On a roadtrip from Stellenbosch to Graaff Reinet, Oudtshoorn is practically halfway. We thus decided to stay only one night at the Swartberg Country House and Manor. Looking back at just this fact we wished we would have stayed longer. The location of the hotel is just breathtaking. Attractions in the area are of course oudtshoorn and the cango caves and more (if you are into driving) the fantastic drive over the Swartberg pass and the return drive through the Meiringspoort. (this last route is the most exhilarating drive I have ever done, where not the height (just 1600 m) of the pass, but the scenery and the (poor) quality of the road are the main draws)
The manor itself is big enough for the basic facilities and small enough to be very personal. Our room was located in the historic building and was very cosy and above all comfortable. In one of the previous reviews is written that the manor should get some sort of heating. Even though that we didn't need heating at all, they seem to have tackled that problem since we did have a small electric radiator in the room as well.
Since the manor is located some 40 km outside Oudtshoorn, we found it not an option to eat out and thus had dinner at the manor. They present one menu for all the guests and we can qualify the quality of the food as okay... but maybe we just had the wrong ostrich (kind of tough meat, but very tasty).
Speaking of ostrich... they breed them at the manor as well. And where the wind came from the wrong direction outside (not in our room) there was some country odours to enjoy.. thus calling it the country house and manure. But all in all a lovely find where we will return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Swartberg Country Manor is nestled on the farm "Voorbedacht" situated in the Cango Valley at the foot of the world-renowned Swartberg Pass. The picturesque panoramic view of the Swartberg Mountains will bring comfort to anyone that wants to "get away from it all" and simply soak up the peace of its tranquil surroundings.The farm was purchased in 2003 and welcomed its first guests in February 2005. The extraordinary views of the Swartberg Mountain from the veranda of the original farmhouse compelled us to create a venue where more people could share in the tranquillity and serenity of this beautiful valley."Voorbedacht" farm is a working farm, which offers our guests the unique opportunity to explore and experience the true essence of subsistence farming in the Little Karoo. Among the various agricultural products farmed, we also farm livestock such as, cattle, sheep and ostriches. Daily walks on the farm allow guests to experience the peace and serenity of this beautiful valley, while for the more "wild at heart"; mountain bikes are available to explore the more rugged terrain. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Swartberg Country Manor Oudtshoorn