Garden Route Accommodation

Winter wonderland

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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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Big Yellow

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Every August  the scenic town of Swellendam turns yellow, to celebrate all that is positive and healthy about life in South Africa.  This year the yellow fever will hit from 9 to 12 August. In preparation, the town undergoes a yellow transformation as businesses and some private homes do their bit by donning a bit of yellow. It's a sort of jaundice Christmas. Canola Carnival brings you face to face with a region where the fresh air motivates you, the warm sun energizes you and the natural beauty cheers you on. A region that challenges you to go further, higher and be stronger – in order...

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Swellendam Saturday

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Some weekends are busier than others, even in Swellendam. This weekend is exceptional even by busy standards with some interesting things in and around town. Friday night was the SwellenGlam party in aid of the Swellendam Bursary Fund, and it was just great to see so much support from the community for this project. Mr Basil May was there, looking dapper; local drag queens were looking chilly in their skimpy outfits, several Swellendammers of recent European origin dressed 70's glam and it was altogether a loud, fun evening. Saturday saw the anniversary of the Swellendam Republic with a market...

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Remembering Ingrid Jonker

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On 19 July 1965, Ingrid Jonker, a South African poet, committed suicide by walking into the sea. Jonker was 31 Years old. The advanced ideas inherent in Ingrid Jonker's poems have made her a recognized literary figure internationally, with her poems being studied, translated and published in many languages including English, German, French, Dutch, Polish, Hindi and Zulu. The collected works of Jonker, including several short stories and a play, were published in 1975 and re-issued in 1983 and 1994. Much of Jonker's early writing related to the episodes and trauma of her early life. Yet as a mature...

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Sunday at Christina’s

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For a great Sunday afternoon, or any afternoon really, we recommend a short stop at Christina's at the lovely Van Loveren wine estate in Robertson. Pizza's are of the adventurous kind with a thin crust and the burgers are loaded with great options like bacon or blue cheese. Of course the wine is quite quaffable and extremely well priced which means that there are worse ways to spend a lazy afternoon than this. Speak to us about directions to get to Christinas at Van Loveren from Augusta. From Swellendam, it is a most picturesque short drive through Bonnievale, past our favorite local...

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Party like it’s 1795

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Join the Republic of Swellendam’s annual Republic Day celebration at Mayville Museum in Swellendam’s Drostdy Quarter on 21 July and party like it’s 1795! This exciting and educational day has been planned as a taster to an even bigger Republic of Swellendam event to be held in 2013. Everyone is invited to this fun-filled day, which will include live music, stalls, arts and crafts, kids entertainment and delicious food. This will all be presented and displayed in the beautiful and historic Mayville Museum garden. A number of business, resorts and parks from the whole region will also...

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Snow in Swellendam

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It is time for the yearly sprinkling of snow on the mountains above Swellendam. It may not be Winter Olympic standard but it is proof that we have 4 seasons in Swellendam and not just Hot or Cold. Nice pictures taken by the Swellendam TV crew and posted by Cathy van Eeden on Facebook.

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Organic in Paradise

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Suurbraak is a quaint village situated 19km east of Swellendam, also known by the ancient San as 'Xairu' meaning beautiful or paradise. One of the villages charms is its isolation, being situated off the Wine Route R62 and busy N2, but this is not without its pitfall as this limits the financial resources for its residents. For this reason there are many people working hard to put Suurbraak on the map, hoping to make Xairu a place to stay and enjoy the sights, rather than a passing place. Found at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, the village has a lot to offer the discerning traveller, including...

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Cape Country Competition!

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Cape Country Routes has launched a Great Competition with over R 60 000 worth of prizes. HOW TO ENTER: 1) First LIKE the CCR Facebook page 2) Write a short paragraph of less than 50 words on our wall telling us what you would like best about visiting the Cape Country Routes properties, which property is your favourite and why? Naturally Augusta de Mist would be a great choice to rave about!! 3) Remember to include some comments about your favourite Cape Country Routes properties & their activities. 4) Get your friends and family to LIKE your paragraph. The more LIKES you get,...

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