Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

Swellendam Restaurants

Swellendam Restaurants

As you know, we’re constantly growing and evolving at Schoone Oordt and we’ve spent a bit of time trying to find our way with offering dinners.  Some aspects have worked, some not.  We’ve learnt, listened, taken our precious guests’ feedback to heart and from the 1st November last year, we officially launched ‘The Conservatory Restaurant’ at Schoone Oordt Country House, soon to be recognised as one of the top Swellendam Restaurants.  We constantly strive to keep our offering fresh and original and feel that the light and airy Conservatory fits it’s name rather well.  What do you think?

We’ve started with a small a la carte menu, such as: Dukkah spiced kingklip with marinated tomato, pickled cucumber, potato mousseline; Sweetcorn velouté with ginger, coconut, chilli, coriander, popcorn; Potato gnocchi with beetroot, buffeljachts goats cheese, sage; Overberg beef fillet with potato puree, trio of onion

and my very own personal favourite…. Fynbos honey pannacotta, ...

antique letters in couch Swellendam South Africa

Swellendam South Africa

This is a very special romantic story and one I’m so happy to share.

Even before we’d discovered Swellendam South Africa, Richard found this old couch on one of his antique store trawls in 2002.  He bought it.  It sat in a pile of building rubble for the many years that we’ve been restoring and building our Schoone Oordt country hotel.  This past winter, whilst breathing new life into the rooms, kitchen and garden, Richard also found the time to ‘potter’ on restoring the couch in his workshop.

This is what it looked like lying outside Schoone Oordt and pre-restoration:

The restoration project of this beautiful old piece of furniture is perhaps a story enough, but what makes this truly memorable, is that two old letters dating back to World War Two were found hidden down the side.  Obviously stuck there in anger or pain and forgotten.  They conjure a ...

Swellendam House Concert at Schoone Oordt Country Hotel

We are SO excited about the inaugural Swellendam house concert for the well-deserving Swellendam Bursary Fund…  The Swellendam Bursary Fund identifies high skilled learners in the Greater Swellendam area and enables them to continue with specialist studies in the fields of their choice.  It has been in existence for 8 years and continues to support and encourage young people to reach their full potential.  The fund relies solely on donations and fundraising and we’d love for you to join us in supporting this truly worthy charity.

Celebrate the arrival of Spring with Baroque 2013 at Schoone Oordt Country House on the 1st September at 17:30.  Only 60 seats available and selling out fast!

Of course, the concert wouldn’t be without the passion of the co-ordinater, Judi Rebstein and the generosity of the musicians, Carin van Heerden, Marion Truepel, Lyndon Watts and Olga Watts.  A big thank you to Augusta, Aan de Oever and de Companjie ...

Weekend with musicians at our Swellendam Country Hotel

Swellendam Country Hotel

Kom geniet ‘n heerlike naweek saam met twee van Afrikaans se LEGENDES – Gian Groen en Anton Goosen.  Twee nagte vir twee persone in ‘n luukse kamer, insluitende ontbyt natuurlik, en aandete met die vertoning by Die Vagebond Saterdagaand, die 10de Augustus vir slegs R2750.00. Genuttig ontbyt Sondagoggend, die 11de Augustus saam met die kunstenaars.  Doen gerus navraag oor tariewe vir die familie kothuis of wittebrood suite.  Kom kuier saam met ons.

Schoone Oordt Country House is ‘n intieme hotel in Swellendam, waarskynlik die beste van Swellendam akkommodasie, met 10 luukse kamers gesetel in welige tuine, ‘n intieme Konservatorium restaurant, ‘n sprankelende soutwater swembad en ‘n passie vir mense, familie, kos,  wyn en die omgewing.  Hier val die klem op ongerepte en pretensielose luuksheid, elegansie, kwaliteit, liefde en akute aandag aan detail  en ons streef daarna om dit duidelik te ...

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