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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 ...

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Stealing Beauty… Oh, 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.

what to do in Swellendam

The iconic NG Kerk, Swellendam – picture by Bruce ‘Flyinghorse’ Geils

 

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 with sunset. The river that runs through it. The waterfalls hidden in crevices in the mountain. The lush, cascading delicious ferns that seem to flourish in every nook.

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Flourishing greenery in every corner

 

Swellendam is romantic. A novel aching to be written. Cycle down the streets on a vintage bicycle and you’ll seem like you belong. One can almost hear scratchy records played by gramophones or slow tinkling pianos as a soundtrack to a slow Saturday evening. It appeals to romantics; with its shuttered windows, wrap-around stoeps, dusty old books and dark wooden staircases. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a romantic, prepare to be seduced.

what to see in Swellendam

Romantic Victorian filigree lace & inviting stoeps

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Slow tinkling pianos

 

Swellendam is also blessed with enough natural beauty to make your heart burst, if you’re as into nature as we are. The two nature reserves, Marloth and Bontebok National Park, transport you to places in yourself that you’ve never visited. Marloth Nature Reserve stretches along the Langeberg Mountains, blessed with natural fresh water pools, lush forest and dedicated hiking paths. The waterfall walk is a slow, steep climb, which can be accomplished by most members of the family, so please take your children along to splash in the pools and climb the gnarled branches of old trees. Fit hikers will be rewarded when climbing other paths leading to the top of the mountain, which offers unforgettable views. If hiking in Marloth Nature Reserve were your only reason to visit Swellendam repeatedly, it would be wholeheartedly understood.

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Bontebok Park, Swellendam

 

On hot days, Bontebok National Park offers reprieve in the form of the Breede River – easily accessible from dedicated picnic spots. The white sandy banks of the river give it a beach feel, yet with the calm waters of a river. Take lilos, a picnic basket and sun umbrellas and spend the afternoon floating on the waters of this private piece of paradise. Of course the bonus of seeing buck only a metre or two away from you as you’re driving is even more of a delight. Upon leaving, you need only travel a few kilometres up the road to catch a legendary sunset over Umshanti at the Buffeljags Dam, or one better – you could book a sunset cruise aboard their Mississippi-style boat, and be pulled behind the boat on tubes!

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Beach Sand on the Banks of the Breede River

 

We wrote about cycling in Swellendam in our previous post but the majesty of the town can be also be enjoyed from a kayak, a slow boat, a mountain path, on horseback or sitting on top of a mountain.

Whether you’re a culinary tourist, an adventure-seeker or merely looking for a relaxing place to read a book, Swellendam really does offer it all – even a beach.

 

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Cycling in Swellendam – MTB Western Capehttp://www.schooneoordt.co.za/mtb-western-cape/ http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/mtb-western-cape/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:34:15 +0000 http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/?p=1593 Cycling in Swellendam – MTB Western Cape

MTB Western Cape

Goodness, this post has been a long time coming…  August last year was the last!  It has been an amazing season (although not quite over yet!) and we are so grateful.  Thank you to the wonderful people that stay with us, we look forward to seeing (a lot of you) again next year…

Swellendam is fast becoming a MTB Western Cape dream destination, with events like the TransCape MTB, routes in the Bontebok & Marloth Nature Reserves and the road cyclist’s Coronation Double Century beginning and ending in Swellendam each year, more and more cyclists, both professional and leisure are coming to stay…

Even if not a serious cyclist, exploring the village and surrounds is an ideal way to fully experience the natural beauty of Swellendam and work up an appetite for the gorgeous food available ...

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Cycling in Swellendam – MTB Western Cape

MTB Western Cape

Goodness, this post has been a long time coming…  August last year was the last!  It has been an amazing season (although not quite over yet!) and we are so grateful.  Thank you to the wonderful people that stay with us, we look forward to seeing (a lot of you) again next year…

Swellendam is fast becoming a MTB Western Cape dream destination, with events like the TransCape MTB, routes in the Bontebok & Marloth Nature Reserves and the road cyclist’s Coronation Double Century beginning and ending in Swellendam each year, more and more cyclists, both professional and leisure are coming to stay…

Even if not a serious cyclist, exploring the village and surrounds is an ideal way to fully experience the natural beauty of Swellendam and work up an appetite for the gorgeous food available on almost every corner.

