The thatch roof building called De Wagenhuis has seven rooms in total. Three of the five rooms on top floor is en-suite with two sharing one central bathroom. Ground floor is where you will find the two bedroom flatlet named after the late Jan Auger, who was the head gardener in the Cape Town gardens. He was well known in that time in the Cape Town area and chose to spend his last day’s on the very peaceful Rotterdam farm before he passed away.
“The Fraser Jones” building with its twelve en-suite rooms sleep 2 people per room. Four rooms on ground floor walks out onto the courtyard and the two large 72m2 rooms facing the Buffejagsriver and green pastures of the Dairy farm. On the top floor you will find four rooms facing the courtyard with two East facing rooms also very large in size, similar to bottom floor.
Rotterdam offers Breakfast and Dinner Baskets. These can be delivered to your room. Wood is free of charge and a fireplace with braai equipment is on offer in our Boma next to the Swimming pool.
The restaurant and bar in De Wagenhuis is only open with prior arrangement and subject to availability.
Working farm, birding, walking, large pool, boma.
The Amazing Chapel at Rotterdam was built in 2009.
The picturesque little town of Swellendam is just off the N2 about 220 km outside of Cape Town and connects the Southern Overberg with the Garden Route.
Swellendam lies at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains and has become popular in recent times as a place to retire and as a retreat for artists seeking a lifestyle outside of the city rat race. One of the oldest settlements of colonial times, Swellendam is seeped in history and buildings such as the Drostdy date back to the time when Swellendam was declared a magisterial district in 1743 and named after Governor Hendrik Swellendgrebel and his wife, Helena Ten Damme.
The Tourism Bureau in Swellendam provides a brochure, aptly entitled ‘Swellendam Treasures’, full of appealing snippets of information about the various National Monuments in Swellendam and the surrounding area and the Drostdy Museum is definitely worth a visit to ogle the amazing collection of late 18th and early 19th century Cape furniture.
Today Swellendam, apart from being a peaceful and certainly an appealing town with its numerous restaurants and pubs that make it such a popular stop-off en route to the Garden Route, is also a flourishing agricultural village.
Swellendam is the largest youngberry growing area in the world, due mainly to the unique microclimate of the Hermitage valley just a few kilometres outside of Swellendam, and includes farms such as Wildebraam Liqueur farm, which offers liqueur tasting and a cellar tour. The foot of the Langeberg is home to a number of fruit and dairy farms whilst the dryer and flatter region, further in from the mountain, is predominantly sheep and grain farming.
Only 6 km outside of Swellendam is the Bontebok National Park, home to the rare and beautiful antelope of the same name and dedicated to saving it. 126 different species of bird have been identified here and there are other small buck and charming picnic spots on the banks of the Breede River. The Marloth Nature Reserve offers gorgeous examples of the local wild flowers and fynbos and the hiking trails alone make it worth the visit. The 81 km Swellendam trail provides a number of stopover huts at regular intervals and there are several day walks.
Swellendam has retained its ability to refresh both gastronomically and cerebrally - it began its life as a refreshment station for those undertaking the rather tedious journey up the coast - with the beauty of its surroundings and the fine fare provided by its coffee shops and restaurants.
In Room Facilities:
All rooms are equipped with Egyptian cotton and towels to make your stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible. Breakfast baskets and Braai Baskets is on offer for delivery to your room. The breakfast will be a dry breakfast with all food already prepared. Guest can then choose to have these in one of our dedicated eating and picnic areas on the farm. Something that has been tried and tested in other accommodation offerings in the OENA group. The Restaurant and Bar area is only open by appointment and prior arrangements.
Trophy Room Tour:
Led by one of the Family members (1 hour) | Book at reception
Experience Dairy & citrus farming on Rotterdam (2 hours) | Book at reception
At Kwetu Guest Farm | Book directly with Kwetu Guest Farm.
Barge Cruise at Buffeljagsdam.
At Umshanti Watersport (Min 10 people) | Book directly with Umshanti.
Birds, mountains, golf, farm activities.