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Augusta de Mist Country House
Ranked #30 of 38 Swellendam B&B and Inns
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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“Charming authentic cottages.”
Reviewed 19 November 2011

We stayed here as a one night stop over on route to Plettenburg and were warmly welcomed and shown around my the owner Michel who had lots of stories about the place and local knowledge (wasn't your ordinary check in) which he wanted to share with us.

The cottage was ever so charming and beautifully decorated. Its authenticity meant it was quite small and rustic although had a lovely comfy bed.

Very peaceful and calm although this did make it a little dark and spooky. We didn't think there was much to do in Swellendam itself although the drive from Hermanus to Swellendam was lovely. Glad we stayed for one night and continued after a fine breakfast

Visited the pizza place at the other end of town which is just what we needed after all the rich food of Franschhoek

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Reviewed 16 November 2011

We arrived at Augusta de Mist about half way through our South Africa trip.

The cottages are very cute & comfy, the gardens beautiful. There are so many wonderful details everywhere! Breakfasts were great (including homemade preserves) and the owners were really helpful without overdoing it. They made great sightseeing and restaurant recommendations.

We used Augusta de Mist as our base for hiking at Marloth Nature Reserve, hiking at the Robberg Nature Reserve, and visiting Cape Agulhas. The area is stunning.

Having read other reviews before booking, we are glad that we chose to stay 3 nights instead of 2!!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 November 2011

We spent our honeymoon in South Africa, travelling from Cape Town along the Garden Route. We can only echo all the positive comments other people have made about Augusta de Mist. The guest house and cottages are in a beautiful spot, and a feeling of peace descends as soon as you wander through the garden to your cottage. The cottage we stayed in was stunning, with individual touches that showed how much care and imagination had been taken in putting the whole together. The bath and shower were luxurious, with a comfortable bed and well appointed lounge with a fire made up if you want it. Make sure you leave plenty of time to enjoy the room, and an abundance of reading material on what there is to do locally. We had dinner in the main house, which was like enjoying fine dining at a friend's house! Breakfast was similiarly tasty, the best of our trip. Michel and Henk are so very welcoming yet leave you to enjoy your own space. Our stay really was the highlight of our trip, and we would highly recommend a stay at Augusta de Mist - even if you weren't planning on visiting Swellendam!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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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.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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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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Kingswinford
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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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Property: 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 #30 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Swellendam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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