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Augusta de Mist Country House
Ranked #2 of 37 Swellendam B&B and Inns
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Zurich
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“Excellent stay in Swellendam.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2013

Stayed here 2 nights in December. The Arum Lily cottage is super private and comes with nice fireplace. The host, Michel, is very attentive, dinner is amazing, so don't miss out on that. For the second night the owner has already booked us in another restaurant (La Sosta, amazing, another must go) which is apparently booked out usually, so we much appreciated the pre-arrangement.

Room Tip: Arum Lily is super private, we loved it.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2013 via mobile

Wow, what can I say? If you are even considering another B&B in Swellendam, don't. Stay here. We stayed here for 2 nights after driving straight from the Cape Town Airport (about 2 hours). Immediately we felt relaxed and at home. We stayed in room 7, which is incredibly private. Michel was an amazing host, and we happened to be lucky enough to book the dinner there during our first night (they do not have dinners each night). The stay was peaceful and the dinner was one of the best we've had. The menu changes, but trust me, anything Henk makes will be simply delicious! Thanks to both of you for helping us relax into out 21 day visit of SA. If the rest of our trip is as good as the beginning, we're in for a trip of a lifetime! Amanda & Dan

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2013

This is the type of property and people that you always hope you find on a vacation. Michel could not of been a more gracious host, even baking a delicous choclate cake one day and offering us some! The grounds are incredible. Little stone pathways meander through lush fuana, passing by a pool and other small cottages. We stayed in the private cottage at the back of the property and it was stunning. The furnishings, the bed, the jacuzzi tub, and working fireplace all make this place a must stay on the Garden Route. The breakfast was perfect. Fresh baked muffins, rolls, good coffee, eggs,homemade jams, excellent bacon are all on the mornings agenda. One morning, i even woke to find the staff washing my car. It's this type of above-and-beyond service that seperates Augusta from the rest. It's about an hour away from Cape Agulhas, and the Trudow Pass drive on a sunny day is a must. After staying there for 2 nights, me and my wife now proudly call Michel aka "David" (ha!) our friend. Tops.

Room Tip: Go with the private cottage. its great.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2013

We stayed at Augusta for 2 nights and I must say it was not nearly long enough. The property is beautiful and the decor is simply stylish and very detailed.The bed in our room was handmade and is truly a work of art. I discovered that almost all the beds are different in design and the guys designed each one specifically for the space. Make sure to book dinner on your stay - it was one of my top 2 meals in South Africa. The food is fresh and so inventive - if these guys decided to close up this business and set up a restaurant in the UK, they would be full every night. The winelist is also very exclusive and well thought-out. Suffice to say, service was excellent and as other reviewers have noted, everything here is done with love.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2013

Augusta de Mist was one of the guest houses on our tour of the garden route organised by our excellent travel agents Audley Travel (highly recommended). It is an old house built in 1802 with garden rooms lovingly restored by Michel and Henk. Our garden room had a lovely bedroom with a double shower bathroom and a sitting room that led out to our own patio. No detail has been overlooked, no loving expense spared. Gorgeous little grounds with hidden pathways and ponds and a swimming pool. It just does not get any better!

Except it does. Make sure you book one of the nights they cook, because you are in for a wonderful 5 course dinner to die and go to heaven for. Henk cooks the mains and Michel the sweets. Served in their lovely dining room with plenty of fun and banter with the other guests and the boys.

All that with a great bottle of wine for the equivalent of about £40.

Now I could go on and tell you about the breakfasts but I'm not going to ruin the surprises because when you go I want you to enjoy it as much as we did.

Room Tip: Any they are all magical
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013

Having just returned from a wonderful trip to South Africa there are few memories which are more vivid than others. My stay at Augusta de Mist is perhaps the most vivid of all. The warm welcome and caring service by the attentive owners; the tips and suggestions which are made based on our needs and wants; the very on-trend decor; the fantastic gardens... the list just goes on.
Michel ( Ann Arbor is our shared alma mater) is simply awesome - he went out of his way to organise us transport and he made sure that the charger we forgot was sent to our last accommodation in CT before we left. Dinner at their African Kitchen was the best meal we had in South Africa and one of the most memorable we have ever had. You must have a heart of stone not to be seduced by the combination of elements which all come together in such a harmonious whole.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013

Unfortunately we only stayed in Augusta de Mist for one night on our way from Hermanus to Oudtshoorn. From the friendly greeting by Michel to the wonderful cottage in amazing gardens, everything about Augusta de Mist is perfect. The attention to detail is faultless and the extra little touches of homemade cakes and cookies, perfect music, delicious breakfast just left us wanting more. Unfortunately the cook was ill so we couldn't try the evening meal but Michel booked us in to the restaurant at the museum which was very good. Thank you Michel and Henck, we didn't want to leave and will certainly return for longer another time.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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 #2 of 37 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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