Schoone Oordt Country House

2 nights from £ 160 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Breakfast as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

Country Retreat, Route 62

About

Equidistant between Cape Town and the Garden Route towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, this small homestead makes for a heavenly stopover – or “beautiful haven” if you translate the name directly.  Boasting a pool, it’s found in quiet Swellendam, the country’s third-oldest settlement, and dates back to 1853 with an appropriately Victorian facade.  But a recent refurbishment means it’s as smart as the clipped lawns all around.

Accommodation

The hotel’s ten rooms are found among the lush rose gardens, including a separate Honeymoon Suite and Family Cottage.  Two standard rooms offer air-conditioning, underfloor heating in the bathroom, clawfoot bathtubs and a shared veranda, while six Luxury Rooms promise private patios and fireplaces.  That Family cottage includes a loft area for children, while the secluded Honeymoon suite has a carved four-poster bed.  Each chamber delivers a period feel via restored antiques and wooden floors.

Facilities

The manor house’s Conservatory Restaurant is an open-air space where you can enjoy superior breakfasts, complimentary afternoon teas and South African voorsmakie (a la carte) for dinner.  Pan-seared kudu and sweetcorn-and-ginger velouté are often available, along with wines that are sourced from nearby Robertson Valley.  There’s also a fire-heated bar, chill-out lounge and convivial kitchen.  Wi-fi is available in the main house only.  Outside is a large saltwater pool lined with loungers, and then those gardens, fountains and oak trees.

Activities

The homestead’s reception desk can arrange local Swellendam activities, from golf at a nine-hole course above Hermitage Valley to spa sessions.  The hotel sits at the foot of the majestic Langeberg Mountains, so hiking is also readily available, along with birdwatching, horse-riding and even quad-biking.  Further afield are the Robertson Valley Wine Route and whale-watching at Hermanus.

Child Policy

Children of all ages are welcome.  Cots can be provided, along with babysitting at a surcharge. 

 

 

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