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Stockholm
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Reviewed 1 March 2013

We stayed only one night at Augusta but it was quite an experience. We had a wonderful cottage and the dinner prepared by Henk (4 course) in the evening was really great. The garden with the heated pool is fantastic and Swellendam with surroundings is well worth a visit. We can definitively recommend Augusta for a romantic visit. Please check... More 

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Biesenthal, Germany
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Reviewed 28 February 2013

We stayed at Augusta de Mist for two nights because we liked it so much. We were on our way back from Durban and of the many accommodations we stayed along our journey, we think that one stands out for its originality, their warm welcome but highly professional service from the owners/managers. We stayed in one of their comfortable cottages... More 

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AugustaSwellendam, Owner at Augusta de Mist Country House, responded to this review

Hello Tom. I wanted to thank you for your kind review, and I remember when you were here how many other places you had been to. So we are doubly grateful that of all the places, you have chosen only to review us! We hope to see you again, and perhaps we can have you stay in our new suite.... More 

Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

After enjoying the lively busy sights of Cape Town, my husband and I spent some time at this beautiful, peaceful oasis in Swellendam. We were completely spoiled by the owners who anticipated our every need. We were greeted with tea and cakes and then with a bag of home baked muffins when we left for the rest of our trip.... More 

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AugustaSwellendam, Manager at Augusta de Mist Country House, responded to this review

Hello Kathy and Tom. It was so nice to hear that you enjoyed staying with us, and I appreciate that you help us spread the word. I am also glad that you thought our place was the highlight of your trip. It makes everything worthwhile for us that you say such kind words. I hope you can come back to... More 

Ahlen, Germany
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

Augusta de Mist is a real magic place. We got the last available room, the Strelitzia Cottage, and couldn't believe how lucky we had been with this perfect country house, when in the evening we sat on our terrace, enjoying the very good complimentary wine. The beauty of the gardens and the interiors with excellent art, the quietness of the... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 19 February 2013

From the moment you walk in here you know you are in a special place. I kept thinking elves would come out, the garden is so lush. It's a magical controlled mayhem. Indigenous plantings fighting for survival. The first morning we found several porcupine quills. We thought we heard an oink in the middle of the night! Fortunately we spent... More 

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
Reviewed 19 February 2013

Swellendam has a few choices for the discerning traveller but the best of all has to be Augusta de Mist. The property is just beautiful and the constant efforts of all the staff and owners really raises this place a notch above most places. It is a true retreat. After leaving we reflected on what it was that we enjoyed... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

We staied with our 6 year old daughter at Augusta and all loved the peaceful lush garden. The cottages are very tastefully decorated, with lots of loveable details, but without unnecessary fuss, just as we like it. Everything is very well looked after, but still very relaxed. You feel welcome and at home from the first moment you arrive. Henk... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

Augusta de Mist is a real retreat; Michael and Henk went the extra mile every time to make sure we were comfortable and relaxed. Arum Cottage where we stayed was perfect. Henk's cooking was great and the staff were lovely. You cannot get better than this.

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Reviewed 15 February 2013

We stayed in Augusta de mist for two nights on our 3 week tour around SA. It was probably the best place we stayed in, out of 10 different locations! We arrived early, but our room was ready. The room was huge, and beautifully decorated, it really felt like you were walking into a well decorated house, rather than a... More 

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AugustaSwellendam, Manager at Augusta de Mist Country House, responded to this review

Hello Nathalie, Thank you very much for your kind review. I am glad you found our place the best of your whole stay. We are also delighted you stayed with us in Swellendam for two nights, and that you had dinner here too. I hope we will see you again, if not in Swellendam, then in Beijing! Michel and Henk More 

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Reviewed 10 February 2013 via mobile

We opted to stay at Augusta de Mist for the last two nights of our trip to South Africa and couldnt have hoped for a better way to end the holiday. It is rare to find somewhere where the facilities, service, and food all come together so well. The rooms are beautifully laid out, perfectly balancing style and comfort with... More 

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AugustaSwellendam, Owner at Augusta de Mist Country House, responded to this review

Hi Rich. I am glad you enjoyed your stay in South Africa and of course your stay with us in Swellendam. Thank you for your kind words and we appreciate that you enjoyed the decor and everything else about Augusta de Mist. We strive to be the best we can. Henk and Michel More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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 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'. ... more   less 

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Address: 3 Human Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Price Range: €87 - €172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Augusta de Mist Country House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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“If you are unsteady on your feet, ask for a room in the main house.”
 of 5 bubbles ruthd126, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“All the rooms have their own unique decoration, the slightly bigger than the other, but all tasteful and breath taking.”
 of 5 bubbles Advocaatje, 27 Oct 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in Strelitzia right in the middle of the garden. Close to the pool. Double shower which was great.”
 of 5 bubbles 425mari_tteg, 9 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Talk to the owners and they will match the room to your needs - all lovely rooms”
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