Augusta de Mist Country House, Swellendam
|3 Human Street, 6740, Swellendam, Western Cape, SOUTH AFRICA.|
Description: Augusta de Mist Country HousePossibly the finest accommodation in Swellendam, on South Africa?s Garden Route, Augusta de Mist is a lifestyle retreat conveniently located in the historic Drostdy Quarter of Swellendam, situated between the Karoo, Route 62, Overberg, and Garden Route. The historic homestead, Park Villa, is a National Monument and was home to Archbishop Desmond Tutu During his 2013 visit.
This little hideaway is perfect for a romantic weekend escape in a comfortable private garden cottage or an ideal base for exploring the area. Stroll to the nearby art galleries, stores and restaurants. Enjoy outdoor activities at nearby Marloth, Bontebok, Grootvadersbosch and De Hoop.
Augusta de Mist is no ordinary guest establishment. Not your average B&B, there is no reception, no formalities and no small children. Augusta de Mist guest house features luxurious garden cottages dotted throughout lush gardens, a relaxing swimming pool, attention to detail, excellent service, interior design, luxury as well as some of the finest food in the Overberg. Attracting fun loving gourmets from all over, the evening meal takes all day to prepare and must be booked in advance. Known for 6 course dinners, served on alternate nights, the African Kitchen at Augusta de Mist is a foodie destination.
Type of rooms: Augusta de Mist Country House6 luxurious suites in different locations on the estate, each one with its own unique atmosphere.
Arum Lily Luxury Garden Suite: King-size bed, private lounge, spa bath, walk-in shower, satellite TV (selected channels). Very private and spacious.
Strelitzia Garden Suite: King-size bed with bespoke headboard, private lounge, double walk-in shower. Just a few steps from the pool.
Protea Garden Suite: Bespoke King-size bed, extra bedroom with Queen-size bed, private lounge, vintage bath & shower, satellite TV with selected channels. In vintage Coach House. Max: 3 people.
Honeybush Heritage Suite: The "Desmond Tutu" Room. Bespoke Queen-size bed, reading room, slipper bath and walk-in shower. Ideal to book with Sugarbush. In the whimsical, historical 1802 homestead, Park Villa.
Aloe Twin Garden Suite: is a king room, and can be converted to two twins upon 24 hour notice, with private lounge with fireplace. Inside and outside shower only & outdoor wet room shower, A/C, satellite TV (selected channels). In the vintage Coach House adjacent to Protea & conveniently close to the 1802 homestead.
Sugarbush Heritage Room: Standard Queen bed. Funky bathroom with shower only. No single supplement when booked with Honeybush. In 1802 homestead. Small but perfectly formed! Sugarbush cannot be booked without booking Honeybush first, and is more suitable for a third person in group.
Additional information: Augusta de Mist Country House
Digital safes in most suites
Laundry service for longer stays
Air-conditioning, in most suites
Satellite TV in 3 suites
Free WiFi in most areas (works on African speed)
Safe off-street parking, in various locations, near your accommodation, under the giant oak tree. Protea has its own private parking.
While there is no formal reception (on purpose), they are available on-site 24-hours a day.
No children under 8 years old.
People over 12 years old are charged as adults.
Children must share a room with a parent or caretaker. No extra beds available.
Airport Shuttle can be arranged although guests arrive by car.
Pets are not allowed on the premises (unless by prior arrangement).
Dining: Breakfasts are lazy affairs under summer vines with strong coffee, fresh fruit and country-style hot offerings or omelets served with crispy bacon if you like. Enjoy homemade jams and preserves as well as stewed fruit. The berry compote is made from local berries, and the scones or muffins are fresh from the oven.
For a unique dinner experience, book a table at Augusta's African Kitchen with its focus on pan-African cuisine. A multi-course tasting menu is offered on dinner evenings, with each course providing a celebration of African flavour, colour and provenance. Some of the vegetables and herbs are grown in their own gardens and ceps are picked in the forest in season. Dinners at the African Kitchen are alive with excellent eclectic music, attentive service and the best food around.
Swimming Pool: Large saltwater swimming pool for a refreshing dip or the perfect setting for a glass or wine.
Number of rooms: 6
Official category: 4 stars.
Year of establishment and/or latest refurbishment: 1802/2013.
Period of closure: for renovations last 2 weeks of May and first 2 weeks of June.
Languages spoken: English, Afrikaans, Canadian French.Smoking policy: outside only & use ashtrays. Smoking inside will cause a charge of one night.
Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard and CUP.
Restaurant closed: 6 course dinners served on alternate nights. Book in advance.
How to get here: Swellendam is situated just off the N2, 240km from Cape Town, or 160km from Mossel Bay. Unless you are coming via Ashton, take the most picturesque East entrance into Swellendam. Follow the directions below, or go to Google Maps.
From the N2 (Cape Town or Mossel Bay)
Take East entrance into Swellendam, down the hill, past the Drostdy Museum. After the stop sign, pass the sign which marks the Koornlands River, on your left. Over small bridge turn right, left and right again into Human Street, all within 30m of each other.
Take the R60 from Robertson through Ashton, continue down the R60 direction Swellendam. Once you arrive in Swellendam, turn left onto Voortrek Street, drive 3.2km along main street (6 stops signs). Just after the famous NG white church (the Moederkerk, the one with a minaret on top) the main street splits. Take left fork for 30m and turn left up Human Street.
From the famous R62 (Prince Albert or Oudtshoorn)
Once you pass by Barrydale, look for the signs through the Tradouw Pass. Once through the pass, turn right towards Suurbraak, then through the village that takes you to the N2, then turn right. Travel 5 minutes and take Swellendam East entrance (see above)
Well signposted with the name Augusta de Mist, the building is just visible through the trees. Following the signs brings you into the garden, where parking is secure and shaded.
GPS Coordinates: 34° 0' 59.16'' S 20° 26' 53.36'' E
Nearest airport: Cape Town International, 225km - Gerorge, 225km