Garden Route Accommodation

Without a paddle

Long before the idea of a guesthouse in Swellendam was even a possibility and life was all about ad campaigns and clients, one of the highlights of the year was to take the road to Swellendam and rip a few all-nighters. It didn't matter whether you were a staunch oke, a trance tripper, a hip hipster or a hip hop head. It didn't even matter if you were a zombie robot. And it still doesn't. Tomorrow sees the start of Up the Creek 2013 and while things change in the real world, here on the banks of the Breede, mercifully, things haven't really changed much at all. At Up The Creek everyone comes...

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Our water in Germany

Recent guest Marion sent us these candid pics of Suurbraak, our guys repairing our wall and most importantly, a bottle of Augusta de Mist Pure Swellendam Water, which made it very safely back to Germany. We love hearing from guests and getting images which they took while staying with us.  

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House & Leisure SA

Augusta is really lucky to be mentioned in the November issue of House and Leisure - the Hot section - which is a true piece of journalism if there ever was one! The second article is about the Passionate Pomegranate range of products which we worked on in conjunction with Judi Rebstein (ex Jan Harmsgat) and current tour-de-force behind our favourite lunch spot, Old Gaol on Church Square here in Swellendam. 156_HL 126_HL

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Hope

Jacques Marais is an amazing photographer  who shoots for some pretty high profile magazines and companies. He recently visited De Hoop and took these truly wonderful images of a place which possesses such natural beauty that all our guests who return from the reserve after a day trip declare it to be a deeply satisfying, spiritual even, experience. Only three hours from Cape Town lies a special nature reserve situated in the Overberg region, near the southern tip of Africa. De Hoop Nature Reserve is approximately 34 000 ha in size and one of the largest natural...

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Wisteria Arch

Invasive, non-indigenous, loud, and beautiful. Our garden has always had a small Wisteria here or there but unbeknown to us, the Wisteria has spend the last few months annexing one of the garden arches and surprised us one day by just coming out in full bloom. And what is wrong with that? We love it. It has a Hong Kong garden feel to it and is just incredibly luxurious. We hope it will stay in bloom for a while still...

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Solomon’s Lily

Once a year, quite by surprise, this little beauty awakes for a few weeks and just takes your breath away. Our spectacular specimen is quite hidden away at the top of the garden next to a footpath and you do feel a sense of reward when you see it - it is in my opinion the best arum species. The spectacular  Arum palaestinum, flowering in spring on stems 50-60 cm's tall, with large decorative leaves slightly similar to a cardiocrinum or a hosta with a superb fragrance which is a bit similar to roses. Which is also  a nice fragrant part of the Augusta de Mist gardens. But that's not all. Arum...

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African Horror Story

Matroosberg with snow

Old ghost stories are always interesting and contain so much of the oral history and tradition of a place. The Cape is no exception and in fact, quite a leader in this regard with such legends as the Flying Dutchman. Here is another which is steeped in history and very relevant to guests who travel to Swellendam via die N1, past Worcerster to Augusta de Mist. In 1700 W.A. van der Stel handed out the first pasturage licenses in the Land van Waveren (Tulbagh & Wolseley).  In 1707, when he was called back to Holland due to his mismanagement, further extension across the old Hottentots Holland...

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Canola Maps

CanolaKaart

Forget Google Maps. Here it is. Canola Carnival Map. Spot Augusta de Mist. As you can see - it is a short stroll to the festivities. Swellendam is suitably yellow for the occasion!

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Winter wonderland

swellendam snow

Swellendam's second large batch of snow for the year! And if the temperature is anything to go by, there is a fair amount under those clouds! OK so this is not Chamonix or even Tiffendell for that matter, but people, this is the Garden Route. To us, this is ski-tastic. I am excited to see all the flowers in bloom on the estate this Spring however...  

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Thatch that

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The Drostdy Museum is getting a new thatch roof. This hugely expensive operation is a fairly regular occurrence and one of the things you do as part of the ongoing upkeep with old buildings. Our main building, Park Villa, also had a thatch for the first 100 years of its existence but along the way in keeping up with the trends, the roof was replaced with corrugated iron, which became the norm.

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