ACCOMMODATION • WEDDINGS • FUNCTIONS
• PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE •
“The mountains are calling and I must go – John Muir”
Pat Busch Mountain Reserve
Escape the hustle & bustle, come explore our ‘World in One Valley’, breathe fresh mountain air, smell the Cape fynbos, listen to nature & feel the breeze on your skin. Discover our hidden valleys and enjoy quality time with family & friends.
At the very end of a country road, set high in a fynbos valley surrounded by the Langeberg Mountains on all sides, you will find the idyllic Pat Busch Mountain Reserve. Established in 1989 by Pat Busch, this private nature reserve lies just beyond Robertson in the Cape Winelands, less than 2 hours scenic drive from Cape Town.
Offering a variety of self-catering accommodation options ranging from smaller affordable units, to a large rambling farmhouse perfect for large groups, to exclusive units with spa baths & hammocks, not to mention boutique Africamps glamping tents with magnificent mountain views.
Sleeping up to 100 guests with all these choices not only makes for a memorable holiday destination with something for everyone, but also the perfect venue for destination weddings, family reunions, team buildings, conferences, functions, club outings and gatherings.
Explore 2000ha of spectacular mountain fynbos with wooded streams & clear mountain dams for swimming, bass fishing & kayaking, trails for mountain biking & hiking for outdoor enthusiasts, 100 plus species of birds & spectacular indigenous fauna & flora for the nature lover, or just relax on our lush lawns around the saltwater pool with a view. Escape the hustle & bustle, come explore our hidden valleys with family & friends today.
“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. – John Muir”
The Pat Busch Mountain Reserve offers a variety of self-catering accommodation in several cosy & affordable cottages, a large rambling farmhouse perfect for big groups & extended families, two exclusive units with outdoor wood-fired hot tubs, spa baths & hammocks, and ten boutique Africamps boutique glamping tents with magnificent mountain views.
Our comfortable & affordable, standard self-catering units were renovated in the late 1980’s from one large clay outbuilding which consisted of the barn, stables & an adjoining wine cellar – hence the thick walls which keeps these units cool in summer and warm in winter. These standard units are suitable for young couples on a budget, or smaller families of 3-4 people who don’t want to break the bank but desperately need some fresh country air & braai time away from the city. All units have indoor fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens, fans and outdoor fully equipped undercover braais with potjies.
Our exclusive self-catering accommodation in Nightjar & Hadeda cottages are a notch above the rest. These two units offer creature comforts such as outdoor wood-fired hot tubs, air-conditioning, hammocks, spa baths, walk-in showers, soft white percale linen, electric blankets & feather duvets for winter. These exclusive cottages are situated some distance away from the rest of our accommodation, with Nightjar cottage being more open & exposed, offering sunshine & views down the valley, while Hadeda cottage is more romantic, private & secluded amongst wild olive trees offering more shade & birdlife. These units are next to each other and can either be booked separately for 2-4 guests each, or together for a group of 6-8.
Farmhouse Erika (including our Garden Flat below the main house) is the original rambling farmhouse which has been renovated numerous times over the generations, it boasts 7 large bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 lounges (one with a smart wifi TV) and a large fully equipped kitchen with two fridges & dishwasher.
There is an undercover balcony with a built in braai & seating, plus a second larger open air braai under the oak trees, including a large campfire style firepit & an enormous No. 14 potjie pot, plus smaller potjies, all perfect for larger gatherings & groups.
AFRICAMPS BOUTIQUE TENTS
Why camp, when you can glamp with all the comforts of an Africamps Boutique Tent. These Africamps ‘glamping’ tents offer a retreat into nature, but with all the soft comforts you might need. Indoor fireplaces & electric blankets for winter, air-conditioning, soft white percale linen on the beds, all linen & towels are included, spacious bathrooms with great showers, plus all the braai & kitchen equipment you need for a comfortable self-catering stay, not to mention large wooden decks & outdoor braais to soak up the mountain views.
RATES & PACKAGES
ACCOMMODATION RATE & PACKAGE GUIDE | 1 OCT 2021 – 30 SEP 2022
*A minimum stay of two nights is applicable over weekends.
**Minimum stays are required for Easter weekend, public holidays and peak season.
Budget Friendly, Self-Catering
From R460 per person per night
Exclusive Self-Catering (with hot tubs)
From R790 per person per night
From R5500 – R5700 per night
Child Friendly Rates (for Pat Busch Cottages)
Kids under 12 stay at half price. No charge for babies under 2
Africamps Glamping Tents
From R1290 per night (low season) – R2290 per night (peak season) for 2 people sharing
Midweek Retreat 4 night breakaway Valid Mon-Thurs Nights *Not valid Dec/Jan, long weekends/public holidays
Budget Friendly Cottages from R1395 pps
Exclusive Cottages with hot tubs From R2590 pps
Pensioner’s Special *not valid over peak season, long weekends
10% discount for pensioner’s staying in budget or exclusive cottages,
Monday – Thursday nights
DESTINATION WEDDINGS @ PAT BUSCH
At the end of a country road, set high in a fynbos valley surrounded by high mountains on 3 sides, you will find the idyllic Pat Busch Mountain Reserve. This private nature reserve lies just beyond Robertson in the Cape Winelands, less than 2 hours scenic drive from Cape Town, and is the perfect blank canvas, weekend destination wedding venue in the mountains.
