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Augusta de Mist Country House
Ranked #31 of 39 Swellendam B&B and Inns
Reviewed 31 October 2011

We spent three weeks in South Africa, staying in Cape Town, travelling the Garden Route, visiting Addo National Elephant Park and driving along the N62. Our stay at Augusta de Mist was a highlight of the whole holiday and an experience we will remember for a very long time. The cottages and main guest house are set within a pretty garden with paths winding between lush trees and flowers. The cottage we stayed in was beautifully and thoughtfully furnished throughout, with a comfortable bed and a bath with a view. We had a delicious dinner - the combination of goat's cheese (made by the local school) and ginger in syrup (made by a neighbour) was sensational, and only the beginning of a great meal. Breakfast was similarly imaginative and beautifully cooked. Michel and Henk were warm and hospitable, making us feel truly welcome and as though nothing would be too much trouble to them. They are great on all the details which make a stay special; Henk has compiled wonderfully eclectic CDs to listen to. All your senses are catered for here! Our only regret was that we had booked for only one night.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

We had a truly amazing stay at Augusta de Mist. Truly an honour to stay with Hank & Michel. Our only regret was booking for only one night. We stayed in the Arumsky Garden Cottage; it was delightful. We just can't say enough about the facilities or the hospitality extended by the hosts. Make SURE you book the dinner. We can guarantee that you will not be disappointed. Hank and Michel are real "foodies" and we have wonderful memories of the entire evening; music, wine, company and food. They were good fun and went out of their way to ensure that our stay was memorable. We would return to Swellendam just to stay at Augusta de Mist.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Arumsky Garden Cottage and loved the privacy. All the rooms are very well appointe...
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Reviewed 28 October 2011

We had an absolutely magnificent stay at Augusta de Mist, the attention to detail with every aspect of the operation is spectacular, from the decor and food right down to the duvet, pillows, complimentary port & thoughtful DVD collection. Breakfast was an absolute treat and the friendly warm service was a breath of fresh air. I have been recommending August de Mist to anyone who will listen. Not to be missed!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2011

Fabulous cottages, very historic but with all 'mod cons' and some nice quirky stuff too. Michel & Hank have done a great job of maintaining authenticity while offering modern comfort. As a bonus to the great accommodation their 'African Kitchen' dining experience is simply superb and shouldn't be missed.

In short, an interesting couple with guest accommodation full of character and top notch cuisine - a slice of something very nice along the 'Garden Route'.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

After a beautifull drive we arrived at Augusta de Mist. And we had a great welcome. When you drive up to the guest house you drive in to a beautifull garden area with beautifull flowers,trees etc around. We had the pleasure to be met by Michel one of the two owners. Rarely we have received so much hospitality. He took us to our garden cottage (Strelitzia). Nice and private. The living room is very spacious with a nice fireplace. A bar area with coffee,tea and a minibar filled to the top. The seperate bedroom is heavenly, it's furnished in style and the bed is very comfortable. The ensuite bathroom is perfect a double bath, walk in shower and plenty of towels. There is a window in the bathroom that faces towards the garden and it's just perfect bathing and looking out the window. Michel gave us a lot of information were to visit in Swellendam and near Swellendam.
The guest house also has it's own private pool secluded in the middle of the garden, perfect for a wake up swim in the morning or a afternoon dip. And the pool is just a few steps away from the cottage. Breakfast is served in the separate guest area, fresh scrambled eggs and bacon, fresh fruit, marmelades (homemade),dairy products like yoghurt and cheeses all local produce. Superb is the only word for it. We had a great time.

If we would have to put in to one word how our stay was, it would be:

Mystic

Thank you Michel and Henk and we will definately be back in the future and stay a lot longer hopefully.

Room Tip: All rooms are beautifull
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 October 2011

What a treat it was to stay over at Augusta de Mist! Although I had stayed there previously and enjoyed the lodge under the previous owner, I was astounded at the makeover Michael and Henk have given it. The décor shows great individual taste, and clearly no expense was spared in the marriage of contemporary and antique furniture and fabrics. My room had a very comfortable bed with percale bedding; together with a spacious, sitting area and fireplace I could imagine a cozy stay during the winter months. Luckily we had great weather and the swimming pool, set in super gardens, was a real magnet. The guys have planted a large herb garden and all of these are freshly picked and used in the wonderful gourmet breakfasts and dinners. Before the evening meal guests are encouraged to meet fellow travellers on the verandah for drinks and canapes (loved the vetkoek topped with biltong!). Michael’s ease with his guests makes you feel at home and cosseted while Henk's skill in the kitchen is phenomenal. All very special and unique. A definite must when staying in Swellendam and I hope to visit it again!
Moma

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Ruth L
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Reviewed 5 October 2011

We stayed in Arum Lily cottage, an independent, luxury one bedroom facility with every quality inclusion we could have asked for - fresh flowers (many), coffee, tea (incl Rooibos), port, chocolate and so on. The bed was large and delightfully comfortable. Bath and shower with plenty of towels in a spacious bathroom.

