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“The Perfect Getaway” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Schoone Oordt Country House
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Swellendam
Certificate of Excellence
Cape Town
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“The Perfect Getaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

I cannot recommend this guesthouse highly enough. Wow! From the friendly reception we received from our hosts, Alison & Richard (I must also mention Shadow, the wonderful husky - we're husky lovers with 2 of our own) to the beautifully restored manor house to the delicious gourmet breakfast.

The guest rooms are beautifully decorated and well-appointed. The attention to detail in the rooms is incredible, such as; proper filter coffee with real milk, yummy homemade rusks, handmade bath salts, soaps and lotions in the bathroom and luxurious bathrobes embroidered with Schoone Oordt's crest. The bathrooms are large with a free-standing bath, walk-in shower and twin basins. I'm not normally a bath guy (much prefer showers), however I couldn't resist a relaxing soak with the lavender salts before venturing out to dinner.

In each room there's a large wood-burning fireplace that certainly sets the scene! We had a slightly chilly spring evening while at Schoone Oordt, but the room was perfectly snug once we got the fire roaring.

The manicured gardens are so pretty with a great pool and loungers - wonderful for those scorching summer days with the sound of trickling of water from the fountains.

Not only is the Schoone Oordt perfect if you wish to stopover during the drive to/from the Garden Route, but is also makes a stunning exclusive weekend break from Cape Town. Just over 2-hours from Cape Town, it's closer than you think.

Will definitely be back.

Room Tip: The luxury rooms are worth the extra. Entrance directly from the garden
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

Beautiful rooms, stunning grounds, excellent breakfasts, welcome drinks, perfect position, very well priced, lovely town- we''ll be sending everyone to Schooner Oordt. We cannot speak now highly if this destination.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

Everything from the warm welcome to the beautiful setting, lovely room, restaurant recommendation and breakfast was amazing. Sonette even made a dinner reservation for us before our arrival, knowing that the restaurants would be busy. It's amazing to see the vision and passion that went into the renovation of this beautiful property. Definitely worth a visit!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

Stayed in room 4 (one of the garden luxury suites) for 2 nights with dinner on the first night. We had stayed in Swellendam before and knew that the standard of accommodation here is high. Schoone Oordt lived up to all our expectations. A lovely welcome from Sonette who showed us to our delightful, large, friendly room with terrace overloking the garden. Excellent large bed and wonderful bathroom/shower and cosmetics. (locally produced and we called to buy some when leaving). Fridge and bathrobes in room but no safe. Very quiet. peaceful surrounds with easy walking into town and the many restauants. Ideal infact. Safe parking and a clean car every morning!! Lovely pool.
We booked ahead (you need to) and were treated to a tasting menu dinner - prepared by the very able Wander and discussed in detail with us - as well as two delightful (and very different) breakfasts. Everything here is thought out and happens very naturally. Attention to detail is everywhere. Lovely wood fire in the room which (by suggestion of Sonette) was lit at turndown to welcome us back from dinner.
Enjoyed lovely day touring the Bontebok reserve (excellent bird watching) before dinner at Field and Fork restauant on our second night. Close and good.
Schoone Oordt is a must for a stay in Swellendam. We shall not hesitate to stay again.

Room Tip: The wood fires in the garden /luxury suites are great
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

An excellent standard of accomodation more akin to a 4* boutique hotel. The service was very good indeed and everything had been provided for even in the rain. Breakfast was beautifully presented and very fine - not just bacon and eggs on a plate.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

We spent one wonerful night in the amazing Schooe Oordt guest house! This place is pure perfection. Thanks to Sonette and Wander for making our stay so enjoyable and unforgettable! They really make the place feel like a home away from home, the relaxed, warm atmosphere is a credit to them both. The service was outstanding. The breakfast was the best we had during our 3 weeks in South Africa (compliments to Wander!) and to top it off our car was washed while we ate!!! The house is wonderfully furnished and has a very rustic charm to it. It has a cosy bar with Jazz music playing in the back ground, you can't help but completely wind down and chill! The house is located in the center of Swellendam which is perfect to explore the village on foot. We would recommend La Sosta Italian restaurant in the village for dinner and the village museum is definately worth a visit. Our room was very spacious and very cosy especially when we lit the log fire! There is pool and garden to enjoy also. The one downside to our stay is that we only had one night to enjoy Schoone Oordt. Thanks again to Sonette and Wander for a special time in Schoone Oordt. We would highly recommend a visit and were trilled that we included it in our trip.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2012

We loved this beautifully restored and maintained guest house in the hearty of Swellendam. The hosts, Wander and Sonette (and Shadow) are attentive and friendly and clearly love what they are doing.

Breakfasts are fantastic and different from anywhere else that we've stayed and Wander's four course dinner was brilliant.

We can highly recommend this guesthouse to anyone and know that they will be looked after from check-in to check-out.

They even washed my very dirty car while we were having breakfast on the morning we left!

Room Tip: We were lucky enough to see most of the rooms and all of them are fabulous. The rooms with the firep...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Alison_J_Walker, Owner at Schoone Oordt Country House, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Dear Raffi

Thank you so much for such a lovely review, especially as there were a couple of hiccups on your first evening! We truly appreciate you taking the time to post, we LOVED having you to stay and look forward to a return visit.

With love,
Alison
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Property: Schoone Oordt Country House
Address: 1 Swellengrebel Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Swellendam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Schoone Oordt Country House 5*
Number of rooms: 10
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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