Schoone Oordt Country House is a charming country hotel in Swellendam South Africa, possibly the best of Swellendam accommodation, with 10 luxury bedrooms set in lush gardens, an intimate Conservatory restaurant, a sparkling saltwater pool and a passion for people, family, food, wine and the environment.
Francois talks about their trip to Schoone Oordt Country House.
KC: How far is Schoone Oordt Country House from Cape Town?
Francois: After about 2 and a half hours’ drive from Cape Town you will discover Swellendam (one of South Africa’s hidden treasures) with Schoone Oordt Country House being one of the gems within this beautiful village.
KC: What made you decide to stay at Schoone Oordt Country House?
Francois: About 3 years ago we drove through Swellendam for a quick lunch and I saw this beautiful Victorian building as we were looking for a place to eat. I immediately asked my wife to settle the kids somewhere suitable – as I wanted to go and see if this striking building could be a boutique hotel… and it was!
Since then I have wanted to experience this charming establishment firsthand.
KC: What was your first impression of Schoone Oordt Country House on arrival?
Francois: Attention to detail and authenticity – old world charm, handmade furniture, antiques, wooden floors, rich textures and friendly warm smiles greeting us as we arrived.
KC: What was the service like?
Francois: Very attentive and friendly. We were fortunate to meet the owners (Alison and Richard Walker) with their lovely children. They made us feel right at home and it really felt like we were old friends getting together.
KC: Is it child friendly?
Francois: Yes, with Schoone Oordt’s owners having 4 kids themselves – everything has been tested as child friendly and our kids were very welcome. They even arranged a babysitter for all the guests’ kids while we were having dinner.
KC: What activities are offered at Schoone Oordt Country House?
Francois: The Conservatory Restaurant is onsite and known as one of the top culinary experiences in the area. There are also many activities that can be arranged from the Schoone Oordt concierge service – from wine tours, horse riding, excursions to the De Hoop reserve and more – or just take a stroll down Swellendams main road with antique shops, coffee shops and other treats.
KC: What was the food like?
Francois: We were privileged to have been invited by Alison and Richard to a traditional braai and spent hours along the long dinner table in the Conservatory Restaurant sharing stories and laughter with the other Schoone Oordt guests. The food was great.
Breakfast was also fantastic and Schoone Oordt’s eggs benedict with salmon has my vote any day!
KC: What was the highlight of your stay at Schoone Oordt Country House?
Francois: The leisurely, traditional braai in the Conservatory Restaurant with interesting people and no time restrictions.
KC: What should potential visitors take note of?
Francois: Driving from Cape Town can become a long trip – so make it a journey and plan a stopover somewhere in the middle (Gabrielskloof Wine Estate (in Bot River) is always a winner for us). I would also recommend that you stay at least 2 nights at Schoone Oordt to allow you to experience what this special boutique and surrounds have to offer.
KC: Who is Schoone Oordt Country House ideal for (i.e. The type of client you would sell this product to)?
Francois: Young and old enjoying boutique-style service with an appreciation for architecture and interior.
In short: if you have style, you will love it.
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