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MTB available for hire from Swellendam Tourism to explore the beautiful natural surrounds

Owing to its central location, only a hop and a skip from some of the most tranquil lunch spots, coffee shops and easy mountain walks, Schoone Oordt Country Hotel is the perfect accommodation choice.  Best of all, you don’t even need to lug your own bike along, because Swellendam Tourism hires them out for the day. They have put together a brilliant little cycling map, which highlights all of the places along an easy loop around town. Why not cycle to your massage at Rain before a long lunch at Tredici?  What a way to get to know our town more intimately.

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Exquisite mountains and captivating scenery just minutes from Schoone Oordt Country Hotel in Swellendam South Africa

We tested out one of their bicycles one perfect Sunday morning, accompanying Sonette (manageress extraordinaire)  and @shadowthehoteldog (yes, he has his own Instagram account) on their morning walk into the Marloth Nature Reserve. It was such a pleasure heading off into the crisp morning at 6:30am, cycling directly from the hotel. We would recommend the experience to everyone!

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Shadow the Hotel Dog loving the farm dam just before the Marloth Nature Reserve in Swellendam

Little could compare to the feeling of elation, when after only a few minutes of cycling, a resplendent scene unfolded before us. The magic of those Swellendam mountains must really be felt to be understood. The rising sun imbued them with a red-tinged hue as Shadow swum around in the dam like a hippo. We sat and admired the grandeur of nature – almost disbelievingly. Swellendam sure knows how to show off!

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Spectacular scenery and soul food for humans and dogs within easy reach of Schoone Oordt Country Hotel Swellendam

After half an hour of gentle cycling, gorgeous views, soul food and some feel-good exercise, we were very happy that the road went slightly downhill towards Schoone Oordt.  “Coffee. Orange Juice. Three course breakfast,”  thoughts taunted as we freewheeled back to the celestial comfort of Schoone Oordt.  Isn’t cycling before breakfast the perfect way to start the day?  It was 8am and we’d had our eyes so chockfull of beauty, it felt like we were harbouring a secret at the breakfast table.

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Tree-lined quiet village roads for easy cycling or walking from Schoone Oordt Country Hotel Swellendam South Africa

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#SwellenBLOG Swellendam South Africahttp://www.schooneoordt.co.za/swellenblog-swellendam-southafrica/ http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/swellenblog-swellendam-southafrica/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:28:22 +0000 http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/?p=1497 #SwellenBLOG Swellendam South Africa

Building (from scratch) a small country hotel in Swellendam South Africa came with some challenges, a large one being, nobody really knew where Swellendam was.  It’s one of those underrated and extremely beautiful South African country towns with a huge amount of history, beautiful architecture, awesome adventure, wonderful warm people and only a two hour drive from Cape Town.  We’ve realised over the many years of passionately sharing Schoone Oordt Country House with guests, that from the start, we need to market Swellendam and the fabulous things to do before marketing our fabulous hotel.  And fabulous they both are.

Luckily, both ourselves and Swellendam Tourism work very well together and we have been putting huge efforts into spreading the ‘word’, online and in social media.  With this in mind, we assisted in putting together a small group of local travel bloggers on an adventure weekend of note!  Playfully ‘piggybacking’ the very successful #Stellenblog campaign in Stellenbosch, we instigated a ‘#Swellenblog’ 4-day event that showcased a myriad of ...

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#SwellenBLOG Swellendam South Africa

Building (from scratch) a small country hotel in Swellendam South Africa came with some challenges, a large one being, nobody really knew where Swellendam was.  It’s one of those underrated and extremely beautiful South African country towns with a huge amount of history, beautiful architecture, awesome adventure, wonderful warm people and only a two hour drive from Cape Town.  We’ve realised over the many years of passionately sharing Schoone Oordt Country House with guests, that from the start, we need to market Swellendam and the fabulous things to do before marketing our fabulous hotel.  And fabulous they both are.

Luckily, both ourselves and Swellendam Tourism work very well together and we have been putting huge efforts into spreading the ‘word’, online and in social media.  With this in mind, we assisted in putting together a small group of local travel bloggers on an adventure weekend of note!  Playfully ‘piggybacking’ the very successful #Stellenblog campaign in Stellenbosch, we instigated a ‘#Swellenblog’ 4-day event that showcased a myriad of ‘Things to Do in Swellendam South Africa’.

Here is Amanda Shackley, our Swellendam Tourism guru, Des Haakonsen from Travelground, Jon Meinking from ishotimages, Luke Bresler from a Gorgeous Life, Lisa Huang & Ovidiu Pacuraru from foodandchatterThaya Bedford from LoveOverberg, Linda Markovina from Moving Sushi and Andrea Weiss from SA Tourism enjoying our Afternoon Tea as part of their whirlwind tour of Swellendam.

