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From R2847 Per Night

Jan Harmsgat Country House
Swellendam Accommodation

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Jan Harmsgat Guest Farm Accommodation in Swellendam has seen a renaissance that captures its rich past, in a way that fits in with the discerning traveller's needs: Our Swellendam accommodation offers space, charm and an unsurpassed opportunity to indulge in an authentic country ambience and history. A perfect venue for your holiday in South Africa.

Guests are treated to understated elegance and comfort, combining the power of its original meter thick walls, yellowwood details, and authentic "Overberg" style while every modern convenience available. The indulgence does not stop with the accommodation but is carried throughout your experience. 

The 680 ha. Farm is yours to explore and straddles the lush mountainous belt with its orchards of fruit, nut and olive trees being the source of its highly acclaimed preserves and produce. Indigenous wildlife such as Black Wildebeest, Springbuck, Grey Rheebuck and Ostriches are to be seen here, along with many smaller creatures and birds.

Steeped in nearly three centuries of pastoral history, the Western Cape has a rich heritage, and while it's original settlers have long since moved on, their spirit is still evident. Many of the vineyards, currently undergoing a revival, produce some of South Africa's finest wines. Distinctive blends from all the noble cultivars and classic styles may be sampled and most farms readily welcome visitors for wine tasting.

In our Swellendam accommodation you are right in the heart of the South West Cape: the Robertson Wine Route, Montagu (with its hot mineral springs), the Breede River, Bontebok Park, Cape Agulhas, the De Hoop Nature Reserve (offering exceptional whale-watching in season), and the delightful town of Swellendam itself. Swellendam is the third oldest town in South Africa, and well worth exploring. The region offers a vast array of pleasurable pursuits to suit all tastes, within a concentrated area.

Accommodations can be found in the three separate buildings; The Original Wine Cellar (main house) The Slave Quarters and Van Eeden House. Each with its distinctive style and history, Jan Harmsgat tells its story.

1. The Slave Quarters (Standard Rooms) Cape Dutch Style building, originating in 1723, with beautiful thatch roof has been painstakingly redone to combine authentic historical atmosphere with modern comforts of today. Two communal lounges, honor bar, private courtyard overlooking the orchard and situated next to the salt-water pool.

Room 1 - Downstairs with wooden beamed ceilings, King size bed, under floor heating with large shower and toilet en-suite. Beautiful orchard view. This bed can also be made up as twin beds

Room 2 - Downstairs with king size bed, large room with under floor heating, mountain and orchard view and separate bathroom en-suite with claw footbath tub with shower handle. A single bed can be put into this room for a child

Room 3 - Top floor, with views of orchard. Thatch roof and air-conditioning. King size bed and beautiful Victorian bath in main bedroom with shower handle and en-suite toilet.

Room 4 - Top floor, mountain facing with views of orchard and stunning sunsets. King size bed to sleep peacefully under the thatch roof. Air-conditioned, with Victorian en suite bath with shower handle in private bathroom.

2. Wine Cellar (luxury) - The original wine cellar with meter thick walls, thatch roof and original doors, still boast an impressive wine collection. The building has been lovingly restored to its original glory and exudes the magic of yesteryear.

Room 5 - The honeymoon suite has a private staircase leading to spectacular views of mountains, and the pecan orchard. Step onto the balcony and watch the sunset paint magical colors or lounge on the chase reading a classic. Complete with king size bed, air-conditioning, Victorian bath, separate shower, toilet and bidet as well as fully stocked mini bar.

3. Van Eeden House (luxury) - This beautiful house was built in the 1800�s. Adjacent from the main building, Van Eeden House has newly built suites with private entrances, top of the line fittings and plush furnishings.

Room 6 - Enter thru the large stoops� private entrance, and enjoy the over sized king bed, with opulent bath including oversized shower, toilet, bidet, air-conditioning and under floor heating as well as fully stocked mini bar. Enjoy the large porch for private dining and lounging. This suite has room to accommodate an extra person or child. The King size bed can also be made up as twin beds

Room 7 (Garden Suite) - Overlooking the garden, room seven pampers you with a king size 4 poster bed, fine linens and air-conditioning. The bathroom has a freestanding stone bath for relaxation and oversize shower for two, well stocked mini bar and TV. Private deck for your personal enjoyment.

Room 8 (Garden Suite) - Overlooking the garden, room eight pampers you with an antique French king size bed, fine linens and air-conditioning. The bathroom has a freestanding clawfoot bath for relaxation and oversize shower for two, well stocked mini bar and TV. Private deck with water feature wall for your personal enjoyment

Room 9 - For those who desire extra space, room nine has an open plan with, king sized bed, freestanding clawfoot bath, oversize shower, complete with toilet, bidet, air conditioning, well stocked mini bar and TV. Private entrance for added privacy and relaxation

Room 10 - Tuck in side room ten for shear relaxation. With double head shower, stone bath and king size beds, you may find it hard to leave. Complete with air conditioning, mini bar and TV, room ten has it all. This bed can also be made up as twin beds

  • Wine tasting at 50 different cellars
  • Hiking
  • Bird Watching
  • Salt Water Swimming Pool
  • Backland Drives
  • Horseback Riding
  • Trips down the Breede River
  • Bike Riding
  • Bocce Ball
  • Croquet
  • Lounge

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On the R60 between Ashton and Swellendam

GPS: -33.945554, 20.216297 Map

Sorry no pets are allowed

During the period 15 December to 28 February, for any reservation cancelled within 60 days of the arrival date a charge equivalent to the full value of service booked will be made.

During any other period, for any reservation cancelled within 30 days of the arrival date a charge equivalent to the value of service booked will be made.

Any refund is subject to the discretion of management.

Cancellation made 90 to 61 days prior to the arrival date: 25% of total accommodation.

  • Cancellation 60 to 31 days prior to arrival: 50% of total accommodation.
  • Cancellation made 30 days or less prior to arrival: 100% of total accommodation
  • Any refund is subject to the discretion of management
  • Baby-sitting Service
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Bar on site
  • Conference Facilities
  • Fridge
  • Housekeeping
  • Air-con
  • Internet Access
  • Mini Bar
  • Parking
  • Secure Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • TV or Satellite TV
  • Swimming Pool
  • Telephone
  • Sight Seeing
  • Fishing
  • Culture
  • Wildlife
  • Golfing
  • Childrens Fun