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“Lovely Old Country House”

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Schoone Oordt Country House
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Swellendam
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“Lovely Old Country House”
Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed staying her for 2 nights as a stopover on the way to the Garden coast. Whilst providing a peaceful oasis very close to the old centre of Swellendam, the house has a beautiful garden with a reasonable sized pool and itself has some large lovely old rooms. Most of the guest rooms are in self-contained units in the garden. The staff are very friendly and attentive, and the food is fantastic. Strongly recommended !

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

Our room was in a cottage, not the elegant main house, but was pleasant and comfortable, though the rear outlook onto a blank wall, with a walkway above and one pot plant, was better avoided. The owners have tried hard to provide a personal, country house atmosphere, but we were not really there long enough to appreciate it. We were not impressed by breakfast, which was a set menu of things we didn't want to eat: most hotels of this standard offer more of a choice. Overall though, a pleasant stopover in a quaint small town.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

All of the staff at Schoone Oordt seem to be enjoying every minute of their job. Consequently, the level of service at this beautiful Cape Dutch home could not be faulted. Rooms are spacious with charming bathrooms (fabulous showers and roll top baths), a balcony overlooking the garden (room 1) and a real log fire for colder weather. Breakfast was a feast and will set you up until evening. Three courses! The restaurant is excellent and we would recommend dining in the conservatory. During the day, you can relax by the pool. It's very calm and peaceful here. There's not a massive amount to see or do in the little town of Swellemdam, but don't let that put you off. We would strongly recommend staying at Schoone Oordt as a stopover on the Garden Route (approximately 3 hours' drive from Cape Town and 2 hours from Franschoek). All in all, highly recommended.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Long Buckby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 7, 2014

Stayed for two nights as part of our journey from Cape Town along the Garden route and return. We had stayed in some good hotels/B&B but this surpassed all and was just the bit of 'luxury' we needed towards the end of our trip. Lovely rooms and bathroom with large comfy king bed. Everything that you could want in a room with minbar and coffee. Breakfasts excellent set in a dining room overlooking gardens. We eat in the restaurant one night and was not disappointed as our meal was a gastronomic delight.

Didn't use the swimming pool, which although not large is well positioned.

Staff were welcoming and helpful and washing the car each morning a bonus! The only slight downside was the speed and connection to the internet. Whilst it was stated that it was available throughout the property that was not the case and never succeeded in our room. When I enquired I was told it was Apple products ……. hmm. Never had a problem elsewhere in SA.

Highly recommended as it will provide a few treasured moments to your SA trip.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Alison_J_Walker, Owner at Schoone Oordt Country House, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review and for your very kind words. We loved having you to stay.

We have been struggling with our internet service and yes, strangely enough, it has been primarily with Apple products. We are in the process of rectifying this. We are very very sorry that it wasn't up to standard.

We do hope you'll return soon for another relaxed stay, but with the speediest of connections!
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

We stayed one night in a luxury room. Everything about our stay was perfect. The reception, the staff, the room - the original furniture and the bathroom fixtures were an added touch - take note of the windows as they replicas of the originals with counter weight pulley system. , the gourmet breakfast - watermelon salad with crumbled goat cheese, followed by French toast with caramelized banana.

Walk around the property which is set in an old estate. Much go the original furniture and decorations are still present and in mint condition. The location is ideal, retreated from the Main Street but close enough that you can walk to some of the restaurants.

And most importantly, the bed was very comfortable, we slept very well - that is the acid test!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed February 2, 2014

We stayed at this lovely boutique hotel for 3 nights. Our room was fabulous and the bathroom gorgeous. The staff were very welcoming and extremely helpful, suggesting and booking restaurants, horse riding nearby and a great massage at Rain (highly recommended, plus a must is their shop which sells all the delicious soaps we had used at the hotel). The breakfasts were delicious and the afternoon tea a lovely touch. I happily highly recommend this little oasis.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

Our stay at Schoone Oordt was booked by our travel agent as a 'convenient stop' between the garden route and Cape Town for our last night before flying back to the UK. All I can say is how fortunate we were with the selection of this hotel. We stayed in some very good hotels / lodges / country houses during our vacation, but Schoone Oordt topped them all and really made a special end to our vacation in South Africa.

The lovingly restored house oozed charm and tranquillity in spacious grounds and is located in a quite side street on the edge of Swellendam. Our room was large and comfortable and, like the rest of the house the furnishings and fittings created a feeling of old world charm. Our room had an open fire and we were asked if we would like to have it lit - not really necessary during summer, but a nice touch for a winter's stay.

Swellendam played a very interesting role in the very early days of European settlement of the Cape area and there were various books around the hotel on the history, including two small pamphlets in our room that were well worth reading.

The price of our room included breakfast and afternoon tea, the latter helping evoke a feeling of a time bygone times. We had dinner at the hotel which was a three course menu with 2 or 3 choices for each course. The menu provided a recommended wine for each course and all of the wines were available by the glass.

The staff were genuinely warm and friendly and took time to chat to guests individually - several of the staff were students doing hospitality industry work experience and the hotel clearly prides itself in developing people as the students described enthusiastically their time at the hotel.

Our only regret - we could not stay longer in this lovely hotel with its wonderful staff.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Alison_J_Walker, Owner at Schoone Oordt Country House, responded to this review, January 30, 2014
What an incredible review! You have managed to capture EXACTLY the energy and passion that we try to convey. Thank you so so much. Your words have made us all very happy and we can't wait to visit with you again.

With so much love :)
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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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