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  • Warm, personal service to help you get the most out of your stay
  • In the richly historic Drostdy quarter of the beautifully preserved Swellendam
  • Elegant, comfortable accommodation makes a great base for exploring the region

Augusta de Mist Country House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

In Swellendam

 

-34.0165, 20.4482

About

Anything but average. This is the mantra that co-owner Henk Klijn lives by when it comes to running Augusta de Mist, and the experience at this outstanding establishment more than lives up to this billing. 

Park Villa, the 1802 Cape Dutch homestead that forms the centrepiece of the property, is a national monument that retains many of its original features, including yellowwood shutters, reed ceilings and skilfully crafted ironmongery. Park Villa not only reflects the personal journeys of the owners, with all art and furniture coming from a large collection of vintage items and antiques, but also houses the opulent Honeybush (which hosted Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in 2013) and Sugarbush guest rooms. 

Situated next to the very stylish Park Villa lounge, Honeybush is the larger of the two, with a canopied bed and a private reading room in which you can perfectly imagine the archbishop enjoying a book and a cup of tea. As with the rest of the homestead, the original yellowwood fittings are evident, along with handmade terracotta floors and verandahs overlooking the garden in both rooms, but contemporary styling and a music station add a modern twist. 

The rest of the accommodation comes in the form of five freestanding cottages tucked away in nooks throughout the densely planted grounds. It is evident that a huge amount of attention has been paid to the décor of each of these vibrant, individually decorated rooms, with inspiration drawn from the bright colours and patterns of Africa. 

The Arum Lily and Buchu Luxury Cottages are located on a small hill and have patios with views over the small olive grove and into the woods. The Strelitzia and Protea Garden Suites have embracing King-size beds with bespoke headboards, with the former featuring a huge double walk-in shower. Protea has a spacious Victorian bath and shower, and a small second bedroom that can be used as either a quiet retreat or accommodation for a third guest. Right next to Protea, Aloe has a King-size bed that can be converted to twins, making the two cottages ideal for extended groups. 

The full range of luxuries, including satellite television or DVD players, electric blankets, digital safes, hairdryers, air conditioning and Wi-Fi, is available in most of the rooms. Thoughtful touches such as fresh flowers, complementary port, dressing gowns and board games add to the appeal. 

A walk in the gardens reveals a variety of fynbos plants and shady trees, meticulously tended to by a team of gardeners and hiding some secluded seating areas that make for perfect places to sip a cocktail or coffee. Picnics can be savoured at the rough handmade table on the hill or the small wine-cellar garden. 

Guest can choose their breakfast from a small seasonal menu, and enjoy fresh fruit, cooked country fare and homemade bread under the summer vines, or in front of a log fire when the sun doesn’t shine. 

Augusta’s African Kitchen is regarded as one of the best restaurants in Swellendam and offers a superb multi-course dinner that celebrates African flavours, colours and traditions. Herbs and veggies are grown in the kitchen garden and used to add the green goodness to this hearty fare.

There is plenty to do around Swellendam and your hosts would be more than happy to direct you to the attractions that hold the most appeal.

Rates & Summary


Arum Lily and Buchu Luxury Cottages

Each sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower, double basins
Private lounge
Private patio with view of the olive grove

Strelitzia Garden Suite

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath and double shower
Private lounge
Patio with garden views
Closest to the pool

Protea Garden Suite

Sleeps 3 people in King-size and Queen-size bed
Bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower
Lounge with fireplace
Garden view

Honeybush Heritage Suite

Sleeps 2 in canopied Queen-size bed
Bathroom with slipper bath and shower
Lounge area
Veranda overlooking garden

Aloe Twin Garden Suite

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
Inside and outside shower
Lounge with fireplace
Garden views

Sugarbush Heritage Room

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
Bathroom with shower only
Lounge area
Veranda overlooking garden

Pricing

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Catering

Continental and home-cooked breakfast included
Dinner available every second night in season at extra cost

Kids

No children.

Why Stay Here?

This highly acclaimed guest house in the historic Drostdy Quarter of Swellendam features accommodation in remarkably private cottages that put a modern and quirky twist on the traditional style of the beautiful Overberg town. Augusta de Mist, dating from 1802, is a deeply romantic Cape Dutch retreat with a solid reputation for its breathtaking gardens, attention to detail, and absorbing interior design, with some of the finest food in the Overberg offered every second night in season. On arrival, you are personally greeted at your vehicle by the owner, who will escort you to your suite while pointing out the highlights of the estate and the town. No children.

