After looking into a couple of places (Schoone Oordt House lovely but expensive, and the Swellengrebel Hotel same price but dumpier) we chose Cypress Cottage value for money and also because we liked the owner. We got the front room facing the garden of this old country converted house. The room that is also showcased in their pamphlet was next to the wooden stairs that made some noise, fortunately people stop going up early. The room is simply and nicely decorated, clean with a small bathroom and no TV. My computer would not pick up the free wi-fi. There is a kettle, a small refrigerator and a room safe. The toilette makes a racket every time you flush; the towels are line dried so a little rough but very white, and there was no shampoo, conditioner or soap just the hand soap. This might have been just an oversight, but at 7 Am I didn’t want to go wake everyone up and I had some in my bag. The room had a heater and an electric blanket that we used. We paid 600 Rand with what they call a full English breakfast and parking. We had a complimentary glass of wine and a nice conversation with the owner. We had a nice quiet evening after another long pleasant driving day. Went from Hermanus to Cape Agulhas the southernmost place in Africa, took some pictures and left, there is not much there especially in bad weather. We had the intention of crossing into Arniston. Except the red roads in our map listed as “other” are actually dirt roads so had to backtrack to the main highway. We had lunch in Arniston since it was supposed to be a “gem of a town”, at the Arniston Hotel and Spa, the only restaurant in town. It was actually pretty good and not expensive. There was bad weather in the cape so we could not go to the cave, the highlight. Not much else to see or do there so on to Swellendam through an immense farming area.
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