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Augusta de Mist Country House
Ranked #30 of 38 Swellendam B&B and Inns
Kingsdown, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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Reviewed September 9, 2011

We only stayed at Augusta de Mist for two nights and we wish that we could have stayed longer. Our room was so interesting and filled with beautiful furniture and furnishings. Actually the whole hotel is full of beautiful things you really felt that so much care and attention is put into every aspect. Michel is a goldmine of information and conversation. He was so supportive when I had a problem with the lights in our room. It was all my fault as I did not heed his advice! The breakfasts were excellent, freshly prepared and with so many choices. Thankyou does not seem a big enough word to say to Michel and his team as our stay there was memorable and we did indeed feel so welcome.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

My wife and I decided to break our journey en route to Cape Town and had been recommended to find Henk and Michel at Augusta de Mist. What a wonderful surprise. precise atention to detail, while keeping the atmosphere of all the properties history. Rooms were beautifully spacious, well appointed and spotlessly clean. Did not have dinner there, but the next morning Michel, Henk and their team cooked us one of the best breakfasts i have had in a long while. we have recommended Augusta de Mist to all our friends travelling that way

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town
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Reviewed August 28, 2011

We had a wonderful stay at Augusta de Mist and have been back three times! The guest house has loads of history and character, and makes for a perfect getaway or stopover if you are travelling alone, as a couple or family. Michel and Henk make wonderful hosts and we will certainly be back many more times indeed!!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Centurion
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

As a travelling professional speaker I am regularly tortured by goofy guest houses and absurd accommodation arrangements. Then I discovered a gem of a guest house in Swellendam. As a first-time visitor to the town, I surrendered to the calm and tranquility of the green trees at Augusta de Mist, plunged into a soft bed, surrounded by a beautiful atmosphere. My experience was truly authentic and I extended my original stay of one night to an unplanned two nights. It was not good for my business, but did wonders for my soul :-)

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

Despite the short time, our stay at Augusta de Mist was an unqualifed joy from start to finish. We were met at our car on arrival and ushered into our fabulous garden suite - immaculately furnished with amazing attention to detail that one does not often see.
After sinking under the most gorgeous duck down duvets we were awoken to the most beautiful sunbirds outside our bedroom window. Breakfast was aboslutely delicious and the gracious host haded us a pot of home-made apricot jam as we left ...highly recommended if you are in the area!


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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Launceston, Australia
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Reviewed August 14, 2011

What a secret gem! Well worth a stop even if you dont have time to look around Swellendam. If you have a chance to stay at Augusta de Mist, you must stay for dinner. Michel and Hank were delightful hosts and the food was totally to die for!! Our sons(10 & 15yrs) still talk about Hanks fabulous soup!. On returning home to Australia, we still talk about Augusta de Mist!! and would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 9, 2011

We stayed for one night on our way back from Knysna to Cape Town. This hotel is fantastic. The grounds are full of wildlife and plants and were fun to wander round. The rooms are beautiful, and are furnished attractively whilst retaining original features such as the traditional ceilings. We had dinner at the hotel, from the Augusta African Kitchen, and it was the best meal we had in South Africa. Great place to stop on a Garden Route trip. Wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: 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 38 B&Bs / Inns in Swellendam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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