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  • Historic property in the charming, tranquil town of Swellendam
  • Picturesque pastoral setting with a stunning mountain backdrop and large natural swimming pool
  • Elegant, luxurious rooms make for a comfortable stay

The Hideaway

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Swellendam


-34.0191, 20.4509


Certainly one of the best accommodation venues in Swellendam, The Hideaway offers a superb experience through-and-through, one which has seen guests from around the world returning time after time to be pampered, charmed and made to feel at peace. The guest house is situated in a national monument that is one of the oldest houses in the small farming town, and owners Stephen and Jackie constantly strive to exceed the expectations of guests. 

The refined old-world charm and lush manicured gardens - offset by a mountain backdrop - hold great visual appeal, and each individually-decorated suite is adorned with handmade furniture, unique antiques and original paintings. This is enhanced by amenities such as air conditioning, flatscreen televisions, wireless internet, bathrobes, slippers, top-of-the-range mattresses, electric blankets for the colder months and pampering local Aloe Vera toiletries in the full en-suite bathrooms.

In keeping with the warm personality of the guest house, there are a range of complimentary coffees, teas and delicious shortbread, while the contents of the fridge are free too. This is complemented by free Port and Muscadel.

The rooms all open directly onto the large, rose-filled garden, and are named after these pretty flowers. In the Double Delight Suite, guests sleep in a four poster Queen-size bed designed by expert carpenter and the house’s first owner Adin Greaves, underneath Greaves’s local pine beams. As with all the rooms, this ties in with beautiful solid wood pieces - all with their own unique story - and genuine leather chairs. A large bathroom with a slipper bath and rain shower adds to the luxury.

The Ecstasy Rose Suite, with its Queen-size sleigh bed, double bath, double shower and twin basins, is a romantic space for honeymooners or those who want to spoilt themselves. A sleeper couch in the twin-bedded Peace Suite makes this room perfect for adults with a child. The bathroom has a slipper bath and rain shower. Also with a slipper bath and rain shower, the Queen Elizabeth Suite features a King-size four poster bed and sleeper couch, both crafted by Greaves. 

Included in the guest house’s very affordable rates, guests will enjoy a superb breakfast on the stoep of the new guest lounge and pool pavilion with fabulous views of the mountain overlooking the largest natural swimming pool in South Africa.

Fresh home-baked scones and muffins, fruit juices, and fresh fruit are followed by a huge variety of cooked options that are bound to leave diners feeling utterly satisfied. To keep guests up to date, the meal is accompanied by a news bulletin with a weather forecast and exchange rates. 

After breakfast guests can relax under the pergola or enjoy a free ice cold drink as they admire the view from a comfortable sun lounger under a cloudless sky with a gentle breeze cooling them from over the water of the beautiful crystal clear pool. 

Complimentary sundowners overlooking the Langeberg Mountains are the perfect way to wind down at the end of the day, before guests make use of Stephen’s complimentary lift service to and from the nearby restaurants. There are numerous other special treats and services that will make the experience even more memorable. The Hideaway uses only LED lights and generates its own power to run the pool pumps and heat pumps for the hot water in the rooms. Everything is recycled, and the food is sourced very locally so that there are few food miles.

Numerous extensions have recently been completed that enhance the guest house even further. With the help of a landscaper, the gardens have been made larger and more enchanting by olive groves, a rose walk and stream, while the huge eco-pool affords a stunning view of the mountains and beautifully clean, sun-warmed mountain spring water so fresh and pure that it rehydrates the skin.

The pool pavilion includes a comfortable, well equipped guest lounge, along with braai facilities. When you stay at The Hideaway in Swellendam, you are free to experience unimaginable tranquillity as you simply relax, unwind and enjoy the experience.

Rates & Summary

The Double Delight Suite

Sleeps 2 in four poster Queen-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Opens onto garden

The Ecstasy Rose Suite

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size sleigh bed
En-suite double bath, double shower and twin basins
Opens onto garden

The Peace Suite

Sleeps 3 in twin beds and sleeper couch
En-suite bath and shower
Opens onto garden

The Queen Elizabeth Suite

Sleeps 2 in four poster King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Opens onto garden


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Continental and cooked breakfast included
Complimentary sundowners
Complimentary lifts to and from restaurants


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

The Hideaway is one of the most charming and luxurious guest houses in the quiet town of Swellendam, boasting four individually-decorated suites fitted with every comfort, along with the most personalised experience one could hope for. The guest house is situated in a beautifully-restored national monument and offers exceptional service, tranquillity and luxurious suites with fine handcrafted furniture, antiques and original paintings. Breakfast is one of the best you will experience at a guest house, featuring a smorgasbord of handmade treats served on the stoep of the new guest lounge and pool pavilion with its fabulous mountain views. For a top-class establishment, rates are extremely affordable.


  • Historic property in the charming, tranquil town of Swellendam
  • Picturesque pastoral setting with a stunning mountain backdrop and large natural swimming pool
  • Elegant, luxurious rooms make for a comfortable stay

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Natural swimming pool
  • Nearby: museums, art galleries, crafts, fairy sanctuary, spa, wine-tasting, nature reserves, hiking, horse riding, canoeing, river rafting, fishing, golf courses, township tour.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric blanket included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom 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
  • No Restaurant
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Solar and electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe





Western Cape


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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