We offer onsite accommodation for 60-100 guests within easy walking distances, and wedding couples will enjoy exclusivity of the reserve with very few limitations. Our wedding package includes all onsite accommodation, furniture, décor, crockery, cutlery, glassware & more. Our Reserve can accommodate up to 100 overnight guests if every bed is occupied, however comfort is maximised if we only accommodate 60-80 pax onsite. With an additional bell tent glamping option we can accommodate more, alternatively there are nearby establishments for the bigger weddings. Celebrations of up to 120 pax can be hosted without the need to hire any additional equipment, but much larger events can also be hosted at our unique natural venue, including outdoor festivals.
Couples have the freedom to plan the wedding of their dreams on our blank canvas venue with very few limitations. They will enjoy a wedding weekend with family & friends in a variety of quaint cottages, upmarket Africamps boutique glamping tents, and a large Farmhouse for the extended family or that group of party animal friends.
There are numerous ceremony areas from which to choose ranging from the jetty overlooking the mountain dam, to a poplar forest with a gurgling stream, a swish poolside setting or a lush meadow with mountain views, or a firm favourite is beneath the ancient oak tree. Any venue or a combination can be used for the ceremony, pre-drinks and the reception. Couples have the freedom to not only arrange a pre-wedding informal ‘Meet & Greet’ the night before the wedding, (which is the perfect opportunity to catch up with family & friends), but also an informal Farewell breakfast the day after the wedding. Here the newlyweds have a chance to say final thankyous & goodbyes to their wedding guests, expressing gratefulness for making lifelong wedding memories together.
Imagine celebrating your once in a lifetime special weekend on a private mountain reserve with family & friends staying onsite within walking distance. This reserve has very few limits and no noise curfews, so the music need not be switched off and the celebration can continue for as long & loud as desired. The bar need not close and couples are welcome to supply their own liquor, therefore corkage fees do not apply.
Catering enjoys the same freedoms in that couples are welcome to contact one of the reserves many recommended caterers, or the bride & groom can source their own chef to suite their palate and budget. The Pat Busch Reserve will supply a detailed contact list of recommended professional service providers who are all more than willing to assist with any facet of your wedding. The choice of service providers is completely up to the couple’s preferences and budget. Did we mention that couples are allowed to bring their family pet to the wedding?
AMENITIES & ACTIVITIES
Outdoor activities in nature on the Pat Busch Mountain Reserve include hiking & walking our mountain trails, trail running for the fit, exploring our wooded kloofs & streams, mountain biking on our farm roads, bass fishing, swimming in either the mountain dam or saltwater pool, paddling & kayaking, bird watching and 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 day visitors without a permit.
We are situated just off Route 62, known to be the longest wine route in the world, just a short distance from the Breede River, and are therefore perfectly located in the heart of the Cape Boland to explore the towns of Robertson, Ashton, Montagu and McGregor.
Tel: (023) 626 2033
Edwina, Lester and Emily Myers.
We had the privilege of staying at Hadeda cottage for 3 nights this past weekend and we had such an amazing time! We must thank you for a wonderfully relaxing venue which allowed us to escape our daily routine and frantic “race against time”. Our little girl thoroughly enjoyed the play area and our slow walks to the dam – and her favourite spot was cuddled up between the two of us as we sat in front of the fire! Thank you for a really great time. The chalet was incredibly comfortable with all our needs taken care of. We could really not ask for anything more! We know we’ll be back soon.
Thank you very much for the privilege and great joy it was for me to call ‘Nightjar’ my home for a few days! These spectacular mountains, vineyards and blossom-speckled trees have done wonders for my soul! I was in a wonderful ‘twilight zone’ somewhere between napping & reading, only exerting myself in the afternoons for a walk! I shall definately be back, and will tell everyone I know of this beautiful place and it’s immaculate, cosy, well-equipped cottages.
I believe that every now and then you need to get away from the city life and enjoy birds singing, peace & quiet. That’s what I found while relaxing on the green grass looking up to the clear blue sky. The cottage was so clean and perfect and the fireplace was just the cherry on top. I loved every minute of it!
Louis & Anneline Engels
Just to say thank you for a wonderful weekend in your lovely cottage – it was everything we had hoped for. We had time to do some wine tasting and we visited some local restaurants, but the best part was to go home to the little house in the mountains. We even saw some wildlife one evening when we returned after dark – a Cape Hare, a skunk and a porcupine, all of them crossing the road right in front of us! Thank you for your hospitality, for the lovely bottle of Merlot and for all the little extras to make our stay so special.
Anton and Marti
I would just like to thank you again on behalf of my wife and I for the privilege to have spent the weekend on your farm. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would also recommend it to other nature loving people. We did the Middelrug trail on Saturday and the views were breathtaking. And the fishing was fantastic as well. The bass, although smallish in size, were really feisty and put up a big fight. We plan to return in future. Thanks for everything.