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Augusta de Mist Country House

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Free Wifi
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Air Conditioning
Pool
Non-Smoking Hotel
Suites
4 Star accommodation
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We spent two enjoyable days/nights at the Augusta. All of their cottages are in a secluded area, away from others providing complete privacy. Wife while not available in cottages is in the office area. Their breakfasts are very good, starting with freshly baked bread. A...More

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank colonelthom
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed for two nights in this delightful quirky Boutique Country House. How wonderful; laid out in an enchanting garden which feels as if you could become lost at any time to the baffling but totally charming ornaments scattered around and in the main house....More

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank Gordon H
Reviewed 27 September 2018

Spent two wonderful nights at the fabulously fun and quirky Augusta de Mist. Brilliant attention to detail in both the decor, food and hospitality. Already dreaming of my next visit :). We stayed in the Aloe suite which may not be the biggest but was...More

Date of stay: September 2018
Thank Remct
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

Beautiful setting and excellent evening meal. Rooms are decorated in an eclectic African influenced style and the hospitality is very good. We felt spoilt and well looked after. Will definitely visit again soon.

Date of stay: September 2018
Thank leev327
Reviewed 8 May 2018

We had a one night stop here before continuing on The garden Route, we received a warm welcome from Renate. The whole property is filled with lush vegetation so by late afternoon the room felt a little chilly, however there was the option of an...More

Date of stay: April 2018
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Description
One of the most beautiful guesthouses in Swellendam, on South Africa's Garden Route. Experience stylish living on a large country retreat. It is the biggest dilemma you are faced with when visiting Augusta de More Mist: where do you sit? The pool area is perfect with a large willow tree and the kind of privacy that encourages you to shed the layers and have a cocktail. But then privacy is even greater in the small fynbos forest at the top of the property where you can climb a hand-hewn stairway to a fine view of the Overberg. Of course just the thought of all that hiking on the grounds makes the fountain on the front lawns quite a good bet for a good old sit and much more civilised. Speaking of civilised, you may as well take tea on the stoep while sitting and take in the lawns, rose bushes and giant trees. Or just sit on the lawn. But what about the picnic clearing in the fynbos forest, around wine cellar or even just the lounge in your suite? Such is life in the country. There are not enough days on the average visit to sit in all the available spaces and congratulate yourself on a perfect choice. Augusta de Mist is a 4-star retreat set on 1.5 Ha of eclectic fynbos. The country estate in typical Cape fashion boasts a deeply romantic 1802 Cape Dutch National Monument with more original features than you can shake a stick at. The shutters are yellowwood and the ironmongery original, as are the reed ceilings held together with 200+ year-old mud and clay. This manor building forms the social hub of the estate housing both the guest lounge and dining rooms. It also plays host to a Heritage Suite (where Desmond Tutu stayed in October 2013), which pays homage to Swellendam history and references South African iconic images and items. The bed is crowned by a cupola inspired by the Eastern style of the local church, while the reading room in the suite teams Afrikaner quilts and World Cup makarapas, which are pure township art. Wander past the pool, over seasonal streams or by the kitchen herb garden to stumble upon the garden cottages. On first glance, the allure is obvious. Simple white structures, the bridal suites are reminiscent of the historic cottages of this region, with reed ceilings, shuttered windows, bucolic views and indigenous or water-wise planting that welcome you. As you step inside the suites, you discover even more country romance in the stylishly appointed interiors, which mixes the eclectic African, South African and European heritage. In reflecting the architecture, each of the suites features subtle and unique decor. The finishes are chosen for comfort and have a lived-in feel. Vintage pieces and antiques have been selected with care, adding to the homegrown spirit that pervades. Unique African art punctuates throughout. Crisp yet plush bedding comforts you through the night while the bespoke lamps provide a source of warm and cosy lighting. While the cottages are meant to tell the old stories of Swellendam each also has its luxurious touch. Every suite has its own lounge, large bedrooms with similarly large en-suite bathrooms living areas and private gardens. Almost all of them have their own fireplaces. Afternoon tea is sometimes available in season, and is served by the team at 'Augusta's African Kitchen', with its focus on pan-African cuisine. Some of the dishes are Afrikaner while others are Cape Malay. Says Henk, 'Our kitchen is not professional. Nor do we open our doors to the public. Unless they beg. We cook because we love the flavours of Africa. It is the food we know and grew up with. We love the fact that Milktart can be made in a different way depending if you are Afrikaans or Muslim. So whether you like koeksisters or koesisters, we want you to be satisfied.' The team specialises in sourcing the best they can find in the area and it is all too easy to say yes to every morsel. I saw a petite young Belgian woman work her way through four koeksisters and assistant Melanie laughs as she tells me about the German group of nine, who interrupted the flow of dinner and demanded a second serving of Biltong Soup after which they gave rapturous applause. It is this focus on quality that had Henk and Michel develop a small range of wine with Andrew Barns of Mischa Estate. 'The wine is something that we take great pride in. Drinking a wine of quality is a responsibility we take seriously. We chose to make a signature wine with someone who loves making wine, and who does not do it as a business venture but as a vocation,' Michel says. 'The wines we made are artisanal and of the highest quality. We know Andrew and Rachel very well and we are very proud to serve this small range'. Less
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Hotel Amenities
HOTEL FEATURES
Pool
Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Air Conditioning
Breakfast Available
Laundry Service
Non-Smoking Hotel
Outdoor pool
Refrigerator in room
Beachfront
Room Service
Restaurant
Bar/Lounge
Spa
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms
Hotel class
Room types
Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms
Number of rooms
6
Price range
USD 181 - USD 221 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Location
South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Hotel class
Room types
Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms
Number of rooms
6
Price range
USD 181 - USD 221 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Location
South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
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janevdp
18 January 2015|
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Response from LewR | Reviewed this property |
Augusta De Mist most certainly caters for vegetarians if made aware of this request at the time of booking. Contact the hotel directly for your requirements in advance of staying there.
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cborland2015
10 January 2015|
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Response from AugustaSwellendam | Property representative |
Hi. I think you must be the Borlands. We don't do dinner every night, which is why most people spend two nights here as part of their larger itinerary. We had tentatively planned 18/20/22 that week, but now that you have... More
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"Any cottage would be fine"
colonelthom
3 days ago
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"Arum Lily or Buchu Suite are best"
Apaskolemenos
25 Mar. 2018
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"All cottages carefully set apart in a large beautiful hillside garden"
tedb109
12 Oct. 2017
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"If steps and uneven surfaces are a problem, request chalet near the car park."
JoanneSydney
24 Apr. 2017
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