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Augusta de Mist Country House

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02/04/2017 03/04/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Friends of ours were here last year and this place did not disappoint. From the arrival in the gardens, great salt-water pool, to the food. Oh, we are foodies. The lavish meal which the hosts underplay was the highlight of our trip. It was full of surprises and the best part is talking with the hosts afterwards. What you'd think...

1Thank andylewis1003
Reviewed 27 January 2017

Augusta de Mist is stunning, however... We found it amazing to see but stylish over substance. The armchairs in our cottage looked fabulous, until you sat on them for more than 5 minutes. The knicknacks were beautiful but then seemed over done. The rugs, the arty coffee table and a beautiful wooden box looked great but cramped the room. The...

4Thank Jane T
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 January 2017

We stayed here for one night en route from Plettenberg Bay to Stellenbosch, Swellendam is ideally positioned for the stopover, but we could have easily stayed at Augusta de Mist for a week. From the complimentary iced tea and cake on arrival, to the fantastic gardens and peaceful pool, to the secluded and very well appointed small cottages that make...

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

We stayed here for a weekend in November after our friends recommended it. Having lived in mainland CPT for a few years, I was skeptical of what Swellendam could offer. This place is a gem, well integrated with the surrounding nature, secluded Breakfast is served daily as part of your stay They do a tasting 7 course dinner (not always,...

1Thank Nichole N
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 January 2017

Found this venue on TP at the last minute and was surprised that we could get a room. The main building has so much history dating back to 1809. You stay in little cottages situated in lovely gardens. We were allocated no 5 which is absolutely delightful. It's not just clean and tidy, it's got character as well as all...

Thank doc2r12
USA and South Africa
Reviewed 3 January 2017

We loved our 3-night stay at Augusta de Mist, and were lucky to have the 6-course dinner with them one of the nights we were there. Our room was a spacious cottage set back through the lush gardens and greenery of the property, with a living room with kitchenette, good-size bedroom with king bed, and large bathroom with 2 sinks...

Thank JLiss
Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

A beautiful oasis with little cottages spread across a large private garden that's like a gorgeous jungle. Cottages are all beautifully appointed with a rustic and unique twist, full of imagination and creativity. Our host, Michel, could not have been nicer or more charming or helpful. He really went the extra mile. Breakfast was fabulous and loved the candlelight. A...

Thank Classic T
Cambridge, Canada
Reviewed 1 December 2016

What can I say that hasn't been said. I stumbled on Augusta de Mist and was "intrigued"(?) by the man in the mask, (Hmmm, The Big Bad Wolf?) but I was lured in by the pictures of the beautful rooms, the grounds........ well the everything. What the pictures didn't capture was the man behind the mask. Michel was the ultimate...

Thank Ruth D
Plettenberg Bay
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

From initially booking a room to leaving after our stay, we had a great experience. Michel runs a great place & we were sorry we couldn't stay longer. From the delicious breakfast, to the very comfortable rooms, to the washed car before we left, we couldn't have been treated better. If you can, take the opportunity to stay here, you...

Thank Patrick K
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 November 2016

My daughter and I spent one night here on our tour of the Cape. Michel is an excellent host and spent time sharing the history of the property and making us feel very much at home. The décor is eclectic and charming and combines contemporary style with historical interest and quirky twists. A particular highlight for us was the option...

1Thank carolinepO2443SJ

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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Laundry Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
One of the most beautiful guesthouses in Swellendam, on South Africa's Garden Route. Experience stylish living on a large country retreat. It is the biggest dilemma you are faced with when visiting Augusta de Mist: where do you sit? The pool area is perfect with a large willow tree and the kind of privacy that encourages you to shed the layers and have a cocktail. But then privacy is even greater in the small fynbos forest at the top of the property where you can climb a hand-hewn stairway to a fine view of the Overberg. Of course just the thought of all that hiking on the grounds makes the fountain on the front lawns quite a good bet for a good old sit and much more civilised. Speaking of civilised, you may as well take tea on the stoep while sitting and take in the lawns, rose bushes and giant trees. Or just sit on the lawn. But what about the picnic clearing in the fynbos forest, around wine cellar or even just the lounge in your suite? Such is life in the country. There are not enough days on the average visit to sit in all the available spaces and congratulate yourself on a perfect choice. Augusta de Mist is a 4-star retreat set on 1.5 Ha of eclectic fynbos. The country estate in typical Cape fashion boasts a deeply romantic 1802 Cape Dutch National Monument with more original features than you can shake a stick at. The shutters are yellowwood and the ironmongery original, as are the reed ceilings held together with 200+ year-old mud and clay. This manor building forms the social hub of the estate housing both the guest lounge and dining rooms. It also plays host to a Heritage Suite (where Desmond Tutu stayed in October 2013), which pays homage to Swellendam history and references South African iconic images and items. The bed is crowned by a cupola inspired by the Eastern style of the local church, while the reading room in the suite teams Afrikaner quilts and World Cup makarapas, which are pure township art. Wander past the pool, over seasonal streams or by the kitchen herb garden to stumble upon the garden cottages. On first glance, the allure is obvious. Simple white structures, the bridal suites are reminiscent of the historic cottages of this region, with reed ceilings, shuttered windows, bucolic views and indigenous or water-wise planting that welcome you. As you step inside the suites, you discover even more country romance in the stylishly appointed interiors, which mixes the eclectic African, South African and European heritage. In reflecting the architecture, each of the suites features subtle and unique decor. The finishes are chosen for comfort and have a lived-in feel. Vintage pieces and antiques have been selected with care, adding to the homegrown spirit that pervades. Unique African art punctuates throughout. Crisp yet plush bedding comforts you through the night while the bespoke lamps provide a source of warm and cosy lighting. While the cottages are meant to tell the old stories of Swellendam each also has its luxurious touch. Every suite has its own lounge, large bedrooms with similarly large en-suite bathrooms living areas and private gardens. Almost all of them have their own fireplaces. Afternoon tea is sometimes available in season, and is served by the team at 'Augusta's African Kitchen', with its focus on pan-African cuisine. Some of the dishes are Afrikaner while others are Cape Malay. Says Henk, 'Our kitchen is not professional. Nor do we open our doors to the public. Unless they beg. We cook because we love the flavours of Africa. It is the food we know and grew up with. We love the fact that Milktart can be made in a different way depending if you are Afrikaans or Muslim. So whether you like koeksisters or koesisters, we want you to be satisfied.' The team specialises in sourcing the best they can find in the area and it is all too easy to say yes to every morsel. I saw a petite young Belgian woman work her way through four koeksisters and assistant Melanie laughs as she tells me about the German group of nine, who interrupted the flow of dinner and demanded a second serving of Biltong Soup after which they gave rapturous applause. It is this focus on quality that had Henk and Michel develop a small range of wine with Andrew Barns of Mischa Estate. 'The wine is something that we take great pride in. Drinking a wine of quality is a responsibility we take seriously. We chose to make a signature wine with someone who loves making wine, and who does not do it as a business venture but as a vocation,' Michel says. 'The wines we made are artisanal and of the highest quality. We know Andrew and Rachel very well and we are very proud to serve this small range'. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Augusta de Mist Country House

Address: 3 Human Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Price Range: $139 - $267 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Augusta de Mist Country House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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