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Braeside Guest House
Ranked #18 of 38 Swellendam B&B and Inns
Pendock Gloucestershire
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“The very best”
Reviewed 18 December 2012

We stayed in several hotels and guest houses while in south africa this one was the BEST,the host, the breakfast,and the location were all perfect,our only mistake was we only stayed one night what a shame.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 December 2012

A lovely property a short distance uphill from the main street and safe to walk to and from even at night.The large gardens are beautiful and the freshly cooked breakfast is taken on the large veranda overlooking them with lovely music in the background......very civilised!! Our room and bathroom were large, spotless and had everything you needed, including a fridge, tea / coffee facilities, complimentary beer and extra towels for the pool. Complimentary sherry and wine were also provided in the guest lounge. Our host, Fiona, is a lovely, helpful lady, she really was the cherry on the icing!!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 December 2012

We were a party of 5 adults (parents, 2 grown-up daughters and the boyfriend of one of them) and our stay was a one-night stop at the start of the Garden Route. Swellendam was the perfect stopping point and this was a lovely guest house. Clean, comfortable, beautiful views, free wifi, fresh lilies everywhere. The breakfast was amazing, beautifully laid out on the veranda, with relaxing music playing in the background and a huge variety of everything you could wish for. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2012
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York
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Reviewed 5 December 2012

We stayed 3 nights at the Braeside on our recent visit to South Africa and I must say it was one of the best places we've stayed. It is a lovely big old colonial style house set in a lovely large garden in a quiet location just uphill from the main street. The rooms were very spacious with our own fridge (great for keeping fresh milk for tea. British guest houses take note). There was even complementary wine and beer. A superb breakfast was served outside on the lovely verandah by the owner, Fiona. Fiona really knows how to look after her guests and nothing was overlooked in attention to detail. She couldn't have been more helpful in letting us use the internet and suggesting places to visit and where to eat. highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 November 2012

So excellent is this guest house and so lovely Swellendam itself that we stayed longer than planned at the Braeside guest house. What made it excellent? The sophisticated decor, with plenty of attractive period pieces, the spacious bedroom and bathroom, the lovely breakfasts and - last but not least - the hospitality of the presiding genius of the place, Fiona, who has mastered the art of being helpful and hospitable without ever being intrusive. Finally, the prices are very competitive. A real find, much to be recommended.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 November 2012 via mobile

We stayed for 2 nights in november and the place is very nice. Fiona was very friendly and gave good advice on restaurants to go to with our 2 year old daughter. Unfortunately we didn't get to see much of the town because it all closed down due to some political issue. Fortunately the guesthouse itself is great with a beautiful garden our daughter could explore while we relaxed in the shade. Fiona had a friend make dinner for all the guests on the porch at night because the restaurants were closed (delicious, but I can't remember what restaurant she said she came from, would have written a good review then).
Is was a very nice experience after all and we are allmost glad that we were tied up in Braeside instead of going out on a daytrip.

Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Redditch, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 November 2012

The web reads "Your Home From Home in Swellendam" and it certainly is.
We only stayed for one night but I wish it had been longer, great room, loved the way the towels were tied, great peaceful garden with carp, friendly professional staff.
Breakfast the best we have ever had, and we have travvled extensively, there was so much choice and all fresh and cooked to perfection.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Braeside Guest House
Address: 13 Van Oudtshoorn Road, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Swellendam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Braeside Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Now under new ownership this Beautiful Cape Edwardian house set in a large garden with views over the Langeberg Mountains and the Marloth Nature Reserve was built in 1901, Braeside has a lot of charm and character and is a haven of tranquillity with 5 very nice individually styled en-suite bedrooms. We are situated in a very peaceful and safe area of the picturesque town of Swellendam, in the Western Cape province of South Africa. We are a 4-Star graded property (Tourism Grading Council). We offer gracious, personal service in a beautiful setting. Our breakfast consists of a continental buffet composed of cereals, yogurt, fresh fruits, various local cheeses, cold meats, fruit juices. We also pride ourselves in serving several homemade products such as: freshly baked organic breads, orgnanic cake, organic sweet and savory muffins, jams and marmalade. The cooked part of our breakfast will be made on request. It will consist of our fresh free range eggs either fried, scrambled, poached, or boiled; we can also provide very nice omelettes with several seasonings, bacon, mushrooms, sausage and grilled tomatoes Braeside is the ideal place to spend a couple of days exploring the Overberg region from visits to the coast to the beautiful winelands, all within easy reach. Or you can just spend a day relaxing by the pool, in the lovely gardens or beautiful patio. ... more   less 
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