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Roosje van de Kaap
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

Firstly, great, great value for money. In an expensive town like Swellendam, it was so nice to find accommodation that was both affordable and comfortable as well as being very close to the historic centre of the town. Although the room was quite small, it was more than adequate. One of the cleanest rooms I've stayed in, it was very tastefully furnished and the owners had thought of everything - including beautiful linen! The gardens are sumptuous and the setting is quiet - one is hardly aware that the town centre is so close by. Breakfast was good and the only negative I have is that the dining room was very cold - a fire in the fireplace would have been great! The owners were extremely attentive, offering us coffee, wine, extra heaters, etc. The location is also great because of all the historic buildings in the area, set amongst tree lined streets - makes for beautiful walks. All in all, highly recommended!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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FreerkBrandsma, Owner at Roosje van de Kaap, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2012

Thank you very much for your kind words, no need to add anything, except sorry for the fire, normally in the winter time we have fires.

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Reviewed April 3, 2012

Tourists seem to spend only one night in Swellendam; we were no different, our Friday was our penultimate stop before relinquishing our hire car at Cape Town airport. Swellendam was busy, because the following day (November 26) a crucial annual bicycle road race began.

At Roosje van de Kaap, we were delighted to secure the Honeymoon suite, which has a lovely view of the mountains from its elevated terrace. The hotel was easy to find. We made use of the hotel’s limited but awkward gated parking, but street parking looked widely available and safe.

Our room was spacious, bright and clean, and the bed sumptuous and vast. The en suite is equally appealing. The room itself is odd: entering it appears normal, but the further you go in the more difficult it is to find a sure perspective or - indeed - any right angle. We also thought that the door to the room was insecure.

Our host, who we assume was Freerk, proved an engaging individual. We had a wonderful half hour while he engaged the cyclists in the garden below in a stream of invective. My understanding, from our subsequent conversation, is that the dispute arose because the racers had tried to sneak extra team members into the garden rooms. Freerk also said that we needed to book early for the good value on-site restaurant, when in fact only one other table was occupied. Breakfast was great, and service throughout excellent.

All of the sights of historic Swellendam are within easy walking distance. The curators of the local museums and exhibits were informative and helpful, and the admission charges reasonable. As for Roosje van de Kaap, both it and its owner are quirky and charming, and I would thoroughly recommend it as a pleasant and relaxing stopover.

Room Tip: Very happy with privacy of the secluded honeymoon suite.
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

We stopped off for one night at Roosje van de Kapp and on our arrival were delighted to find out that our room had been upgraded as a congratulations gift, as we had got engaged on our trip! We stayed in the Kantoor room, which was a lovely quiet little room in the garden area. We ate in the restaurant that night, which was lovely and very reasonably priced. The cooked breakfast was also nice in the morning. We unfortunately did not spend any time in Swellendam, as we were only stopping over whilst travelling along the garden route, but there seemed to be a lot of restaurants and little shops in Swellendam. It was a lovely flying visit and all the staff were really friendly and accommodating, so would definately recommend it as a stop over destination.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 1, 2012

Good food and good place. Roosje are superb! Lovely antique and old historical building which part of Drostdy Museum. Value for money and unforgetable place for relax.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

We stayed for one night on a stop over between the wine lands & the Garden Route. The lady who runs the guest house was friendly, helpful & pleasant. The breakfast was nice & overall the guest house is good value for money.

I've also read a couple of comments from other reviewers about the owners' children. We found the kids to be quiet, polite & very well-behaved!

  • Stayed: March 2012
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