Nestled between the Langeberg Mountains and Breede River, Swellendam is the third oldest town in South Africa. This Garden Route dorpie is the epitome of breathtaking nature, a vibrant and friendly community and Cape Dutch architecture, making it one of the best heritage getaway destinations to visit.
After spotlighting a list of must-see and do activities in the small town, Saadiq Samodien curated a selection of accommodation options in Swellendam for a spontaneous romantic getaway or family get-together. Your support will be a great relief for businesses affected during the pandemic as you help fellow South Africans get back on their feet.
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The story behind the Schoone Oordt Country House is as charming as the luxury accommodation itself. Founders Richard and Alison’s passion for the countryside inspired them to slowly restore this gem to its postcard-perfect glory, but with all the modern amenities. The result is a 5-star country house with lush gardens, peaceful fountains and landscaped lawns, perfect to relive your Enid Blyton countryside fantasy.
Schoone Oordt Country House intertwines luxury, romance and intimacy for their Honeymoon Suite and eight Luxury Room offerings, each with their own separate entrances and private terraces. Schoone Oordt loves children and has two Family Room options, one for a family of 4 and one for a family of 6. All lavish rooms are separate from the Manor House and great for social distancing.
People, food, and wine are at the cornerstone of this getaway and Schoone Oordt also boasts an onsite restaurant, The Conservatory. Decked in a classic all-white light and airy setting, Chef Grieta and her team serve up sophisticated South African cuisine complimented by a well-curated wine collection from the cellar.
Extra trimmings to look out for during your stay are complimentary afternoon tea and car wash.
– Stay for a minimum of 2 nights and pay only R1997.50 per night – bed & breakfast only, excluding complimentary afternoon tea. The offer is valid until 17 December 2020
If you’re just a quickly passing through, on a business trip, or mapping out a quiet weekend away from town, Hermitage Huisies Self-Catering Farm Cottages is a great accommodation option to consider. The cottages are nestled in the picturesque Hermitage Valley and situated just 2km outside of Swellendam at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains. This area is well known for its spectacular views, tranquillity, abundant outdoor activities and pretty berry farms.
Your hosts, The Zaayman Family, is proud of their little piece of paradise and welcomes you for a stay in one of their 4 self-catering cottages on their farm. The living spaces are comfortably furnished with all the necessities such as a braai area and unlimited WiFi. All adult beds are equipped with only the best pocket spring mattresses for your sleeping pleasure.
And to top it all off, they have a swimming pool, which can be enjoyed with the mountain views that make for a winning Instagram-worthy moment or just a great early morning meditation session. For the colder winter months, they provide a Kol Kol wood-fired hot tub to soak away the stress of everyday life.
Browse their website to choose from four cottages to suit your preferences.
– Book directly via the website and receive a special 5% discount off your stay. Please enquire below
Swellendam Country Lodge is an officially accredited four-star guest house conveniently located just off the R60 road, a beautiful provincial route. The characteristic manor-style architecture dates back to the 1800s and still boasts with its distinctive historic splendour.
This Swellendam accommodation, run by founders Jan and Vivianne Bruijn, offers 6 quality garden rooms decorated tastefully with minimalist country decor influences and situated in separate buildings amidst the garden. You can look forward to a cosy and hospitable setting surrounded by a beautifully lush and exotic garden full of fruit trees and various birdlife that will amaze you.
The large swimming pool with a sundeck complete with loungers and umbrellas is perfect to catch up on some midday reading or just a late afternoon sunset session. Visitors can also try their hand at a boules game with the on-site court.
Your stay at the Swellendam Country Lodge includes an exclusive breakfast made by their early morning chef with fresh ingredients straight from the garden. Think homemade compotes and jams will surely delight your taste buds. In summer, you can enjoy your breakfast outside on the veranda of the house overlooking the garden, while you can cosy up in front of the fireplace on colder mornings. Occasionally, Vivianne might even spoil you with freshly baked muffins or cookies to enjoy with your coffee.
Swellendam Country Lodge was recently recognised by Tripadvisor as one of the top 10% hotels worldwide – so rest assured you’ll be in safe hands.
– Heritage Day Weekend Special. Stay for 2 nights between 24 and 27 September and get the second night for half price.
R449.25* p.p.p.n. including breakfast. *per person sharing for a minimum stay of 2 nights.
Considered as one of the finest accommodation in Swellendam, Augusta de Mist is a lifestyle retreat set on over two hectares of an indigenous oasis. This hideaway is situated in the historic Drostdy Quarter precinct of the town and evokes a deeply romantic 18th century Cape Dutch mood with original fixtures. Beautiful heritage roses pop out from the many densely meadow-style plantings, lavender grows in abundance, and the gardens are mostly fynbos in all its glory.
Augusta de Mist offers their guests a variety of garden suites and heritage rooms, and the interior design is defined by an eclectic mix of African influences and European glam coupled with attentive country hospitality. Even famous local icons such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu left a raving review of his stay.
Their pool area is perfect with a large willow tree and the kind of privacy that encourages you to shed the layers and have a cocktail or relax on one of the many hand-hewn benches or stools and soak up the abundance.
