Schoone Oordt Country House http://www.schooneoordt.co.za Swellendam Accommodation Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:08:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 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

The Conservatory at dusk

Swellendam Restaurants

Gourmet dinner overlooking the gardens at Schoone Oordt Country House

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

Overberg beef fillet, potato puree, trio of onion

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

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

Fynbos honey pannacotta, chocolate soil, locally-picked 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

Sugary churros dipped in dark chocolate & banoffee macaroons

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…

 

Herbs for the Conservatory, one of the best of Swellendam Restaurants

Fresh herbs are organically grown & picked for our table at Schoone Oordt Country House

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 ...

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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‘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

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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Swellendam through Flyinghorse’s lens…http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/swellendam/ http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/swellendam/#comments Fri, 05 Jul 2013 18:10:06 +0000 http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/?p=1177 Swellendam through Flyinghorse’s lens…

We’ve been following @flyinghorsephoto on Instagram for a little while and he’s been posting the most INCREDIBLE photos of our BEAUTIFUL Swellendam, so we asked if we could share them.  This is what the area around Swellendam 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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Swellendam through Flyinghorse’s lens…

We’ve been following @flyinghorsephoto on Instagram for a little while and he’s been posting the most INCREDIBLE photos of our BEAUTIFUL Swellendam, so we asked if we could share them.  This is what the area around Swellendam 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!

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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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The brand new Rain Swellendam Forest Day Spahttp://www.schooneoordt.co.za/new-rain-swellendam-forest-day-spa/ http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/new-rain-swellendam-forest-day-spa/#comments Thu, 04 Apr 2013 12:35:53 +0000 http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/?p=1083 The brand new Rain Swellendam Forest Day Spa

This is SUCH brilliant news and we are SO excited to tell you about this wonderful, special new offering in Swellendam.  We have always been HUGE supporters of Bev and her team at Rain Swellendam as their ethical business sense, support of local previously disadvantaged people and pure style and talent speak to our heart.  We LOVE what they do and we LOVE the way they do it and we are so proud that we can offer such beautiful pampering to our guests.  So, if you’re coming to stay, please remember to book a treatment…

Without further adieu, I give you …drumroll!… the Rain Forest Day Spa in Swellendam

Rain is synonymous with ethically manufactured bath and beauty products of the highest quality as well as international Fair Trade and Beauty without Cruelty accreditations.

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The brand new Rain Swellendam Forest Day Spa

This is SUCH brilliant news and we are SO excited to tell you about this wonderful, special new offering in Swellendam.  We have always been HUGE supporters of Bev and her team at Rain Swellendam as their ethical business sense, support of local previously disadvantaged people and pure style and talent speak to our heart.  We LOVE what they do and we LOVE the way they do it and we are so proud that we can offer such beautiful pampering to our guests.  So, if you’re coming to stay, please remember to book a treatment…

Without further adieu, I give you …drumroll!… the Rain Forest Day Spa in Swellendam

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Rain is synonymous with ethically manufactured bath and beauty products of the highest quality as well as international Fair Trade and Beauty without Cruelty accreditations.

We have now branched out to launch our brand new Spa with Soul concept in the beautiful, historic town of Swellendam. The Rain Forest Day Spa employs qualified therapists with a passion for natural wellness and beauty from within. The spa menu offers pampering, relaxing, and de-stress treatments, catering for amongst others couples, brides and pregnant moms. There is a comprehensive menu featuring wraps, masks, scrubs and delectable oils, as well as Shiatsu, Deep Tissue Massage, Thai and Hot Stone Massage.

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The day spa is located next door to the Rain Swellendam store and will transport you to an imaginary rain forest. Rain’s very own 100% natural Biologie product range is used in the spa for treatments and will be available for sale in all Rain stores. Biologie is a specialised skincare range harnessing the science of nature and is packed with anti-oxidants, botanical extracts and plant based actives. Biologie has been formulated around the company’s ethical and all natural approach to health and wellness encouraging the notion that beauty comes from within and from living a healthy and giving lifestyle.

