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“Friendly and authentic B&B” 4 of 5 stars
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African Shades B&B
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   13 Swellegrebel Str, Swellendam 6740, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #23 of 34 Swellendam B&B and Inns
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“Friendly and authentic B&B”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2009

We came to Swellendam on our first visit to South Africa. Not knowing what to expect, we were very pleasantly surprised by the friendly welcome we received. We stayed in the family cottage and it was just perfect. Swellendam is a charming little town and it's very safe to go our at night for a stroll. The B&B is conveniently loacated in the middle of the town in easy walking distance to shops and restaurants. The view is stunning.
We would definately come again.
The Gosling family UK

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2008

If you are looking for a neatly, but modestly, furnished B & B that offers very affordable accommodations, the African Shades is for you. The owners, Quilene, Hein and Wyand, are young and very enthusiastic, with an impressive need to please. The best of the six rooms is named the "Luxury Suite." The B & B has a large swimming pool, is well-located and serves breakfast and lunch. Hein, the owner-chef, is proud to serve food made freshly to order. There is also a small gift shop on the premises that offers authentic african crafts, jewelry and trinkets.

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  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about African Shades B&B

Address: 13 Swellegrebel Str, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #23 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Swellendam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — African Shades B&B 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique bed & breakfast located in the beautiful, historic town of Swellendam, right across from the Drostdy Museum. Expect a warm welcome, clean, spacious rooms, super comfortable beds and luxurious cotton percale linen. We offer 6 en-suite rooms all with separate entrances and private patios. Our swimming pool has stunning mountain views and offers welcome relief for those hot, summer days. At our Arts & Crafts shop, the best of modern and traditional South African crafts and designs are on display. Colourful, unique and inspiring!Our restaurant is shaded under large oak trees and overlooks the Langeberg Mountains. Open for breakfast and lunch, this is the ideal spot for a quick refreshment stop. As a family run business, we pride ourselves in always providing friendly, personal service. ... more   less 
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