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Braeside Guest House
Ranked #16 of 39 Swellendam B&B and Inns
Reviewed 13 February 2012

This is such a great place. After over a week of guesthouses on the Garden Route (we were on our return leg to Cape Town) we found Fiona the most welcoming of them all. Very nice and well-run lodge, set off the main road in Swellendam. Excellent breakfasts and a very comfortable shared lounge with evening drinks on offer. The building is a well-kept Edwardian property, which has a very plush but simple feel. A thorough recommendation!

The lodge is set only a few minutes' walk to various restaurants and the attractions in Swellendam, and the town is only an hour's drive to the Robertson wine region - also recommended.

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Reviewed 12 February 2012

Fiona made us very welcome,lovely clean and well furnished room. We loved the extra touches,fruit in room, an evening drink etc The breakfasts on the balcony overlooking the garden were wonderful. Would certainly return again.

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Reviewed 11 February 2012

We had 3 nights here en route from Cape Town to Knysna.
We were in Lavender Room which is a large twin bedded room and has a huge Bathroom with a big Bath and a walk in Shower.Excellent quality towels including pool towels.
There are several excellent Restaurants within easy walking distance and it is safe to walk in Swellendam which does not have any Public Taxis.
The House itself retains may original features and decor is in keeping and the ambience is excellent. In places it could do with some refurbishment and TV reception is not good but when on holiday this is of minor importance.
Guests are offered complimentary drinks before going out to eat as Braeside only does Breakfast which is 5 star. Fiona is the perfect Hostess as well as one of the partners who own it.

Room Tip: All rooms are good but Lavender seems to be the biggest and the en suite bathroom huge.
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Reviewed 10 February 2012

The Guesthouse managed by Fiona is a very nice House with a warm welcome and a good service. The rooms are clean and fit to the price of the accomodation. The most outstanding here is the Breakfast in the morning served on the balkony. These is really one of a kind and never had this before in a Guesthouse like this.

For Dinner wie got a good recommendation for "Sabines Drostdy Restaurant". You can reach within 10 min walk (by feet) and they have really nice Food with an excellent choice of SA Wines (our favorite: De Toitskloof Cellar (Pinotage, Merlot, Ruby Cabernet)).

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Reviewed 23 January 2012

We spent one night in Swellendam during our South Africa trip. The guest house was very easy to find just a few minutes from then N2. It is also a short walk from the main street. Be aware though that the main street is very long so you will need to drive to restaurants at the far end of the street.
As per other reviews Fiona was an excellent host, very welcoming and full of useful information. She booked us a table at the excellent Koorlands Restaurant and also provided one of the best breakfasts on our trip.
After a few busy days it was nice to rest by the pool for a few hours and enjoy the complimentary beer. There are also a number of guide books available in the lounge which came in very useful when planning the next few days of our trip
We had an excellent nights sleep, very comfortable bed.
We left Swellendam fully relaxed and if we had more time would have loved to have spent another night there.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Braeside Guest House

Address: 13 Van Oudtshoorn Road, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Swellendam
Price Range: ₹ 5,032 - ₹ 7,290 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Braeside Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Now under new ownership this Beautiful Cape Edwardian house set in a large garden with views over the Langeberg Mountains and the Marloth Nature Reserve was built in 1901, Braeside has a lot of charm and character and is a haven of tranquillity with 5 very nice individually styled en-suite bedrooms. We are situated in a very peaceful and safe area of the picturesque town of Swellendam, in the Western Cape province of South Africa. We are a 4-Star graded property (Tourism Grading Council). We offer gracious, personal service in a beautiful setting. Our breakfast consists of a continental buffet composed of cereals, yogurt, fresh fruits, various local cheeses, cold meats, fruit juices. We also pride ourselves in serving several homemade products such as: freshly baked organic breads, orgnanic cake, organic sweet and savory muffins, jams and marmalade. The cooked part of our breakfast will be made on request. It will consist of our fresh free range eggs either fried, scrambled, poached, or boiled; we can also provide very nice omelettes with several seasonings, bacon, mushrooms, sausage and grilled tomatoes Braeside is the ideal place to spend a couple of days exploring the Overberg region from visits to the coast to the beautiful winelands, all within easy reach. Or you can just spend a day relaxing by the pool, in the lovely gardens or beautiful patio. ... more   less 
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