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“An oasis of peace and loveliness” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rusthuiz Guest House

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Rusthuiz Guest House
Ranked #29 of 113 Stellenbosch B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“An oasis of peace and loveliness”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

We had four lovely nights on our honeymoon at Rusthuiz in April, and by the time we left we felt utterly relaxed. Nothing was too much trouble for every single member of staff, and we really appreciated all the little things like borrowing a picnic rug, etc.
This is a very gracious, homely and relaxed place to stay and is close enough to the town centre for a pleasant walk but far enough to be away from the traffic and bustle.
We're coming back!!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank emjay1968
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Rene0705, Owner at Rusthuiz Guest House, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
Dear Emjay

We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your honeymoon and are still glowing in happiness as you were here..

Thank you for the review of Rusthuiz and sharing your experience.

Kindest regards from our fireplace..

René
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Town
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014 via mobile

What a wonderful experience!!! I have stayed in many guesthouses and B&B's in South Africa and I must say my stay at Rusthuiz was absolutely awesome. The linen was so soft and comfortable. There were fresh flowers in the room, I would assume they were freshly picked from the stunning garden, friendly service and above all spacious and beautifully decorated room. The dining room feels so comfortable and homely. There were so many wonderful options at breakfast and the food was fresh and delicious! I would recommend this wonderful guest house to anyone looking for a comfortable yet luxurious stay.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rene0705, Owner at Rusthuiz Guest House, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
Dearest Denise

Thank your for taking the time to write your thoughts on Rusthuiz! We are so happy that you have enjoyed your stay here and in Stellenbosch..

We hope to welcome you back soon for a little break from city life in Cape Town.

Kindest

René
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Western Cape, South Africa
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46 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

My husband and I stayed at Rusthuiz for one night over my birthday weekend for a quick getaway. The B&B is easy to find in the heart of Stellenbosch and a comfortable walk or very quick drive to the main shopping and restaurant district in town. We received a cordial welcome upon arrival, including complimentary drinks while we waited to be checked in. Our room was spacious and included a private bath with a large jacuzzi and glassed-in shower. The B&B also includes a lovely and comfortable lounge area with a computer available for those who need to check email, etc. Breakfast was absolutely delicious and included a large selection of continental offerings as well as a made-to-order menu. Fabulous coffee. The only real drawback to Rusthuiz is its tiny parking area, which means keys have to be stored in a hotel safe in case the concierge needs to repark your vehicle to fit other visitors. Other than that, a delightful and relaxing place to stay. We'll be back!

Room Tip: If you want complete quiet, don't get Room #1 off the main lounge, as you'll be easily able...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank JennieCSA
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Rene0705, Owner at Rusthuiz Guest House, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
Dearest JC

It is with great joy that our staff have read your review of Rusthuiz. Everyone here take pride in their work and it is wonderful to get the acknowledgement from outside.. Thank you for that.

We hope to welcome you back to Rusthuiz in the future.

Warm regards from our fireplace.. winter is here today!

René
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Welwyn, United Kingdom
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418 reviews
115 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 471 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014

Ruishuiz is our regular Stellenbosch "home" on our annual SA trips and I have reviewed it favourably previously. This is a "more of the same" review - only difference is we stayed twice, 6 weeks apart this year.

Rooms are well furnished and reasonably sized. Beds could be longer, but are very comfortable. "Our room" has french doors onto the garden, right next to pool. Garden and pool area are lush and restful, with comfortable loungers. Rooms are air conditioned and wifi signal is good throughout. (Minor niggle was an intermittent aircon problem in our room on our second stay.)

Breakfasts are good, with most things on offer (the occasional croissant would be nice!), and the service is always first class. Rusthuiz is rated 4 star - unlike some 4 stars we have used, it has almost all the things you would expect from a 5 star establishment. We will be back!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank grahamee
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Rene0705, Owner at Rusthuiz Guest House, responded to this review, 12 March 2014
Dear Grahame & Jill

Thank you for the feedback on your stay this year. It is always a delight to welcome you back and we look forward to your stay next year.

