Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

Schoone Oordt featured in August issue of Food&Home Entertaining South Africa

We were recently featured in the Food&Home Entertaining South Africa magazine.  What a stunning article and fantastic coverage.

Thank you to all at Food&Home!

Situated in the heart of the Overberg farming region, Swellendam is a restful stopover for travellers exploring the Garden Route…  by Ingrid Casson

About two hours’ drive north-east of Cape Town on the N2, halfway to George, the Overberg opens up into a sea of golden wheat fields enveloped by the majestic Langeberg mountain range.  It’s wheat, wool, canola and youngberry country, with vineyards fed by the Breede River.  The region is a delight for adventurers, hikers and foodies, and the town of Swellendam makes for an ideal base from which to explore.

Schoone Oordt Country House

The place: Schoone Oordt Country House is an elegant Victorian mansion dating back to 1853.  Its ornate architecture, fascinating history and sprawling grounds helped to make it a national monument in 1983.  After ...

Ivy Schoone Oordt Swellendam

Our very chilly, very wet Winter is over (thank goodness!) and we’re gearing up for another fabulous season. The blossoms are out, the sun is shining and my word, the countryside around Swellendam is glowing. Truly beautiful. Wish you were here.

Thank you all so much for your lovely support this past year, for either choosing to stay with us, enquiring with us or sending your guests to us and of course, for your kind words. Without you, Schoone Oordt simply wouldn’t be… and we are super grateful!

We’ve been quiet on the news front for a bit because… well, because we’ve been taking extra special care of our guests, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the birth of our new little addition to the Schoone Oordt family – Welcome to the world precious Ivy Nell Walker – and we have been working on our magical new website. Being as particular as we are, this ...

What a way we’ve come…0

Posted 28 March, 2012

What a way we've come...

Well, season is nearly over… Can you believe it?

The Easter Weekend marks the official end of our Summer Season and the beginning of quieter, cooler days. What a wonderfully busy time it has been. We are so grateful to our lovely guests for their kind words, appreciation and support and our fantastic, loyal staff, without whom, Schoone Oordt just wouldn’t be. For me, its interesting to note that things don’t always run smoothly, stuff goes wrong, often at the most inopportune moments and especially when busy, but a sense of humour and kindness prevails and isn’t it always the way it’s handled that counts…?

I have just been sorting Schoone Oordt photos and stumbled upon a number of great ones, but these depict quite clearly how far we have travelled with this property. The two you see on the left are of our Honeymoon Suite in 2005, the only other cottage we didn’t build ...

Just Swell… in Swellendam0

Posted 13 February, 2012

Sunday Times 5 February 2012

It’s always wonderful to see our names in print and here we are, featured in the local Sunday Times on the 5th Feb along with fantastic things to do in Swellendam. Apologies for the not-so-great quality of the scans, but the full article is on-line – link below.

So, for those that thought Swellendam a quiet sleepy dorp, read on……

Nancy Richards spent a couple of days (one of those evenings with us) in Swellendam and fell in love… We were lucky enough to be part of her radio programme too. Thank you so much, Nancy, for the lovely exposure both for Schoone Oordt and for our little town.