Swellendam South Africa

Every day during our busy Summer months, we serve Afternoon Tea at Schoone Oordt to guests.  If you’re not staying with us, but would still like to visit, then please give us a call or drop us an email, we’d love to share with you.  Here is some of the deliciousness produced by our very talented Chef Wander and thank you, as always to Bruce ‘Flyinghorse’ Geils for the spectacular pictures!

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These lovely people have written such wonderful things about Swellendam on their blogs, in their twitter & instagram feeds – if you’d like to follow, readup or simply oggle all there is to do in this part of South Africa, then google #Swellenblog.  You’ll be amazed.

 

 

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We carehttp://www.schooneoordt.co.za/schoone-oordt-cares/ http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/schoone-oordt-cares/#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 09:07:39 +0000 http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/?p=1433 We care

Cancer care

We’ve been wanting to write this post for a while, as its an important part of our heart at Schoone Oordt Country House. Not only do we care about the environment, sourcing local and ethical products, but we also care about people… Last year we supported two major causes (as well as a few little ones). The one was Action Against Hunger’s ‘Too Many Critics’ event and the other, an especially personal one, was the Breast Cancer Care Show in the UK.

We met Sue Stannard in 2003 when we bought this grand old house in Swellendam and became very good friends over the years of planning, renovating and building. Sue and her husband, Phil, are ‘swallows’ (spending summer months in England and South Africa). Around the time that our little Swellendam country hotel was getting busier and we could do with a spare pair ...

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We care

Cancer care

We’ve been wanting to write this post for a while, as its an important part of our heart at Schoone Oordt Country House. Not only do we care about the environment, sourcing local and ethical products, but we also care about people… Last year we supported two major causes (as well as a few little ones). The one was Action Against Hunger’s ‘Too Many Critics’ event and the other, an especially personal one, was the Breast Cancer Care Show in the UK.

We met Sue Stannard in 2003 when we bought this grand old house in Swellendam and became very good friends over the years of planning, renovating and building. Sue and her husband, Phil, are ‘swallows’ (spending summer months in England and South Africa). Around the time that our little Swellendam country hotel was getting busier and we could do with a spare pair of hands, Sue was at a bit of a loss with what to do with her time. She’d just undergone rigorous and traumatic chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy and targetted hormonal therapy for breast cancer and was unable to play the sports or exercise as she used to. She began to assist us with chatting, hosting guests and sometimes even waitressing over busy days, a bit of a step away from her corporate work as a lawyer, but fulfilling and very enjoyable nonetheless.

When Sue applied to be a model for the Breast Cancer Care Show in the UK, we offered to assist with her fundraising and offered a luxurious stay at Schoone Oordt, that became the beginning of a fabulous South African holiday with generous stays offered by the Inspirational Places properties (including flights secured by the charity) to be auctioned at the show. The charity holds a huge gala fund-raising event at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London at the start of October every year, to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. After a champagne reception, gala dinner and entertainment, the highlight of The Show is a catwalk parade by 24 models all of whom are current or former breast cancer patients, and this is followed by a fund-raising auction. Sue looking absolutely radiant here.

Cancer Care support by Swellendam Hotel Cancer care donation by Schoone Oordt Swellendam Hotel

We must thank Alison and Rudi from our spectacular Inspirational Places portfolio of properties for assisting us with organising the accommodation (and extras!) donations. Also huge thanks to these stunning properties:

Manna Bay, Kensington Place, Mosaic Private Sanctuary, Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa, Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel, Kichaka Private Game Lodge, The Residence, Walkersons Hotel & Spa and last, but not least the amazing Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge

Sue has just left Swellendam again to go home for the summer (our winter), so we say a fond farewell and look forward to her kind assistance again on her return in November!

If you would like to show your support for Sue and her breast cancer care fundraising efforts, then please follow this link

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And so we join the Swellendam Restaurantshttp://www.schooneoordt.co.za/swellendam-restaurants/ http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/swellendam-restaurants/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:55:09 +0000 http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/?p=1406 And so we join the 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

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And so we join the 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?

One of the most beautiful of Swellendam Restaurants Swellendam Restaurants

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

Swellendam Restaurants The Conservatory at Schoone Oordt Country House, best of Swellendam Restaurants

and my very own personal favourite…. Fynbos honey pannacotta, chocolate soil, seasonal berries.

