We have homes in Cape Town and Knysna. If we have the time, these days we prefer to break the journey between them, and overnight somewhere interesting in the Swellendam to Robertson area. Encouraged by the glowing reviews in Trip Advisor, we had unsuccessfully tried to book at Rothman Manor previously (our travel is usually planned on short notice). Having secured a booking this time, we were looking forward to the stopover.
Not even the very impressive Trip Advisor reviews prepared us for the excellence of this world-class establishment. All three luxury suites had already been booked, so we were offered one of the two so-called standard suites (the "Africa suite"). It was perfect; spacious, comfortable and outfitted with quality fixtures — in reality it was even better than the portrayal on the website.
Breakfast was as superb as everything else. The cold buffet was so good that we did not bother with the cooked breakfast on offer. The obvious quality of the crockery and cutlery was a nice touch. Rothman Manor does not offer dinner, but there are excellent restaurants a few minutes away (La Sosta is a great Italian restaurant, and Powell House, with a local flavour including excellent venison meals, is our favourite in the area that we cannot recommend highly enough).
The property is magnificent. The historic buildings are beautifully maintained. The grounds are wonderful. There are antelope and zebra in an eco-reserve on the property that are a big attraction for foreign guests. Unfortunately we could not spend all that long enjoying the property as we were travelling through, but for someone looking to spend a few days in Swellendam I doubt that one could do better than stay at Rothman Manor.
The establishment was reminiscent of a top-class European boutique hotel. Everything was utterly faultless and managed with German precision and attention to detail. We shall certainly be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This trendy five star boutique guest retreat is your destination for accommodation in Swellendam. On the 3,5 ha estate you will find your privacy in hidden places and relax in the park like garden. Luxury and stylish design, with every comfort, decorated with African elements show a perfect match and into a laid back and retreat atmosphere. Rothman Manor offer three thatched houses, on a 3.5 hectares estate, in the famous Cape Dutch architecture going back to 1834. Unwind by the pool, read in the seclusion of your private outdoor space or just watch the onside game from the Jacuzzi and the abundance of bird life around the huge pond littered with lotus flowers. ... more less
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