Schoone Oordt Country House

1 Swellengrebel Street, Swellendam, South Africa

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Hotel Description

Plenty of bed-and-breakfast owners have a close relationship with their property, but how many can say they actually restored the place with their bare hands? The owners of the Schoone Oordt Country House did just that, personally refurbishing a 19th-century Georgian manor with style and ingenuity. The resulting hotel is steeped in artisanal elegance — take a look at the kitchen cabinets, made from Oregon pine reclaimed from a ship’s deck, or the cast-iron Victorian tubs in the bathrooms, and you’ll get the idea: this is a labor of love.

The hotel’s location in the shadow of the Langeberg Mountains — the highest peaks on South Africa’s Western Cape — adds a dramatic backdrop to the rose gardens, glades, and rivers that compose the landscape. It’s the perfect setting for the kind of unpretentious luxury that defines the ten guest suites, where any lingering Victorian stuffiness has been swept away in favor of sturdy wardrobes and graceful chandeliers. Fireplaces and cozy goose-down bedding are standard, along with private balconies that usher guests to the gardens. If you prefer your romantic seclusion to include a four-poster bed and oversized bathroom, there’s a single honeymoon suite tucked away from the main house.

In addition to the owners, Schoone Oordt retains another husband-and-wife team, this one tasked with handling the culinary side of things. It’s a marvelous strategy, as the cuisine goes far beyond the requisite continental breakfast — locally sourced ingredients and seasonal goodies inform Chef Wander’s constantly evolving menu. At dinner, each course is paired with wine, and the whole relaxed affair is the perfect way to wind down after a day spent exploring the nature reserves or driving down to the sea.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 10 Rooms
  • Style: Contemporary Classic
  • Atmosphere: Quiet

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour front desk
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Golf nearby
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Offsite gym facilities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Wine tours nearby
  • Wood burning fireplace

Need to Know

Children  We welcome and love children of all ages.  Age 0 to 6 free when sharing with their parents.  Age 7 to 10, 25% of rack room rate including breakfast when sharing with parents.  Older than 10, we recommend reserving the family cottage or inter-leading standard suites  There is a single sofa bed, ideal for children up to 10yrs of age, and space for a cot in each standard & luxury suite.  There is space for a camper cot in the Honeymoon Suite, but no sofa bed.  Our Family Cottage has 2 extended length single beds in an upstairs loft area with an extended length king for parents. There is a flat rate for this room based on 2 adults and 2 children (of any age).  Please note that we have one antique wooden and one modern camper cot. Please ensure that these are pre-booked if required. Deposits  We require a 50% deposit from guests to secure a reservation. Festive season minimum stay policy  There is a two-night minimum stay over the Christmas and New Year period, from the 24th December to the 8th January. Credit cards  We accept all major credit cards at no additional charge. Rooms  We have 10 rooms: o 2 x standard suites which are upstairs overlooking the grounds, accessible from the back of the property and have an inter-leading door through the balcony therefore making them more affordable for families or groups of friends travelling together. They do not need to be booked together, however. o 6 x luxury suites which are identical in décor & facilities except for unique antique cupboards & dressers o 1 x Honeymoon Suite which is private, larger & more romantic o 1 x Family Cottage which is also more private & separate from other guests  The Honeymoon Suite is at the opposite end of the property to the Family Cottage.  All rooms are fitted with tea/coffee stations, refrigerators, aircon, satellite TV, DVD players, fireplaces, underfloor heating & heated towel rails in the bathrooms.  Pure goose down bedding, 100% cotton, custom made embroidered linen, embroidered gowns, slippers & pure wool carpets add to the luxury.  We were awarded 5-star Guesthouse by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa in December 2008 and again in December of 2009. We were awarded 5-star Country House in February of 2011, again in January of 2012 and most recently in January of 2013 by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. Smoking  Smoking is not permitted in the rooms or the manor house, but ashtrays are provided on the patios.

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Check out:

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    • crib (on request)
    • DVD library
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    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • heated floor
    • Individual antique pieces in each room
    • international channel
    • minibar
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    • patio
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    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • heated floor
    • Interleading, ideal for larger families
    • international channel
    • minibar
    • minifridge
    • Rain bath amenities
    • rain shower
    • sofa sleeper
    • terrace
    • turndown service
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    • carpeted floor
    • central air conditioning
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    • DVD library
    • DVD player
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • heated floor
    • international channel
    • kitchenette
    • minifridge
    • patio
    • separate bedroom
    • stand up shower
    • turndown service
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    • chaise lounge
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    • DVD player
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • heated floor
    • international channel
    • minibar
    • minifridge
    • patio
    • Private, tucked away at the edge of a little forest & stream
    • Rain bath amenities
    • rain shower
    • separate living room
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
    • wood fireplace
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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour front desk
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Golf nearby
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Offsite gym facilities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Wine tours nearby
  • Wood burning fireplace

Need to Know

Children  We welcome and love children of all ages.  Age 0 to 6 free when sharing with their parents.  Age 7 to 10, 25% of rack room rate including breakfast when sharing with parents.  Older than 10, we recommend reserving the family cottage or inter-leading standard suites  There is a single sofa bed, ideal for children up to 10yrs of age, and space for a cot in each standard & luxury suite.  There is space for a camper cot in the Honeymoon Suite, but no sofa bed.  Our Family Cottage has 2 extended length single beds in an upstairs loft area with an extended length king for parents. There is a flat rate for this room based on 2 adults and 2 children (of any age).  Please note that we have one antique wooden and one modern camper cot. Please ensure that these are pre-booked if required. Deposits  We require a 50% deposit from guests to secure a reservation. Festive season minimum stay policy  There is a two-night minimum stay over the Christmas and New Year period, from the 24th December to the 8th January. Credit cards  We accept all major credit cards at no additional charge. Rooms  We have 10 rooms: o 2 x standard suites which are upstairs overlooking the grounds, accessible from the back of the property and have an inter-leading door through the balcony therefore making them more affordable for families or groups of friends travelling together. They do not need to be booked together, however. o 6 x luxury suites which are identical in décor & facilities except for unique antique cupboards & dressers o 1 x Honeymoon Suite which is private, larger & more romantic o 1 x Family Cottage which is also more private & separate from other guests  The Honeymoon Suite is at the opposite end of the property to the Family Cottage.  All rooms are fitted with tea/coffee stations, refrigerators, aircon, satellite TV, DVD players, fireplaces, underfloor heating & heated towel rails in the bathrooms.  Pure goose down bedding, 100% cotton, custom made embroidered linen, embroidered gowns, slippers & pure wool carpets add to the luxury.  We were awarded 5-star Guesthouse by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa in December 2008 and again in December of 2009. We were awarded 5-star Country House in February of 2011, again in January of 2012 and most recently in January of 2013 by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. Smoking  Smoking is not permitted in the rooms or the manor house, but ashtrays are provided on the patios.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's Club

Check in:

2pm,

Check out:

11am

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