Our dishes change according to seasonal produce and Chef Wander’s inspiration, but we try to keep the ‘winners’ available always. Our wines are sourced by Sonette (wine enthusiast and manageress extraordinaire) from the local Robertson valley and suggested with each meal. Obakeng Mholo, who worked with us as a sous chef for 6 months then travelled for extra experience in the States for a year, has come back to join our kitchen on a full time basis. Obie loves to bake. We love this. A lot. During the summer months, we are offering complimentary Afternoon Tea in The Conservatory for in-house guests in place of our usual arrival cheese platter. There are sweets and savouries, homemade iced tea and lemonade. We have also introduced a specialised coffee menu. Yes, my mouth is watering too.

Afternoon tea at one of the top Swellendam Restaurants Herbs for the Conservatory, one of the best of Swellendam Restaurants

Obviously, with the introduction of full time food, we have expanded our staff compliment and renovated the kitchen (AGAIN). In the Schoone Oordt spirit of care, we’ve begun to assist the Swellendam Community Action Partnership with training of previously disadvantaged youth as well as employing students from the Hotel School in Bloemfontein. This brings an exciting energy. We’ve also completely overhauled our veggie garden and planted beautiful salad, veg, herbs and garnish bits as well as showering the rest of the garden with some serious tender loving care. It was a busy Winter followed by an even busier Summer…

So far, it’s been going rather well and we’ve been receiving such amazing feedback. Thank you to the wonderful guests that have given us a chance, some constructive critique and those that have showered us with praise. Your appreciation fills our soul.

With love and care.

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The Hidden Letters in Swellendam South Africahttp://www.schooneoordt.co.za/swellendam_south_africa/ http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/swellendam_south_africa/#comments Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:06:22 +0000 http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/?p=1315 The Hidden Letters in Swellendam South Africa

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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 story of ...

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The Hidden Letters in 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.

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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 story of love, of hurt, of betrayal and leave us wondering whatever happened to the people in the story. For privacy reasons, we haven’t posted the letters so that you can read them, but if you recognise the writing, do let us know, we’d love to return them to their rightful owners.

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And after many hours of pottering in Richard’s true perfectionist style, here is the finished couch proudly displayed in our beautiful Honeymoon Suite. Thank you for the gorgeous pictures Wander & Sonette Bester (our management couple extraordinaire!).

We so look forward to your comments.

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Swellendam House Concert : Baroque 2013http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/swellendam-house-concert-baroque-spring-2013/ http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/swellendam-house-concert-baroque-spring-2013/#comments Mon, 26 Aug 2013 14:33:23 +0000 http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/?p=1284 Swellendam House Concert : Baroque 2013

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 ...

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Swellendam House Concert : Baroque 2013

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 for generously hosting the musicians. Thank you to all.

Swellendam House Concert at Schoone Oordt Country Hotel

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‘Candlelight en Rooiwyn’ saam met die ‘Byeboerwa’ vir die Augustus lang naweekhttp://www.schooneoordt.co.za/gian-groen-en-anton-goosen/ http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/gian-groen-en-anton-goosen/#comments Sun, 28 Jul 2013 10:29:04 +0000 http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/?p=1250 ‘Candlelight en Rooiwyn’ saam met die ‘Byeboerwa’ vir die Augustus lang naweek

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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.

Anton Goosen and Gian Groen in Swellendam for the Bee Festival

Anton Goosen and Gian Groen in Swellendam for the Bee Festival

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 ...

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‘Candlelight en Rooiwyn’ saam met die ‘Byeboerwa’ vir die Augustus lang naweek

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.

Weekend with musicians at our Swellendam Country Hotel Anton Goosen and Gian Groen in Swellendam for the Bee Festival

Anton Goosen and Gian Groen in Swellendam for the Bee Festival

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 maak in elke aspek van u tyd saam met ons.  Ons hoop dit voel asof u met die beste van vriende besoek.

Die gebied rondom Schoone Oordt bied gaste ‘n oorvloed van aktiwiteite. Voetslaanpaaie, perdry-roetes, fietsryroetes, watersport, en besoeke aan die nabygeleë natuurreservate is ‘n moet. ‘n Uitstappie na die De Hoop Natuurreservaat vir seisoenale walviskyk kan nie misgeloop word nie!

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A (shutter) window into Swellendam South Africahttp://www.schooneoordt.co.za/swellendam-south-africa/ http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/swellendam-south-africa/#comments Fri, 05 Jul 2013 18:10:06 +0000 http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/?p=1177 A (shutter) window into Swellendam South Africa

Swellendam South Africa

@flyinghorsephoto has been posting the most INCREDIBLE photos of our BEAUTIFUL Swellendam South Africa, so we asked if we could share them.  Bruce Geils from Flyinghorse Photography is responsible for most of the stunning photography on our website too as well as the design thereof, so he’s close to our hearts.  This is what our area looks like.  If you love nature, family time or good-friends-that-could-be-family time, food for the soul, food for the body or perhaps just losing yourself for a while…  Then come and stay.  There’s an amazing amount of accommodation in Swellendam, from budget to luxury, but of course, we’d LOVE you to stay with us.

