Staying at the Old Thatch Lodge is in experience in itself. I do not think I've ever been that pampered in my life. A stay at this B&B would cost hundreds of dollars in the U.S. The rooms are beautiful, with African masks and every detail thought through and created with a lot of taste and care. A porcupine-needle bed lamp. A wooden carving of giraffe taller than our 6'4" son. Wooden window shutters. Body lotion in the bathroom for the dry African winter. Fantastic beds and blankets. Full use of a beautiful kitchen and a common lounge, which is more like a living room with a fireplace. Staying there felt like being a houseguest at a friend's house. In the morning, when I opened the room door, I saw a fully set table in front of me in the living room, with jams, fruits, and breads. The owner, Karin, convinced me to try her eggs, which she prepared herself, and they were superb. Our kid enjoyed playing with the dogs (who are not allowed into the house). It rained, and we hung our on the covered terrace for a while, talking to Karin. The garden is beautiful, and we regret we did not have the time to try the sauna. The photos on the lodging websites, in my opinion. do not do justice to the Old Thatch Lodge. Extraordinarily pleasant stay.
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- The Old Thatch Lodge Guest House Swellendam invites you to a National Monument and guest house and welcomes you to stay in our comfortable accommodation in Swellendam. Have a rest in our wonderful guest house garden, and visit the surrounding nature reserves and the historic city of Swellendam - the third oldest town in South Africa. ... more less
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