has its own bathroom with shower and kitchenette with fridge and microwave.
There are 2 lounge areas and a beautiful large farmhouse kitchen which is fully equipped with a dishwasher incl. detergent, microwave, large stove and oven as well as 2 fridges with ice compartments. There is a large outdoor braai area with prep bowl, 2x large No. 3 potjie pots, plus a huge No. 14 potjie (good for 50 guests) and all braai utensils are included, plus an undercover patio area with tables & chairs on the front stoep with a second built-in braai. For the kids & sport lovers there is a flat screen TV & DVD player in the lounge as well as DSTV dish (please bring own decoder, all cables, remote control & card). Bring along own DVDs for the family. *Recent upgrades: A second built-in braai has been added on the front stoep, not to mention French doors into the newly tiled lounge area, a bathroom has been renovated, new carpets in all the bedrooms….and much more to follow
Sleeps up to 25 people if every bed, bunk bed, sleeper couch & futon is occupied. Please note that the capacity of the house is not allowed to exceed 25 people, this includes children.
** Kindly note: A refundable breakage deposit of R1000 is payable upon booking Farmhouse Erika. This is refunded within 7 days if there are no breakages & damages to the Farmhouse and its contents. **
If you are planning to celebrate then please enquire with us for our party solution when booking the venue. With this option you will be able to party as long and as hard as you like without disturbing other guests.
We Cannot Allow Any Loud Music or Party Noises Without Prior Arrangement When Booking the Venue.
What we supply:
Towels, bedding and linen.
Farmhouse Erika now includes Servicing! *Kindly note: Basic service includes kitchen, braai & entertainment area & bathrooms. Servicing of bedrooms and changing linen is available at an additional charge. Please confirm your requirements with our office before arrival.
Fully equipped for self-catering stay i.e. all crockery, cutlery & essentials including braai grid, potjies & braai tongs.
Free Wi-fi available
What to bring along:
Towels for swimming, Hiking shoes, Torch, Hat, Insect repellent (always a good idea in Africa), Binoculars for Birding, a good Book, Boardgames in winter, Food, Beverages, Clothing & Personal Items.
Are You Planning A Party, Birthday or Celebration? Then Please Inquire with Us for A Solution Before You Book Farmhouse Erika!
Sound travels very well at night on the property and we cannot have any loud music or loud shouting as it disturbs both us and our other guests. We have absolutely no problem with having a huge braai with friends & family, but from experience we cannot allow any loud music from cars or Hi-Fis and shouting & screaming will also not be tolerated. We do however have a solution for bigger groups that do want to party, please enquire with us directly for information.
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Try our Exclusive Cottages for something special!
Pat Busch Private Nature Reserve can accommodate 37 people in our self-catering standard units
and up to 48 if you include our self-catering exclusive cottages, Nightjar & Hadeda.
Activities on the Pat Busch Mountain Reserve include hiking, fishing, swimming, paddling, biking & plenty of outdoor activities involving clean country air and sunshine. Please note that these on site activities are offered exclusively to guests staying overnight and are not open to the general public or to day visitors.
The following activities are available at Pat Busch Mountain Reserve:
Hiking in our Private Mountains:
The reserve offers several trails, from mountain fynbos & protea hikes to kloof hikes along wooded streams. Hiking trails are not open to the public and are exclusively for the enjoyment of our overnight guests which means that guests can walk or hike in complete safety. Each cottage has a detailed map of our trails. Beautiful scenery awaits the nature lover!
Please remember to never hike alone, and to be prepared with enough food & water, good hiking boots, common sense and a jacket. Take nothing but photos and leave nothing but footprints. Hikes take 3-5 hours and can be difficult.
Enjoy a guided hike with a qualified tour guide and learn about the abundant species of flora and fauna found on the nature reserve. Hikes are between 3 and 4 hours in duration. Min. 2 adults for a guided hike @ R300 per person, discount for larger hiking groups.
Fishing, Swimming & Paddling in our Dams:
Our freshwater mountain dam is a short walk from the cottages. The dam wall is lawned with shade, plus a large jetty from which you can fish or jump. There are row boats, a single & double kayak is included for our guests. Life vests & oars are at the hall. Bring along your fishing tackle for bass & Kurper (Tilapia) fishing on a strict catch & release basis.
Swimming & Tanning at our Saltwater Pool:
In 2014 we installed a large 4x9m saltwater swimming pool complete with martini seat facing the spectacular mountain view, and a wide shallow step where young children can cool down under supervision. The charcoal pool usually warms up naturally and reaches 25-30 degrees C in summer. The pool is surrounded by rolling green lawns with shade sails and sun loungers for the diva in you.
Fauna & Flora on our Reserve:
There is an abundant range both fauna & flora (including a rare protea Vexatorella Latebrosa), as well as bird life on the nature reserve (approx. 150 different species). Bring your own binoculars!
Guided Wine Tours:
Enjoy a personalized tour of the Robertson Wine Valley with a qualified tour guide, whilst staying at Pat Busch Mountain Reserve. A personalized tour incorporates a visit to 3 or 4 wineries, an award winning Olive Oil producer and also incorporates a lunch stop. Tours typically depart at 10h00 and return by 15:00.
Hire our quality Mountain Bikes (MTB):
We have two Axis 90 mountain bikes with front suspension & Shimano 18 speed parts. These bikes are great quality and very comfortable – so try out some fun mountain bike action over the weekend or explore the Klaasvoogds valley by cycling to nearby restaurants for breakfast or drinks. Bike rental is R200 per day/ R150 for a half day incl. helmets.
Mountain Biking in the Area:
Bring along your own mountain bike or hire one from us while staying at Pat Busch and explore the Klaasvoogds Meander. There are a few trails to explore – please ask for a map when booking or find one in the cottage!