Swellendam Accommodation

‘Moulin Renaudiots’ visits Swellendam

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If you are in the market for a little trip to Burgundy we can highly recommend 'Moulin Renaudiots', the wonderful guest-house owned by Evelyne & Trevor Morgan. The house is set in a 17th century watermill and has been totally renovated, offering a high level of comfort and modern facilities. Five large guest rooms combine wood and stone with contemporary rural furniture & overlook peaceful gardens and surrounding hills. And just like at Augusta de Mist you can join Evelyne & Trevor for 'table d'hôtes' – dinner served on the terrace or in the main lounge. The guesthouse is the perfect...

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Knot of Stone

One of the real treats of living in a guesthouse and meeting such a wide range of people is that you become good friends with many. It is natural then, that when they return for a second, third or fourth visit, you greet them as a guest but also as a friend. Two such friends have just been for their annual visit and it was, again, inspiring, interesting and just too quick. Nicolaas Vergunst is a published author who currently is riding the crest of his most amazing book, Knot of Stone. Born in Cape Town of post-war Dutch emigrants he worked as an artist, art teacher, designer, curator...

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Gluten-free Sablé – Yay!

Here is the gluten free sablé pastry that I created for a recent guest. This is a simple sweet pastry which is great for making sweet tart cases or even simple biscuits to serve with rich desserts. It is based on a combination of recipes - a gluten free sable recipe that I found here along with my shortcrust pastry recipe here. This volume of pastry made 8 x 10cm tart cases. Don't skip the chilling step, it really helps to firm up the dough and makes it much easier to handle. You can freeze the dough either unbaked, at the chilling stage or once the tart case(s) have been baked blind. Gluten-free...

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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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PomTastic

Small bottles of Passionate Pomegranate Product

With a successful Passionate Pomegranate Co launch behind us and the enthusiastic attendance by journalists and editors from among others, House and Leisure, Conde Nast House and Garden, Cape Times, Bunte, Women's Health and Food With a Story; we are very grateful for the support, kind words and commitment from the various writers and bloggers. It was such a great experience to cook for and host all these people here in Swellendam. Even better news is that the shelves are stocked with some of the Passionate Pomegranate Co products for guests to sample and purchase.

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African Horror Story

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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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Out of the mouths of babes

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As most people know, well behaved children are most welcome at Augusta de Mist. In fact, we love hearing the cheerful shrieks of kids in the pool or playing croquet and the delight they display when meeting the dogs. It is also a pleasure to cook for kids, because the kind of food we do elicits some kind of acceptance response in children and they become eager fans of the kind of items they would otherwise never eat back home. Parents approve and everyone is happy. This morning though we were totally bowled over by the little food-art message created for us by the youngest member of a German...

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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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