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Rain is currently training 12 aspiring therapists from the disadvantaged segment of the Swellendam community with a view to employment with Rain in the future. The spa is open daily from 9am -8pm. Bookings can be made at 028 514 1737 or rainforestspa@rainafrica.com

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Of course, these absolutely stunning photos were taken by our super-talented friend, Bruce Geils of Flyinghorse Photography, who is able to make all things beautiful.

Flyinghorse Photography SwellendamPhoto by Flyinghorse Photography Swellendam

 

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Lizelle & Kevin’s Country Wedding… in the rain, in Swellendamhttp://www.schooneoordt.co.za/lizelle-kevins-country-wedding-in-swellendam/ http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/lizelle-kevins-country-wedding-in-swellendam/#comments Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:25:45 +0000 http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/?p=1008 Lizelle & Kevin’s Country Wedding… in the rain, in Swellendam

This post is going to look the prettiest yet!  Firstly, because our Bruce ‘Flyinghorse’ Geils takes the most spectacular pictures, but also because I’ve finally worked out how to get the pictures the same size within this new ‘blog’ thing.  Slowly, but surely, we get the hang of this…  I always seem to start an entry with an apology.  I seem to do the same with our newsletters!  Honestly though, time runs away far too fast and there is so much to say and so many lovely guests to take care of, so once again, apologies for the delay in telling you all about this very special rainy October country wedding…

Lizelle & Kevin are a dream couple.  They are gorgeous, uncomplicated, easy-going and we clicked with them immediately.  They absolutely LOVED Wander’s food especially his homemade chocolate ice-cream.  So much so, that Kevin ate it for breakfast more than once.  Their wedding ...

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Lizelle & Kevin’s Country Wedding… in the rain, in Swellendam

This post is going to look the prettiest yet!  Firstly, because our Bruce ‘Flyinghorse’ Geils takes the most spectacular pictures, but also because I’ve finally worked out how to get the pictures the same size within this new ‘blog’ thing.  Slowly, but surely, we get the hang of this…  I always seem to start an entry with an apology.  I seem to do the same with our newsletters!  Honestly though, time runs away far too fast and there is so much to say and so many lovely guests to take care of, so once again, apologies for the delay in telling you all about this very special rainy October country wedding…

Kevin & Lizelle's Country Wedding at Schoone Oordt in Swellendam

Lizelle & Kevin are a dream couple.  They are gorgeous, uncomplicated, easy-going and we clicked with them immediately.  They absolutely LOVED Wander’s food especially his homemade chocolate ice-cream.  So much so, that Kevin ate it for breakfast more than once.  Their wedding was HUGELY blessed by the relentless rain.  Lizelle & Kevin galoshed (is that a word?) their way through their ceremony which was held at the most spectacular property close to Swellendam called ‘GodsWindow’.  Lizelle had visited the farm there as a little girl and had kept it in her heart for her ideal Swellendam country wedding.

Kevin & Lizelle's rainy country wedding in Swellendam

Their reception was held in our light and airy conservatory which looked so beautiful.  We loved the ‘Candy Bar’ with sweets made themselves, we loved the white balls and fairy lights hanging from the ceiling and we loved the pure colours, succulents with soft roses, but most of all, we loved spending this glorious day with a truly lovely couple.  Thank you to Lizell & Kevin for choosing to share it with us!

Kevin & Lizelle in Schoone Oordt's Conservatory in Swellendam

Candy Bar at Schoone Oordt Country House in SwellendamKevin & Lizelle's candy bar at Schoone Oordt in Swellendam

And then there was the food…

Phyllo cones with roasted aubergine & pistachios in 'broekie' lace

Phyllo cones with roasted aubergine & pistachio in ‘broekie’ lace

Malay spiced prawns with garlic lemon aioli Panfried salmon, creamed leeks & organic tomato

Malay spiced prawns with garlic lemon aioli canapé and panfried salmon, creamed leeks and an organic tomato salad as a main

Oh gosh, so many beautiful photos…  here are just a few more for prettiness..

