We visited Schoone Oordt in March. At the time we were contemplating whether to take all 3 children, 1, 3, 6. We did end up taking everyone. We stayed in a beautiful family 'cottage' with an upstairs for the children, small kitchenette, did not need anything bigger, it was just to put baby's milk in the fridge etc. We had just come from the Arabella and the small touches and attention to detail at Schoone Oordt were so appreciated, candles, flowers etc. it does not take much, but makes such a difference. Off to the pool area, which is really beautiful, huge grass area for kids to run and big balls and blow up toys in the pool are always a hit. Throw in a gin and tonic and we were all very happy. Wander was cooking dinner that evening and said he had made arrangements for the children’s meals as well- really I had to bring them all to dinner!? Not sure how stressful that was going to be, but sure we would give it a try....The 'conservatory' area where dinner is served reminds me of those colonial houses, with white floor, big palms and ceiling fans that are on all the time. Big windows that make you feel like you are in a green house overlooking the garden, it’s such a lovely space. To my children’s delight Wander gave them medallions of fillet, shoestring fries and crisp broccoli, followed by chocolate cookie and ice cream. They then ventured to the garden to collect acorns and were very happy to run around until we were finished, was the most relaxed dinner we have had in ages! Our dinner was also superb, only downside was that the following evening we had to eat somewhere else! Room was turned down and very welcoming when we got back. Breakfast the next day, was also excellent. Sonette helped us plan some family things to do and by the Sunday, we had had the most amazing weekend in Swellendam. Very fond memories for the whole family and we cannot wait to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Schoone Oordt Country House is one of the top boutique hotels in Swellendam with a heartfelt passion for people, for food, for wine and for the environment. Our luxury country hotel offers romantic & intimate as well as family friendly accommodation in Swellendam, South Africa. The emphasis here is on warmth, care, elegance, quality and love and we aspire to make this evident in every aspect of your time with us. We do hope you feel as though you’re visiting with the best of friends. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Schoone Oordt Country House Hotel Swellendam