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Die Gat Guest House ****

De Rust, Western Cape, South Africa

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The quaint village of De Rust, situated on the N12 (known also as the R62) might only be a dot on the map but it has one great advantage. It is just the right place for an overnight stop en route to one of many destinations. Nestled between the Swartberg and Kammanassie mountains, the village is the gateway to the Great and Little Karoos -- the Eastern, Western, Northern and Southern Cape, Free State, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

For many years De Rust was just a small village on the way from Beaufort West to the beautiful Garden Route. Apart from stopping for the essential bite to eat, no one took much notice of their surroundings. But things have changed. Recently De Rust became the home of different visitors, radio and TV broadcasts, film producers, magazine and newspaper reporters writing articles, a photographers conference and many more.

Die Gat Guest House, a farmstead and historic monument, is situated in the valley of Middelplaas ("the farm in the middle"), near De Rust. It has been in the hands of numerous generations of the Schoeman family since the early 1800s. Characteristics of the old homestead, such as the paint of German origin on the interior walls of the "voorkamer" (lounge), the original architectural form of the house and the picturesque environment have ensured that many a South African film has been shot here.

The guest rooms in the outbuildings, previously the school where the Schoeman children were educated, the cart-shed turned winepress, or even an ox wagon used by earlier generations, have been suitably furnished to give you a unique experience of the outdoors. You can also relax at the special pool of Die Gat, with its beautiful view of the majestic surroundings.

The tranquility and peacefulness of Die Gat ensures an unforgettable sleep. You can even sleep with doors wide open so as not to miss the grumbling of ostriches. Supper is enjoyed with your host and hostess, Anton and Susan, in the "voorhuis" (dining room) or under the pergola and under the starry night skies. You will be treated on traditional "boerekos," regional dishes that Anton and Susan themselves prepare.

A visit to the farm and the daily routine, where you get to know the ostrich with its fatal kick, and a visit to the labourers and their families ensure that you get to know the people and life on a typical Klein Karoo farm. Safaris on an open Land Rover with Anton as your tour guide may well be the utmost experience for the adventurous, with a braai in the veld and ice cold beer or wine as part of the 5 to 6 hours long excursion into the unspoilt nature.
A sip of "witblits" and "mampoer," traditionally distilled as part of the farming culture of the region, is just the right medicine for low cholesterol and a healthy living. It is even possible to obtain a certificate for tasting "witblits" or "mampoer" as a fitting memento for a fine evening with your hosts.

Die Gat Guest House offers the most desirable honeymoon destination in the Klein Karoo - a reason to look no further. The ideal venue for a memorable honeymoon or a small sacred & romantic wedding reception, hidden away in the heart of the Klein Karoo where charm, romance and tranquility prevail. The venue caters for no more than 25 people, keeping it natural and intimate.
With chivalric charm and attention to detail, we invite you to spend your first evening of your honeymoon in our newly restored cottage. The spacious rooms are decorated with style and luxury - making sure that you get the Honeymoon you deserve. The cottage consists of a bedroom/lounge, dressing room, bathroom(towels included) with big Jacuzzi bath, toilet and a shower. The room is equipped with a fire-place and sherry to keep you warm on those chili winter nights. The verandah overlooks the hills and farm fields - inviting the natural beauty of nature to your doorstep.

Our rates vary from R 370.00 to R 880.00 per person per night. The above rates includes breakfast.

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Bed and Breakfast / Guesthouse / Farmstay accommodation Die Gat Guest House ****, De Rust

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June and Nelson Quiroga writes on Tuesday 22nd of May 2012 01:36 AM

I think we were the first guests at this guest house in 1997!!! Anton and Susan had just opened - they were amazing then, the facilities outstanding and we could not have stopped in at a better place. Thank you both of you for the fantastic memories of that special stay at your stunning home. We still have the ostrich egg you gave us along with all our other South Africa treasures we got on that trip. Oh how I miss Mother Africa. We live permanently in Vancouver, Canada now but if you are born in Africa as I was (not Nelson) you will know it never leaves you and you will always want to return....June and Nelson Quiroga

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