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Zurich
Reviewed 26 December 2013

Stayed here 2 nights in December. The Arum Lily cottage is super private and comes with nice fireplace. The host, Michel, is very attentive, dinner is amazing, so don't miss out on that. For the second night the owner has already booked us in another restaurant (La Sosta, amazing, another must go) which is apparently booked out usually, so we...

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Lagos, Nigeria
Reviewed 16 December 2013

Wow, what can I say? If you are even considering another B&B in Swellendam, don't. Stay here. We stayed here for 2 nights after driving straight from the Cape Town Airport (about 2 hours). Immediately we felt relaxed and at home. We stayed in room 7, which is incredibly private. Michel was an amazing host, and we happened to be...

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New York City, New York
Reviewed 15 December 2013

This is the type of property and people that you always hope you find on a vacation. Michel could not of been a more gracious host, even baking a delicous choclate cake one day and offering us some! The grounds are incredible. Little stone pathways meander through lush fuana, passing by a pool and other small cottages. We stayed in...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 December 2013

We stayed at Augusta for 2 nights and I must say it was not nearly long enough. The property is beautiful and the decor is simply stylish and very detailed.The bed in our room was handmade and is truly a work of art. I discovered that almost all the beds are different in design and the guys designed each one...

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London
Reviewed 3 December 2013

Augusta de Mist was one of the guest houses on our tour of the garden route organised by our excellent travel agents Audley Travel (highly recommended). It is an old house built in 1802 with garden rooms lovingly restored by Michel and Henk. Our garden room had a lovely bedroom with a double shower bathroom and a sitting room that...

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Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed 28 November 2013

Having just returned from a wonderful trip to South Africa there are few memories which are more vivid than others. My stay at Augusta de Mist is perhaps the most vivid of all. The warm welcome and caring service by the attentive owners; the tips and suggestions which are made based on our needs and wants; the very on-trend decor;...

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 November 2013

Unfortunately we only stayed in Augusta de Mist for one night on our way from Hermanus to Oudtshoorn. From the friendly greeting by Michel to the wonderful cottage in amazing gardens, everything about Augusta de Mist is perfect. The attention to detail is faultless and the extra little touches of homemade cakes and cookies, perfect music, delicious breakfast just left...

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Uk
Reviewed 25 November 2013

The reviews of this place are not wrong. We stayed here purely as a stopover on the drive from Plettenberg to Capetown and were so glad that we did. Next time we will make a point of visiting Swellendam purely so that we can stay here again. We stayed in the Protea suite which was amazing - like a small...

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Zurich, Switzerland
Reviewed 23 November 2013

We stayed at August de Mist in order to break up our drive from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay. What a wonderful experience it was! The lodge is beautiful with a gorgeous garden. Our room was beautifully decorated and impeccably clean. We even had our own back yard with a family of peacocks. The owner's attention to detail is just...

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Utrecht
Reviewed 11 November 2013 via mobile

Everything is excellent about this place!! The service, the rooms, the breakfast, the home made snacks, the decorating of the rooms, etc etc. Best bed & breakfast we have stayed at in SA. O and yes, even your car gets washed. Big compliments to Michel and Henk!

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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: ₹ 6,474 - ₹ 12,491 (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.”
 of 5 bubbles normand807, 17 Mar 2017 | Read review
“All rooms involve steps through the garden paths, so pack light!”
 of 5 bubbles ehillets, 23 Feb 2017 | Read review
“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!”
 of 5 bubbles pauluspanka, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“This is luxurious at middle price.”
 of 5 bubbles Miroslava_1973, 11 Feb 2017 | Read review
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