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Augusta de Mist Country House

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3 Human Street, Swellendam 6740 South Africa
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#23 of 51 B&Bs / Inns in Swellendam
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One of the most beautiful guesthouses in Swellendam, on South Africa's Garden Route. Experience stylish living on a large country retreat. It is the biggest dilemma you are faced with when visiting Augusta de Mist: where do you sit? The pool area is perfect with a large willow tree and the kind of privacy that encourages you to shed the layers and have a cocktail. But then privacy is even greater in the small fynbos forest at the top of the property where you can climb a hand-hewn stairway to a fine view of the Overberg. Of course just the thought of all that hiking on the grounds makes the fountain on the front lawns quite a good bet for a good old sit and much more civilised. Speaking of civilised, you may as well take tea on the stoep while sitting and take in the lawns, rose bushes and giant trees. Or just sit on the lawn. But what about the picnic clearing in the fynbos forest, around wine cellar or even just the lounge in your suite? Such is life in the country. There are not enough days on the average visit to sit in all the available spaces and congratulate yourself on a perfect choice. Augusta de Mist is a 4-star retreat set on 1.5 Ha of eclectic fynbos. The country estate in typical Cape fashion boasts a deeply romantic 1802 Cape Dutch National Monument with more original features than you can shake a stick at. The shutters are yellowwood and the ironmongery original, as are the reed ceilings held together with 200+ year-old mud and clay. This manor building forms the social hub of the estate housing both the guest lounge and dining rooms. It also plays host to a Heritage Suite (where Desmond Tutu stayed in October 2013), which pays homage to Swellendam history and references South African iconic images and items. The bed is crowned by a cupola inspired by the Eastern style of the local church, while the reading room in the suite teams Afrikaner quilts and World Cup makarapas, which are pure township art. Wander past the pool, over seasonal streams or by the kitchen herb garden to stumble upon the garden cottages. On first glance, the allure is obvious. Simple white structures, the bridal suites are reminiscent of the historic cottages of this region, with reed ceilings, shuttered windows, bucolic views and indigenous or water-wise planting that welcome you. As you step inside the suites, you discover even more country romance in the stylishly appointed interiors, which mixes the eclectic African, South African and European heritage. In reflecting the architecture, each of the suites features subtle and unique decor. The finishes are chosen for comfort and have a lived-in feel. Vintage pieces and antiques have been selected with care, adding to the homegrown spirit that pervades. Unique African art punctuates throughout. Crisp yet plush bedding comforts you through the night while the bespoke lamps provide a source of warm and cosy lighting. While the cottages are meant to tell the old stories of Swellendam each also has its luxurious touch. Every suite has its own lounge, large bedrooms with similarly large en-suite bathrooms living areas and private gardens. Almost all of them have their own fireplaces. Afternoon tea is sometimes available in season, and is served by the team at 'Augusta's African Kitchen', with its focus on pan-African cuisine. Some of the dishes are Afrikaner while others are Cape Malay. Says Henk, 'Our kitchen is not professional. Nor do we open our doors to the public. Unless they beg. We cook because we love the flavours of Africa. It is the food we know and grew up with. We love the fact that Milktart can be made in a different way depending if you are Afrikaans or Muslim. So whether you like koeksisters or koesisters, we want you to be satisfied.' The team specialises in sourcing the best they can find in the area and it is all too easy to say yes to every morsel. I saw a petite young Belgian woman work her way through four koeksisters and assistant Melanie laughs as she tells me about the German group of nine, who interrupted the flow of dinner and demanded a second serving of Biltong Soup after which they gave rapturous applause. It is this focus on quality that had Henk and Michel develop a small range of wine with Andrew Barns of Mischa Estate. 'The wine is something that we take great pride in. Drinking a wine of quality is a responsibility we take seriously. We chose to make a signature wine with someone who loves making wine, and who does not do it as a business venture but as a vocation,' Michel says. 'The wines we made are artisanal and of the highest quality. We know Andrew and Rachel very well and we are very proud to serve this small range'.
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debrasecord wrote a review Mar 2020
Irvine, California15 contributions
We arrived late in the day, but were just in time to join dinner that evening. Dinner is an event with delicious small plates, conversation and wine. Plan to spend time and enjoy it. The patio setting was lovely as dusk fell and the patio was lit with candles and small lights. The seven course meal was varied and filling. Each dish was our favorite, until the next one came- a fantastic meal. A portion of the cost for dinner goes to a local charity to feed children in the area. We only stayed one night, but the next morning Terrence had washed our car. Our host and the staff were wonderful. Worth a stop in Swellendam.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Normthefisherman wrote a review Feb 2020
Burnham, United Kingdom260 contributions87 helpful votes
There is nothing I can say that has not been said before , place is amazing as are the owners and staff. And the owners ethics. One thing you should do is eat here in the evening it is very ,very good , but email or call to tell them you want the evening meal as they don't cook every night but will if they have enough requests for it on that day.
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Sofia J wrote a review Feb 2020
Gothenburg, Sweden42 contributions3 helpful votes
This was such an amazing oasis that we regretted that we only had time to spend one night. The owners that gave us a great history lesson about the house and the town before checking us in to one of the loveliest “rooms” I’ve ever seen was ever so cordial! Great service and everything you could ever hope for in a Country House or any where else.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Peter Woods wrote a review Feb 2020
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Just one night at this oddity and quite unexpected. Don't expect turned down beds and be aware of mosquitoes but this is simply too good to miss. The evening meal and breakfast are just oozing South Africa at its very best.
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Room Tip: If you want to feel South Africa in your blood. This is it.
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John B wrote a review Feb 2020
Poole20 contributions10 helpful votes
Dinner was such a great surprise. The standard of cuisine was excellent. As was breakfast the next day. What a wonderful place. Run with an attention to detail few hotels can match. The owner / host was so attentive and charming and we we made very welcome by all the staff.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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$91 - $202 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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South AfricaWestern CapeOverberg DistrictSwellendam
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Frequently Asked Questions about Augusta de Mist Country House
Which popular attractions are close to Augusta de Mist Country House?
Nearby attractions include Drostdy Museum (0.3 miles), NG Kerk Swellendam (0.4 miles), and Bukkenburg Pottery Studio, Galley & Guest Cottage (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Augusta de Mist Country House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Augusta de Mist Country House?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Augusta de Mist Country House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Augusta de Mist Country House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Augusta de Mist Country House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Drostdy Restaurant, The Garden Shack, and Field & Fork.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Augusta de Mist Country House?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Augusta de Mist Country House located near the city center?
Yes, it is 1.0 miles away from the center of Swellendam.