A winter frolic in the Overberg – Schoone Oordt Country House Swellendam

After the two hour ride up from Cape Town on the N2 taking in the sights of the bright yellow canola fields we finally got to Schoone Oordt Country House an unpretentious owner run country hotel takes you back into an era of old record players, and vintage typewriters. The chef/owner live on the top floor of the main house and ten luxury bedrooms for guests set around a courtyard in the property gardens flanking the Marloth Nature Reserve.

The rooms come with wifi, a morning car wash, and breakfast. Our hosts are super friendly and welcoming with the aim to make your stay as comfortable as possible, they make all dinner reservations and also recommend activities to do during the days.

Moody winter morning view of Schooneoordt courtyard

Moody winter morning view from the room

remington typewriter

Remington typewriter

under the stairs

Record player and chair under the staircase

SLEEP: Schoone Oordt treated us to a luxury bedroom that features a fireplace, reading nook, tea station with homemade rusks and a wonderful all white and pale green underfloor heated bathroom filled with made in Swellendam Rain products. I go into the detail of the bathroom because these are all important details when you’re on a winter frolic. Stepping out of a leisurely, fragrant bath onto a warmed tile is luxury for me, oh I have arrived!

After dinner on our first night we came back to a surprise a lit fire, toasty room and a hot water bottle  at the foot of the bed which was perfect for winter night cuddles while watching the telly or over a good book. I am city girl and love the city’s voice at night, the continuous sound of cars, but I have to say the quiet of the country and the crackle of fire brought on one of the best sleeps.

Schooneoordt luxury bedroom

Schoone Oordt luxury bedroom


EAT: Mornings are for delicious three course signature Schoone Oordt breakfasts served in the Conservatory, in the main house. Breakfast features the buffet style continental spread with the best cinnamon and Mosbolletjie breads, a chef’s special starter and main or whatever warm breakfast combination you would like.

Continental breakfast buffet station in the Schooneoordt Conservatory

Continental breakfast buffet station in the Schooneoordt Conservatory

My favourites over the weekend, we had two breakfasts, was the raisin and walnut stuffed poached pear starter served with greek yoghurt.  The pear was perfectly poached still slightly firm with cinnamon undertone, not too sweet balanced with the plain yoghurt. It also paired particularly well with Veuve Cliquot, it was my birthday breakfast bubble of choice.

Raisin and walnut stuffed poached pears with yoghurt

Raisin and walnut stuffed poached pears with yoghurt

The mushroom stack breakfast main, an umami brown mushroom topped with a grilled tomato, salty crispy bacon and a rich farm egg. When I say farm egg I mean rich, big and bright eggs straight from the farm. The eggs come to the kitchen still covered in feathers and other bits, farm fresh!

Mushroom stack

Mushroom stack

Afternoon tea was also a great treat, on the Saturday afternoon Robyn and I enjoyed a complimentary cheese platter with scones and granadilla preserves. On the Sunday Bradley and I enjoyed a fresh out of the oven mini apple, banana and cranberry loaf topped with white chocolate drizzle for tea. I planned to only have one slice and I practically ate the whole thing.

Cheese platter with scones and granadilla preserve

Cheese platter with scones and granadilla preserve

Banana, apple, walnut & cranberry mini loaf with white chocolate drizzle

Banana, apple, walnut & cranberry mini loaf with white chocolate drizzle


THE WINTER FROLIC TURN UP: What I will say about the countryside is that they wrap up early in winter. We were the last people to arrive for dinner at 7:30pm, the last to leave the restaurants and the last to come into the Schoone Oordt property at night. To ring in my birthday we grabbed the bottle of tequila from the bar, pop a bottle of champagne and celebrated by the bedroom fireplace with great conversation.

The one up the country side has on Jozi is cosy midnight conversations by the fireplace.

A snapshot of the weekend in Swellendam

A snapshot of the weekend in Swellendam


Schoone Oordt Country House is just what I was looking for an unpretentious getaway, a few days of countryside quiet with good food. It is perfect for couples looking for a quiet winter getaway to reconnect, group of friends looking to explore a different part of South Africa and great for families in the summer looking for poolside fun.

For winter 2014 till September the luxury room rate is R1500 per night, which I think is a good deal. See the rest of their rates here

Thank you for a lovely stay Schoone Oordt!

About thando

Hi I'm Thando Creator of the Jozi Foodie Fix, traveller, foodwriter, ramen lover, strategist, entrepreneur and follower of the Cool based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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