We were on honeymoon and having seen the website decided to stay at this guest house. It certainly did not disappoint. Swellendam is not the most inspiring town but a stay here is worth it.
From the moment we arrived we were greeted by Wander, who is the jovial landlord, and he made us feel at ease immediately. After he had helped us inload our car we went and had sharpeners with him in the wonderful colonial house. He was an excellent host.
We went back to our room and then for a walk at the local reserve. The room was immaculate, peaceful and just what we dreamed of. Very spoiling and very well fitted. There is a lovely swimming pool and beautifully tended gardens.
Wander is planning to open a formal restaurant for guests in January and so we opted to try his tasting menu. Boy we were not disappointed and with the help of Sonette (Wander's wife) we had the most delightful evening. We ate things we would not have normally chosen from a menu and Wander made these course melt in our mouths. They had the most excellent range of local wines and as well a stocked bar as I have ever seen. The Dining Room is lovely and looks out over the garden. There is also a traditional Brai space there.
Then there was breakfast too and that was sensational. We loved our stay there so much it could not have been bettered. All the staff are delightful, the whole estate is beautifully kept and we just loved it.
Do not pass Swellendam without staying at Schoone Oordt,
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Schoone Oordt Country House is one of the top boutique hotels in Swellendam with a heartfelt passion for people, for food, for wine and for the environment. Our luxury country hotel offers romantic & intimate as well as family friendly accommodation in Swellendam, South Africa. The emphasis here is on warmth, care, elegance, quality and love and we aspire to make this evident in every aspect of your time with us. We do hope you feel as though you’re visiting with the best of friends. ... more less
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- Schoone Oordt Country House Hotel Swellendam