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Swartberg Country Manor
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Oudtshoorn
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Amsterdam
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“Beautiful spot with great views and nice rooms”
Reviewed 6 September 2013

What a beautiful mountainview, what a great location. Great views all over the place and especially from the deck next to the restaurant. My room was just fine, with a comfortable bed and a very nice bathroom. Needed my worldplug to use the heater but it heated the place very quick.
Food was just fine. Very taste tapwater in this part of the country. And, tasty wine ofcourse! Wifi availabile but didn't seem to work on Iphones.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Tertius M, General Manager at Swartberg Country Manor, responded to this review, 9 September 2013
Thank you very much for your feedback and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay. We are currently working with our internet service provider to find a solution for the Wi-Fi connectivity for IPhone 4. It seems that the problem is with the IPhone 4 & 4S as all other Apple devises has no connectivity problems. We apologise for the inconvenience and assure you we are attending to the problem.
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

We were lucky enough to stay for 2 beautiful nights in the honeymoon suite which overlook an ostrich mom and her babies. What a special treat! The rooms are simpler yet really nice. The food both nights was excellent and the staff were sup friendly and accommodating. Nothing was ever too much. It's located perfectly close to the swarberg pass as well as the caves - awesome spot to either just relax or for someone looking for some adventure - mountain biking, hiking etc a beautiful little spot in the world

Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tertius M, General Manager at Swartberg Country Manor, responded to this review, 16 April 2013
Thank you very much. Please come visit us again. Best Wishes, Tertius
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Reviewed 10 February 2013 via mobile

Lovely hotel
We had great stay here, very nice country side. I highly recommend the hotel if you want to relax and enjoy the day. Clean rooms. Great service. The food was great. Great hotel. Great hotel

  • Stayed February 2013
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Tertius M, General Manager at Swartberg Country Manor, responded to this review, 15 February 2013
Thank you. It was our pleasure to host you and your group. I trust you had a wonderful trip.

Hope to see you again in the future.

Best Wishes,
Tertius
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Reviewed 29 December 2012 via mobile

Excellent value for money - this was a lovely place in a beautiful town. We drove throught and decided to stay a night and received very friendly help from reception. A lovely country feel and as promised next time we will stay longer - hopefully not as hot next time round!

  • Stayed December 2012
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Tertius M, General Manager at Swartberg Country Manor, responded to this review, 7 February 2013
Thank you. Its been an absolute pleasure hosting you
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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
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Reviewed 12 December 2012

Ciska Terblanche

What a beautiful place and friendly service! We enjoyed every moment there. Good food and when you ask Tertius to switch the garden lights off in the evening, you will see the most amazing display of stars that you can imagine. Really worth the stay!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Stanford, South Africa
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 30 October 2012

We had a very enjoyable overnight stay. The staff were particularly friendly and helpful. We had an exceptional meal in the evening with great service even though they had a table of 22 to serve at the same time. The location is stunning and we went on the walk to the waterfall which was beautiful and very unspoilt. The rooms were quite small but had everything you needed. We would definitely return.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 September 2012

We stayed here because I found their Tranquility Special online, which offered us the opportunity to stay in a place we otherwise couldn't justify i.t.o. expense. Reading the other reviews before we left, I asked the manager upfront about the 'issues' and was satisfied that I knew what to expect. However, our expectations were surpassed.
I think you need to realise that there are different levels of accommodation. Ours was 'luxury', which perhaps is better than that which others have complained about. They are 'in the process' of having aircon's fitted, they say. Our room didn't need one, maybe because of the season.


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The area is unsurpassed. We went in Spring (late Sep) and the temps were between 15 and 25degree's C. The farm is huge and one can walk/cycle around it. Or just sit outside and catch the breathtaking mountain scenery. Very peaceful - this is why we want to return.
Very friendly service. Our host practically ran out the door to meet as and show us to the room, very friendly, chatty and giggly. Perhaps it helped that I made personal contact before we arrived.

Room was part of a large guest house. Shared lounge w/ TV and fireplace.
Superb dinner. Tertius the GM had personally chef'd the evening (Sunday eve). Ostrich fillet is tasty, tender and filling. Obviously the menu changes all the time.

CON's
Breakfasts were only 'OK'. Their offering also changed each day, and I was surprised that our second morning only offered egg and sausage (no bacon, omlette etc). Check beforehand so you know what to expect, and they know what you expect.
If you have noisy neighbours, you will hear them. Some folk had migrated with their wine bottle from the restaurant to the lounge. Fortunately we were not yet trying to sleep. This will also depend on what accommodation you stay in. Ask them beforehand.
The worst con was the water pressure. I love strong showers, but after fighting the first morning with a stingy hot tap, wound up opting for a hot bath - which was great.

Room Tip: Ask them before you make the booking about weather temperature, aircon, and proximity to other rooms...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Swartberg Country Manor
Address: Farm Voorbedacht Matjiesrivier | Cango Valley, Oudtshoorn 01312, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Oudtshoorn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Swartberg Country Manor 4*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Swartberg Country Manor is nestled on the farm "Voorbedacht" situated in the Cango Valley at the foot of the world-renowned Swartberg Pass. The picturesque panoramic view of the Swartberg Mountains will bring comfort to anyone that wants to "get away from it all" and simply soak up the peace of its tranquil surroundings.The farm was purchased in 2003 and welcomed its first guests in February 2005. The extraordinary views of the Swartberg Mountain from the veranda of the original farmhouse compelled us to create a venue where more people could share in the tranquillity and serenity of this beautiful valley."Voorbedacht" farm is a working farm, which offers our guests the unique opportunity to explore and experience the true essence of subsistence farming in the Little Karoo. Among the various agricultural products farmed, we also farm livestock such as, cattle, sheep and ostriches. Daily walks on the farm allow guests to experience the peace and serenity of this beautiful valley, while for the more "wild at heart"; mountain bikes are available to explore the more rugged terrain. ... more   less 
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