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The amazing Reach for a Dream Foundationhttp://www.schooneoordt.co.za/the-amazing-reach-for-a-dream-foundation/ http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/the-amazing-reach-for-a-dream-foundation/#comments Tue, 27 Nov 2012 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/?p=974 The amazing Reach for a Dream Foundation

I know it sounds corny, but we LOVE children… (and animals, but this is a story for another time) and for the last few years, we have donated a special two night stay at Schoone Oordt to the Reach for a Dream Foundation.  They use this as an auction item at their spectacular annual gala dinner to raise funds for their projects.

This year, their 11th annual Gala Dinner was held at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay on Saturday, the 3rd of November.  Along with delicious food prepared by chef Bertus Basson, the amazing Brooklyn Hip Hop Crew performed, comedian Nik Rabinowitz made everybody laugh and Michael Mol kept a tight rein over the proceedings.  Not only was the event a huge amount of fun, but it helped to raise a great amount of money for an exceptionally good cause.

For 24 years, the Reach for a Dream Foundation, has brought hope, joy and healing to South African children.  These ...

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The amazing Reach for a Dream Foundation

I know it sounds corny, but we LOVE children… (and animals, but this is a story for another time) and for the last few years, we have donated a special two night stay at Schoone Oordt to the Reach for a Dream Foundation.  They use this as an auction item at their spectacular annual gala dinner to raise funds for their projects.

Reach for a Dream Foundation Gala Dinner 2012Reach for a Dream Foundation Gala Dinner 2012

This year, their 11th annual Gala Dinner was held at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay on Saturday, the 3rd of November.  Along with delicious food prepared by chef Bertus Basson, the amazing Brooklyn Hip Hop Crew performed, comedian Nik Rabinowitz made everybody laugh and Michael Mol kept a tight rein over the proceedings.  Not only was the event a huge amount of fun, but it helped to raise a great amount of money for an exceptionally good cause.

Reach for a Dream Foundation Gala Dinner 2012Reach for a Dream Foundation Gala Dinner 2012Reach for a Dream Foundation Gala Dinner 2012

For 24 years, the Reach for a Dream Foundation, has brought hope, joy and healing to South African children.  These children, between the ages of 3 and 18yrs, use their dreams to fight life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, leukaemia, cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy, kidney failure and HIV infections.

In the last year, thanks to generous donations, they have managed to fulfill 199 dreams, 31 outings attended by 758 children, 4 camps, 9 Queen For A Day projects, 6 Captain Courage projects, 76 hospital visits by our Jabulani clowns and 14 hostings for dream families from other regions.

Reach for a Dream Foundation Gala Dinner 2012

Reach for a Dream enriches children’s lives by making their dreams come true and as a result, distracting them from the needles, medication and hospital environment that they deal with on a daily basis. These young children are under extreme pressure and are in desperate need of our encouragement. In addition, the foundation offers the child a magical moment to regain their childhood that is being lost to an illness.

They look forward to inspiring hope and bringing lots more smiles and laughter to their dream children in the year to come.

If you think you can help, here is a link to their web-site and their Facebook page.

We’re so pleased that we could help just a little bit.

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Out & About in Swellendam – article in August Food&Home magazinehttp://www.schooneoordt.co.za/out-about-in-swellendam-article-in-august-foodhome-magazine/ http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/out-about-in-swellendam-article-in-august-foodhome-magazine/#comments Tue, 30 Oct 2012 11:13:10 +0000 http://www.schooneoordt.co.za/?p=941 Out & About in Swellendam – article in August Food&Home magazine

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 ...

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Out & About in Swellendam – article in August Food&Home magazine

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!

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

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 years of chequered history and eccentric characters calling it home, Schoone Oordt was bought in 2003 by present owners, Richard and Alison Walker.  With the mansion in a heavy state of disrepair, it was a mission of love for the couple, who spent nine years restoring the home to its former glory.

