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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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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“Warm hospitality at its best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

What a warm, welcoming place - a perfect stopover en route from Cape Town to the Garden Route, in a beautifully renovated old Victorian house. We stayed in the family cottage, which was warm and cosy even on a cold winter's night, with no detail spared to ensure our comfort. From hot water bottles in our beds to crayons for the kids, scented oils in the bathroom and a beautiful selection of teas in the kitchenette, they thought of everything. We also so appreciated the warm, personal welcome with tea and cupcakes, a map of the town and advice on family-friendly restaurants where we could dine that night. The lounge is stocked with DVD's, board games and music for relaxed afternoons, the gardens are immaculate and we will have to return in summer for a swim in the sparkling pool and a game of croquet. We cannot recommend Schoone Oordt highly enough. And make sure you leave space for a gorgeous breakfast with freshly squeezed juice, home-made granola, freshly-baked bread and absolutely luscious cooked offerings from the kitchen! Thank you for an absolutely wonderful stay - I only wish it had been longer.

Room Tip: Family cottage was cosy and extremely comfortable for a couple plus 2 younger kids (ages 7 and 10...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Alison_J_Walker, Owner at Schoone Oordt Country House, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Thank you, PIppa, for this truly wonderful review. We love sharing Schoone Oordt and Swellendam with families and yours was such a pleasure! We do hope that you'll come and visit us for longer next time - there's so much for the children to do - especially in Summer. Thank you, again, for the love!

With love from us.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

We stopped in Swellendam on the way back from the garden route to Capetown as a convenient store and fell upon this little gem. So pleased we did. The house has been beautifully and tastefully renovated, the service was amazing and very friendly and the breakfast simply delicious. Make sure you have room for it. I cannot recommend this place enough, its a must a go!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

Everything was perfect at Schoone Oordt - the welcome with scones and tea by the fireplace, the bedroom with its roaring fire, and the friendliness of the owners and staff. Schoone Oordt has been lovingly (and energetically !) restored by the owners and the atmosphere clearly reflects that personal touch. We can't recommend it too highly.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

This is a class act. Great welcome, luxurious rooms and good quiet location.

We were there on a night when the restaurant was closed but the close by recommendation was very good and made more so by it entertaining staff member.

Breakfast at the Country House is huge and high quality - nominally 3 courses but seemed more. A walk to the nearby museums and craft stores is needed after such a feast.

In a very nice touch, we found that our hire car had been washed while we were at breakfast.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

Presumably all good travel experiences depend on a host of factors: the weather, first impressions, etc etc. Things may have just panned out really well, but I can't speak highly enough of Schoone Oordt: from the time we arrived till we left, everything was perfect: rusks and a cup of tea when we arrived, sharing a glass of wine outside our room, watching the soccer while sitting in front of the room fire....

In truth, the crucial factor must be the owner's intelligence and perception of what should be an appropriate standard: the renovations to this historical building are in excellent taste, and the rooms are similarly designed; the attention to detail is commendable.

I can't wait to return!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Alison_J_Walker, Owner at Schoone Oordt Country House, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Thank you for this really special review. Reading such kind words makes us happy & rejuvenates our passion for taking care of people. Thank you for feeding our soul.

With love.
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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

... in a town called Swellendam at a placed called Schoone Oordt... where The Walker's know a thing or two about style, class and hospitality. The rooms are great with super comfortable beds, high thread count linen and spacious bathrooms with heated tiles and towel racks, a shower and a bath. The rooms are very private and quiet and surrounding them, a huge beautiful lush garden. The breakfast is a delicious 3 course meal fit for Kings and Queens. Our friendly waiter joked "With our breakfast you can skip lunch". And then they top it off by washing your car before you leave. What more could you want. If you feel like spoiling yourself do yourself a favour and book a stay at the Schoone Oordt. The best of the best. 5*

  • Stayed June 2014
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

Tucked away in a neighborhood, the SOCH was an oasis of beauty and comfort. From the initial greeting to the final exit, everything was done in an understated but high quality manner. The grounds are serene with paths to wander around, a large lawn to play on (plus another hidden away up a narrow set of stairs), and a river just beyond sight. If Shadow, the incredibly friendly resident Husky, chooses to do so perhaps he'll take you on a walk down to the river. The food is high quality, the beds are soft and comfy, the fireplace in the room warmed us up on a chilly June night. My only regret is that we didn't stay more than one night. Highly recommended if you're in the region, driving the Garden Route, or just looking for a romantic getaway.

  • Stayed June 2014, 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
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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