- Style Tranquil Victorian homestead
- Setting Foothills of the Langeberg Mountains
An intimate bed and breakfast in South Africa's Western Cape countryside, Schoone Oordt Country House hotel is the perfect escape from Cape Town's hustle and bustle, or as stopover en route to Plett. On a quiet street in historic Swellendam, its striking Victorian façade is surrounded by manicured lawns, bubbling fountains and a fragrant rose garden.
Need to know
- Rooms Eight rooms, one suite and a Family Cottage.
- Rates Double rooms from $143.41 (ZAR1,485).
- More details Rates include taxes, home-cooked breakfast, tea, coffee and cake, and a drink and snacks on arrival.
- Facilities Lovely gardens, swimming pool, conservatory, free WiFi in the main house. In rooms, flatscreen satellite TV, DVD player, embroidered bedlinen, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, tea/coffee tray. Bathrooms have underfloor heating and ‘Yum’ toiletries by
- Poolside The outdoor saltwater swimming pool is big enough for a lung-busting swim or lingering float, with deckchairs and parasols for poolside lounging.
- Check–out 11am (but flexible, depending on arrivals). Check-in, from 2pm.
Children Welcome. Cots and extra beds are available, babysitting can be arranged for around SAR40 an hour. A steriliser, pram and changing mat can be made available with notice.
- Eco‐friendly The kitchen garden supplies many of the ingredients for your home-cooked breakfast each day.
- Also Pampering treatments such as reflexology can be arranged at Schoone Oordt – ask for details in advance if you’d like to book something.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The luxury rooms are set away from the main building in specially built cabins; they all have similar decor, with pale walls and dark furniture, open fires, private patios and Victorian-style claw-foot bathtubs. Tall Smiths will enjoy the extra-length beds. The Honeymoon Suite, in a separate cottage on the edge of the forest, has a handsomely carved wooden four poster and a giant bathroom, as well as a sitting room and large hearth. There’s no TV in the honeymoon suite but we’re sure you can find something better to do…
- Packing tips Comfy shoes, for the spectacular walks on your doorstep; binoculars, for bird- and beast-spotting; bikinis, for swimming and sunbathing; books, for reading on the patio or by the fire.
- Also The property is non-smoking, but you may smoke outside on your patio if you wish. Pets unfortunately cannot be accommodated (the owners already have two dogs and a cat!).
Food and drink at Schoone Oordt
- Hotel restaurant Breakfast is treated seriously here: fresh herbs, vegetables and fruit are plucked from the garden, and local farm produce fills any gaps. In winter, try dishes from the voorsmakie (tasting menu) at Chef Wander's Table. As you’d expect, the wines are also wonderful, sourced from the celebrated regions of Robertson and Hermanus.
- Dress code Totally relaxed.
- Top table Your private patio is the perfect place for a sundowner.
- Last orders Depends on when the last guest retires for the evening…
- Room service None, but there is a tea/coffee tray in your bedroom with home-made biscuits for snacking, and drinks can be served on your patio.
- Hotel bar There’s a little lounge/chill-out room with a wide-screen plasma TV and bar for unwinding in the evenings.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details