Swellendam Guesthouse

If memory serves…

Heritage lecture at Drostdy

As secretary of the Swellendam Heritage Association it is always with great gusto that we plan an outing or event and in some cases a talk or lecture. Naturally you worry about whether anyone in the world will actually attend the event as the market for a sheep shearing experience is presumably quite small. But time after time the numbers surprise us as it seems that there is a real interest in who we are in terms of where we have been. This time it was the turn of Dr Tertius Weich to talk about his experiences living in Swellendam since the early 50's. And he has seen a lot. From the much lamented...

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Re: Cycle

Cycling Snack

The Coronation Double Century Cycle Challenge a 202 km team race which is limited to 200 teams. The event is now in its 19th year and takes place on Saturday 26 November 2011. Cyclists can once again look forward to starting and finishing in the picturesque town of Swellendam in the Western Cape. Teams will complete the most challenging climbs, Tradouw Pass as well as Op de Tradouw, within the first 60km of the race. From Swellendam cyclists follows the R324 through Suurbraak and over Tradouw Pass towards Barrydale. A left turn onto the R62 takes participants to the challenging 7km Op de Tradouw,...

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Howe impressed was he?

Melanie

The following report on Swellendam and Augusta de Mist appeared on today's Good Taste online magazine and was written by Graham Howe who stayed with us as while back. We asked him to please focus on the town and region as we felt that Augusta de Mist needs to be experienced as part of a bigger itinerary he really did capture that 'weekend in Swellendam' with his article. The Heart of the Overberg But there are also loads of things to do in Swellendam itself—art galleries, antique shops, pottery studios, handcraft shops and restaurants—as well as botanical gardens and historical walks....

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TripAdvisor success, happy guests and the diva at the Old Gaol

ADM

It has been a busy week in Swellendam with tourism activities to organize and plenty of dinners to cook for a very busy guesthouse. No complaints however. Some of our favourite guests are from Essen and this week was the turn of Thorsten and family, who also know the other Thorsten from Essen who celebrated a wedding and honeymoon around the Cape's finest establishments. Here they are just before departure. Old Gaol restaurant celebrated 10 years of very successful business this past weekend and it was a dinner to remember. Judi, Michelle and the team served the BEST duck I have ever...

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Breaking News: Summer Breakfasts ‘al fresco’

Chopping herbs for breakfast

The first of the patio breakfasts for the summer season was a great way to welcome a busy season. We were lucky to host Dan McDougall,  2009 Foreign Correspondent of the Year at the British Press Awards and currently the Africa correspondent for the UK Sunday Times, his wife, the gorgeous Navdip Dhariwal, a BBC Asia correspondent, their two spirited kids and their au pair, Petra. Dan was voted by US-based Ethisphere Magazine  as one of the world's most influential journalist in the field of ethical trading. In other Swellendam news we are happy to report that this weekend sees the 10 year...

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Chants d’Swellendam

Swelendam from AdM

We can’t stop listening to Karina Gauvin’s recording of Josephe Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne. Summer on a CD is what this is. Canteloube studied folk songs of Auvergne and reworked them into the multi-volume Chants d’Auvergne published 1923-1955. The texts are simple songs of shepherdesses, rivers, cuckoos, outsmarting a male passer-by, unrequited love and stolen kisses, but what matters more is the musicality and strangeness of the language they’re written in.  Auvergnat or Auvernhat is one of the many languages that had to die in order for the one national French language...

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In the Press: Seeing Double?

The Augusta PR machine is churning out some pretty good coverage! We are happy and impressed with the IOL team for running the article above in the Weekend Argus this past weekend, two weeks after running it in the Star Weekend in Gauteng. It's a great article and it mentions quite a bit about the town of Swellendam and also has a really relaxed editorial feel about it as opposed to some of the more fomal reviews that sometimes get published.                

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A new face in the Tourism office

The Greater Swellendam Tourism Office (GSTO) recently appointed Reneé Bufé as new General Manager. After undergoing a rigorous interview procedure, from which Reneé emerged as an outstanding candidate, contracts were signed, and she has already become a hardworking member of the team. Reneé and her fiancé, photo journalist and author George Irwin, recently became residents in Swellendam, having fallen in love with the town and seen its potential for growth in the tourism industry. Reneé has extensive knowledge and experience in managerial skills and hospitality, having worked at Fugitives...

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Rev

Mark & Hilary & Michel

We had the great pleasure of hosting Mark Butchers and his wonderful wife Hilary. Mark bears more than just a passing resemblance to Liam Neeson. Mark is currently the Vicar of St Peter’s, Wolvercote, following six years as Chaplain and Director of Studies for Theology at Keble College, Oxford. After training at Chichester Theological College, he was curate of two urban parishes in London at Chelsea and Mitcham. He then served as Rector of four rural parishes in mid-Devon for six years, before moving to Keble College. Most recently he celebrated the completion of the lates phase of an ambitious...

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In the news again…

Saturday Star - Augusta de Mist

and this time we were featured in the Sunday Star Weekend edition. The publication is very widely read and what great spread of information as well as pictures. It's also great to see that Swellendam is featured quite prominently as part of the article. We believe that Swellendam is a destination par excellence and a gem waiting to be discovered by hungry weekenders and curious travelers alike. Click on the image to enlarge and read.

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