We were able to fix the air-con "niggle" - it was a problem with the remote that was "programmed" to go on and off... we still do not know how that happened..

Kindest regards from all at Rusthuiz.

René
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Amsterdam
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80 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

We had the pleasure of staying only one night, but would easily like to improve on that number during a next visit. Rusthuiz is a home away from home.. we had room 2, with a big balcony, a nice bathroom in a just very homey and nicely decorated hotel. There is a small pool and relaxarea which was ideal. Breakfast was tasty and the Rusthuiz has a good location, not too far from the centre. Lovely place.

Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Rene0705, Owner at Rusthuiz Guest House, responded to this review, 12 March 2014
Dear LivefromAmsterdam

I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Rusthuiz and in Stellenbosch. Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us.

Kind regards

René
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Canada
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95 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

We just loved our stay (unfortunately too short) at Rusthuiz Guest House. We had a gorgeous room -- a very large and comfortable upstairs balcony room -- with a huge terrace and view of soothing greenery. The bathroom had lovely amenities and we could not have asked for more.
Before breakfast, it was great just to sit with a coffee on our balcony and watch the sunrise and smell the flowers. Breakfast could be eaten indoors or on the lovely ground floor terrace -- which is what we chose -- and the food selection was superb and delicious.

We selected Rusthuiz because at this point of our trip we wanted to be more of a city or town venue and were very pleased with not only the very safe location but also with the lovely gardens and easy private secure parking. We were really close to the main street - 5 minutes walking distance -- and very close driving to some superb wineries. It was also great to have a guest computer available in the parlour.

The service was impeccable and Hannelise, the manager was delightful as was Renée the owner. They made excellent suggestions for dinner and were very persistent with the restaurants ensuring that we get a reservation at a choice location at a time when most restaurants were quite full -- and they succeeded.

A true delight and we have already recommended to friends who are going to South Africa.

We would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: Balcony room with great terrace and view
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank swane
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Rene0705, Manager at Rusthuiz Guest House, responded to this review, 21 February 2014
Dear Swane

Thank you very much for your review of Rusthuiz. We were all delighted to read your positive and detailed feedback. I am sure it would be of great help to other travelers. I must agree that watching the sun rise over the Stellenbosch mountains from the balcony is a wonderful experience. Early mornings are just delightful..

We hope to welcome you back to Rusthuiz and the Stellenbosch sunrise in future.

Kind regards

René Taylor
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2014

Unfortunately we only had one night in this beautiful B&B, we were a party of 4 travelling around the area but all of us would have loved to stay here a little longer. We where in the two balcony rooms which were both luxurious and had everything you would need. Breakfast was really good and was served out on the terrace as the weather was fantastic. Hannelise was a great hostess and was very informative about the house and the town of Stellenbosch and also suggested some restaurants to us which she also booked. Would definitely recommend this top class B&B. Thank you Hannelise

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Yvonne D
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Rene0705, Owner at Rusthuiz Guest House, responded to this review, 17 January 2014
Dear Yvonne

We all here at Rusthuiz are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us! Thank you for the review and mentioning Hannelise's special service. She is a star and loved by everyone who meets her.

We hope to welcome you back in future.

Kind regards

René
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Property: Rusthuiz Guest House
Address: 13 Piet Retief Street | Krigeville, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Stellenbosch
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 113 B&Bs / Inns in Stellenbosch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Rusthuiz Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay steps from the centre of historical Stellenbosch. Awake to enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the sunny patio, then stroll through oak-tree lined avenues into town. You'll have your pick of restaurants, cafes and pubs for a bite to eat and something to drink. Your helpful hosts will advise you on the best wine estates to visit. In the afternoon relax at our sparkling pool.(air-conditioning, satellite TV, mini-bar, FREE WiFi, secure parking, and child friendly) ... more   less 
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