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“Relaxing secret garden”
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Rothman Manor
Ranked #3 of 37 Swellendam B&B and Inns
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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“Relaxing secret garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2012

Like a secret garden, the setting of this place was magical. You could relax here for a few days. Lots of interesting things, cats, zebras, ponds, garden features etc. Unique and a lovely place to stay. The hosts were also really really nice and helpful and we would stay here again. Swellendam itself did not seem to have much to offer but worth it for the trip to De Hoop – a definite must see as different from the rest of the garden route.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hadleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2012

What an absolutely amazing find. From start to finish we spent a wonderful couple of nights at Rothman Manor. Our loft suite was amazing, gorgeous bedroom with doors to sit out balcony, a fully equipped kitchen, beautiful bathroom with jacuzzi bath and huge shower and a very large lounge with great furniture. The garden & grounds were beautiful and we were so well looked after from the minute we arrived until the minute we left, nothing was too much trouble. They even cleaned our car every morning - Thank you to you all at this wonderful find, see you again soon

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2012

Another excellent B & B on the Garden Route. The room I had was a little small and I paid $130, the most I'd paid but it's a beautiful place in a beautiful setting. It's hard to describe the property - ponds, fountain, creek, etc. Franziska and Andreas were perfect hosts, recommending an excellent restaurant across the street and looking after my every need. A highlight was the jacuzzi where you can relax, sip a glass of wine and watch the zebras & sprongbok grazing. Second to that was capuccino on the patio as i basked in the sunshine and enjoyed the delicious breakfast. I had a hard time leaving the next morning and was exteremely grateful for the excellent driving directions. Definitely the place to stay!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2012

We stayed in Swellendam for one night on our way from Franschhoek to Plettenberg Bay. Andreas greeted us and was exceptionally friendly and helpful. He then advised that he had upgraded us to their honeymoon suite which was wonderful. The room was modern, airy, spacious and we had our own patio with table and chairs. In addition, we also had another door outside which opened onto a private paved area with 2 sun loungers, just through an archway in the hedge was the pool. The internet access provided here was by a long way the best and most reliable we found anywhere on our 3 week trip in SA....it's nice that a hotelier had thought of using WiFi extenders in all their rooms, given they are so inexpensive and easy to set up! A full Satellite TV package (including all sports channels) was also provided, although we didn't avail of it.

Rothman Manor is set in a beautiful estate with a large pond containing lilly pads and other plant life. There is also numerous metal animal carvings throughout the property which add to its character. On the far side of the estate is a jacuzzi which is sunken into a deck area, overlooking the small nature reserve next door which contains zebras and springboks...it was very peaceful and a nice way to unwind. Breakfast was freshly made, tasty and served outside in wonderful surroundings.

Swellendam itself doesn't seem to have a lot to do other than a couple of restaurants (although we didn't really look for any activities as our stay was so short). One restaurant, as recommended by Andreas, is La Sosta. We had the most wonderful meal, and it is by no means your average Italian restaurant....there wasn't a pizza to be seen! It was easily the best Italian meal we have had outside Italy and comfortably in our top 3 meals on our holiday - given that my wife and I are foodies and ate at what have been voted some of the worlds' best restaurants on this trip, it is praise indeed.

I would happily stay at Rothman Manor again, in fact I hope to, and Andreas is a wonderful host and an exceptionally nice man.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2012

We enjoyed our stay here very much. Our room was on the small side, but had all we needed and was clean with all facilities. Lovely breakfast, and a warm and helpful reception to our stay. Free washed car much appreciated.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Stratford-upon-avon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2012

Having approached Swellendam from the west past the sewage works and an industrial estate we were a little apprehensive. We had no need to be and that was clear from the moment Franziska greeted us with a warm smile and tour of this magnificent small estate. The rooms were cool (in every sense), the decor tastefully African, the swimming pool and gardens overlooking the eco-reserve the perfect spaces to cope with a broiling South African afternoon. Franziska and Andreas could not do enough for us, their restaurant recommendation (Koornlands) faultless and they were even effective at reassuring us about a forest fire which merely provided additional drama. 2 nights were certainly not enough fully to appreciate this slightly unfashionable but underestimated gateway to the "Garden Route".

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2012

Excellent stop off if you want to break the drive between Knysna and Cape Town. Initially chosen due to location this place is really outstanding. Beautiful old house refurbished into modern luxurious suites. Wonderful attention to detail, right down to rolled towels and flowers floating in water bowls around the pool. Andreas and Franziska could not do enough to make our stay better and booked a table at the Old Mill restarant across the street. My 5 year old loved the buck and zebra and there were so many places for him to explore in the garden (keep an eye tho as there is some water). He also was very taken with the huge bath to swim in. Breakfast served on the terrace was delicious with lots of choice. Don't forget to visit Wildebraam Liquers and Berry Farm for a tasting and the lovely Rain shop (practically next door) for bath products.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Rothman Manor
Address: 286 Voortrek Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 37 B&Bs / Inns in Swellendam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Rothman Manor 5*
Number of rooms: 6
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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