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Augusta de Mist Country House
Ranked #30 of 39 Swellendam B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 23, 2011

The rooms in the individual cottages are large with living room, bedroom and wonderful bath. They are beautiful, well decorated, and exceptionally comfortable. The bath includes a walk-in shower and a jetted tub. All perfect for a very relaxing time. The grounds are large with great flowers and other vegetation. Parking is very convenient. Michel is a great host. Swellendam is a good location to visit other sites in the general vicinity.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 23, 2011

Thanks to all the staff at Augusta for making our stay at your guesthouse a wonderful experience,
we were welcomed with open arms arriving late afternoon.
Coffee and biscuits on the 'stoep' whilst enjoying the atmosphere of the original historic house and the trendy decor.
The room/s and linen was superb.
Even our 1yr old daughter enjoyed the stay - lost of grass the crawl on and the dogs love children, what a bonus!
Most of all, I enjoyed the breakfast because everything was home made - the Apricot Jam and farm style butter... 'out of this world!' Nham nham!
Would really love to stay there again.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 15, 2011

We experienced Augusta De Mist as a very unique B&B with its lovely historical main house and cottages embraced with a beautiful garden, which comes very close to the Garden of Eden. During our 2 day stay we felt very much at home and almost a little like in the middle of paradise; especially while having tea on the patio of our cottage. Although our cottage took us on a trip down memory lane, maintaining the character of old times, it was fully equipped with all the luxuries and comfort of modern times. Being taken very good care of we really enjoyed the great delicious food, entailing breakfast and optional dinner, consisting of traditional South African home-made dishes and a selection of house wines (even the yoghurt is home-made) made with a personal touch. Again anytime - we will definitely be back.

Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 13, 2011

Where to begin? We love the highs and lows of travelling and are fine with both luxury as well as backpacker standard. What really is important when you travel is character and originality. Augusta de Mist has that all and more. The owners have made ever detail of this gorgeous cluster of cottages outstanding. From the lush gardens, to the stylish decor, from the knowledge of the area and the many cultures that make up South Africa, to the home baked muffins - everything is done with an eye for detail and attention to your needs as the guest. We honestly felt "at home" and would recommend anyone spending time in the Western Cape to put this on the list.
Btw, this is the first time I have ever been motivated to write a review.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 26, 2011

My husband and I stayed at Augusta de Mist for one night during a weekend in February 2011. We absolutely LOVED everything about it! The decor, the history, the antiques, the garden..but most of all the owners Henk and Michel - they have created a haven where we just felt at home. Augusta de Mist is one of those places where you have to experience staying there, to appreciate what I'm trying to put in words - it is a truly unique, hospitable, stunningly warm and cosy guesthouse, on a surprisingly large plot, with beautifull walkways up the hill through a cleverly overgrown gem of a garden. We would most definitely recommend staying at Augusta de Mist and can't wait for our next visit there! - Nina Nolte

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 26, 2011

We stayed here for one night in December 2010 and had a great stay. The place is being updated under new ownership and they're doing a great job. It's a little maze of paths and cottages. The cottage we stayed in had its own fireplace, living room, and doors out onto the gardens.

The guys running the place make their own jams and do a mean breakfast. They add the special touches that makes this place a little gem.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2011

Three generations of my family (partner, small child and parents) were of one mind in describing our stay at augusta de mist as "perfect" (an enthusiastic beeping sound in the case of my son). MIchel and Henk, the current owners, have a breathtakingly beautiful setting in which to exercise their considerable charms. MIchel is front of house, witty, welcoming, never obtrusive, but always managing to be around when you need him, while Henk provides wonderful cooking and company in the evening. WE have all visited Swellendam before, and have never enjoyed it as much: they have made it a destination, which is saying something. Four nights was hardly enough. For those with children I should add that nothing was too much trouble for them and unlike many guesthouse operators they made us feel entirely at ease about having our boy running around the place and being a nuisance. Incredibly nice people and an incredibly nice place.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Augusta de Mist Country House

