We couldn’t believe how nice this place was when we rolled up the driveway. Absolutely beautiful grounds with a stunning mountain backdrop. The grounds are extensive, with nice grassy lawns in all directions, beautiful gardens, lots of space. The several units on the property are all modern and practically designed – very comfortable and luxurious. We rented a 2 bedroom apartment and were blown away by how nice it was. We didn’t want to leave! The open plan living/dining/kitchen area opened out onto a large covered patio with awesome views of the mountains behind. The bedrooms are huge with very nice bathrooms. The bathtub forms the boundary between the bathroom and the rest of the bedroom – nice views right out of the tub. The bedrooms open out onto the back patio as well. The place was immaculately clean and well cared for and we had a lovely, quiet, undisturbed sleep. Also, the free Wifi internet connection was a real bonus (we generally won’t stay in places that don’t provide free Wifi)
The host, Paula, greeted us warmly and was very helpful and welcoming. There are no evening meals served however there is a good variety of places to eat just a short drive away in town. We opted for some delicious pizza at Woodpeckers – highly recommended. The breakfast at the lodge was great – tasty and nicely presented.
Well done to the Gaikou Lodge! We would definitely recommend this to all other travelers looking for a restful and relaxing retreat in Swellendam. We will definitely be back.
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