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“Oasis of calm”
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Cypress Cottage
Ranked #6 of 37 Swellendam B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Miami, Florida
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31 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Oasis of calm”
Reviewed 27 November 2012

We arrived in Swellendam and went to the tourist info center to look for a room. After calling several B&B's we finally found space at the Cypress Cottage and immediately booked two nights.
We then noticed that it was Lonely Planet's pick for Swellendam. The service was excellent, the rooms were clean and cosy and the guest were friendly. We had a small issue while we were there and Etienne really showed that he was what an Inn-keeper should strive to be. He was truly concerned about us and showed it by taking the most unbelievable steps to make sure that we were safe and taken care of. Bravo!!!

In the end, we stayed an extra night and it was an absolute hi-light of our trip to S. Africa.

Thank you!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brownhills, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 24 November 2012

This is the second time we stayed at the Cypress Cottage and again we loved every minute of our stay. Beautiful building, excellent pool area, lovely room with very comfy beds. But what really made our stay - again - was the personal involvement of the owners Etienne and Vera. They have amazing local knowledge and recommended some wondeful places for us to visit. This especially as we had already "done" the usual suspects. Above and beyond the call of duty, Etienne even ferried us to our restaurant for the night!! We recommend this beautiful historic B&B to anyone visiting Swellendam.

Room Tip: All rooms are good, but we really liked the upstairs room by the pool
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Como, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2012

We found out this place on the Lonely Planet, as the recommended best accomodation, and we were very happy of this choice. Cypress Cottage is an Eighteen's Century building and we could breath the history of this crucial corner of South Africa through the suggestions given to us by the owner Etienne. The rooms are furnished with a very good taste, and the breakfast is delicious and served in a pleasant way. Etienne gave us lots of tips of where to go next, and what was worth seeing, and we tried to stick to most of them.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Chania Town, Greece
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90 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2012

The room was very nicely furnished and very clean with a really comfortable bed. Some body has a great eye for detail.The owner has great local knowledge and the breakfast on the terrace over looking the garden was really great too. Sorry we didn't have the time to enjoy the lovely swimming pool and sun deck in the garden.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 April 2011

My husband Wayne, one of my best friends Nicole and I stayed over for one night at the Cypress Cottage to attend the wedding of another one of our best friends, in Swellendam. Both of our rooms (Nicole had the porch room overlooking the exquisite garden, we had the second floor room overlooking the pool) were large and beautifully decorated. It was a little chilly, but the huge blanket I found in the wardrobe more than warmed us up! Coming from Johannesburg, safety is always an issue. What a reassuring surprise to feel so secure in this little town. The owners are just amazing and a delight to chat to. The breakfast was superb. Well done to Etienne and Vera!

  • Stayed April 2011
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Victoria, Canada
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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2011

The owner/manager, Etienne, set the tone by meeting us late at night as we stepped off the Greyhound bus from Cape Town. At the end of our one week stay, he willingly agreed to drive us at no charge over rough roads to our next destination in Bontebok National Park. We found Cypress Cottage in Lonely Planet which selected it as its "Best Pick" in Swellendam: it was the correct choice. The pool and gardens were sublime; the room spacious, quiet and comfortable; the service caring and friendly. Etienne and Vera know how to run a guest house. Etienne linked us up with Peter who runs FynBus Tours and he was an excellent, reliable and professional guide for our trip to De Hoop Park. Just around the corner from Cypress Cottage is the newly opened gift shop and cafe Pennantwing, an absolutely fabulous place to visit! Delicious light meals, impeccable service and a wonderful selection of unusual locally-made crafts and art pieces. We felt at home in the care of all these hospitable people.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2011

2nd time staying ,changed hands since the 1st visit but still great place.Etiene The owner was very helpful ,every room is different & unique, good breakfast & lots of good restaurants near by.

  • Stayed February 2011
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Thank Cheekybleeda
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Property: Cypress Cottage
Address: 3 Voortrek Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
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Ranked #6 of 37 B&Bs / Inns in Swellendam
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Hotel Class:3 star — Cypress Cottage 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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