Schoone Oordt Country House is a charming country hotel in Swellendam South Africa, possibly the best of Swellendam accommodation, with 10 luxury bedrooms set in lush gardens, an intimate Conservatory restaurant, a sparkling saltwater pool and a passion for people, family, food, wine and the environment. The emphasis here is on unpretentious, unaffected luxury, elegance, quality and acute attention to detail.
There is something quite magical about this striking Victorian Manor House. She has been lovingly restored over many years by Richard and Alison Walker and is passionately run by Sonette and Wander (pronounced V-un-derr) Bester. As a result, she has been instilled with charm and grace and she adores welcoming guests
Her extensive grounds house two standard and six luxury rooms, a quaint, private family cottage and a romantic and secluded honeymoon suite set in abundant gardens and sheltered by aged oak trees. Each luxury accommodation has conceded to every modern convenience whilst unique, restored (mostly by Richard) antiques, retain the Victorian feel of the Manor House and a bygone era.
The Swellendam area offers guests an abundance of activities. Hiking, horse-trails, bike-trails, watersports as well as visits to the nearby Nature Reserves are a must. A trip to the De Hoop Nature Reserve for seasonal whale watching cannot be missed, a short journey over the Tradouw’s Pass to quadbike in Barrydale as well as a day trip wine-tasting in the Robertson Wine Valley. Along with a nine-hole golf course, quaint coffee shops, the renowned Drostdy museum, berry & lavender-picking, good restaurants and a feast of art, Swellendam spoils its visitors for choice.
Check in times
Schoone Oordt welcome and love children of all ages
Age 0 to 6 free when sharing with their parents
Age 7 to 10, 25% of rack room rate including breakfast when sharing with parents.
Older than 10, we recommend reserving the family cottage or inter-leading standard suites
There is a single sofa bed, ideal for children up to 10yrs of age, and space for a cot in each standard & luxury suite.
There is space for a cot in the Honeymoon Suite, but no sofa bed.
The Family Cottage has 2 extended length single beds in an upstairs loft area with an extended length king for parents. There is a flat rate for this room based on 2 adults and 2 children (of any age).
We require a 50% deposit to secure a reservation.
No show or early departure forfeits 100% of total stay.
Cancellations 0 to 14 days prior forfeit 100% of total stay.
Cancellations 15 to 28 days prior forfeit 50% of total stay.
Cancellations in excess of 28 days prior will incur a 10% administration fee to cover banking and handling charges.
Please note that we do consider a cancellation on merit, if it is truly beyond a guest´s control, and will charge accordingly.
We suggest that guests are covered by travel insurance in the event of an unforeseen cancellation.
Room Types & Descriptions
The six Luxury Rooms are positioned around a fragrant rose garden, peaceful fountains and landscaped shrubbery. There is a single sofa bed, ideal for a child of up to 10yrs of age and space for a cot (pre-booked) in each room.
The Honeymoon Suite is tucked away on the edge of a shady forest with the Koornlands River gurgling along at its perimeter. The honeymoon suite is unashamedly romantic with its large hearth, exquisitely carved four-poster bed and oversized bathroom.
The family cottage is at the top end of the property, private, cosy and set apart from other guests. Our Family Cottage has 2 extended length single beds in an upstairs loft area with an extended length king bed for parents downstairs.
The 2 Standard Rooms are upstairs overlooking the grounds, accessible from the back entrance and have an inter-leading door via a balcony. There is a single sofa bed, ideal for a child of up to 10yrs of age and space for a cot (pre-booked) in each room.
Breakfasts are traditionally a gourmet affair and our little country hotel has developed quite a reputation for them. Complimentary afternoon tea with home-baked savoury and sweet goodies is served overlooking the garden on sunny summer afternoons. In winter, complimentary snack platters and a warming welcome drink are offered on arrival. Intimate, delicious dinners are served in The Conservatory Restaurant where guests can enjoy a carefully prepared, sophisticated South African menu with wines sourced (by Sonette) from the celebrated verdant regions surrounding Swellendam; Robertson and Hermanus. Talented Chef Wander is well on his way to building The Conservatory Restaurant into one of the finest of Swellendam Restaurants.
Meals are made with love and served with true Schoone Oordt flair and style. We source the freshest best quality produce from small local suppliers as organically and ethically as possible and we love picking fresh herbs and vegetables out of our own garden, or finding treasures at the local farm markets
Born and raised in the Free State, one of Chef Wander’s first childhood memories was baking in his mom’s kitchen, and at an early age he proclaimed to his family “I am going to bake cakes one day”. School holidays were experimental times and he can remember his dad coming home from work, wanting to know what had been baked, how high the electricity bill was and whether the dishes had been washed properly. He graduated from his mom’s kitchen to the Bloemfontein Hotel School where he obtained his Diploma in Hospitality Management specialising in cooking and then trained in some of the country’s finest kitchens. Chef Wander says that food is one of the most honest and true things in the world, and he strives to keep it so when cooking. His fondest food memories include his first day in cookery class where he experienced the melting magic taste of beef tartare, having only ever been introduced to meat cooked “very well done” whilst growing up… It resembled slightly Remy’s food epiphany at tasting real food for the first time in the Disney movie “Ratatouille”. Another fond food memory is working in the remote Kalahari desert, foraging, cooking and occasionally tasting nxaba’s! (Kalahari truffles) whilst his most recent defining moment was actually meeting, chatting and sharing a beer with renowned chef Richard Carstens of Tokara Restaurant in Stellenbosch.
Self Drive Options
Swellendam is situated on the N2 halfway between Cape Town and George, approximately 220km either way.
The N2 from Cape Town or Mossel Bay/George:
1. Take the Swellendam East turn-off.
2. Drive back downhill, through the 3-way stop.
3. Just after the Koornlands River Bridge, turn immediately right.
4. Turn before the grass verge with Swellendam written in white brick on it.
5. Schoone Oordt Country House is on the right.
The N1 from Cape Town:
1. Travel through the tunnel to Worcester.
2. At the 3rd set of taffic lights turn right to Robertson/Ashton.
3. Drive straight through Robertson and Ashton.
4. Just after Ashton is a turn to the right onto the R60 to Swellendam.
5. Turn left at the 4-way stop and continue through the town.
6. Quite soon after the large white church on the left, the road forks, keep to the left.
7. Take the first right into Swellengrebel Street.
8. Schoone Oordt Country House is on the left
Cape Town International or George Airport
Cape Town International Airport
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