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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 8 November 2013

Wow! Call it stunning and you don't describe it adequately. The whole premises, every single room, peace of furniture, decors, just everything is so unique and all together creates a place from out of this world. Michele and Hank, the owners, make this amazing place what it is: in our eyes the best guesthouse in South Africa. Breakfast: warm, freshly...

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Somerset West, South Africa
Reviewed 7 November 2013

This is more of an art project than a guest house. And not only are the rooms to die for (so says my wife!) but the food is second to none in the country. This is real underground, and with Hank at the helm, something not to be missed under any condition. Whatsoever. If you cannot spend the two nights...

1Thank Eric T
Reviewed 5 November 2013

Swellendham is a nice enough town to provide a decent base for at least 2 nights, and my wife and I regretted that we had only factored in one during our tour of the Eastern Cape. You will find a good range of general shops, tea shops, arts and crafts outlets and restaurants. The location is within day trip distance...

1Thank RedCompliance11
Reviewed 2 November 2013

If you like a very warm welcome and a very comfortable room with a somewhat eclectic mix of décor, this is the place for you. If you have some choice on dates, contact them directly and find out when they are serving dinner (every other day or so). It is worth it, the food was outstanding. Henk, Michel and staff...

1Thank libelle622
Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 28 October 2013

When my friends come to Cape Town, they usually stay at Kensington Place. So when they suggested we stop in Swellendam just for Augusta de Mist and the best dinner they've ever had, we were a bit hesitant? Swellendam? we said. Well it wouldn't matter where in the world Augusta de Mist was, as we'd come back again and again....

Thank MarkTamboerskloof
Reviewed 23 October 2013

The accomodation was full of character, the service was thoughtful and attentive, the gardens a delight. The choice of indoor and outdoor shower with the Aloe suite was a pleasant surprise. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and the seemingly endless breakfast.

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Wilderness, South Africa
Reviewed 21 October 2013

In the old days we used to travel from Cape Town to home in a one day. We take it easier now (and the roads are more full up anyhow). So what a perfect place to stop. It's the second time we've stayed with the guys, and we made sure we planned our trip around dinner. It was 5 courses...

Thank PaulP1954
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 22 September 2013

I stayed at Augusta de Mist as a stopover on the N2 between Cape Town and Plettenberg Bay, and I wish I could have lingered longer. Augusta de Mist is a boutique hotel in a beautiful historical building, which owners Henk and Michel have given a wonderful style makeover, adding ecclectic and contemporary touches to traditional spaces. I was welcomed...

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Painswick, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 September 2013

This was a real surprise and we really liked the atmosphere that Henk and Michel have created there. The garden design and the accommodation were excellent - and this included a very nice young man washing our car daily! Breakfasts, as with everything to do with Augusta de Mist, were innovative and a delight. The only criticism would be that,...

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Reviewed 14 September 2013

Our family really enjoyed our trip to Augusta de Mist. One of the owners is from the US and made us feel very welcome in his new country. We would highly recommend staying in this quaint and friendly place!

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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: ₹ 6,482 - ₹ 12,505 (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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“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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