The onsite restaurant, Augusta’s African Kitchen, promises multi-course table d’hôte menus for a culinary journey from the Cape Table to the African continent. The restaurant is exclusively open to accommodation guests and has been social distancing before it became the new normal – tables are spaced 2 metres apart and outdoor seating is available during fair weather.
Advance booking is essential, and visit their website for special offers.
Located neatly beside Swellendam’s historic Drostdy Museum, old charm 4-star Roosje van de Kaap Boutique Hotel dates back to 1790. It boasts 14 beautifully appointed rooms and 2 pools in a lush garden setting with stunning views of the Langeberg mountains. As a family-friendly hotel, children of all ages are welcome at low prices.
Breakfast is served in the restaurant, a historical stable, where guests can also enjoy candlelit a’ la carte dinners. The dinner menu consists of distinctive country courses with French and Cape Malay influences.
All rooms and public areas have free fast Internet access, flat-screen tv’s, bathrooms en-suite and all necessary utilities; the more luxurious rooms are equipped with aircon and slipper baths.
Roosje is ideally located in the oldest, calmest part of Swellendam within walking distance of coffee shops, souvenir shops and the mountains of Marloth Nature reserve. The antelopes of the Bontebok Park are at a short distance as well.
Cypress Cottage guest house is a majestic, unique, small family-run bed and breakfast accommodation in the centre of Swellendam. It has longed enjoyed a storied past in this historically rich Overberg town.
The main house is a place of comfort and character with 2 spacious en-suite rooms, as well as three en-suite rooms situated in the stables and a large family unit. All the rooms are decorated in cool unique styles such as their Brooklyn and Victorian rooms, with towering chandeliers and dark wood accents. And you can spend a lazy day with some drinks on the veranda – maybe something from their selection of quality wines from the Overberg and Boland regions.
The original space was built in 1796 in the Dutch tradition with lovely gables, with the latter unfortunately destroyed in the fire in 1840. At that stage, the owners renovated the house in the Victorian style. Remnants of the Cape Dutch era still remains through lovely Yellowwood ceilings and doors of the main house.
Decades later the Van Leeuwen family renovated it into Cypress Cottage, a desired destination for travellers and businessmen who appreciate the beauty of historical architecture with a touch of class.
Joubertsdal Country Estate is one of the scenic accommodations doing their bit to position Swellendam as the ultimate city getaway for Capetonians. The venue remains true to its effortless farm style charm while at the same time providing guests with everything they need for a comfortable, fuss-free break.
Joubertsdal Country Estate consists of three signature properties, all fully equipped and available to enjoy for rental:
NOOITGEDACHT COUNTRY HOUSE
Nooitgedacht Country House is a larger Moroccan-style holiday home blessed with natural fynbos surrounds and stunning views of the Langeberg. This holiday home with carefully curated interiors can accommodate up to 12 guests and features a swimming pool and entertaining area with sweeping landscape views.
Built in 1792, this country house and has all the makings of an iconic South African farmhouse – thatched roof bookended by classic gables, low wooden lintels across the doorways and deep windowsills by virtue of thick old walls. Neanderhöle sleeps up to 10 guests, a perfect opportunity to gather some friends or a family get-together. The space also includes a private patio area and swimming pool to kickstart braai day.
MOUNTAIN VIEW STUDIO
Located at the foot of the Langeberg mountain range lies this hidden gem which is perfect for a stopover or a short stay in Swellendam. This studio offers a secluded sanctuary for two or a solo traveller, and the trump card is a Kol-Kol Wood-fired Hot Tub for that extra special romantic touch.
What better way to fight the humdrum of the city than with a trip to this elegant boutique hotel in Swellendam equipped with plush furnishings and scenic vistas?
De Kloof Luxury Estate charms guests with its blend of historical features and modern country décor. Larger groups or families can relax and reboot with a range of garden suites and villas scattered throughout the manicured grounds. If you’re after a more romantic setting, the private residences such as the Manor Suite and Grand Honeymoon Suite are great options to consider.
De Kloof Luxury Estate also features a spa and restaurant on-site to guarantee that visitors enjoy an immersive wellness experience. Sans Souci Spa is a luxury day spa designed to reboot the body and mind with a variety of beauty treatments.
Also home to a is renowned for its gastronomic scene with the farm-to-table eatery.Restaurant 18ZeroOne specialises in modern farmhouse fare along with Vegan and vegetarian options and a wine-list featuring award-winning wines from the nearby Robertson Wine valley and Overberg region.
– 2 For 1 special. Book one night, and get the 2nd one on the house valid for the Deluxe, Manor Suite and Grand Honeymoon Suite only
– Spring Getaway for 2 including a 2-night stay in the Grand Suite, romantic 1-hour AromaVine couple massage, and 4-course dinner in front of the fireplace. See here for more details.
The Haven is a quaint and cosy self-catering country cottage kitted out with everything you need for a ‘home away from home’ holiday in Swellendam. Think solid WiFi, a fully equipped kitchen, freshly laundered linen, and private parking space.
This affordable and secure holiday home rental is a great option for solo travellers or couples. Most of the small town’s top attractions such as Sulina Fairy Sanctuary, the Drostdy Museum, and the Dutch Reformed Church are conveniently located within walking distance.
The Haven also features a garden and braai area where visitors can soak up the sun and enjoy a late afternoon cocktail.