If you happen to be driving through or stopping over, go and visit Bruce in his Flyinghorse Gallery.  It’s worth it.

We do hope to see you soon.

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A (shutter) window into Swellendam South Africa

Swellendam South Africa

@flyinghorsephoto has been posting the most INCREDIBLE photos of our BEAUTIFUL Swellendam South Africa, so we asked if we could share them.  Bruce Geils from Flyinghorse Photography is responsible for most of the stunning photography on our website too as well as the design thereof, so he’s close to our hearts.  This is what our area looks like.  If you love nature, family time or good-friends-that-could-be-family time, food for the soul, food for the body or perhaps just losing yourself for a while…  Then come and stay.  There’s an amazing amount of accommodation in Swellendam, from budget to luxury, but of course, we’d LOVE you to stay with us.

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If you happen to be driving through or stopping over, go and visit Bruce in his Flyinghorse Gallery.  It’s worth it.

We do hope to see you soon.

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It all started with a little town called Heidelberg…http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/it-all-started-with-a-little-town-called-heidelberg/ http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/it-all-started-with-a-little-town-called-heidelberg/#comments Tue, 21 May 2013 07:59:10 +0000 http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/?p=1065 It all started with a little town called Heidelberg…

I truly wish that I had more time to spend blogging.  We hope that you enjoy reading our unique stories and poring over our special pictures as much as we enjoy sharing them with you.  This was one of those unforgettable South African Weddings with just two guests (the bride and the groom) and held in our little town of Swellendam (not Heidelberg, as you might have guessed)…

On the 1st of November last year, we received an out of the blue enquiry for a 6 (SIX!) night stay from a lovely German couple who went on to ask if they could get married whilst staying with us.  Schoone Oordt and Swellendam are usually used as a stopover for guests travelling the Garden Route and although we are trying to change this perception and encourage longer stays, a 6-night enquiry came as quite a surprise!

Judith and Christof found us whilst trawling the internet for a place that spoke to their heart in ...

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It all started with a little town called Heidelberg…

I truly wish that I had more time to spend blogging.  We hope that you enjoy reading our unique stories and poring over our special pictures as much as we enjoy sharing them with you.  This was one of those unforgettable South African Weddings with just two guests (the bride and the groom) and held in our little town of Swellendam (not Heidelberg, as you might have guessed)…

On the 1st of November last year, we received an out of the blue enquiry for a 6 (SIX!) night stay from a lovely German couple who went on to ask if they could get married whilst staying with us.  Schoone Oordt and Swellendam are usually used as a stopover for guests travelling the Garden Route and although we are trying to change this perception and encourage longer stays, a 6-night enquiry came as quite a surprise!

Judith and Christof found us whilst trawling the internet for a place that spoke to their heart in Heidelberg, GERMANY.  They came across our little Schoone Oordt Country Hotel very near Heidelberg, SOUTH AFRICA, on a German website and fell in love.  We helped them to organise a 12th day of the 12th month of the 12th year ceremony at exactly 12:00, at our friends at GodsWindow with a picnic on our lawns and next to our pool for just the two of them.  We spent a lot of time with this precious couple and feel as though we’ve cemented a beautiful relationship with them for life.

Judith & Christof - a South African Wedding

Christof had these extraordinary things to say about us on TripAdvisor:

‘Perfect! Wonderful!
When planning our trip to South Africa (3 weeks along the Garden Route), we saw the amazing pictures of Schoone Oordt by chance. The history of the house, the breathtaking surroundings, the story of Alison and Richard and their hard work over years to create such a place full of love, harmony and indescribable hospitality touched our hearts immediately. We both decided to get married at this wonderful place!
We stayed 6 nights (on our trip back to Cape Town we had to stop for another night and it felt like coming home) and experienced a wonderful time! The rooms are very comfortable, the dinners, the breakfasts absolutely flavorful and the services excellent and done hearty.
When thinking back we always have a smile on our faces and warm feelings in our hearts! We will always remember our stay at Schoone Oordt, we hope that we can come back as often as we can to celebrate our anniversary and we want to thank Alison, Sonette, Wander and Emma for making our stay so special!’

Thank you Judith & Christof for sharing such a significant experience with us and for choosing Schoone Oordt as your destination.

More captivating pictures can be found at Jacques Lloyd of Real Simple Photography.

 

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