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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 March 2017

This is a small hotel in an historic building dating from 1802. The décor is absolutely charming, using antiques and old artefacts. We had the Protea suite which was spacious and very comfortable. The gardens are amazing with lots of winding paths leading to secret hideaways (and the swimming pool!). The elegant trees and shrubs surrounding Augusta de Mist made...

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Costa Esuri, Spain
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Second yearly vist and things are good , lovely rooms , wonderful hosts and a wonderful menu . We have through made the same mistake of only staying one night each time as a transit point for onward travel. Stay longer is the advice . The hotel was highlighted in the local paper in franschoek as a wonderfull place to...

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LONDON
Reviewed 3 March 2017

We stayed two nights here in a lovely cottage in the grounds. Very comfortable,clean and quiet.the breakfasts were excellent. Can recommend the French toast. We dinner in for the African Kitchen night which was a real treat. Six courses of the most delicious food, cooked by local ladies who prepared it all with love and passion for their heritage. They...

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Horsham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Augusta de Mist is a treasure. Tucked away it is a quirky, marvellous find. The rooms are beautifully decorated and very cool in the heat. The pool is an oasis surrounded by trees and flowers and is kept at a refreshing temperature. The gardens are interesting and very well maintained. The staff are very friendly and helpful but the star...

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Reston, Virginia
Reviewed 23 February 2017

The Augusta de Mist Country House is a small treasure of cottages and the manor house hidden in lush gardens just barely off the road through Swellendam. The property has lovely paths winding through the cottages, with fountains, hidden seating areas and other surprises at every turn. Our cottage had a well-appointed sitting room (with a corner sink, drinking glasses,...

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Normal we don't write about places we stay because we are in Zuid Afrika for the nature. But we make an exception for the gardens here. There are several zones. Traditional English styl garden, then more fine bush and naturaal plants (with the pool). There is a small bamboo forest with porcupines. Then a nice open field with birds everywhere....

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Lichtenstein, Germany
Reviewed 14 February 2017

After spending weeks location hunting over the Cape, we discovered Augusta. The gardens, the architecture of the historical buildings and the layouts all feel so contemporary and eclecto-chic. The dinner we had was perfection. The duck was tender and moist and the curry was so unusual. Also the breakfast was out of the usual with a delicious homemade 'boule'. We...

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Aalst, Belgium
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We booked for a night in augusta as we were intriged by the website and the pictures on it, as well as the possibility to taste some speciality dishes from them. We came in from the coast and passed through bonte bok NP (which is right next to Swellendam) a small park but it's worth driving through. We stayed in...

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Kraslice, Czech Republic
Reviewed 11 February 2017

We have trip to South Africa to celebrate our honeymoon and I am happy to say that we enjoy Augusta de Mist very much. We stay for two nights and that is perfect for us, because every place needs too nights. The house booked us into the best Italian restaurant in the country, and we are happy to say that...

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Turku, Finland
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Our whole family stayed here in December jusr before Christmas and it was simply excellent. We loved the warm welcome by our host and the cake (especially the cake) brought to us by Terrence. On the second night we enjoyed dinner with the in-house restaurant and it was perfect. We could not stop talking about the flavours of the various...

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  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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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: $128 - $249 (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.”
normand807, 17 Mar 2017 | Read review
“All rooms involve steps through the garden paths, so pack light!”
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!”
pauluspanka, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“This is luxurious at middle price.”
Miroslava_1973, 11 Feb 2017 | Read review
“We had Strelitzia for two days. It's a lovely cottage by the parking lot and super romantic.”
KarlKarl_Jacobs, 10 Feb 2017 | Read review
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