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“Asked for somewhere between Stellenbosch and Knysna and struck lucky.”

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De Kloof Luxury Estate
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Swellendam
Certificate of Excellence
Peterborough, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Asked for somewhere between Stellenbosch and Knysna and struck lucky.”
Reviewed 15 October 2013

We were welcomed at the door by the delightful manager - Adele. After a welcoming drink, we were shown to our upgraded luxury suite. No expense was spared by the management to make guests fell comfortable and pampered. the free wine-tasting before dinner was taken in the sun on the verandah. The 5-course taster menu was excellent and my partner's gluten-free requirements were well catered for. Complimentary, simple to use, Wi-Fi was included , (a necessary requirement these days). Breakfast was an excellent start to a new day on the Garden Route.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town, South Africa
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

My wife and I spent a night at De Kloof on our first wedding anniversary. Service was world class and very friendly and warm. We were fortunate to spend the night in the Manor XL Suite which was super luxurious with all the necessary amenities. Breakfast was a lovely treat and we felt thoroughly spoilt. I would recommend this place to anyone visiting Swellendam... we would def make a stop over the next time we're around the area

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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38 reviews
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Reviewed 1 October 2013 via mobile

This is the place to stay when you want some luxury and be treated as royals! The entrance was very nice and the explanation by the lady at the reception was very helpful and friendly. There was a simple free wine tasting with wines from the area, which was very good. The diner was perfect, 5 taste courses and all very delicious. The breakfast the next day is as you wish and all you want with some nice wine as well. We stayed for two nights and will rcommend this place to others for sure!

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

Firstly, we were so glad we chose Swellendam as an overnight stop. It was a very sweet historic town set at the foot of the mountains, with the whitewashed cottages and thatched roofs.
Secondly, we were so glad we chose to stay at De Kloof Estate - what a wonderful place. It exceeded our expectations.
Such a warm welcome - you are made to feel special. Met at the door with complimentary drinks - and attention to detail second to none. We enjoyed the wine tasting before dinner, in front of the lovely log fire, where you can chat with other guests.
Rooms are lovely, with everything you need, and the breakfasts superb.
A very enjoyable experience.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

When we arrived they gave us a couple of room options and both were great - we opted for a room at the front of the property away from all the other guests who were staying the same night. It was a little dark - but we knew that when we chose the room. They had a lovely wine tasting that we enjoyed before heading out to dinner - they recommended an Italian restaurant in town that was outstanding. Breakfast the next morning was lovely - would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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dekloof, Owner at De Kloof Luxury Estate, responded to this review, 19 August 2013
We would be pleased to welcome you back again ! Next time we look forward to book you into our inhouse Restaurant 18 Zero One . You would also be able to experience one of our other individually styled rooms & suites .


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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

“If you ever get to beautiful swellendam, let me recommend 'de kloof' guest house. sharp, friendly service & gastronomical delights aplenty. and a very important point for me who often can't sleep well in hotels etc. - the comforts and atmosphere were such that i slept really well for a change.” – Chris Chameleon

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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dekloof, Owner at De Kloof Luxury Estate, responded to this review, 18 August 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write this message.
Our main goal at De Kloof Luxury Estate is to treat and spoil each individual guest in every possible way to ensure a great stay at this intimate hotel.

Our team is grateful to read your kind comments and it was a pleasure to host such talented and famous musician & artist. We look forward to welcome you back in the future !

Marjolein van Mourik Borrias
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2013 via mobile

Historic charming setting, but lots of cost cutting going on. Cold rooms without heaters, very little warm water in the tanks, breakfast straight from Pick and Pay - for a five star estate one can reasonably expect something to be home cooked or baked, but here everything is straight from vacuum pack to table. Visitors would probably be better off in a smaller family run B&B with a more personal touch.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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dekloof, Owner at De Kloof Luxury Estate, responded to this review, 12 August 2013
The hotel team is in disbelief and saddened about the incorrect, untrue and unfair comments left by the reviewer whom it seems likes to harm deliberately because of the below points which were not ventilated during the guest stay or upon check out.

Firstly all rooms and suites DO have individual climate control and the room was warm and inviting upon the guests arrival. The heater can be switched to a 30 degree Celsius and worked properly during the entire stay of guest.

Secondly each room has its own large water tank which contains a minimum of 150 litres capacity of hot water. A full bath and rain shower can be taken easily at the same time. There has been no report on faulty of the tank and it is in good order

Thirdly the breakfast is always freshly prepared because of the fact it is a la carte with an extensive cold and hot menu to choose from. Daily freshly baked bread rolls, warm croissants and pastries were presented and enjoyed by guest plus a tailor made eggwhite only hot breakfast

Fourthly the hotel is an owner and family run business since the opening in 2004

De Kloof Luxury Estate is categorized as a boutique hotel and country house and offers in total eight guest rooms and suites. Due to this intimate size and limited number of rooms we are therefor able to give a very personal service and go the extra mile for tailor made services to the guest wishes and needs. The high level of service and professionalism with a very personal touch is in particular were the hotel is well known for.

Marjolein van Mourik -Borrias
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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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