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About Dunns Castle

Nestled in the heart of the Swartland at the edge of the unique mountain range that stands as an island, lies Piketberg, home to Dunn’s Castle. It was designed by Herbert Baker for George Dunn.

Piketberg is about an hour’s drive from Cape Town and a half hour’s drive from the West Coast. It stands alone in the middle of undulating fields of wheat, green vineyards and flowering canola. Dunn’s Castle was built in the late 1890s and offers cosy rooms with Victorian finishes.

Most rooms are complete with country décor and fireplaces; these can have either double beds or twin beds. At present we can accommodate 54 guests on a bed and breakfast or a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. There are 19 New Self-catering Units with secure parking which have recently been added.

The castle offers a peaceful retreat from the busy lifestyle we all experience. Enjoy a refreshing drink on the patio and gaze out on the amazing view of the entire Swartland. Tulbach, Ceres, Citrusdal and the West Coast are nearby. Take a dip in the pool on those hot days.

Facilities

  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans

Grading

  • 4 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
  • AA Highly Recommended
* Please enquire for further details.

Room availability and prices

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                                  ON REQUEST
                                  Thursday 11th September
                                  • Per Person Sharing:
                                  • R450
                                  • Per Person:
                                  • R600
                                  • Per Unit:
                                  • R1350
                                  • Minimum Stay:
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                                  Guesthouse Standard Rooms>X 5
                                  Includes: Room Only
                                  The Victorian décor is turn-of-the-century style. All rooms have been recently renovated, keeping with the Victorian period theme. Three double rooms have fireplaces and two rooms have Victorian baths in the rooms.
                                  Beds Double beds Other Fireplace
                                   
                                  Guesthouse Standard Rooms
                                  Sleeps 2 Price:
                                  • R650
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                                  Queen's Suite>X 1
                                  Includes: Room Only
                                  This is a Victorian suite with a fireplace and a Victorian bath in room. The suite has a separate en-suite lounge area with its own beverage facilities.
                                  Bathroom Facilities Bath only Other Fireplace
                                   
                                  Queen's Suite
                                  Sleeps 2 Price:
                                  • R900
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                                  King's Suite>X 1
                                  Includes: Room Only
                                  The ultimate in Victorian luxury with a separate en-suite lounge-TV room, a fireplace and private dining facilities. It has an exquisite wood-panelled bathroom-reading room with bay view windows and a view over the entire Swartland. Bath robes and beverage facilities are provided. Great for that special occasion.
                                  Bathroom Facilities Private bathroom Other Fireplace
                                   
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                                  Luxury Units>X 4
                                  Includes: Room Only
                                  These rooms are similar to a hotel room but with that little bit extra offered. Meals are available on request and booked in advance in the dining area of the castle.
                                   
                                  Luxury Units
                                  Sleeps 2 Price:
                                  • R480
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                                  Air-conditioned Self-catering Room with Twin Beds>X 4
                                  Includes: Self Catering
                                  Recently built on a sloping terrace. Very modern with full kitchens and en-suite bathrooms. Fully kitted kitchens all with patio's and a view over the entire Swartland. This air-conditioned unit sleeps two persons on single beds.
                                   
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                                  Sleeps 2 Price:
                                  • R650
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                                  Old World Chalet with Double- and Single Bed>X 3
                                  Includes: Self Catering
                                  A self-catering room as part of the guest suite a hundred years ago. Very elegant and comfortable with all amenities and own braai facilities. Very popular with our guests for that all important get-away on the weekends. This unit has one double bed, one single bed and a shower.
                                   
                                  Old World Chalet with Double- ...
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                                  Victorian Castle Double Room>X 3
                                  Includes: Breakfast
                                  These are basic double rooms in the Castle for the visitor or businessman who would like to spend the night in the Castle to experience the atmosphere and ambiance as well as the tranquility. The room has a fireplace and a bath.
                                   
                                  Victorian Castle Double Room
                                  Sleeps 2 Price:
                                  • R600
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                                  Standard Twin Rooms>X 2
                                  Includes: Breakfast
                                  These are standard twin-bedded rooms with bathrooms down the corridor.
                                   
                                  Standard Twin Rooms
                                  Sleeps 2 Price:
                                  • R500
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                                  * This data is a guide and is subject to change. Please confirm rates and availability by requesting a quote.

                                  Reviews for Dunns Castle

                                  11 guest reviews Reviews of

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                                  Elize Bennett, South Africa
                                  25 December 2014

                                  Absolutely fantastic. Conrad and Lesley made our stay enjoyable. They were excellent hosts!

                                  Lente van Zyl, South Africa
                                  01 September 2012

                                  Ons het dit baie geniet, die kasteel is pragtig. Die eenhede is baie mooi netjies en skoon en die ontvangs gasvry.

                                  Andre Olivier, South Africa
                                  28 December 2011

                                  Baie dankie, ons het lekker gebly en die uitsig is pragtig.Thank you, we had a great stay and the view is beautiful.

                                  Vivienne Graham, South Africa
                                  28 September 2011

                                  Having lived in Piketberg I was always curious about Dunns Castle; what is the story behind the name? To my delight, the staff was very cheerful despite our late arrival, and helpful when I had absentmindedly forgotten some items at home. The room was surprisingly spacious and had great views over the fields. Piketberg can get extremely hot and the room was the perfect temperature and retreat. After an expedition to Piket-bo-berg, we came back to a freshly cleaned and cool room. Plus there is a revitalizing swimming pool. You will find yourself enjoying a glass of wine while the sun sets,... see more

                                  Gisele Hoffmeester, South Africa
                                  26 September 2011

                                  It was beautiful. The venue is breathtaking. The staff very friendly and helpful. Bev is a gem! It would be nice for the self-catering rooms to have fridges but that wasn't too much of a problem. We will definitely come back here!

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                                  Dunns Castle Map

                                  Dunns Castle is 3.4km from the centre of Piketberg , the nearest airport 115.8km (Cape Town International Airport).

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                                  (34.4 km from Piketberg)

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