Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

Country Wedding in Swellendam

Country Weddings in Swellendam

We love country weddings, especially ones in Swellendam.  Country weddings are like small private festivals.  Families and friends come from far and wide to spend, not just a few hours, but a whole weekend celebrating beauty, togetherness and the future.  Making for a wonderful sense of community and reunion as loved ones create a warm circle of happiness around the bride and groom.

Unlike a city wedding, guests are able to escape their own lives and re-connect, both with themselves and their ‘people’.  At Schoone Oordt, wedding parties can spend time before and after the ceremony exploring Swellendam’s restaurants and coffee shops, unwinding on the river – or treating themselves to a pamper at the Rain Forest Spa.

Schoone Oordt, for over a century, has been backdrop to numerous romantic and love-filled events and we feel that we are continuing this legacy by co-creating magical moments with our brides and grooms.  As hosts, we ...

Swellicious Swellendam Winters0

Posted 27 August, 2015

Swellendam Winters

Swellendam Winters

Now that we’re well on our way to Spring and Summer, which have their own treasures, of course, we’ve realised that we’re a little different to others when it comes to Swellendam Winters.  Towards the end of Summer, we sit and wait, patiently eyeing the chunky woollen jerseys at the back our closet, poised for the onset of our favourite season. You see, winter is the best, ‘seasonists’, it really is. It’s about regrouping, about resting and rejuvenating.  It’s about crunching red leaves underfoot, snuggling under blankets next to a crackling log fire, reading books that were collecting dust on your shelves all summer and clutching hot cups of tea. It’s when you get to wear your chunky woollen socks; eat comfort food (in silent agreement with your body that ‘everyone needs a few extra kilos for warmth’ over winter); it’s time to rediscover the childlike wonder of hot chocolate and stare ...

Marloth Nature Reserve, Swellendam, South Africa

Marloth Nature Reserve

In the spirit of beauty, we thought we’d share one of our favourite creative soul’s view of The Marloth Nature Reserve, literally on our doorstep here in Swellendam, South Africa.  Bruce ‘Flyinghorse’ Geils draws much of his creative inspiration from the beauty around us and is so evident in his work…

The Marloth Nature Reserve has the most spectacular walks for both adventurous hikers and afternoon strollers.  A trip up to the Waterfall is a must.  You can reach the Reserve within an easy walk of us at Schoone Oordt, so pack a water bottle and your camera and find peace and tranquility within.

The peaceful reserve, which is 14 123 hectares in size, is managed together with 16 532 hectares of privately owned land.  Marloth Nature Reserve is named after the pioneer botanist who, together with a deputation of Swellendam residents, petitioned the Minister of Lands ...

what to do in Swellendam

what to do in Swellendam

One of the things that we love most about Swellendam is that it’s not one-dimensional. It’s not just a foodie destination, nor is it just about mountain biking or berry-picking. Swellendam leaves itself open to interpretation.

If you’re looking for a pit stop on the way to somewhere else, you might miss it because this town is subtle, revealing itself slowly. You’ll often find that artists, creatives, writers and musicians are attracted to Swellendam, not only because it offers a sense of serenity and idyllic isolation, but also perhaps because these sensitive types know that ‘stealing’ beauty from their surrounds is so vital to their work.


If you care to see it, it’s everywhere. Swellendam drips with beauty. The beautiful Dutch Reformed Church that takes pride of place in the centre of town. The restored Victorian homes lining the lanes and the hug of mountains that blush red ...