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Augusta de Mist Country House
Ranked #31 of 40 Swellendam B&B and Inns
Reviewed September 3, 2013

My husband and I used to go to Knysna quite a lot, but one stormy evening we couldn't get to Knysna, so we ended up stopping in Swellendam and staying over at AdM. That was a year ago. The hosts have weaned us off our addiction of further down the Garden Route for long weekend. Now we come here several times a year. We've been six times, and we feel part of the family. Well done guys, your food is wonderful (AND I MEAN THIS), and your rooms are like a treasure box. You've thought of everything. We look forward to seeing you in December!

Room Tip: After 6 stops, we've stayed in both cottage, the family suite and the twin room. Our favourite...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

This is without diubt the best place of our stay in the Western Cape in May. Hank & Michel went out lf their way to make us comfortable and looked atter us so well. Dinner was the best of the trip and breakfasts were inthe old style wirh loads of bacon, eggs, homemade yoghurt and homemade scones. The suites are extremeky well decorated with very stykish linens, art and fresh coffee etc. You also have a well stocked mini bar to choose from. The estate features an exquisite garden and some wonderful nooks and crannies. Unforgetable. I doubt better can be found inSwelkendam.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

How this is a kept secret I don't know. The boys have been at this for three years and we had friends who spent a weekend here earlier in the year. So what a surprise when they insisted for this trip to South Africa that we drive 2 hours outside of Cape Town to stay here. And we are grateful we did. The food was excellent. It was low season, so there weren't too many guests (only a family of three Americans -- and how delightful they were too!). The advertised 3 or 4 course meal is closer to 5 or 6 (with a surprise Michael says). Every course was remarkably different. And since it was the weekend they served dinner 2 nights in a row. We left feeling at least one stone overweight. Each. Whatever you do, when the boys tell you not to eat lunch, don't.

Room Tip: We stayed up on the hill in Arom Lily. Best views and totally private close to the quaint bird deck.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

We truly loved Augusta de Mist. The setting is spectacular in the most verdant of gardens we have seen in a while. The decor is just perfect - contemporary and quite reflective of the African style. the dinner was delicious with great flavours and skillful cooking. We also really enjoyed the wine served with dinner immensely. Best of all must be the genuine care and concern of the owners who went out of their way to ensure that we were happy.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank 151franks
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

There are a lot of places to choose from in Swellendam, and we choose this one as part of our honeymoon. So glad we did, too! Staying 3 nights in Swellendam is not only a suggestion, but a must. Fortuatenly we read enough on Augusta to warrent staying more than a night, and fortunately we hit two nights they were open for dinner. Not only was each of the two nights different, but totally different. Some places you eat 5 courses, you "taste" what is in common, sort of the signature of the chef. But not here. Each course was unique (which makes 10 courses over the two nights), and a flavour sensation. It was too bad for the people on one of the three nights they weren't open for evening meal. They don't know what they missed and the guys don't compromise. They aren't in it for the money, u know. This should be a drawcard for the whole area. Yum Yum Yum Yum Yum.

Room Tip: All the rooms (or suites) are different. Email them first to see which one is best for you.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

Back home in Blighty we think back with much fondness about our stay in SA. And the place which really stole our hearts was this one. I am so glad our agent insisted that we stay here for 2 nights. SHe promised that it would be a highlight and it was. Henk and Michel ensured that we had the best stay possible. Food from the African Kitchen is excellent and the suites are truly well decorated. We were sad to leave and would very much like to return on our next visit to SA.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

We decided that if we wrote a review of any other place in South Afirca it would pale by comparison. Everything else would only get 4 stars out of 5. So we saved the best for last and we discovered the most amazing pop up restaurant you could ever imagine. Thank goodness that when we checked in they told us they were only cooking the next night, and they convinced us to stay the two. What a delight. Well done guys. To the rest of the world, this is one of the top meals I've eaten in my life. All 5 courses were great, and all so different. Stay the two nights - the boys will take care of you!

Room Tip: all different. we stayed in the one with the outside shower. so we had steam rising around us!
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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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 #31 of 40 B&Bs / Inns in Swellendam
Price Range: $178 - $231 (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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