Swellendam Accommodation

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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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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Ladies who Lunch

Classic Retreat lunch May 2012

We are extremely fortunate to be the Swellendam member of Classic Retreat, which with Classic Representation makes up the much admired Classic Portfolio. Other clients include the Singita collection, The Alphen, Delaire Graff, Le Quartier Francais, Kurland, Makweti, Mount Camdeboo, Prana and the Islands of Siankaba. As part of their post-Indaba road trip they spent some time with us here in Swellendam and we treated them to lunch at Augusta's African Kitchen. Here is the team, with Michel, enjoying their bobotie and sharing some information on the 2012 Indaba, with the eye on the next season.

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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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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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Persian Ice Cream

Pomegranate Ice cream - Augusta style

Having friends with a pomegranate farm in Bonnievale really helps when it comes to inventing and developing recipes. When those friends are in the process of introducing a whole range of products which we are helping to develop and brand, the recipes just flow. So. We love ice-cream all year round, not just during summer. I have made the custard base here simply with milk, rather than a combination of milk and cream; the end result is lighter, cleaner and more refreshing – almost Middle Eastern in flavour. For the custard base: 1 litre whole milk 1 vanilla pod, split in half lengthwise 120g...

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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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