Address: 3 Human Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Swellendam
Price Range: $144 - $200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Augusta de Mist Country House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of the most beautiful guesthouses in Swellendam, on South Africa's Garden Route. Experience stylish living on a large country retreat. It is the biggest dilemma you are faced with when visiting Augusta de Mist: where do you sit? The pool area is perfect with a large willow tree and the kind of privacy that encourages you to shed the layers and have a cocktail. But then privacy is even greater in the small fynbos forest at the top of the property where you can climb a hand-hewn stairway to a fine view of the Overberg. Of course just the thought of all that hiking on the grounds makes the fountain on the front lawns quite a good bet for a good old sit and much more civilised. Speaking of civilised, you may as well take tea on the stoep while sitting and take in the lawns, rose bushes and giant trees. Or just sit on the lawn. But what about the picnic clearing in the fynbos forest, around wine cellar or even just the lounge in your suite? Such is life in the country. There are not enough days on the average visit to sit in all the available spaces and congratulate yourself on a perfect choice. Augusta de Mist is a 4-star retreat set on 1.5 Ha of eclectic fynbos. The country estate in typical Cape fashion boasts a deeply romantic 1802 Cape Dutch National Monument with more original features than you can shake a stick at. The shutters are yellowwood and the ironmongery original, as are the reed ceilings held together with 200+ year-old mud and clay. This manor building forms the social hub of the estate housing both the guest lounge and dining rooms. It also plays host to a Heritage Suite (where Desmond Tutu stayed in October 2013), which pays homage to Swellendam history and references South African iconic images and items. The bed is crowned by a cupola inspired by the Eastern style of the local church, while the reading room in the suite teams Afrikaner quilts and World Cup makarapas, which are pure township art. Wander past the pool, over seasonal streams or by the kitchen herb garden to stumble upon the garden cottages. On first glance, the allure is obvious. Simple white structures, the bridal suites are reminiscent of the historic cottages of this region, with reed ceilings, shuttered windows, bucolic views and indigenous or water-wise planting that welcome you. As you step inside the suites, you discover even more country romance in the stylishly appointed interiors, which mixes the eclectic African, South African and European heritage. In reflecting the architecture, each of the suites features subtle and unique decor. The finishes are chosen for comfort and have a lived-in feel. Vintage pieces and antiques have been selected with care, adding to the homegrown spirit that pervades. Unique African art punctuates throughout. Crisp yet plush bedding comforts you through the night while the bespoke lamps provide a source of warm and cosy lighting. While the cottages are meant to tell the old stories of Swellendam each also has its luxurious touch. Every suite has its own lounge, large bedrooms with similarly large en-suite bathrooms living areas and private gardens. Almost all of them have their own fireplaces. Afternoon tea is sometimes available in season, and is served by the team at 'Augusta's African Kitchen', with its focus on pan-African cuisine. Some of the dishes are Afrikaner while others are Cape Malay. Says Henk, 'Our kitchen is not professional. Nor do we open our doors to the public. Unless they beg. We cook because we love the flavours of Africa. It is the food we know and grew up with. We love the fact that Milktart can be made in a different way depending if you are Afrikaans or Muslim. So whether you like koeksisters or koesisters, we want you to be satisfied.' The team specialises in sourcing the best they can find in the area and it is all too easy to say yes to every morsel. I saw a petite young Belgian woman work her way through four koeksisters and assistant Melanie laughs as she tells me about the German group of nine, who interrupted the flow of dinner and demanded a second serving of Biltong Soup after which they gave rapturous applause. It is this focus on quality that had Henk and Michel develop a small range of wine with Andrew Barns of Mischa Estate. 'The wine is something that we take great pride in. Drinking a wine of quality is a responsibility we take seriously. We chose to make a signature wine with someone who loves making wine, and who does not do it as a business venture but as a vocation,' Michel says. 'The wines we made are artisanal and of the highest quality. We know Andrew and Rachel very well and we are very proud to serve this small range'. ... more   less 
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