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Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

Swellendam Restaurant

Where to eat in Swellendam

Spring is in full swing in Swellendam and if you are still wondering where to eat in Swellendam this season our restaurant, The Conservatory’s, new Spring menu will ensure sensational, Swellendam dining this spring. With colours and tastes so bright and beautiful we just have to share this spring celebration. So feast your eyes and be sure Schoone Oordt’s The Conservatory Restaurant is where to eat in Swellendam. Dessert is up first! Although last on the menu these flavours are so fresh and fitting for spring we couldn’t keep the best for last. Our favourite from the dessert menu has to be the Roasted Apple Strudel with Rosewater Yoghurt and toasted Almonds and the Rooibos Crème Caramel with Pistachio and Cranberry Biscotti and Orange Disc.

Chef Obie’s crème caramel is superb just on its own but the Rooibos infusion is a great twist on the original. Other options on ...

girls weekend swellendam

Swellendam Girls Weekend

We’re so excited to share guest blogger Thaya Beford‘s awesome article on her wild and wonderful Swellendam girls weekend getaway at Schoone Oordt. It was such a joy having you with us, thank you for sharing this sensational article with us!

“Yoga, massages and five star lodgings?”

“Hikes, delicious food and wine?”

“Whisky, horse-riding and cowgirl parties?”

“Incredibly, I know such a place,” said I.

This is what happens when you’re planning a weekend getaway with your girl squad and you all want different things from your weekend escape.  I’m a road trip junkie and often head into the great wide open on my own – but arranging weekend getaways is another beast entirely.

Googling several getaways, there were always a few drawbacks, both for a wild woman getaway (the new romantic getaway, as Lauren calls it) – and one involving kiddos.  My mind fell on Schoone Oordt and Swellendam ...

Swellendam Family Accommodation

Swellendam Family Accommodation

We are so thrilled to showcase our newest contribution to Swellendam’s family accommodation. Months of planning, hard work (and all the other joys that come with construction) have paid off and have turned what was once just an empty shell into a beautiful and spacious family suite.

As per usual, or by now it’s become somewhat of a Schoone Oordt tradition really, Richard took on the renovation of the empty storage space together with our resident handymen, Cuthbert and Charlie. From tiling, sanding of doors and ceilings and even building custom bunk beds for the new suite’s spare room – Richard and his team did it all and we couldn’t be prouder.

Of course no renovation or construction would be complete without its perils. This time Richard very nearly ran out of time and was literally busy with the last of the finishing touches on the first day that ...

Breakfast in Swellendam0

Posted 26 July, 2017

breakfast in swellendam

breakfast in swellendam

If there’s one breakfast in Swellendam you need to have its Schoone Oordt’s full course breakfast.  It’s “the perfect three course start to your day” and has been called “the highlight of the stay”, “memorable”, “hard to beat” and “a real treat” by our guests.  Although there is something new on the breakfast menu every morning we like to deck out our buffet with a few regulars like fruits, breads and cereals.

Of these breakfast buffet regulars our favourite has to be our homemade granola – a recipe developed by our very own Alison herself. In early days at Schoone Oordt  Alison used to take charge of preparing breakfast.

Although we now have Chef Obie at the head of things in the kitchen we still use Alison’s fabulous granola recipe.

Because we know so many of our guests and readers are on-the-go and sometimes too busy to even grab ...

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