Garden Route Accommodation

Heart of the Matter

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Somehow Augusta attracts just the nicest people. Take this week as an example: it was a quiet day with only one check-in expected. Also, fairly grey being at the onset of winter, but as soon as David and Ruth Aird checked in, they brought with them a sense of warmth and light. The highlight of their stay was to have them for dinner in the African Kitchen and they both delighted in the goodies which we brought for them! This week we made a REAL breyani, the royal kind with sultanas, almonds and saffron milk. They loved it. And we loved having them. To make things even more special was when...

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Indaba 2012

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What a fantastic experience Indaba 2012 was. It was great to meet our suppliers and to meet a few new ones and to just generally get the feel for the state of the industry in 2012 South Africa. We used the Cape Country Routes stand as our base. The 2012 Indaba was also the perfect opportunity to rebrand or at least, start the rebrand process for CCR. We started off with the introduction of the new CCR map which is quite a departure for the brand but it was met with such overwhelming support by current members and by industry stalwarts, that the whole new direction seems the logical one. CCR...

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South Africa. Bet you didn’t know that…

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The world's biggest hospital is the Chris Hani - Baragwaneth Hospital inSoweto. South Africa is one of only 12 countries where tap water is safe to drink. Its tap water is rated the third best worldwide. Pretoria has the second largest number of embassies in the world afterWashington, D.C. South Africa is the world's biggest producer and exporter of mohair. The rand, the world’s most actively traded emerging market currency, has joined an elite club of 15 currencies - the Continuous Linked Settlement (CLS) - where forex transactions are settled immediately,...

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Found Art

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Anyone who has been to Augusta here in Swellendam will know that there are several fragments of old ceramics and dish ware and also old glass on display in the garden, casually placed on large rocks or between plants. These are always discovered by accident as you do some scratching in the dirt. Pieces will adhere to a certain pattern and colourway, indicating that at some point, the lady of the house ditched a set or two. We have started putting a set (or two) of shards away to be framed by our favorite framer in Riebeek Kasteel, who will be tasked with the project to mount the pieces in a wild...

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Another Classic Retreat

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We are so very proud to be part of Classic Retreats. The agreement has been finalized and our page is live on their site. http://www.classicretreats.com/members/overview/48/august-de-mist Classic Retreats is a fine portfolio of handpicked, elegant and charming accommodation experiences in Southern and East Africa each providing passion and personality together with outstanding value. CLASSIC RETREATS was launched in 1993 and acquired by Suzanne Bayly-Coupe in 1999. Since its inception, Classic Retreats has been responsible for the international positioning and branding of many of Africa’s...

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Blue door…

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Keep an eye on this door - next time you book into the Aloe Suite at Augusta de Mist, this door may just be the new door to the new bathroom. Renovations commence in May this year and some serious upgrades are planned for three suites. More later...

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Augusta Extra Vierge

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Something that will be covered in much more detail in future posts will be the launch of Augusta Extra Vierge, a self-catering homestead in Riebeek Kasteel. The house is beautiful with views in every direction, while the interior is quirky and fun. Very different in style to Augusta de Mist in Swellendam, this little sister in Riebeek is just perfect for wine excursions and amazing food adventures. Augusta Extra Vierge sleeps six at most, has a gorgeous pool with a view, and the property has a small olive grove and large lemon orchard.

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The Delicious Monster

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Growing right now all over Augusta de Mist is this rather exotic flower. This member of the Arum family is an epiphyte with aerial roots, able to grow up to 20 m high with large, leathery, glossy, heart-shaped leaves 25–90 cm long by 25–75 cm broad. Young plants have leaves that are smaller and entire with no lobes or holes, but soon produce lobed and holed leaves. Common names include Ceriman, Swiss Cheese Plant (or just Cheese Plant), Fruit Salad Plant,Monster fruit, Monsterio Delicio, Monstereo, Mexican Breadfruit, Monstera, split-leaf philodendron, Locust and Wild...

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A night with Bill Ashton OBE

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If you were having dinner at Augusta de Mist last night you would have heard the soft crooning of a septuagenarian after the dessert course, first in English and then in French. The singer was Bill Ashton, a living jazz legend and the song was one he composed for his gorgeous wife of 40 years, Kay. She smiled right through both versions and gently reminded him when he mixed up a few words. It was magical. Best of all was when Bill surprised us by giving us a copy of the sheet music, which he dedicated to us and signed it. He also gave us a copy of his latest cd, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra...

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The view down our road

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Wow - what a wonderful image- this was taken from right in front of Augusta de Mist, down Voortrek Street in the direction of the Dutch Reformed church. You can clearly see the gate to the church as well as the Cottage (ex Koornlands). 'Devoted principally to agricultural and pastoral pursuits, the thriving little town of Swellendam wears an air of rural repose and serenity, apparent in the above representation of its main street. It cannot, however, be characterised as a dull town, as it possesses musical, dramatic, gymnastic, and other societies , besides cricket and football clubs. The Cape...

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