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Augusta de Mist Country House
Ranked #31 of 38 Swellendam B&B and Inns
Reviewed 25 November 2011

We happened upon Augusta de Mist on our way along the Garden Route and found a real treasure! Michel and Henk are extremely welcoming and knowledgeable about the area. The rooms were lovely and each has a different character. The breakfast the next morning was DIVINE! Wish we could have stayed longer, trying to find a way to get back!

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

Must say on arriving in SA and driving past some of the townships close to the airport and being told by the car rental company to ensure we kept our key with us at all times, I had been taken slightly out of my comfort zone and felt rather edgy. However, upon arrival at Augusta de Mist I felt its calm and welcoming feel and enjoyed being shown to a beautiful lodge in the midst of a lovely garden. The lodge was beautifully presented with everything a guest could want and it was just lovely to soak in a bath of Rain salts after 24 hours of travelling. We were invited to join other guests for a lovely supper prepared by Hank and then Hank and Michel sat with us and filled us in with as much information as we could absorb. It was just a lovely calmning experience which was a great beginning to a great holiday.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 November 2011

After entering the Villa, you instantly realize that this place is not just about running a business, but about a passion to create the perfect experience for the guests. I was amazed about the attention to detail that had been put in the interrior design. The garden surrounding the buildings is just beautiful and you don't want to do anything, but completely relax. Make sure you stay at least two nights and include a dinner with the hosts. It is delicious and you will enjoy a pleasant conversation with the friendly hosts.
I have been to many great places, this is one of the few I would book an entire trip, just to be back...

Room Tip: We had the "Villa".
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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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

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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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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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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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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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 38 B&Bs / Inns in Swellendam
Price Range: £74 - £141 (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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