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De Kloof Luxury Estate
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Swellendam
Certificate of Excellence
Bath, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“A Great Place to Stay”
Reviewed 25 January 2012

The De Kloof Luxury Estate is a really great place to stay. It ticked all the boxes for us – clean and well furnished accommodation, great service and good food. As a bonus, there was some complimentary pre dinner wine tasting – a very pleasant experience.

The Guest House is in a quiet, pleasant location, but within easy walking distance of the town centre, so if you wanted to eat out, no need to drive. Our hosts were highly attentive, providing us with a welcome drink and ensuring all our needs were met. Although there were no choices on the dinner menu, again our hosts made certain that there was nothing on the menu that we didn’t like before we committed to eat there. We enjoyed our dinner, and a Dutch couple we got talking to described it as ‘typical Dutch’. I’m sure that was intended as a compliment!

The accommodation was of a good standard, with a massive bathroom (about the same size as the bedroom!). It had aircon (needed in January!) and a very comfortable bed. It also had complimentary wifi.

On our check out morning, we were permitted to leave our car in the car park while we wandered around the town. Again, our hosts offered to pick us up if we got too tired to walk back up the hill in the heat (it was around 35C!) to the guest house. This wasn’t necessary, but was a nice gesture.

Would we stay here again? Definitely. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Zeist, The Netherlands
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2012

We expected to find a perfect guesthouse and we got it !! When you are in Swellendam or surrounding stay in De Kloof and have a great time .

Room Tip: All the rooms are beautiful.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Den Haag
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

We arrived after a nice drive and must say that the service and facilities are absolutely of the highest standard. This is a hotel I dare to recommend to all the people who love to have quality service when on holidays. Great experience and absolutely looking forward to visit again but than for 1 or 2 days longer.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Sam M
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Köln
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2011

Estate is much smaller than expected from pictures. We booked a night with HRS. Along with rate several goodies were announced as "free room upgrade, newspaper, fruit basket, green fee (?!) etc". Without any comment nothing of that - just a fruit juice as welcome drink - was provided. We were too tired to run after fulfillment. But we expect from hosts that they prove their promises without guests reminders. That's unprofessional. We got a room under the roof. Outside staircase was such steeply rising that I decided to just pick-up some one-night belongings to avoid any accident with carrying luggage upstairs. Room was okay but nothing special at all. Gym was a joke and almost useless. Breakfast was disorganized. Big menue card but despite of just five or six tables to service we've got not the things we've ordered. And no hint or excuse for mistakes or missing items. My husband did'nt get his muesli, as it somehow seemed no croissants available that day although mentioned on menue, as vegetarian I first got plate with bacon served - which was really disgusting for me. We really wonder how this accommodation could gain first choice in tripadvisors ranking! On our trip back to Capetown we stayed at the "Schoone Oordt", which was far better (spacious victorian styled room with fireplace, scenic breakfast patio, nice hosts and beautiful garden) than the De Kloof.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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dekloof, General Manager at De Kloof Luxury Estate, responded to this review, 6 January 2012
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chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 21 November 2011

We arrived at De Kloof after a long trip from Chicago and found our large, suite beautifully decorated with artifacts, mostly interesting musical instruments. We were leery of the waterbed in the master bedroom, but it was extremely soothing after our trip. The bathroom had both a shower and jacuzzi tub, plus robes and slippers. The grounds were lovely, and they had a very nice pool area, but it was a bit chilly outside for us to test it.. The rooms were very private. We even had a fire place. The staff was professional and helpful. They served breakfasts made to order with plenty of variety and quantity. The staff made a number of restaurant recommendations, and we chose Sabines which was delicious and reasonably priced. We highly recommend this place for relaxation and comfort.

Room Tip: We had a 2 bedroom suite. The second bedroom and bathroom were only the second floor.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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57 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2011

In an otherwise perfect hotel - beautiful spacious rooms, very professional staff, wonderful setting, gorgeous listed building - the quality of the matress was a big let-down; unworthy of a 5-star hotel. There was a serious dent in the mattress. If you like sleeping on your side or on your stomach, you have a problem here.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Thank MarOhv
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Belfast
Level 6 Contributor
83 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2011

A lovely collection of restored Cape Dutch buildings with an eclectic mix of old and new. We were upgraded to the honeymoon suite with its waterbed which was novel (there is an alternative ordinary bed in the upstairs part of the suite). The owners, Roy and Marjolein were very pleasant and enthusiastic hosts (perhaps outdone for enthusiasm by Fulani the Great Dane dog!). The breakfasts were nice, the pool area was very good but in May the water was cold and the views of the mountains are lovely. The geese were a little noisy but all added to the fun and charm of the place. Thoroughly recommended for an informal stay with comfort to the fore

Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: De Kloof Luxury Estate
Address: 8 Weltevrede Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Swellendam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — De Kloof Luxury Estate 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
5 star boutique hotel& Villa & SPA -Member of best Boutique Hotels of the World Often described as the Jewel and Grand Dame of Swellendam- Western Cape -South Africa -where history meets trends with unique interior decor. Hotel offers spacious rooms & suites all with free WIFI ,large designer bathrooms,extra length beds and climate control. high teas, breakfast, lunches and evening fusion tasting dinners and a la carte dinners served in Restaurant 18 Zero One ,large pool with breathtaking views. Spa for beauty and massage treatments with award award winning products and services. Dam with geese and ducks, several secluded gardens and koi ponds Grand Suite with waterbed, jacuzzi and fireplace as well 2 bedroom family Suites available. A true Oasis and hidden gem on superb quiet large grounds walking distance from historical heart of village ... more   less 
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