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De Kloof Luxury Estate
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Swellendam
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Milan, Italy
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“charming and luxurious”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

Perfect location, beautiful garden, excellent breakfast, warm atmosphere and very good staff.
Upon our arrival we have been upgraded to a very large room in a separate building with private balcony;
We really appreciated the owners' helpfulness: they offered us excellent wine tastings, they suggested us a very good restaurant nearby (and they also gave us a lift there!) and they had plenty of useful tips which made our visits of the surroundings even more pleasant.
Also, we had bikes at our disposal, which was a very nice way to visit Swellendam.
The garden and the pool were perfect, relaxing hideaways.
During our stay their big doberman dog has always been around, but you should not worry, it's the sweetest dog ever!
We definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bremen, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed October 21, 2012

The only thing I regret about De Kloof is that we only stayed the one night. If I had known before what I know now we would've definitely stayed at least another night, or more. Everything about the place was just perfect, warm friendly welcome, great room with all facilities, great breakfast etc etc need I say more! And if you do stay here I would also recommend Sabines restaurant which is also in Swellendam...

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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porthcawl
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58 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Midway between Cape Town and Knysna this hotel offer the ideal South African hospitality experience. Our room was exceptionally large with every facility while there was an unlimited breakfast choice. Our hosts were so helpful and informative.

  • Stayed September 2012
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2 Thank mervyn j
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Last week we stayed at De Kloof for 2 nights in a Deluxe Suite. It was a wonderful stay. Everything was so well organized and we felt very welcome. Upon arrival we were checked in by the owners themselves Marjolein and Roy. They offered us a nice welcome cocktail while explaining the ins and outs of the Estate.
Our room was excellent; spacious, luxurious, a little terrace and a extended bathroom with seperate bath and shower.
Everything in the room was beautiful decorated and detailed. Fresh flowers, wel stocked fridge, complimentary coffee,tea, water and a bottle of red wine. Satellite TV, WIFI. Book with information for trips in the area. Even extra massage pillows.
The bathroom had a lot of amenities, towel heater, candles and bath salt next to the bath.
The bed, pillows and duvets were excellent. We slept like baby's.
Marjolein and Roy invited us and the other guests for a complimentary wine tasting with tapas in the comfortable big livingroom in the Manor House. That was such a nice and cosy thing to do, all of us sitting next tot the open fire tasting the wines. Marjolein explained about the wines from the Robertson Wine Valley. Yes they are great hosts and really enjoy talking with their guests and make them feel at home.
We had dinner in the village Swellendam and Marjolein had several suggestions for restaurants. She made the reservation and arranged transportation so you can enjoy all the good wines from the valley.
Breakfast is served al la carte. Even the menus are nicely decorated all different but in the same elegant style. The lovely smiling and friendly staff served a breakfast to good to be true. A glass of the Blush Bubbles made it complete.
De Kloof Estate is beautiful. It is decorated so well and very elegant. There
is a nice swimmingpool with deckchairs, a Gym, a putting green. A lovely secret garden where you sit around a little pond with koi swimming around. Nice terraces.
De Kloof and its surroundings offers you a lot. When we made the reservation they sent us already a very complete 5 full day Highlight Tour Program, with lots of things to do.
Therefore our 2 night stay was too short to enjoy everything of De Kloof and its surroundings. So we will definitely come back for another much longer stay. Next time we will relax and enjoy the pool, the terraces, the gym, the garden, the afternoon tea, ect ect..
The most amazing thing was that on the day of departure our rental car was washed in the early morning so we left De Kloof in a shiny clean car. This was complimentary and what a nice gesture.
Marjolein and Roy thank you very much for making our stay such a Great Experience, a Real Five-Star Experience.
We are looking forward to our next stay at De Kloof Estate.
Best Regards Guus-Jan and Cornelia de Groot.

Room Tip: We had an Deluxe Suite which is excellent.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2012

The glorious Langerberg mountain range, the property's history as well as 5 star accommodation and comfort make De Kloof Estate a truly unique and idyllic setting.
We were warmly welcomed by Marjolein after a long day on the road and were then checked into our suite. With the freezing winter weather, it was an absolute treat to enter into a warm, cosy room with all the necessary amenities one requires for a comfortable evening. Our stay was unfortunately a short one and so we will definitely be back to experience more of what De Kloof has to offer. With this type of setting, super staff and attention to details this makes for an absolute must in one of South Africa's prettiest towns!

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed May 6, 2012

My husband and I have visited De Kloof several times, and since our last visit it now has a very good restaurant. We spent 2 nights there in April and really enjoyed our stay. They also now have a very nice residents' lounge, which is also an added bonus since our last visit. Roy & Marjolein are wonderful hosts and are extremely attentive to their guests, without being intrusive, and will do anything to make a visit to De Kloof very special. We would definitely recommend it to anyone wishing to visit Swellendam.

Room Tip: Difficult to choose - all the rooms and suites are wonderful and beautifully appointed. The locat...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Bangor, N.Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2012

We arrived at De Kloof shortly after midday and were warmly greeted, however, when we asked about something to eat we were informed that the chef had not arrived but that there were a number of places where we could eat in the town. We checked in and were shown to our rooms all of which were ready! First impressions were good. The rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable. The disappointment came at dinner. The food was very nice but nothing stunning. Our second bottle of wine was definitely corked and undrinkable. It was returned to the young waitress but at no time were we offered a replacement. In fact nothing was done about the wine at the time. It was discussed later on after the meal by two of our party with Marjolein. It was clearly obvious that there were staffing problems in the kitchen with Marjolein herself doing the cooking. Service during the meal was poor as the young waitress was inexperienced, which had been explained at the start of the meal by Marjolein, and she (the waitress) was on her own. Breakfast had an extensive menu. We had been informed that there would be "bubbles" at breakfast, however they were neither mentioned nor produced. The food was well presented and nice. We agree with the previous reviewer that this place is not worthy of five stars going by our experience. We doubt very much if we would return and therefore did NOT write any comments in the guest book.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: De Kloof Luxury Estate
Address: 8 Weltevrede Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Swellendam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — De Kloof Luxury Estate 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
5 star boutique hotel& Villa & SPA -Member of best Boutique Hotels of the World Often described as the Jewel and Grand Dame of Swellendam- Western Cape -South Africa -where history meets trends with unique interior decor. Hotel offers spacious rooms & suites all with free WIFI ,large designer bathrooms,extra length beds and climate control. high teas, breakfast, lunches and evening fusion tasting dinners and a la carte dinners served in Restaurant 18 Zero One ,large pool with breathtaking views. Spa for beauty and massage treatments with award award winning products and services. Dam with geese and ducks, several secluded gardens and koi ponds Grand Suite with waterbed, jacuzzi and fireplace as well 2 bedroom family Suites available. A true Oasis and hidden gem on superb quiet large grounds walking distance from historical heart of village ... more   less 
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