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Augusta de Mist Country House & Kitchen

4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   3 Human Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
13 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We spent a night here on our recent trip up the Garden Route. Our cottage was lovely and was a charming place to stay. Unfortunately we were the only guests so we didn't have the opportunity to enjoy the food (we were aware in advance).

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner and I really enjoyed staying here. The guys are so friendly and the level of service is truly amazing. Nothing is too much trouble and the food, wine and decor were the best of the trip. This really is the kind of place that you imagine when you think of a small African luxury hotel. we cannot recommend... More

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Chicago, Illinois
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We went, our intrepid group of 4, to South Africa not expecting more than what you can read in a guide book. And our Frommers Guide to South Africa had an understated description of this voyage into Looking Glass. Not only did we spend one night here, but on our return from the Garden Route we booked two additional nights... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Ended our holiday in the Western Cape with a 2 night stay at Augusta de Mist and it was simply superb. Accommodation is delightful and the friendliness of Michel and Henk and all the staff is unrivalled. Would loved to have spent more time here. Thank you.

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Northwich, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

What more can we say that already hasn't been said! This place is an absolute must! The accomodation, the gardens, the 5 course meal... the hospitality given by Michel & Hank who are so passionate about the food they serve and the amazing b&b, and why shouldn't they be - this is one of the best, if not THE best... More

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We recently spent two nights on a DBB basis at Augusta de Mist in Swellendam and loved everything about the place! The house is a historical monument, tastefully restored to its former glory. The interior, the gardens, the food, small touches and amazing hospitality of Henk and Michel were all amazing!. We had some of the best dishes that we... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

This B&B, and restaurant, is just fabulous. We only stayed one night but will stay longer next time. If you can have dinner here, do! Incredible food, wine, decor and hosts. The room and grounds are lovely and very well thought out, and we were made to feel very welcome.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

My partner and I enjoyed our stay at Augusta immensely. So much so that I am writing a review. My first and probably last. We were completely unprepared for the level of excellence achieved here with such ease and love. EVERYTHING from breakfast (a la carte) to dinner, to cake for tea, to decor, to the wine...just everything is done... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

It can't be better. The wonderful hosts Michel and Hank has really created a place full of love and surprises. You can probobly stroll around the wild garden and find new things day from day, or all these things, furniture, small magazines, books, art - it takes time to explore it all! We were suppose to stay one night but... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

What a great little gem to find on our travels. Michel & Henk were the most brilliant hosts & we will be coming back. They treated us like friends and were the perfect hosts. The rooms were all beautifully furnished and spotlessly clean. Breakfasts were delicious & we can't wait to try a dinner. Thanks so much.

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Address: 3 Human Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
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Hotel Class:4 star — Augusta de Mist Country House & Kitchen 4*
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One of the most beautiful guesthouses in Swellendam, on South Africa's Garden Route. Experience stylish living on a large country retreat. It is the biggest dilemma you are faced with when visiting Augusta de Mist: where do you sit? The 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. But then privacy is even greater in the small fynbos forest at the top of the property where you can climb a hand-hewn stairway to a fine view of the Overberg. Of course just the thought of all that hiking on the grounds makes the fountain on the front lawns quite a good bet for a good old sit and much more civilised. Speaking of civilised, you may as well take tea on the stoep while sitting and take in the lawns, rose bushes and giant trees. Or just sit on the lawn. But what about the picnic clearing in the fynbos forest, the wine cellar or even just the lounge in your suite? Such is life in the country. There are not enough days on the average visit to sit in all the available spaces and congratulate yourself on a perfect choice. Augusta de Mist is a 4-star retreat set on 1.5 ha of eclectic fynbos. The country estate in typical Cape fashion boasts a deeply romantic 1802 Cape Dutch National Monument with more original features than you can shake a stick at. The shutters are yellowwood and the ironmongery original, as are the reed ceilings held together with 200+ year-old mud and clay. This manor building forms the social hub of the estate housing both the guest lounge and dining rooms. It also plays host to a Heritage Suite which pays homage to Swellendam history and references South African iconic images and items. The bed is crowned by a cupola inspired by the Eastern style of the local church, while the reading room in the suite teams Afrikaner quilts and World Cup makarapas, which are pure township art. Wander past the pool, over seasonal streams or by the kitchen herb garden to stumble upon the garden cottages. On first glance, the allure is obvious. Simple white structures, the bridal suites are reminiscent of the historic cottages of this region, with reed ceilings, shuttered windows, bucolic views and indigenous or water-wise planting that welcome you. As you step inside the suites, you discover even more country romance in the stylishly appointed interiors, which mixes the eclectic African, South African and European heritage. In reflecting the architecture, each of the suites features subtle and unique decor. The finishes are chosen for comfort and have a lived-in feel. Vintage pieces and antiques have been selected with care, adding to the homegrown spirit that pervades. Unique African art punctuates throughout. Crisp yet plush bedding comforts you through the night while the bespoke lamps provide a source of warm and cosy lighting. While the cottages are meant to tell the old stories of Swellendam each also has its luxurious touch. Every suite has its own lounge, large bedrooms with similarly large en-suite bathrooms living areas and private gardens. Almost all of them have their own fireplaces. Dinner is served by the team at ‘Augusta’s African Kitchen’, with its focus on pan-African cuisine. Some of the dishes are Afrikaner while others are Cape Malay. Certain portions of the menu focus on the Karoo kitchen and others on food from the rest of the continent. Says Henk, ‘Our kitchen is not professional. Nor do we open our doors to the public. Unless they beg. We cook because we love the flavours of Africa. It is the food we know and grew up with. We love the fact that Milktart can be made in a different way depending if you are Afrikaans or Muslim. So whether you like koeksisters or koesisters, we want you to be satisfied after dinner. Dinners are served over three courses and we prepare one menu selection a day. We want you to eat like it’s your birthday.’ And he is not joking. The team specialises in sourcing the best they can find in the area and it is all too easy to say yes to every morsel. I saw a petite young Belgian woman work her way through four koeksisters and assistant Melanie laughs as she tells me about the German group of nine, who interrupted the flow of dinner and demanded a second serving of Biltong Soup after which they gave rapturous applause. It is this focus on quality that had Henk and Michel develop a small range of wine with Andrew Barns of Mischa Estate. ‘The wine is something that we take great pride in. Drinking a wine of quality is a responsibility we take seriously. We chose to make a signature wine with someone who loves making wine, and who does not do it as a business venture but as a vocation,’ Michel says. ‘The wines we made are artisanal and of the highest quality. We know Andrew and Rachel very well and we are very proud to serve this small range’. ... more   less 
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