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“Luxury Must Stay in The Heart of Swellendam”

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Schoone Oordt Country House
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Swellendam
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Luxury Must Stay in The Heart of Swellendam”
Reviewed 13 October 2011

Schoone Oordt is reminiscent of the grand old ladies of Victorian times but with a crisp, jazzed-up twist. Breakfasts are yum-ee and made with fresh local produce. Our hosts, Richard and Alison are warm, friendly masters of attention to detail that includes: A welcome drink or two, nightly turndown service with pillow treats, a goodnight note with a weather forecast (useful when planning excursions), a well stocked mini bar with wine and bubbles (ideal for beach picnics), locally produced pamper products, complimentary car wash and much more. We were surprised at how much Swellendam has to offer not just from a historical perspective but also in terms of nearby nature reserves, whale watching, locally grown and produced products (fab jam and liqueur tasting), and an incredible dinner at La Sosta Italian Restaurant. And you simply cannot pass up the opportunity to visit the museum complex to be entertained by its curator, Miemie, who was born and bred in Swellendam. We spent three nights at Schoone Oordt. It was insufficient. You really should stay at least another day. When you do have to leave be sure to ask your hosts for directions to Happy Hog Farm to purchase some bacon - the very same served on your breakfast plate at the guest house.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

This stately mansion is elegance and sophistication at its best. The minute you enter the property you know it is special. The original house has been lovingly and tastefully renovated and updated and the perfectly manicured grounds have been transformed into modern rooms that blend beautifully with the Victorian homestead. The rooms are large and beautifully furnished. The massive bathroom with its antique toilet flusher offers a wide assortment of excellent cleansing products, the huge fireplace actually works and you can savour freshly baked cookies to accompany the coffee that is provided in room. The staff at Schoone Oorde understands elegant hospitality. Evening turndown service is the norm as is the washing by hand of your vehicle while you relax over your gourmet and sumptuous breakfast. Excellent management team. As travel agents we highly recommend.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 September 2011

We stayed 2 nights, the second of which was my partners birthday and we could not have asked for a better stay. Huge attention to detail, my partner loved her card and present from the hotel, food was very very enjoyable and all capped off with the honeymoon suite for 2 nights...great stay.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Alison_J_Walker, Owner at Schoone Oordt Country House, responded to this review, 4 October 2011
Dear Mansehra

Thank you so much for choosing to stay at Schoone Oordt, our little Swellendam country hotel, and for taking the time to write such an excellent review! We loved having you to visit and look forward to seeing you again (we hope!)

With love,
Alison
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London
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Reviewed 13 September 2011

this is a lovely hotel - amazing rooms and very nice staff

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 2 September 2011

We really loved our stay at the Schoone Oordt Country House in April 2011. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. They made us feel at home immediately and went out of their way to help us in any way possible. They even provided us with an umbrella at the door for the morning breakfast.
The food and the room were both excellent.
We highly recommend this B&B. It is definitley a 5 star B&B.

Brian Jackson
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 August 2011

We were welcomed by the hosts as if we were very close friends or family all staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Rooms are very neat upmarket and beaut decorated. The best guest house we have ever stayed at and will def visit again.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed 21 August 2011

This guesthouse gets always top-ratings and from our point of view it is deserved. The place has a very personal touch, e.g. with well-come snacks and wine. And you get plenty of firewood to create a cosy atmosphere in your well-appointed room. Food is also delicious. What else can you ask for? In overall, your holiday money is well-spent!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Schoone Oordt Country House
Address: 1 Swellengrebel Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Swellendam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Schoone Oordt Country House 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Schoone Oordt Country House is one of the top boutique hotels in Swellendam with a heartfelt passion for people, for food, for wine and for the environment. Our luxury country hotel offers romantic & intimate as well as family friendly accommodation in Swellendam, South Africa. The emphasis here is on warmth, care, elegance, quality and love and we aspire to make this evident in every aspect of your time with us. We do hope you feel as though you’re visiting with the best of friends. ... more   less 
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