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Alloa
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Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

Stayed here with friends for a couple of nights. Michele is a lovely man and passionate about Swellendam and the history. The cottage was lovely inside with everything that we needed. The swimming pool, which I believe was salt water, was a strange color and you couldn't see the bottom. Might be an idea to have some signage up to... More 

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Reviewed 30 March 2016

When we arrived in Swellendam it was a public holiday so many things were closed, the town seemed sleepy but pretty and then we found August De Mist and was pleasantly welcomed by Terrance who called for Michel (the owner). Michel showed us around the property and explained some of the history and also that we had been upgraded (always... More 

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Ivyland, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 28 March 2016

Gorgeous cottage; breakfast on the patio and had one evening meal (very very special) on the patio too. Lovely pool area. Antiques and tasteful decorating in the main house. Michel (host) was superb - he wrote to us many times prior to our trip. He helped with dinner recommendations for other nights. But his partner is the chef and created... More 

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Chiswick, West London
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Reviewed 20 March 2016

This was our second visit to Augusta de Mist, having Returned after a great stay 4 years ago. This time we stayed for 3 nights rather than 2. Since our last visit for which we gave a 5 star review, there have been improvements. Last time the dinner we ate, was we thought, the best we' had in South Africa... More 

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Reviewed 20 March 2016

This is a very beautiful place to stay. Our hosts had thought of everything and even booked us a restaurant for the evening. The bath was huge with a choice of scented products and the sitting room was charming and a great place to relax with a complimentary glass of sherry. We ate a delicious breakfast on the outside patio... More 

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Reviewed 14 March 2016

We stayed here for 2 nights last month. It is a very special place...absolutely stunning...and it is owned by 2 very special people. First of all, the overall style of the whole place is truly gorgeous, quirky and fun but really comfortable too The attention to detail is exemplary. Everywhere you look there is something to catch your attention. The... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 March 2016

We spent 2 nights here on our tour of the Cape and what a find! We had one of the lovely garden rooms with everything needed for our stay, the bed/bedlinen was the best we have come across for a long time. Michel was very welcoming giving us a little history of our surroundings and all the information we needed.... More 

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 March 2016

This was our 2nd visit to Augusta and if anything it was even better than the first visit. Each suite is individually styled, with living area, small kitchen with kettle and microwave, delightful bedroom and super bathroom. We had the only twin suite which came with inside and outside huge walk in showers. Everything is spotlessly clean. You have a... More 

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Reviewed 9 March 2016

The attention to detail is amazing. The furnishing is beautiful. Everything has been thought out and it was very much appreciated. The location is beautiful. The gardens are lovely to walk in and the small pool perfect for a cool down. We enjoyed a lovely meal in-house and also a lovely meal in one of the restaurants booked for us... More 

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Reviewed 29 February 2016

Very friendly, unusual, interesting, great location and highly recommended. See it for yourself! Michel and Hank make their guests very welcome and strive (and succeed) in producing different high quality cuisine. Make sure that you check in advance if the night you are staying has dinner being provided - they dont do dinner on every evening.

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  • Free Breakfast
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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 

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Address: 3 Human Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Price Range: $125 - $245 (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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“If you are unsteady on your feet, ask for a room in the main house.”
 of 5 bubbles ruthd126, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“All the rooms have their own unique decoration, the slightly bigger than the other, but all tasteful and breath taking.”
 of 5 bubbles Advocaatje, 27 Oct 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in Strelitzia right in the middle of the garden. Close to the pool. Double shower which was great.”
 of 5 bubbles 425mari_tteg, 9 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Talk to the owners and they will match the room to your needs - all lovely rooms”
 of 5 bubbles 623SusanP, 27 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Each room is unique, so depends on your taste in style.”
 of 5 bubbles KrissySAUK, 18 Sep 2016 | Read review
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