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Swartberg Country Manor
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Oudtshoorn
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Isle of Lewis
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49 reviews
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“Enjoyable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2011

We stayed at Swartsberg Country Manor for two nights and we really enjoyed it.

The host was incredibly hospitable.........came to greet us when we pulled up, invited us for a drink, took care of our bags........took every effort to make us feel welcome.

The dinner was excellent as well, with a good choice and a fine wine selection. It was really enjoyable sitting on the balcony afetr dinner, sipping wine.

The location is quite remote, but i think that makes it that extra bit special.

I wish we had a 4x4 to get up the Swartberg Pass, as the road up to it was ina bad way following teh weather..............still, getting up so far was still cool. The Kongo Caves are near by as well, and we enjoyed that. The Kango Wildlife Ranch is a must visit.................playing with the four month old tiger cubs was amazing!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2011

We stayed in the "Bakhuis" honeymoon suite (their top room). It is a separate small house located in a paddock with 2 ostriches and chicks resident. Lovely as this seems, their dung encourages a lot of flies, so the deck was not used very much. The room was small, no separate toilet, no wardrobe (we were there for 3 nights), no aircon, and for some reason only one armchair inside and one deckchair outside. I suppose honeymooners need to sit on each other's laps! Good bed and linen though, quite all for the tractor twice a day which transports feed to the lower paddocks. This accommodation is about 30km's outside Oudtshoorn, which kind of forces one to do dinner at Swartberg Manor. Dinner fortunately was not as per the website @R195/head. Instead it ranged from R85-R145 for the 4 items available. These were tasty, but no starters or desserts available. When we asked, their was a choice of 2 tea cakes which seem to be kept as standard for passing travellers. Breakfast was very poor for a 4 star establishment. Only a small American breakfast available. Yellow grated cheese only and no cold meat selection. They mentioned that they only served local ingredients, but there are certainly local cheeses available and some form of cold meat. We have stayed at cheaper establishments with far better fare. For peak season, they were not full - maybe for some of the reasons I have mentioned. We were frankly somewhat disappointed and would certainly rate this as more of a 3-star establishment That being said, the staff were very friendly and pleasant.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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West Byfleet, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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2 of 5 bubbles 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

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  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Chipping Norton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Property: Swartberg Country Manor
Address: Farm Voorbedacht Matjiesrivier | Cango Valley, Oudtshoorn 6625, 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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