Our hosts, Michel and Henk, were friendly, helpful and encouraging of our interest in the historical aspects of the residence and the community. Breakfasts were varied and we found each day something to tweak our appetites. A real highlight was the wonderful dinner prepared by Henk with traditional flavours and warm, gracious service. A perfect balance of professionalism and friendship. The gardens are extensive and with many birds for us to identify and photograph.

Highly recommended - we look forward to visiting again!!

R & S, Brisbane, Australia

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Augusta de Mist Country House

Address: 3 Human Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Swellendam
Price Range: £74 - £148 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Augusta de Mist Country House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of the most beautiful guesthouses in Swellendam, on South Africa's Garden Route. Experience stylish living on a large country retreat. It is the biggest dilemma you are faced with when visiting Augusta de Mist: where do you sit? The pool area is perfect with a large willow tree and the kind of privacy that encourages you to shed the layers and have a cocktail. But then privacy is even greater in the small fynbos forest at the top of the property where you can climb a hand-hewn stairway to a fine view of the Overberg. Of course just the thought of all that hiking on the grounds makes the fountain on the front lawns quite a good bet for a good old sit and much more civilised. Speaking of civilised, you may as well take tea on the stoep while sitting and take in the lawns, rose bushes and giant trees. Or just sit on the lawn. But what about the picnic clearing in the fynbos forest, around wine cellar or even just the lounge in your suite? Such is life in the country. There are not enough days on the average visit to sit in all the available spaces and congratulate yourself on a perfect choice. Augusta de Mist is a 4-star retreat set on 1.5 Ha of eclectic fynbos. The country estate in typical Cape fashion boasts a deeply romantic 1802 Cape Dutch National Monument with more original features than you can shake a stick at. The shutters are yellowwood and the ironmongery original, as are the reed ceilings held together with 200+ year-old mud and clay. This manor building forms the social hub of the estate housing both the guest lounge and dining rooms. It also plays host to a Heritage Suite (where Desmond Tutu stayed in October 2013), which pays homage to Swellendam history and references South African iconic images and items. The bed is crowned by a cupola inspired by the Eastern style of the local church, while the reading room in the suite teams Afrikaner quilts and World Cup makarapas, which are pure township art. Wander past the pool, over seasonal streams or by the kitchen herb garden to stumble upon the garden cottages. On first glance, the allure is obvious. Simple white structures, the bridal suites are reminiscent of the historic cottages of this region, with reed ceilings, shuttered windows, bucolic views and indigenous or water-wise planting that welcome you. As you step inside the suites, you discover even more country romance in the stylishly appointed interiors, which mixes the eclectic African, South African and European heritage. In reflecting the architecture, each of the suites features subtle and unique decor. The finishes are chosen for comfort and have a lived-in feel. Vintage pieces and antiques have been selected with care, adding to the homegrown spirit that pervades. Unique African art punctuates throughout. Crisp yet plush bedding comforts you through the night while the bespoke lamps provide a source of warm and cosy lighting. While the cottages are meant to tell the old stories of Swellendam each also has its luxurious touch. Every suite has its own lounge, large bedrooms with similarly large en-suite bathrooms living areas and private gardens. Almost all of them have their own fireplaces. Afternoon tea is sometimes available in season, and is served by the team at 'Augusta's African Kitchen', with its focus on pan-African cuisine. Some of the dishes are Afrikaner while others are Cape Malay. Says Henk, 'Our kitchen is not professional. Nor do we open our doors to the public. Unless they beg. We cook because we love the flavours of Africa. It is the food we know and grew up with. We love the fact that Milktart can be made in a different way depending if you are Afrikaans or Muslim. So whether you like koeksisters or koesisters, we want you to be satisfied.' The team specialises in sourcing the best they can find in the area and it is all too easy to say yes to every morsel. I saw a petite young Belgian woman work her way through four koeksisters and assistant Melanie laughs as she tells me about the German group of nine, who interrupted the flow of dinner and demanded a second serving of Biltong Soup after which they gave rapturous applause. It is this focus on quality that had Henk and Michel develop a small range of wine with Andrew Barns of Mischa Estate. 'The wine is something that we take great pride in. Drinking a wine of quality is a responsibility we take seriously. We chose to make a signature wine with someone who loves making wine, and who does not do it as a business venture but as a vocation,' Michel says. 'The wines we made are artisanal and of the highest quality. We know Andrew and Rachel very well and we are very proud to serve this small range'. ... more   less 
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