Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

Halloween in Swellendam2

Posted 1 November, 2017

Halloween in Swellendam

Halloween in Swellendam

Afternoon tea was served with a chilling twist for Halloween in Swellendam. We pulled out all the stops for Halloween even serving slime cake with skeletons. Have a look at the scary shenanigans we got up to.

Swellendam Restaurant

Where to eat in Swellendam

Spring is in full swing in Swellendam and if you are still wondering where to eat in Swellendam this season our restaurant, The Conservatory’s, new Spring menu will ensure sensational, Swellendam dining this spring. With colours and tastes so bright and beautiful we just have to share this spring celebration. So feast your eyes and be sure Schoone Oordt’s The Conservatory Restaurant is where to eat in Swellendam. Dessert is up first! Although last on the menu these flavours are so fresh and fitting for spring we couldn’t keep the best for last. Our favourite from the dessert menu has to be the Roasted Apple Strudel with Rosewater Yoghurt and toasted Almonds and the Rooibos Crème Caramel with Pistachio and Cranberry Biscotti and Orange Disc.

Chef Obie’s crème caramel is superb just on its own but the Rooibos infusion is a great twist on the original. Other options on ...

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Swellendam Girls Weekend

We’re so excited to share guest blogger Thaya Beford‘s awesome article on her wild and wonderful Swellendam girls weekend getaway at Schoone Oordt. It was such a joy having you with us, thank you for sharing this sensational article with us!

“Yoga, massages and five star lodgings?”

“Hikes, delicious food and wine?”

“Whisky, horse-riding and cowgirl parties?”

“Incredibly, I know such a place,” said I.

This is what happens when you’re planning a weekend getaway with your girl squad and you all want different things from your weekend escape.  I’m a road trip junkie and often head into the great wide open on my own – but arranging weekend getaways is another beast entirely.

Googling several getaways, there were always a few drawbacks, both for a wild woman getaway (the new romantic getaway, as Lauren calls it) – and one involving kiddos.  My mind fell on Schoone Oordt and Swellendam ...

New Family Accommodation in Swellendam8

Posted 1 September, 2017

Swellendam Family Accommodation

Swellendam Family Accommodation

We are so thrilled to introduce you to our new Family Suite, our new Swellendam family accommodation (which in true Schoone Oordt style was meant to be open in May, but finally opened in July!)  We’ve taken what was planned to be a small conference venue, but instead was an empty shell used to hang dry linen, and turned the space into a beautiful, sunny and spacious family room.

As usual, Richard took on the renovation himself, together with our resident handymen/gardeners/car washers, Cuthbert and Charlie. From tiling, sanding of doors and ceilings and even building custom bunk beds for the new suite’s children’s room – Richard and his team did it all.


Of course no Schoone Oordt renovation or construction would be complete without its perils.  Richard very nearly ran out of time and was busy with the last of the finishing touches on the first day that ...