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Koornlands lives!

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Like a cat with nine lives, Koornlands has survived and is back in full force. Steve and Marianne bought a very ordinary Swellendam building which had been victim of several deeply insensitive renovations over years and had lost all but a few of its once-beautiful Victorian feel. Seeing past all that, they renovated, painted, remodeled and landscaped until the building was just perfect and then filled it with the most gorgeous art and photography. Koornlands is ready to serve its loyal patrons once more and attending the launch afternoon was a pleasure. We wish Steve and Marianne all the best...

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Wedding fever in Swellendam

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Near-Spring in Swellendam and wedding fever is hitting the Overberg. Our guesthouse here in Swellendam is getting a fair bit of wedding action this year and we love it. We get to play around with gorgeous little snacks, decadent tartlets & romantic settings while providing a little support for the blushing bride and her entourage. On today's menu for a relaxing country wedding bride-&-bridesmaid-preparation-morning we included onion & haloumi focaccine, tomato & basil pizzette, homemade pesto palmiers, Bombay mince curry vetkoek, boerenkaas, camembert, chilled sundried tomato...

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Yellow fruit

Old Gaol in Swellendam

Part of the fun of having a guesthouse in Swellendam is that you get to really appreciate the little highlights on the yearly calendar and it is great to see the elements starting to come together as the town prepares for the big fun. Old Gaol on Church Square has long been one of the favourite haunts of Swellendam's cappuccino set and now even more so as they prepare to go yellow for the Canola Festival with their yellow trees which are part art installation and part festive whimsy.

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Aunty Betty’s Flapjacks

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It's always an occasion when we prepare pancakes for breakfast at our Swellendam guesthouse. Did I say pancakes? I meant flapjacks. Or is it drop scones? Whatever you call them, they are amazing and the recipe we use is a special one. In honor of our festive pancake day, we present to you a recipe for drop scones, otherwise known as "Scotch pancakes", that Queen Elizabeth made for President Dwight Eisenhower on the occasion of his visit to Balmoral castle in 1959. According to the US National Archives, the Queen prepared drop scones for Eisenhower, using a family recipe. Later she sent...

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Koornlands Restaurant Update

Stephen & Mariaan in front of their new premises

It will be a happy day when Stephen and Marianne open their legendary 'Koornlands' restaurant again. The venue has had a troubled year when the old venue burned down and a temporary home was found in a guesthouse, before they finally decided to purchase a wonderful old house on Voortrek Street with loads of garden space and a fair bit of original features. The plan is to open on the anniversary of the great fire in 2010 and this will herald a great beginning. Stephen is an ex-Brit who has made Swellendam his home with Dutch-born Marianne, who is a great Chef and guests travel from...

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Canola Season starts

Canola Fields outside Swellendam

Like clockwork, the yellow flowers of the Canola plant started appearing furtively in the Swellendam region. The oil is pressed from tiny brown seeds found in pods on the Canola plant. Canola plants grow to approximately one metre high and are unique to the Overberg region; from Caledon to Heidelberg. Optimum night temperatures and the cool sea breeze make this region perfect for the cultivating of this plant. The name Canola had its origin from Canada where rapeseeds were naturally bred to canola in the early 1970's. Canola, however, is NOT rapeseed — their nutritional profiles are very...

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A TripAdvisor Review

Swellendam winter by Bruce Geils

Not your normal blog entry today, but this is such a great review by two recent guests to Augusta de Mist. The review just appeared on TripAdvisor and was unsolicited by us in any way. This is long overdue, but I hope that you get a chance to go during winter. Only a few hours from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town. Sits a small farming town that was once its own state it is named Swellendam and hosts one the nicest boutique retreats in the Western Cape. My partner and I found this little treasure in the British Airways in-flight magazine. We had been through this town on our way to various...

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LadiSmith. Liquid Gold.

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The Concours Mondiale de Bruxelles is normally the winning ground for the big guns from Van Ryn’s, Klipdrift and Distell. This year LadiSmith 8 year Vintage Potstill Brandy surprised the veterans at this years competition by winning gold.In sporting terms, that would be like a South African winning Wimbledon. That’s not to take away from this fine result, LadiSmith, from Southern Cape Vineyards, is a worthy winner and all involved should be justly proud of this achievement. South African’s know a thing or two about making brandy, having won the title for Best Brandy in the World...

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GoTravel24 review on Augusta de Mist

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Review: Augusta De Mist     Ehrard Vermaak June 29th, 2011 http://www.gotravel24.com/theme/city-breaks/review-augusta-de-mist In 1795, revolution was in the air. Not in France or America in this case, but in the Overberg... That's right folks. In 1795, poor administration and inadequacies of the Dutch East India Company caused the long suffering burgers of Swellendam to revolt and on 18 June 1795, they declared themselves a republic. Their leader, Hermanus Steyn, was the first person to be called president in the greater Southern African Region. Long Live the Republic!...

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Swellendam. So much in store!

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If things had worked out differently, this might have been the capital of SA, the Pretoria of the Overberg, writes Richard Holmes in Business Day. IT’s an easy mistake really, passing by Swellendam. Two hundred or so kilometres from Cape Town, the third-oldest town in SA is mostly hidden by grain silos and a light industrial area. If your holiday sights are set on the Garden Route or the Mother City, chances are you’d rather put foot than swing into leafy Swellengrebel Street... But turn down it you should because, if things had worked out differently, this could have been the nation’s...

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