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Reviewed 26 October 2014

This was our favourite place to stay in south Africa. Michel and Henk were the perfect hosts and their staff a joy. Our cottage was a delight with everything we needed. Comfortable, quaint and characterful. The extensive gardens were just outstanding. We had a gourmet evening meal which we will treasure. Lots of flavours and style. I cannot recommend either...

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Telford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 October 2014

Sadly only stayed one night, it was delightful. We arrived early but Michel happily checked us in. We were upgraded to The Protea Suite which is so well decorated and cosy. It has a sitting area with log burner. Lovely to curl up in front of on a cold afternoon with the complimentary cookies, coffee or wine. The bed and...

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5Thank Travellingirl58
Hampshire, UK
Reviewed 20 October 2014

Stayed here for 2 nights - excellent from start to finish. Henk and Michel couldn't have done any more for us! Warm welcome with delicious carrot cake & drink. Lovely private and well-appointed self-contained lodge style accommodation (complete with log fire). Breakfast served on the verandah of the main building - delicious home made food - all freshly prepared. Make...

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5Thank Hampshire_UKDandM
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 12 October 2014

The only issue we had with our stay at Augusta de Mist was that it was for only one night! This is quite possibly the finest boutique accommodation we have experienced. The rooms are delightful in every way, the grounds are spectacular and the attention to detail is second to none. It was the little things that really impressed us...

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Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 8 October 2014

Our 2 night stay at Augusta de Mist was delightful in every way. We stayed in the Coach-house, a multi-level suite equipped with every luxury. Michel and Henk are charming and helpful hosts and went out of their way to make sure our stay was perfect. The dinner of many courses was delicious and introduced us to dishes we'd never...

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4Thank EileenMulga
Cape Town
Reviewed 3 October 2014

Augusta De Mist in the historic town of Swellendam, owner managed by talented hosts Michel and Henk, combines a convenient location, yet is a tranquil oasis, and a comfortable and stylish hideaway, amidst a seemingly wild but well tended and loved garden. Great care has been taken in providing hugely comfortable accommodation, beautifully decorated with interesting art, fine cuisine in...

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Hammelburg
Reviewed 12 September 2014

very personal attendance of Michel and Hank, perfect 7 course dinner and a fantastic breakfast is served in lovely athmosphere. The room is fully equipped, even an open fireplace and free drinks in the fridge. heated bed duvels complete even a colder days end. The hotel is located in a wonderful garden setting with many birds and and even porcupines....

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Swellendam, South Africa
Reviewed 8 September 2014

Augusta de Mist is a real treat, Michael and Henk is the best hosts and will go the extra mile for any guest. Best place to stay in Swellendam and it can be recommended with pride! We will see you soon.

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Glasgow
Reviewed 29 August 2014

Swellendam is nothing to write home about; but Augusta de Mist is! This is a unique establishment run by Michel and Henk. Michel greeted us on arrival and spent a half hour chatting, showing us the gardens and giving us the history of the place. Delightfully dry sense of humour. It is clear he and Henk were proud of what...

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

We are a family of four who stayed here in August. Our garden rooms were really mini suites, full of interesting art objects, and extremely comfortable. Although it was winter, there was no danger of getting cold as the lounge had heating and a real fire, with electric blankets for the beds. Our host was Michel who greeted us with...

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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
One of the most beautiful guesthouses in Swellendam, on South Africa's Garden Route. Experience stylish living on a large country retreat. It is the biggest dilemma you are faced with when visiting Augusta de Mist: where do you sit? The pool area is perfect with a large willow tree and the kind of privacy that encourages you to shed the layers and have a cocktail. But then privacy is even greater in the small fynbos forest at the top of the property where you can climb a hand-hewn stairway to a fine view of the Overberg. Of course just the thought of all that hiking on the grounds makes the fountain on the front lawns quite a good bet for a good old sit and much more civilised. Speaking of civilised, you may as well take tea on the stoep while sitting and take in the lawns, rose bushes and giant trees. Or just sit on the lawn. But what about the picnic clearing in the fynbos forest, around wine cellar or even just the lounge in your suite? Such is life in the country. There are not enough days on the average visit to sit in all the available spaces and congratulate yourself on a perfect choice. Augusta de Mist is a 4-star retreat set on 1.5 Ha of eclectic fynbos. The country estate in typical Cape fashion boasts a deeply romantic 1802 Cape Dutch National Monument with more original features than you can shake a stick at. The shutters are yellowwood and the ironmongery original, as are the reed ceilings held together with 200+ year-old mud and clay. This manor building forms the social hub of the estate housing both the guest lounge and dining rooms. It also plays host to a Heritage Suite (where Desmond Tutu stayed in October 2013), which pays homage to Swellendam history and references South African iconic images and items. The bed is crowned by a cupola inspired by the Eastern style of the local church, while the reading room in the suite teams Afrikaner quilts and World Cup makarapas, which are pure township art. Wander past the pool, over seasonal streams or by the kitchen herb garden to stumble upon the garden cottages. On first glance, the allure is obvious. Simple white structures, the bridal suites are reminiscent of the historic cottages of this region, with reed ceilings, shuttered windows, bucolic views and indigenous or water-wise planting that welcome you. As you step inside the suites, you discover even more country romance in the stylishly appointed interiors, which mixes the eclectic African, South African and European heritage. In reflecting the architecture, each of the suites features subtle and unique decor. The finishes are chosen for comfort and have a lived-in feel. Vintage pieces and antiques have been selected with care, adding to the homegrown spirit that pervades. Unique African art punctuates throughout. Crisp yet plush bedding comforts you through the night while the bespoke lamps provide a source of warm and cosy lighting. While the cottages are meant to tell the old stories of Swellendam each also has its luxurious touch. Every suite has its own lounge, large bedrooms with similarly large en-suite bathrooms living areas and private gardens. Almost all of them have their own fireplaces. Afternoon tea is sometimes available in season, and is served by the team at 'Augusta's African Kitchen', with its focus on pan-African cuisine. Some of the dishes are Afrikaner while others are Cape Malay. Says Henk, 'Our kitchen is not professional. Nor do we open our doors to the public. Unless they beg. We cook because we love the flavours of Africa. It is the food we know and grew up with. We love the fact that Milktart can be made in a different way depending if you are Afrikaans or Muslim. So whether you like koeksisters or koesisters, we want you to be satisfied.' The team specialises in sourcing the best they can find in the area and it is all too easy to say yes to every morsel. I saw a petite young Belgian woman work her way through four koeksisters and assistant Melanie laughs as she tells me about the German group of nine, who interrupted the flow of dinner and demanded a second serving of Biltong Soup after which they gave rapturous applause. It is this focus on quality that had Henk and Michel develop a small range of wine with Andrew Barns of Mischa Estate. 'The wine is something that we take great pride in. Drinking a wine of quality is a responsibility we take seriously. We chose to make a signature wine with someone who loves making wine, and who does not do it as a business venture but as a vocation,' Michel says. 'The wines we made are artisanal and of the highest quality. We know Andrew and Rachel very well and we are very proud to serve this small range'. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Augusta de Mist Country House

Address: 3 Human Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Price Range: ₹ 6,485 - ₹ 12,511 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Augusta de Mist Country House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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“The Protea suite is the best - a charming sitting area, space and very close to where you (and only you) park your car.”
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“All rooms involve steps through the garden paths, so pack light!”
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“We stayed in the small cottage close to parking, for easy get in and out. Plus we felt like we were part of the family!”
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