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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 are double 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.

Conference Venues: Perfect conference location in the countryside where you can capture the attention of your audience

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Response Time: 16 hours
  • Type: Guest House
  • Sleeps: 43
  • Check-in: 02:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 12 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans
  • Sotho (Sesotho)
  • Tswana (Setswana)
  • Venda (Tshivenda)


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

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Reviews for Dunns Castle

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Chrstiane Kolbe, South Africa
23 November 2016

Though the owners and staff of Dunns Castle were very friendly and Dunns Castle itself is beautiful, the property and our unit was very neglected and not clean at all. I do not think Dunns Castle is good value for money.

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,...
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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).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

Things to do in and around Piketberg

De Hoek Golf Club

(4.3 km from Piketberg)

The De Hoek Golf Club is a 9 hole course situated in De Hoek, a few kilometres outside Piketberg. It is a great place for a day outing, to release some tension and get to know the locals. The golf course was designed in 1960 and has a beautiful...

Groot Kliphuis Trail

(34.4 km from Piketberg)

The 16 km route from the parking area to Groot Kliphuis is easy-going, following a short section of the Kliphuis River and then swings to the east. Hikers pass incredible rock formations before joining the Groot Kliphuis to Perdevlei Trail. There is...

DanielsHoogte Private Reserve

(34.6 km from Piketberg)

DanielsHoogte is a working farm rich in fynbos and situated at the top of Aurora Mountain, 800 metres above sea level. This hidden gem boasts spectacular views of St Helena Bay on the beautiful West Coast as well as the farmlands around Piketberg....

De Tronk Trail

(35.6 km from Piketberg)

The 13 km hike from the parking area to De Tronk is an easy route along the Kliphuis River and along a jeep track to De Tronk. Beautiful proteas and ericas can be seen and there are a number of fabulous swimming spots. Duration: 3 hours Difficulty:...