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Swartberg Country Manor
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Oudtshoorn
Certificate of Excellence
West Byfleet, United Kingdom
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226 reviews
67 hotel reviews
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“Oh Dear!!!!!!”
Reviewed 22 February 2010

We were so looking forward to our stay here, we were booked in for 3 nights at the end of Januart.The scenery at this hotel is simply stunning but as for the rest I don't know where to start.
We had travelled 5 very hot hours to get to the hotel. When we arrived we were not offered a drink of any kind, not even a glass of cold water.
We were shown to our room at about 4pm , the room was very nice ,however there was no fridge, safe or tv, the hotel is supposed to be 4 star and we had all these facilities in every other place that we stayed in during our 3 week tour of SA.
I tried to have a cold shower shortly after we got to our room, no water!!!!! I went to reception to tell that we had no water only to be told that the water was off as they were repairing a leak and that they hoped to have the water on by 6.30pm. Nothing was said to us about this when we checked in. Not a good start to our stay here!
Because the hotel is so far from town we had little choice but to eat at their restaurant, the choice of meals was very small, I had the ostrich and my wife, the chicken. There was no menu as such so we didn't know the prices.
My ostrich was ok but a bit on the tough side, however my wife's chicken was very under done and very pink in parts, needless to say she didn't eat it. Breakfast the following days was ok and it was very pleasant to sit in the warm sun on their deck with the wonderful views, this was probably the highlight of our stay.
As I said before we were both very much looking forward to our stay here, we wanted some time to rest after several days of touring the Garden Route, sadly because of our experience here we only stayed one night.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Oudtshoorn
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Reviewed 15 October 2009

What a special evening we had! WOW, from the moment we arrived at the Manor, we were personally welcomed by Colleen and her team, made us feel right a home! We were then taken to our Honeymoon Suite, (this was for our 6th aniversary) and we were taken by surprise! An old little 'bakehouse' was renovated to be our suite, overlooking fields with ostriches, figs trees and the Swartberg! STUNNING, STUNNING! We could sit on our little deck, overlooking the fields, drinking sparkling wine. ANd then we went for the most amazing dinner in Patat, their restaurant. Everything about the meal was special and so tasty, all fresh ingredients! Thank you so very much! On our way home, we were seen off, until we drove away! This is truly an amazing venue, very romantic and peaceful, exactly what we needed! All thumbs up! :-)

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 May 2009

My wife and I stayed at Swartberg Country Manor for two nights as part of our honeymoon. We were welcomed by Jan, the owner, who immediately made us feel at home. The atmosphere is very relaxed and friendly.

This guest house is a hidden gem. It is situated in the shadow of the Swartberg mountains - with majestic panoramic views and away from any hustle and bustle yet it is within easy driving distance of many attractions - the Cango Caves, the magnificently-beautiful Swartberg pass, and Oudtshoorn. The manor also offer star gazing and adventure tours (4x4 trails).

The guest house has a main Manor House, as well as separate chalets, and a restaurant (Patat). We stayed in the main Manor House, which was elegantly furnished, and very comfortable. The rooms were spacious and very clean, with bathrooms en suite.

The restaurant was amazing. We had our breakfasts and suppers there. The home cooked meals were 5 star and fantastic value for money. There is a good selection of well chosen wines also at reasonable prices. We had amazing service from the staff who could not do enough for us.

If we are in that area again we would definitely stay there again, and we would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a relaxing break, or place to stay overnight.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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leeds
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Reviewed 1 November 2008

We stayed here for one night as a stop-over and that is probably all I would recommend it for.

As a previous person has written the accommodation is so far out of Oudtshoorn that we didn't really have an option to travel for dinner so we agreed to eat in the restaurant. That turned out to be a big mistake. We sat down in a nice building and ordered our wine, however that is all we had the option of!! It was a set menu which we were not told about and you had better hope you like Ostrich as you won't get a choice of anything else. My ostrich steak was lovely however my boyfriend's was so tough it could have bounced. Our only other option was to have ostrich mince instead. The dessert was nice however the custard was made from powder and there were lumps in it.

Besides the food everything else was lovely, our room had been allocated wrong so we told the manager and he very nicely moved us in to the honeymoon suite, which was superb. The place does have spectacular views and is a good travelling distance to the Swartberg Pass and Cango Caves

  • Liked — Views
  • Disliked — Food
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Chipping Norton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 September 2008

Spent a couple of nights here at this very comfortable guest lodge off the beaten track. Beautiful location with stunning mountain views. A real highlight was an after dinner star star gazing tutorial courtesy of Rudi, one of the the Manor staff. Accommodation was clean and well presented and food was homecooked and in plentiful portions. Considerably better than your average UK bed and breakfast!

  • Stayed May 2007
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Somerset West, Western Cape
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1 review
Reviewed 2 September 2008

My husband and I spent a week at Swartberg Manor in 2006 which also formed part of our honeymoon. We toured around for our honeymoon and I can say in all honesty that our time at Swartberg Manor is the one that we will never forget! First of all the warm welcome by the hosts, Jan and Barbara Bester made us feel at home immediately and they went out of their way to make our stay as pleasant as possible. The room we stayed in was beautifully decorated and the peace and quiet at night ensured a peaceful sleep. The bathroom was set up with all the necessary things needed. The buffet breakfast in the mornings ensured that there was something for everyone. We even had ostrich egg which was quite an experience for us! The views of the Swartberg Mountains were spetacular and the host took us for an early morning coffee on the Swartberg Moutains with a breathtaking view over the farms and surrounding areas. They also took us on guided tours to the Cango Ostrich Farm, wine cellars for wine tasting, the Crocodile Farm and a breathtaking tour through Meiringspoort with its beautiful water fall. Dinners consist of traditional South African meals which was perfectly prepared and very affordable. Sundowners on the "stoep" with views of the Swartberg Mountain was the highlight of our day!

Our hosts felt like family when we left and we will definitely return to Swartberg Manor if we want to get away from the hussle and bussle of everyday city life because there your spirit gets uplift again and you get in touch with what really matters in life.
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  • Liked — The quietnesst and peacefullness and the beautiful views of the Swartberg Mountains.
  • Disliked — That we could not stay any longer!
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled as a couple
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Gauteng
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Reviewed 27 August 2008

My family and I went to Swartberg Manor for a week in 2006. We found it to be a relaxing, rejuvenating experience. The first thing that struck us upon arrival, was the spectacular views of the Swartberg Mountains. We stayed in rooms in the old, beautifully renovated farmhouse. We loved the ambiance and character of the place. It had lovely antique wooden floors and was kept very neatly. The food was excellent and very affordable. We were served a variety of scrumptiously prepared, traditional South African meals. We were even treated to ostrich steaks, which was a new experience for all of us. Our hosts, Jan and Barbara, took us on guided tours to; The Cango ostrich farm, Cango wine cellar, Cango caves, Meiringspoort, Gamkaskloof (the "Hell"), etc., etc. We saw and experienced so many places that a week was too short! We found our hosts to be warmly hospitable and eminently knowledgeable of the area and it's surrounds. Nothing was too much trouble for them. In fact, my family and I are going back to Swartberg Manor this December. We hope to catch up on the sights we had to miss last time and we want to "rediscover our souls" once again! Indeed!

Stayed July 2006
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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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