There is something quite magical about this striking Victorian Manor House.
She has been lovingly restored over many years by Richard and Alison Walker and is passionately run by Ian Clulow and a wonderful team of passionate and committed people. As a result, she has been instilled with charm and grace and she adores welcoming guests.
Her extensive grounds house eight luxury rooms, a quaint, private family cottage, a sunny, spacious family suite and a romantic and secluded honeymoon suite set in abundant gardens and sheltered by aged oak trees. Each luxury accommodation has conceded to every modern convenience whilst unique, restored (mostly by Richard) antiques, retain the Victorian feel of the Manor House and a bygone era.
The Manor House itself boasts the most exquisite light and airy conservatory, which Richard built in true English style, a cosy fire-lit bar and lounge, an intimate dining room and a typical country kitchen. The warmth of the original wooden floors, ceilings and doors coupled with many quirky antique pieces creates a wonderful welcoming ambience and guests are encouraged to ‘kuier’* here.
Schoone Oordt Country House is a gracious old dame with heart and soul and the emphasis is on unpretentious, unaffected luxury, elegance, quality and acute attention to detail. She invites you to visit... soon...
Gorgeous gardens, tinkling fountains, lush lawns and an invigorating saltwater pool invite relaxation and rest. Meals are made with love and served with true Schoone Oordt flair and style. The freshest best quality produce from small local suppliers is sourced as organically and ethically as possible, as well as fresh herbs and occasional veggies from the garden. Breakfasts are traditionally a gourmet affair and our country hotel has developed quite a reputation for them. Complimentary afternoon tea with home-baked savoury and sweet goodies is served overlooking the garden on sunny summer afternoons. In winter, complimentary snack platters and a warming welcome drink are offered on arrival. Intimate, delicious dinners are served in The Conservatory where guests can enjoy a carefully prepared, sophisticated South African menu with wines sourced from the celebrated verdant regions surrounding Swellendam; Robertson and Hermanus.
Swellendam is steeped in History, Architecture, Nature, Adventure, Food & Wine and is the perfect stopover on the way to or from the Garden Route. For those explorative travellers, it is a destination unto itself with enough to keep busy for at least 3 days. For a diverse view of the countryside, we recommend Cape Town, Swellendam, over the Tradouws Pass to Barrydale, Oudtshoorn and then down the Outeniqua Pass to George, Knysna. If travelling back to Cape Town, a quick stop in Hermanus is a must.
In Room Facilities:
Antique wardrobes and dressers
Extra length King or Twin Beds
Custom-made 100% cotton percale linen
Goose Down bedding
Private balconies and entrances
Custom built tea/coffee stations with handmade biscuits or rusks
Mini Bars with fresh milk, complimentary bottled water and a selection of local wines & beers
Luxurious wool carpets
Fireplaces (in Luxury Rooms & Honeymoon Suite)
Under floor heating in bathrooms
Heated towel rails
Embroidered towelling gowns
Selection of locally handmade luxurious bath/body products
Separate reconditioned original Victorian baths
‘In case you forgot’ box with sewing kit, shoe polish, headache tablets, organic mosquito repellent and so on
Daily housekeeping and evening turndown service
The Swellendam area offers guests an abundance of activities. Hiking, horse-trails, bike-trails, trail-runs, watersports as well as visits to the nearby Nature Reserves are a must. A trip to the De Hoop Nature Reserve for seasonal whale watching cannot be missed, a short journey over the Tradouw’s Pass to quirky Barrydale as well as a day trip wine-tasting in the Robertson Wine Valley or down to the Breede River. Along with a nine-hole golf course, quaint coffee shops, the renowned Drostdy Museum, berry-picking, great restaurants and a feast of art, Swellendam spoils its visitors for choice.