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“Stunning Guest House”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Rothman Manor

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Rothman Manor
Ranked #3 of 37 Swellendam B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Aston UK
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151 reviews
64 hotel reviews
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“Stunning Guest House”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

This is a truly fabulous guest house and the apartment we were given was truly stunning! It looked and felt brand new but in fact was 14 years old, but the attention to detail given makes in feel so clean and new and beautifully decorated. It was slightly out of town but we ate at the highly recommended Italian La Sosta and had a complementary shuttle and we delighted with the food and service there too. The owners are 100% commited to providing a comfortable stay and the breakfast is lovely. The Zebra and Sprinbok in the fields were lovely to see too. Perfectly manicured grounds - great place to stay

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

We had a lovely spacious room with a huge bathroom. Toiletries and towels are high quality and it was spotlessly clean and well maintained. The extensive gardens are beautiful and the pool was lovely.
The owners really go the extra mile and the breakfast was perfect. We stayed for 2 nights which was too long as there is very little to do in Swellendam as it's a real one horse town. If you must stay in Swellendam, then this is the place to stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

Good place to stop on the Garden route but outside of the hotel the town has very little to offer.
We had a large spacious, luxury room with a sitting area and dressing room, so it was more like a small apartment than a hotel room. The room had its own patio and sun deck and was in a secluded part of the garden overlooking a small lake. Elsewhere in the garden, there are numerous seating areas, a swimming pool and zebra and springbok in the adjacent field.
The bathroom was huge, with a seperate shower and jacuzzi bath.
The owners have excellent customer service skills and nothing seems too much trouble. From the abundance of fluffy towels to the quality toiletries, everywhere you turn there is something to make life easier or your stay more enjoyable. We even came out one morning and all the cars had been washed! Top class hotel!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hampshire, UK
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

We stayed in this fabulous guest house on the way from Knysna to Franschhoek and were extremely pleased with our visit. The owners run a fantastic business, enjoying their own stock of wildlife. The situation is very quiet, the rooms are well equipped and the breakfasts exquisite. Did not try the pool but it did look very inviting. Only sorry that we did not arrange to stay longer but will do next time.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

This was first class! It was a peaceful, relaxing place, spacious and elegant set in beautiful gardens and we wished we'd stayed longer. The breakfasts were beautiful too and the owners most helpful and friendly without being intrusive.
Keith and Iola

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

We booked to stay at Rothman Manor for only two days/evenings (in early October) - our mistake;we should have booked to stay longer. This guest house is superb - decor, ambiance, internal and external surroundings. Super hosts, very attentive and not just at breakfast; eg great recommendations for dinner and for other places to visit. We particularly appreciated the breakfasts, the decoration/art work in our room, the pond and the weaver birds, the nearby area of zebra and bontebok and indeed the on site/off road parking. Spend time here, in Swellendam and relax and be reinvigorated.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

The most beautiful guest house, in the most beautiful park. Lovely birds, zebra and bok; a great jacuzzi deck, and a nice pool. Fabulous breakfast. By far the best guest house we stayed in all of Sth Africa.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Rothman Manor

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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