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  • Gorgeous Victorian manor compliments the rich history of the town
  • Elegant, luxurious rooms and an intimate restaurant
  • Great base for exploring a wonderfully scenic region

Schoone Oordt Country House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Swellendam


-34.0162, 20.4496


Schoone Oordt Country House is an elegant Victorian mansion dating back to 1853, and its ornate architecture, fascinating history and sprawling grounds helped to make it a national monument in 1983. After years of chequered history and eccentric characters calling it home, Schoone Oordt was bought in 2003 by present owners, Richard and Alison Walker. The couple spent nine years restoring the home to its former glory and developing a boutique hotel of world-class standards.

Meticulous attention to detail is the key feature of the 8 rooms, the honeymoon suite and the family cottage. The interiors mix antique furniture and impossibly comfortable beds with the best of modern amenities, private balconies and huge bathrooms, and a delightful personal touch is the ‘In case you forgot box’, which contains a sewing kit, shoe polish, headache tablets and organic mosquito repellent.  

The rooms retain the Victorian feel of the Manor House, but are uncluttered and exude luxurious style and elegance. The Standard Rooms are located in the garden, while Luxury Rooms are positioned around a tranquil rose garden, peaceful fountains and landscaped shrubbery.

The Honeymoon Suite is private and has the Koornlands River gurgling along its forested perimeter. This suite is unashamedly romantic with its large hearth, exquisitely carved four-poster bed and oversized bathroom. 

A restored coach house at the top end of the property acts as the Family Cottage and boasts all the luxuries, along with a loft area with two beds for children and a small kitchenette for warming bottles and making sandwiches.

Meals at Schoone Oordt are a special experience. From a gourmet 3-course set menu breakfast to delectable dinners paired with fine wines, the country cuisine at the Conservatory Restaurant is unpretentious and served with flair and style. 

Rates & Summary

2 Standard Rooms

Extra length King/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Private balcony
Interleading balcony

6 Luxury Rooms

Set in a rose garden
En-suite bath and shower
Private patio

Honeymoon Suite

Set in a lush forest
King four poster bed
Oversized en-suite bathroom
Private patio and entrance

Family Cottage

King bedroom and loft bedroom
Private balcony
Small kitchenette


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Breakfast & afternoon tea included.
Dinners available in the restaurant.


Children of all ages are welcome.
Single extra sofa bed on request.
Space for a cot in most rooms.
Interleading balcony for standard rooms.


Why Stay Here?

Among the neat trees and quiet streets of historic Swellendam, you'll find the pretty Victorian facade of Schoone Oordt Country House, a boutique hotel set among clipped lawns, fountains and rose gardens on the doorstep of the Garden Route. Schoone Oordt Country House is a charming boutique hotel in Swellendam. It has 6 luxury rooms, 2 standard rooms, a honeymoon suite and a family cottage set in lush gardens, an intimate restaurant, and a sparkling saltwater pool. The emphasis here is on unaffected luxury, elegance, and attention to detail.


  • Gorgeous Victorian manor compliments the rich history of the town
  • Elegant, luxurious rooms and an intimate restaurant
  • Great base for exploring a wonderfully scenic region


The Honeymoon Suite is very private.
The Family Cottage is set apart from other guests.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, hiking gear, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

Tarred roads all the way.

Activities & Attractions

  • Lush gardens
  • Conservatory restaurant
  • Saltwater swimming pool
  • Hiking, canoeing, horse riding, mountain biking, quad biking, golf, lavender farm, wine tasting, museums & art galleries nearby


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted





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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