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Schoone Oordt Country House
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Swellendam
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 24, 2010

Not often do you find a place where everything is just perfect.
Richard and Alison will go to great length to make your stay as relaxed and comfortable as possible.

We arrived on 31st of January with no schedule other than to chill after a week of safaris. On new years eve only one restaurant was open in Swellendam. Needles to say it was fully booked, but Alison already made us a reservation. We had a fantastic night and ended up celebrating with the yocals.

Richard and Alison created a fantastic tranquil place where they thought about all the good things ! And I mean all the good things.

Spectacular and delicious breakfast! Unbelievably beautiful environment. And truly a home away from home!

Won't tell you all the details because that will spoil the treats they have in store for you.
We just wished we could stay longer.
Nienke & Diederik

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 23, 2010

We had a very warm welcome by the owner who also recommended us a very nice restaurant around, De vagebond, where we celebrated a birthday party. We only were sorry about not having gone for more than one day. It is the perfect place to stay longer and relax, they have a beautifuly swimming pool and they take great care over the details. Very good breakfast.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 23, 2010

Not much to say except just brilliant. This guest house embodies the heart and spirit of Alison and Richard. This colonial building has been restored to its former glory and extended to the highest standards. I am so sure that this was a mammoth undertaking by them both to achieve such a haven. I would not have any hesitation in recommending this tranquil place to anyone who decides to stop in Swellendam as part of their drive along the Garden Route and through to the Winelands.

In fact this cosy lodge type accommodation has all the amenities and is on par with any 5 star boutique hotel; but with much more grace and soul! Alison really made us feel at home; in fact she was so relaxed about our departure time. The Schoone Oordt staff took the time out to thoroughly clean guest vehicles, so ours was spotless for the onward journey – the little touches that go such a long way, just so refreshing!

If I have one suggestion, the breakfast option could be extended slightly to include more choice, but this is a minor point - breakfast was well served overlooking the stunning gardens.

This is an exceptional place to stay and Alison is a true marketer reflecting every attention to detail. Schoone Oordt certainly ticks all the boxes for a comfortable and memorable stay. You will not be disappointed, be rest assured. If only British guest houses would take a leaf out of Alison’s book!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2010

We spent a great time! Definitly I would likt to recommend this hotel, for its location, very good service and confortable facilities.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 14, 2010

We only stayed one night at the Schoone Oordt on our way back to Cape Town, but we could happily of stayed longer if our travel plans had allowed. Alison and Richard were lovely hosts who immediately made us feel welcome and at home. The bedroom was roomy, clean and very comfortable with immaculate crisp white linen on the bed. This was our first visit to South Africa, but the welcome and hospitality which we received at the Schoone Oodrt was typical of all that is best about this beautiful country. We sincerely hope to return in the not too distant future.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 11, 2010

We were blown away by the Schoone Oordt Country House. Not only by the beauty of the house itself, but by the welcoming we received from Alison, Richard (the owners) and their staff. We were greeted and treated through out our entire stay like old friends. Anything we needed was taken care of for us. Our room was beautiful. The antique bathroom with an amazing tub was probably our favorite part of the room. The food was incredible as well. I can still taste the special french toast and poached peaches. We cant say enough nice things about this five star guesthouse, we loved it there and will definitely be back.
Love, Jessie and Alex

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 11, 2010

Thisis a real gem and the team at the hotel are just wonderful - including sorting out the return to me of some clothing I had left in our room after our stay!
From the moment you arrive to the time you leave they are there for anything you could want. A great suggestion was the local Italian Restaurant for supper on Sunday night . Returning back to be welcomed by the dogs made it feel like a real home from home and breakfast is just sublime. A return visit will be on the cards the next time we are travelling along the Garden Route - a great place to relax and unwind.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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: $189 - $299 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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