A note from new friends in Orlando

We were lucky enough to spend 2 nights here at the end of June, the guest house is charming and we would love to return for a longer visit another time. The reception area and main part of the guest house is in a home that was built in 1802, it has been restored and transformed into a unigue and stylish boutique-like inn. The salon/living room is a decorator’s delight with a mix of old and new, a timeless room that says “welcome” in a sophisticated and beautiful manner.

We stayed in one of the garden cottages, very tastefully furnished and decorated with our own wood burning fireplace and a VERY comfortable bed. So many personal touches in the room and a very spacious bathroom with a wonderful shower. The garden areas and paths that connect the cottages to the main area of the guest house are scenic and tranquil. The pool looks inviting and I’m sure those visiting during the summer months would enjoy relaxing on a lounge chair overlooking the city of Swellendam. We had two excellent dinners that were by far the best meals we had in our entire trip trip to South Africa. The first night we had a Malay Butter Chicken which was perfectly spiced, this chicken was served with other courses which were all wonderful. The following night we had a savory Lamb in Almond Cream Sauce that was also scrumptious. The desserts were sublime both nights, featuring local fruits, honey, home made ice cream and perfectly spiced sauces.

Along with the wonderful food we were served the Eau Sauvage wines that are featured at the guest house, delicious! What makes the Augusta de Mist so special are the personable owners Michel and Henk. They went out of their way to be helpful in every way possible, drawing maps to wineries that we planned to visit, making recommendations for lunch restaurants and shopping in the area and as we were traveling to the Stellenbosch region.

As Americans we were very interested to know about many political and historical perspectives in South Africa, we learned so much about how the country has evolved and changed in the past years. Our conversations were like sitting down with old friends, we talked late into the night both nights and felt as if we were visiting relatives. The breakfasts were also delicious and we enjoyed them in front of the wood burning fireplace in the dining area. We hated to leave but had an absolutely wonderful time here!

See review here!