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Schoone Oordt Country House
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Swellendam
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Wonderful, warm and welcoming”
Reviewed 4 December 2011

Every now and then you find a place that you'll remember for the rest of your life. Schoone Oordt is one of those places. In fact, we loved it so much we decided to get engaged in the honeymoon suite! Sonette and Wander, with their hospitality and charm, made an already special occasion even more memorable for us. We're counting the days until we can go back....

Room Tip: The honeymoon suite is a bit pricier, but worth every cent.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 November 2011

Not only will we recommend this place to others but we are already looking at when we can return!

Schoone Oordt is a wonderful place full of character.

Sonnette and Wander manage the place for the owners Richard and Alison. Sonette and Wander are lovely and full of suggestions for restaurants, vineyards, other things to do etc. In fact Sonette booked our restaurant each evening after discussing options with us. They are truly brilliant assets to Schoone Oordt.

Our room was lovely with fantastic touches like the very nice Rain toiletries. It's a very relaxing space with plenty of room.

The breakfasts at Schoone Oordt are simply out of this world. I have never had such amazing variation but every single dish was simply brilliant. Special mention to the bacon which was fantastic.

Also worth trying is the tasting menu. Obi cooked ours and it wouldn't have been out of place in some very good restaurants where we live near London.

All in all I simply can't think of anything I'd change. You have to experience it for yourself!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Albany
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Reviewed 29 November 2011

We stayed for one night in October 2011. The facilities are magnificent, love the heated floor in the bathroom and the hosts are fantastic. We had an evening meal there which would have put most restaurants to shame and the breakfast was sublime. For South Africa this is not inexpensive but spoil yourself and enjoy the ambience, meals and setting. Things like having your bed turned down and the car washed in the morning were little treats to add to the whole pleasurable experience.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hoogeloon
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

On our route from Plett to Stellenbosch we stayed only 1 night in this lovely hotel and its friendly and helpful staff. We felt sorry that we stayed only 1 night, because there is a lot to see in the environment and the "warm-designed" hotel is for sure a great place to stay longer. We hope to do so on a next occasion.
Hans Burgers and Marlou Kremer from NL.
P.S. Breakfast is also really great!

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

We were on honeymoon and having seen the website decided to stay at this guest house. It certainly did not disappoint. Swellendam is not the most inspiring town but a stay here is worth it.

From the moment we arrived we were greeted by Wander, who is the jovial landlord, and he made us feel at ease immediately. After he had helped us inload our car we went and had sharpeners with him in the wonderful colonial house. He was an excellent host.

We went back to our room and then for a walk at the local reserve. The room was immaculate, peaceful and just what we dreamed of. Very spoiling and very well fitted. There is a lovely swimming pool and beautifully tended gardens.

Wander is planning to open a formal restaurant for guests in January and so we opted to try his tasting menu. Boy we were not disappointed and with the help of Sonette (Wander's wife) we had the most delightful evening. We ate things we would not have normally chosen from a menu and Wander made these course melt in our mouths. They had the most excellent range of local wines and as well a stocked bar as I have ever seen. The Dining Room is lovely and looks out over the garden. There is also a traditional Brai space there.

Then there was breakfast too and that was sensational. We loved our stay there so much it could not have been bettered. All the staff are delightful, the whole estate is beautifully kept and we just loved it.

Do not pass Swellendam without staying at Schoone Oordt,

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Alison_J_Walker, Owner at Schoone Oordt Country House, responded to this review, 28 November 2011
Dear Harry

What a phenomenal review. Thank you so much.
I know that Wander & Sonette loved having you to stay and we're so pleased that you had such an excellent time. We're honoured to have been able to share part of your special holiday with you and hope you'll return for your first anniversary!

With love,
Alison, Wander, Sonette and the Schoone Oordt team
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 November 2011

This is one of the loveliest hotels that we have stayed at.Absolutely wonderful interior.comfort levels and service.We were the only people at the hotel on our 1 night stay but we were assured they are usually busy.We were therefore upgraded to the honeymoon suite which was huge and beautifully furnished.You could have had a party in the bathroom and it was the largest walk in shower area I have ever seen.Everything that you needed was available- from the bath and shower gels to tea/coffee facilities in a small kitchen area.
Breakfast was superb and cooked by the chef just for us!
I cannot say how lovely this place is and would love to return.
The only negative pont is that the photo of the front of the building is a little misleading as the hotel is actually in a biult up area of Swellendam and not alone in a large plot.This did not detract from the enjoyment of our stay though.This is a small piece of heaven!!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Alison_J_Walker, Owner at Schoone Oordt Country House, responded to this review, 18 November 2011
Dear Helen

A HUGE thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review. Thank you too for choosing to stay with us. We sincerely apologise for not being quite what you expected initially, but we're very pleased that we still managed to impress you!

We hope that you loved your South African trip overall and will come back and see us all again!

With love,
Alison
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Kenilworth, New Jersey
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Reviewed 9 November 2011

A fantastic place, enough luxury to last for years and a place you just have to see! Do not pass Swellendam without staying at Schoone Oordt, it will change your life!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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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
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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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