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Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

Robertson Wine Valley Wine Tour Bus0

Posted 1 November, 2018

Robertson Wine Valley Wine Tour Bus

It’s been a massive success in Franschoek and the Hemel and Aarde Valley!  Wine trams and buses are a great way to explore the beautiful wine routes of South Africa and now we can finally add the Robertson Wine Valley to the list of stunning routes to explore by hop-on-hop-off-bus.  Yes, friends, we introduce you to the Robertson Wine Valley‘s Wine Safari bus. A hop-on-hop-off adventure bus that crisscrosses it’s way through the beautiful Robertson Wine Valley via two scenic routes – truly the ‘funnest’ way (yay, no designated driver needed) to explore this beautiful wine valley.

Choose between self-guided hop-on-hop-off tours or planned day trips which include exclusive tastings, winemaker tours and lunch.  We were treated to a self-guided tour of the Golden Mile, many of the Robertson Wine Valley‘s famous wine farms are located along this route, situated in ...

Menu for The Conservatory Restaurant4

Posted 4 October, 2018

Menu for The Conservatory Restaurant

menu for the conservatory restaurant swellendam

With the winter finally concluding (we’re extremely grateful for the rains but the seasons seem to change later each year and we need our Vitamin D!), we’re looking forward to warmer, longer days and sunny skies – yip, summer is coming!  That, of course, means a new menu for The Conservatory Restaurant.  This season we called in the expertise of mega talented Chef Jason Whitehead to consult on the new menu for The Conservatory and we couldn’t be happier and more excited with the final product.

When our wonderful Chef Obie (very sadly) left us to marry his fiancé in Bloemfontein a bit earlier this year, we decided not to replace our Head Chef position, but rather to empower and upskill the ladies that have been working in our kitchen since Chef Wander joined us in 2011.  We have been so heartwarmed at the way Elizabeth & ...

Spring in Swellendam0

Posted 12 September, 2018

Spring in Swellendam

Spring in Swellendam

It’s Spring in Swellendam and we are gearing up for high season.  However we’re offering a sweet winter special (stay two nights and pay for one) until end of September. Need more reason to come celebrate spring in Swellendam?  Read all about guest blogger, Thaya Bedford‘s, Swell escapades below.  Thank you, Thaya for a beautiful article!

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I fell head-over-gumboots for Swellendam a few years ago…and I’ve had issues letting go ever since. In fact, you might even call me a Swellenstalker.  But if you’ve seen her snow-capped mountains, walked through her forests, meditated in Marloth Nature Reserve, tasted her fine food and wines and slept in her cotton sheets, you’d understand why the long-distance romance has endured.  And for those of you reading who may be foragers, let me not even get started on Swellendam’s prolific mushroom ...

Luxury Accommodation in Swellendam0

Posted 14 August, 2018

Luxury Accommodation in Swellendam

We’ve been loving Schoone Oordt, the luxury accommodation in Swellendam, for quite a few years now. It’s a constant journey of countless building projects, revamps and restoration to turn it into and maintain its status as the best luxury accommodation in Swellendam. During winter each year we focus on giving the Grand Dame all the love and pampering she deserves. Whether it be a fresh coat of paint, restoration on the woodwork and floors or maintenance of that old head dress (the roof, that is) – there’s a lot of necessary upkeep on a historic Victorian building.

This year, however, along with the usual maintenance, we focused on refreshing and updating the rooms, the interiors were already 10 years old! Time flies so unbelievably quickly. So, it was out with the old and in with new carpets, new headboards, new pictures in the bathrooms and beautiful new cushions and linens. ...