Summary

  • Warm, personal service to help you get the most out of your stay
  • In the richly historic Drostdy quarter of the beautifully preserved Swellendam
  • Elegant, comfortable accommodation makes a great base for exploring the region

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, mountain bike, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

The roads leading to Augusta de Mist are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Beautiful gardens with seating areas
  • Picnic spots
  • Wine tasting
  • Private spa treatment garden
  • Library

Nearby: De Hoop Nature Reserve, Bontebok National Park, hiking, golf course, Tradouws Pass, Route 62, Faerie Sanctuary, township tours, pottery studio

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric blanket included
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • No under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • No braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • Pets allowed by arrangement
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Overberg

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About

The Overberg is a region that’s easy on the senses and pleasing to the eye. Its landscape is a tapestry of colours and meandering patterns, both natural and manmade. 

The region forms a relatively small part of the Western Cape; it is mostly rural, and is blessed with stunning scenery and unique highlights. Its largest town, Hermanus, is said to provide the best land-based whale watching in the world. It also has exquisite beaches, including the blue flag Grotto Beach, and the nearby Hemel-en-Aarde Valley epitomises the majestic beauty of the region.

Across Walker Bay, the towns of Gansbaai and Kleinbaai are best known for shark cage diving to see great whites at the hotspot near Dyer Island.

L’Agulhas stands at the southernmost point on the African continent, and is the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

The Overberg fauna and flora is protected in the Bontebok National Park, and its nature reserves include De Hoop, De Mond, Salmons Dam, Marloth, and the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Staying with wildlife, the penguin colony at Stony Point in Betty’s Bay is also a tourist favourite.

Swellendam and the small mission towns of Genadendal and Elim are amongst the Overberg’s historic icons. Others that are popular with visitors are Greyton, Stanford, and Napier.

In summer the farmlands are dominated by shimmering shades of brown, the fields stripped of their winter crops and the bare earth ploughed into meandering combed patterns dotted with tightly compressed wheels of straw awaiting collection. Labourers’ cottages hunker down beneath old blue gums and on a cold day smoke drifts from their chimneys.

Throughout the year the early morning and late afternoon sun accentuates the sensual curves of the ridges wreathed in fynbos. When the winter rains return, the undulating, sometimes tiered fields shrug off their brown and slip into the vibrant greens of wheat, barley, and oats, and the brilliant yellow of the iconic canola. On still, sultry mornings, blue cranes, South Africa’s national bird, float overhead craaaaaaking as they go.

The coastline is punctuated by long sweeping bays and rocky outcrops that fringe the southern boundary of this landscape. Here one can spend hours sitting on the white sand, being mesmerised by the eternal activity of the sea.

Add to this a scattering of charming inland villages; locally produced beer, cheese, and wine; lighthouses, bird watching, and wonderful food, and it becomes evident why one needs plenty of time here.

Look out for

Southern-most tip of Africa - at L’Agulhas, which is also the official meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. 

Shark cage diving - near Gansbaai there are several operators who do trips daily out to the Great Whites’ favourite hunting grounds near Dyer Island. 

Whale watching - the Overberg offers great land-based and boat-based whale watching (best between July and November). 

Beaches - the Overberg beaches are amongst the finest in South Africa. They include the longest beach in the southern hemisphere - at 14km - which curves along the coast at Struisbaai. 

Swellendam - is the third-oldest magisterial district in South Africa. At the base of the Langeberg Mountains on the N2 highway the town has an array of historic buildings including the Drostdy Museum.

Hermanus - On the coast in the west of the region. It is the largest town in the Overberg and popular with visitors all year round. It’s especially well known for its superb land-based whale watching.

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley - near Hermanus - this scenic area produces a range of wines and is known for its Pinot Noir.

Bontebok National Park - The smallest of South Africa’s National Parks, it not only protects the fauna within its boundaries but also endangered flora in the fynbos biome. In addition to the bontebok, the park is also home to Cape mountain zebra, red hartebeest, grey rhebuck, and Cape grysbok as well as 200 bird species. There are hiking and mountain-biking trails and fishing and swimming in the Breede River. The accommodation and campsite are situated at Lang Elsie’s Kraal amongst a riverine thicket of trees and aloes near the banks of the Breede River. This consists of 10 self-catering chalets with wheel chair access, and caravan and camping sites. There are also picnic spots with braai and ablution facilities for day visitors.

De Hoop Nature Reserve - Each year between June and November whales return to the rugged coastline of this 34 000 hectare reserve near Bredasdorp to breed. During this time the marine reserve supports 40% of the world’s Southern Right whale population. Although these may be the drawcard for many visitors there is much more in the line of nature-based activities for the visitor. Lowland fynbos is the dominant vegetation throughout the reserve and this supports bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, grey rhebuck, eland, and baboon, as well as many smaller mammals. It’s a great destination for ‘twitchers’, with the De Hoop vlei attracting a large number of water birds and pushing the recorded species to an impressive total of 260. Besides being able to walk anywhere in the reserve there are several day hikes and the popular 5-day whale trail. Accommodation options are varied from cottages and rondawels to restored houses and neat camping and caravan sites amongst the milkwood trees. Most accommodation is around what is known as Die Opstal near the fresh water vlei and park reception.

Wines - The region has some top class wineries that offer tasting and sales.

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