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Bloomestate
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   276 voortrekkerstreet | Swellendam, Swellendam 6740, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #2 of 34 Swellendam B&B and Inns
Haarlem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

The pictures of the accommodation speak for itself. The perfect place to relax, definitely worth the drive over. Fantastic pool and clean, stylish rooms and a great lounge with all the facilities for you to read, listen to music or watch dvd's on a rainy day, or simply have drinks inside or outside on any day. The hosts will walk the extra mile and help you with any special requests. Even (optional) dinner reservations had been made prior to our arrival. We had a perfect stay and hope to return!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We stayed for 2 nights on our way to Cape Town. We arrived pretty tired after a long trip from Plettenberg but were soon sitting with Carla with a refreshing drink and taking in the lovely setting. Beyond the gates is a lovely garden with pond, hammocks and the buildings and decor have a very calming relaxing atmosphere. We were shown to our room, the Red Cloud, wow it was very nice! A huge comfy bed, a super cool bathroom with nice toiletries, Nespresso coffee machine etc etc. It was on the end of one of the blocks opposite the swimming pool. We had a very comfortable sleep on both nights. There is a lounge for guests with magazines, books, CD's etc and an honesty bar. Carla and Maarten can also arrange light food and on the day we arrived, we had a lovely cheese and fruit platter. They very kindly booked us into 2 different restaurants both of which were very good, La Sosta and Koornlands. On our return to the room on our first night we were met by lovely tea lights leading the way .....very sweet! Breakfasts are served in the main house and again the decor is very cool and calming but also fun and refreshing! There was a good choice of buffet, excellent cold meats, cheese, fruit, salmon, cereals, breads and pastries etc and it was all beautifully presented. They had even catered for my gluten free request so there was tasty cereal and home made gluten free bread, not the easiest to make! This was really appreciated. They were both always discreetly on hand to help and even sent us a New Year message on our return home! We will definitely stay again as it was a peaceful oasis in our hectic South African trip! We really liked Swellendam as well, its not big and has a nice atmosphere and the locals take time to look after you and are proud of their town. Thanks again Carla and Maarten and hope the dogs are doing well, especially little Buster though not little for long!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Tranquil, friendly, unpretentious; perfect place to relax and unwind as spacious grounds with areas to chill - on a sunbed, in the hammock, in the jacuzzi, under the trees, near the river, in the sun or shade. Unobstrusive friendly hosts who went the extra mile. Breakfast fresh and well presented.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
56 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014 via mobile

I stayed here with my mum, sister and a friend for three nights before my wedding in an attempt to de-stress. I'm glad we did because it was absolutely perfect in every way! Carla and Maarten went out of their way to make us feel welcome and special.

Highlights:

- Vast grounds with a sprawling lawn, orchard and pond
- Secluded outdoor jacuzzi
- Magnificent to die for breakfast every morning
- Private yoga lessons by the pond, organised for us by Carla upon request
- Dinner pre booked for us in a different restaurant in town each night (all absolutely lovely)
- Special lunch made for us upon request and delivered poolside
- Treatments from excellent beauty therapist
- Spacious room and en suite stocked with robes, slippers and Rain products
- Receiving a wedding gift and card from Carla and Maarten on departure

I will definitely stay again, as well as recommended Bloomestate to anyone!

Stayed December 2013
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bloomestate, Owner at Bloomestate, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Thank you for this wonderful and inspiring review, it was a real pleasure organizing these pre-wedding de-stressing days for you and your friends. Wishing you and your husband all the luck in the world and you are both more than welcome on your next anniversaries! With love….
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Pompei
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

A wonderful place to stay, so calming and beautiful inside and out. Lovely pool and outside space by the pond to sit quietly and relax. Highly recommended and I cannot wait to return. Thank you Carla & Maarten.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wye valley
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

My husband & I did the garden route from port Elizabeth to Cape Town, our journey led us to Swellindam & the Bloomestate, what a wonderful find, the settings, the decor & hospitality were all amazing, not to mention the breakfasts ! Will definitely be back. Thank you for making our stay special !

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cologne, Germany
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014 via mobile

This place is heaven on earth, there is no other way to describe Carlas and Maartens wonderful and luxurious guesthouse. You can tell that they put so much thought and effort in every little detail and really love what they do. From the well equipped rooms with Ipod station, Nespresso machine, super chic bathrooms and comfy beds over to the wonderful spacious garden with lovely pool area, jaccuzi and hammock, to the best breakfast of our whole trip and better than in any five star hotel - everything is just perfection. Pamper yourself with a wonderful massage at Rain Spa next door, enjoy lovely food (Carla booked us a table in the Field and Fork and it was amazing), or just hang at the pool. Swellendam is mostly a town where people just stop over on their way down the Garden Route, but Bloomestate is worth so much more. We stayed two nights and we were sad to leave. Next time we will stay even longer. It is so worth every minute. Thank you, Carla and Maarten, for being the perfect hosts and creating such beautiful place. It was a pleasure.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 276 voortrekkerstreet | Swellendam, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Swellendam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Bloomestate 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bloomestate Luxury Retreat This trendy guesthouse offers the restful feel of a country retreat with the style of a chic design hotel. Colourful chic in balance with natural surroundings. Bright and spacious rooms with terrace and views, high tech equipment, design furniture and free internet access and luxurious bathrooms (double bath and separate walk in shower) with bath and body products of Rain.Relax at the poolside or on the sundeck on the pound, try the Jacuzzi or pamper yourself with a wellness massage in the dedicated treatment room. Breakfast is a high treat, separate guest lounge with funky bar wing and large covered terrace with views. Good restaurants on strolling distance, owner managed. Only 2 hours from Capetown. ... more   less 
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