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“A step back in time.” 4 of 5 stars
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Old Thatch Lodge
3.0 of 5 Inn   |   9 Moolman Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #18 of 34 Swellendam B&B and Inns
Sydney
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“A step back in time.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

The old Dutch colonial building has been lovingly restored and whilst some of the floorboards creak, our room was very comfortable and totally unique.

The owner, Karin was very charming and helpful. Breakfast was served with a glass of champagne and comprised of the traditional full breakfast with a huge plate of cut fruit decorated by little flowers, picked from the garden.

Her dogs were large (Irish Wolf hounds), however well behaved and affectionate once they got to know you.

A charming place.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

We arrived later in the afternoon to be greeted by a young fellow and several very large and some small and friendly dogs to this gorgeous setting. We were told we had the main building to ourselves which included a lovely lounge area that had a fireplace we were welcome to light. After heading into town for a lovely meal we headed back to our cosy cottage to light a roaring fire and relax in front of it sipping a nice drop of red wine marveling at all the wonderful nick knacks that scattered the rooms. We slept soundly in our beds and had a piping hot shower in the very original style bathroom. We met Karin our host the next morning and she made us a wonderful breakfast and talked to us about the history of the cottage and it's buildings. Thanks for a memorable and lovely place to rest our heads in this equally lovely town.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

The Lodge is absolutely beautiful, Karin is also the best host and makes a great breakfast! This place was definitely one of the nicest places we had stayed during out time in the Western und Eastern Cape region! I love the african style rooms and the way everything was decorated! We can only recommend this place and hopefully we'll be back ourselves someday...

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bath England
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2011

We received a warm and friendly welcome from Karin as we used this accommodation travelling both to and from the Garden Route. Quirky African style accommodation with self catering facilities and a communal room with a large fireplace. The large breakfasts were excellent and really well presented. Karin provided us with very good information regarding our intended onward route A good place to stay.
Andrew & Jackie Terrett, Bath England

  • Stayed September 2011, 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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15 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

Nice house, very nice rooms and very nice host who was very helpful. A very good place to stay in Swellendam ! Don't hesitate.

Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Cape Town
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2011

Before I tell everyone what I enjoyed about the lodge, I wanna thank Karin ever so much for the lovely hospitality and making our stay feel so warmly.

The lodge is something of note. A warm and friendly place that reminds me of home.

The Old Thatch lodge will always be our first choice when going to Swellendam.

Thanx Karin for the wonderful stay('',)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2011

We visited Old Thatch on our way from Cape Town to Oudshoorn. The Lodge is very comfortable in a nice Africa style (especially the shower), with a terrace and a garden to relax.
Breakfast was truly the best we had: a huge plate of fruits, very nicely decorated with flowers, was one of the highligts.
Karin, the landlady gave us very good tipps for our journey: one highlight usually not found in travel guides: seweweekspoort, a very impressive canyon (there is only a little road sign leading to that right behind the town Zoar).
Overall: good value for a reasonable prize; not luxurious, but that also wasn't expected.
Would definitely recommend it

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 9 Moolman Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Swellendam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Old Thatch Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Old Thatch Lodge Guest House Swellendam invites you to a National Monument and guest house and welcomes you to stay in our comfortable accommodation in Swellendam. Have a rest in our wonderful guest house garden, and visit the surrounding nature reserves and the historic city of Swellendam - the third oldest town in South Africa. ... more   less 
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