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“Comfortale overnight stop on the Garden Route” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Arumvale Country House

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Arumvale Country House
Ranked #6 of 37 Swellendam B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Comfortale overnight stop on the Garden Route”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

Lovely, peaceful stay here after long day driving on the Garden Route. Its a little out of town down a non-paved road. I would recommend bringing own food etc, as the town was very quite to find somewhere for dinner. Also its a lovely location to cook dinner.
George, the owner, gave us some tips on changing our driving route a little and was well worth it!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Town
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014

Fantastic guest house, great views and friendly hospitality. Well worth the trip. Its just outside the little town of Swellendam, has a small holding farm style feel, but with modern finishes. Great for kids to wake up to farm setting with animals all around

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

My wife and I decided to visit the picturesque Swellendam area for our 1 year anniversary. It really was the perfect location for us. Romantic and tranquil to escape and detach from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town. The hosts put in extra effort to arrange champagne and flowers to mark the occasion. Our room had a wonderful view, ample space and a private braai area. We also enjoyed the swimming pool to cool off after a hot day in the sun. We do feel that the rooms need a bit of “TLC”. Maintenance in other words. Most of the towel rails were loose, there are some mould on the around the bath tub, one of the cabinets need changing due to water damage, etc. Although this did not spoil our visit by any means it was noticeable and we expected a bit more of a 4-star establishment. We would recommend Arumvale to others.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014

We only stayed for 1 night on our way to the Little Karoo, but we really enjoyed it. The house is very very confortable, perfectly decorated, the bed and linens awesome, it's in a beautiful landscape, the view from the living room is gorgeous . And from the very first contact, George was always amazing.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2014

Spent 2 nights at Arumvale during our holiday in South Africa. We loved our stay there, a country farm living, like a little sanctuary away from the hectic life in the city. We made use of the fireplace, braai facility, in house kitchen and watched some dvds. George was a great host, very welcoming and helpful. He showed us around his property and gave some tips where to visit in Eastern and Western Cape. Would definitely recommend Arumvale to anyone who wish to visit Swellendam. Thanks again George for the great stay. Regards, Greg and Rieneke

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

Had a great weekend away from the city. Enjoyed the farm atmosphere, the amazing views and walks down to the river. Really appreciated the personal service and the fact that we had wi-fi. Will definitely recommend Arumvale to my friends.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Breukelen, The Netherlands
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2014

The cottage is picture perfect! The views on the mountain are spectacular, and George and his staff very helpful and friendly! We received great tips for our trip and we felt welcomed.
Our cottage was unfortunately a bit too hot for the night, and opening the window not the best option because of the mosquitos, by the time we finally were asleep, we woke up with the farm coming back to life....very early in the morning.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Arumvale Country House

Property: Arumvale Country House
Address: Bethel Street | Hermitage Valley, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 37 B&Bs / Inns in Swellendam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Arumvale Country House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arumvale Country House provides well appointed, self-catering facilities and friendly, professional service. Situated in Swellendam's beautiful Hermitage Valley, which is a three kilometer walk or drive from Swellendam's historic town centre. Arumvale has three luxury, self-catering suites, one standard suite and a rustic garden cottage within a beautiful garden & countryside setting. Each suite has a large bedroom, en-suite bathroom, a themed lounge, kitchenette, private patio and separate entrance. ... more   less 
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