This pet-friendly, family-run establishment is a relaxing and affordable place to stay while exploring Montagu.

Where is it?
10 Tanner Steet, Montagu, Western Cape

Why stay there?
This friendly, family-run establishment is a relaxing and affordable place to stay while exploring Montagu. The well-equipped cottages are set in a large area with a huge lawn, trees and an enclosed swimming pool. Dogs and children will love it too.

How much does it cost?
From R600 a night for a self-catering cottage (sleeps two).

Can I take my dogs?
Well-behaved dogs are most welcome. The area is fully enclosed so your dogs can safely snoop and run about. The Garden Cottage has its own fence for those who would prefer to keep their dogs away from any other dogs that may also be staying. There are also plenty of great routes to take them for a walk.

Can I take the kids?
Kids will love Rainbow Glen! There’s a huge lawn to run and play on, an enclosed swimming pool and a play area with a jungle gym, a trampoline, swings and hammocks. Plus there are chickens and rabbits to feed.

Contact details
Telephone 023-614-1294, email,

Tino and I have been returning to Rainbow Glen for over ten years and to be honest, it is one of my favourite places in the Western Cape. I cannot recommend it enough! It’s budget-friendly, dog-friendly and child-friendly. You can escape there on your own, have a romantic break with your partner or take over all the cottages for a weekend gathering with friends. It’s also close enough to amble to the centre of town for the Saturday market or the shops and restaurants, as well as being perfect for those who want to enjoy hiking, biking and mountain climbing.

There are various self-catering cottages available, some sleeping two (Prospect and Penny Lane), some with a bunk bed for the kids (Almond, Pecan and Tuppeny), along with a 8-sleeper house (Muskadel) and a garden cottage that’s a little more private and sleeps four. Muskadel and The Garden Cottage have DSTV.  All the cottages have good linen and towels (take your own towels for swimming) and you’ll find everything you need, including a two-plate cooker, a microwave, toaster and kettle, along with cutlery and crockery. Each unit also has it’s own braai area and outside seating.

There’s a huge lawn (perfect for a game of croquet) with Kanonkop forming a magnificent background. In summer you can relax on a sun lounger under an umbrella with a cold one while the kids have a splashing good time in the pool.  

Talking of kids, they can join Tara in the mornings when she feeds the rabbits and chickens or have fun in the play area where there’s a jungle gym, a trampoline and swings. Camp cots, high chairs and a baby bath are available on request. Owners, David and Tara have a daughter, so they know what children need!

Dogs can run and snoop about safely as the area is fully enclosed and there are plenty of lovely routes nearby for walkies. Tino has being going there from puppyhood and he always has a great time!

Rainbow Glen is close to the centre of town and within walking distance of the restaurants and shops. Don’t miss the Saturday morning market where you can get all manner of homemade goodies and something tasty to eat for breakfast. There’s also plenty to do in the area for hikers, mountain bikers and rock climbers. Plus, Barrydale, Bonnievale, Ashton and Robertson are all close by for a daytrip. Or you can choose to simply do nothing at all! Either way you’ll leave feeling relaxed and refreshed – and like me, probably return time and again.

Inside information
Enjoy a private view of Kanonkop while having an outdoor shower (situated behind the swimming pool). It has hot water too!

Published April 2021 | Own cost