Its inception:Richard and Alison always dreamt of raising a family in the country.  When they simultaneously discovered Schoone Oordt and that Alison was pregnant, they realised country life could become a reality.  Richard tackled much of the renovations himself and sourced most of the beautiful antique furniture which he carefully restored.

The rooms: Ten romantic suites feature elaborate antiques that add grandeur to the rooms.  From the fixtures to furnishings, everything has been placed with extreme comfort in mind… extra-length king-size beds with goose-down bedding, fireplaces, oversized showers and original ball and claw bathtubs.

The food: Chef Wander Bester and his sous chef, Obakeng Mhlolo, are doing inspiring things in the Schoone Oordt kitchen.  It’s all about seasonal, local produce, like creamy regional goat’s cheese, veggies sourced from neighbour’s gardens and thick slabs of organic bacon… think buchu-smoked beetroot carpaccio, watercress salad and a Buffeljagsrivier goat’s cheese mousse, and free-range pork belly with a charcuterie jus (wholegrain mustard, pickled onions, gherkins, tomatoes, parsley) with pomme soufflé.  Breakfast is always a highlight and a bit outside the box: buttermilk plaatkoekies, local youngberry compote and vanilla poached pear with coconut and pistachio filling, served with double thick yoghurt.  These are partnered with homemade breads and pastries, with a pitcher of fresh fruit and veggie juice.

Bonus points: The cosy ambience is the result of team effort and passion between Alison, Richard, Wander and his wife Sonette, who help run the property.  They have a keen sense of community and readily offer suggestions on where to eat and what to do in this thriving country town.

Call 028-514-1248 or visit www.schooneoordt.co.za

Also visit…

Old Gaol on Church Square, Autumn in Swellendam, South AfricaTraditional Melktert at Old Gaol on Church Square in Swellendam, South AfricaOld Gaol on Church Square Coffee Shop in Swellendam, South Africa

The Old Gaol on Church Square

Run by dynamic Judi Rebstein and her husband, Brin, the building once belonged to Judi’s great-grandfather, Jacobus Willem van Eeden, an esteemed farmer and Member of Parliament in the area.  Today roosterkoek is king at this lovely eatery under the trees.  If you get there early enough you can witness the pillowy loaves baking over glowing coals in the garden, after which they are stuffed with sweet or savoury goodies.  Or get there for lunch and indulge in daily specials like waterblommetjie bredie, homemade pasta and Judi’s famous chicken pie.

8A Voortrek Street, Swellendam.  Call 028-514-3847 or visit www.oldgaolrestaurant.co.za

Wildebraam Berry Fields in Swellendam, South AfricaBerry Picking in Summer at Wildebraam Berry Estate in Swellendam, South AfricaYoungberries from Wildebraam Estate Swellendam

Wildebraam liqueurs and goodies

In 1998 Natalie Turck swapped city for country and relocated from Joburg to Swellendam, and she hasn’t looked back.  Her Wildebraam Berry estate which started off as a home industry specialising in berry liqueurs, has blossomed into a commercial operation.  Today Natalie’s farm store brims with more than 120 different products, including 10 flavours of liqueur (choc chilli, fennel and the region speciality, youngberry), which can be enjoyed neat or topped with tonic or soda for a refreshing long drink.  The chutneys, jams and relishes are made with ingredients sourced from the area and Natalie has created a range that goes particularly well with cheese, from sweet pepper jam and ripe fig to orange wheels.

22 Freesia Street, Swellendam.  Call 028 514 3132 or visit www.wildebraam.co.za

Rain Bath & Body Flagship Store Swellendam South AfricaInside the Rain Flagship Store, Swellendam, South Africa

If you’re looking to stock up on gorgeous bathroom goodies, the Rain franchise was started by Swellendam local, Bev Missing.  Her stores are now located worldwide and the pretty shop in town offers their nourishing handmade products comprising African ingredients like Kalahari melon, baobab oil and mafura butter.  An adjoining room features pretty crockery and kitchenware from the trendy Mud Studio.

274 Voortrek Street, Swellendam.  Call 028-514-1737 or visit www.rainafrica.com

 

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