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Stockholm, Sweden
Reviewed 1 April 2014

It can't be better. The wonderful hosts Michel and Hank has really created a place full of love and surprises. You can probobly stroll around the wild garden and find new things day from day, or all these things, furniture, small magazines, books, art - it takes time to explore it all! We were suppose to stay one night but...

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Colchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 March 2014

What a great little gem to find on our travels. Michel & Henk were the most brilliant hosts & we will be coming back. They treated us like friends and were the perfect hosts. The rooms were all beautifully furnished and spotlessly clean. Breakfasts were delicious & we can't wait to try a dinner. Thanks so much.

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Reviewed 24 March 2014 via mobile

We stayed two nights at this super guest house - and rightfully added Country Kitchen Attention to all details makes this a must if you pass this way - and if possible take dinner - not always possible - but if you can you really should Thanks for a memorable time

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Wendover, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 March 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Augusta de Mist. Michel & Henk were perfect hosts. We were lucky that our one night coincided with being able to enjoy Henk's 6 course taster menu. We were not disappointed - dinner was wonderful & we enjoyed their sincere hospitality. We felt that we were staying with friends so thanks Michel & Henk...

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Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 March 2014

A fantastic place to stay. We chose Swellendam as somewhere half way between Knysna and Cape Town to camp down for the night and consequently weren't expecting too much. How wrong we were! Swellendam is lovely little town and Augusta de Mist is the jewel in the crown. Many thanks to Michel for making us welcome, he is a fount...

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Chester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 March 2014

We have just returned from a 17 day holiday in South Africa and having read the reviews of Augusta de Mist on Tripadvisor we wondered if it would really be as good as the reviews indicated but we need not have worried! The welcome from Michel and Henk was exceptional and as we stayed for 2 nights we were treated...

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Chicago
Reviewed 7 March 2014 via mobile

We are doing the Cape on an unplanned basis and were told by TWO groups at different places that this is the place to be. Swellendam is ok but we did not leave Augusta de mist once anyway. rooms are truly great. very contemporary and gardens are awesome. Dinner was the best of our trip. We loved the art on...

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Bietigheim-Bissingen
Reviewed 1 March 2014 via mobile

We stayed 2 Nights. Henk and Michel a great hosts, the dinner and breakfast was FABOULAS! Swellendam is quite but safe to walk around. The garden from Augusta is amazing. The rooms are lovely, Minibar for free. Thanks for all!

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 February 2014

On our recent trip to SA we sadly only spent one night at Augusta de Mist. It was the most amazing place. We were met by the charming Michel, who invited us to join them for dinner, and very glad we did. Henk treated us to an amazing meal......we are still talking about the butter chicken and the halva dessert...

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New York City, New York
Reviewed 24 February 2014 via mobile

My husband and I drove all around the Garden Route for 3weeks and this was by far the best stay we had.I have never given a perfect review until now.The location,the rooms,the service...absolutely perfect.Michel cares for each guest in such a special way that you dont wanz zo leave anymore.Our huge room with its own fireplace and stunning decoration was...

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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: ₹ 6,141 - ₹ 12,023 (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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