Fodor's Expert Review Schoone Oordt

1 Swellengrebel St., Swellendam, Western Cape, 6740, South Africa

The ultimate luxury getaway, this renovated Victorian manor house, with original ceilings, wooden floors, and antique furnishings, boasts five-star accommodation. Eight double rooms, a family cottage, and a secluded honeymoon suite in the lush garden have king-size beds, goosedown bedding, wool carpets, and restored Victorian baths. The Conservatory Restaurant, in the conservatory, serves dishes like pan-seared kudu loin with potato fondant and seasonal green vegetables, savory french toast with hand-foraged forest mushroom ragout, and dark chocolate fondant with kumquat preserve—all made with locally sourced ingredients. Breakfast is a three-course affair, and afternoon tea is served with both sweet and savory home-baked goods. Activities nearby include hiking, a visit to a nearby lavender farm, horse riding, bike riding, and water sports.

PROS

  • lush gardens with a swimming pool
  • the staff are happy to cater to special dietary requirements

CONS

  • not all rooms are in the beautiful main house

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Sophisticated
Countryside
Design
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 028-514–1248

HOTEL DETAILS

8 rooms, 1 suite, 1 cottage
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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