Augusta De Mist
When a website claims that they are possibly the finest accommodation in Swellendam I expect the best. Dave and I were on our return trip from East London and decided to spend a night in Swellendam on our way back. We had previously stayed at Schoone Oordt and wanted a similar experience. Our aim was to be able to dine where we were staying but this proved to be impossible. Augusta De Mist have an onsite restaurant, but it was closed that evening. However, Renate offered to make a dinner reservation for us and given how amazing Augusta De Mist looked on the internet, we decided to book there.
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The bathroom is huge with a bath, loveseat and a tiny shower. There was not enough space in the shower to turn the taps on, and have the door closed at the same time. The shower door hinges are quite springy and the door slammed on me, leaving a huge bruise from the handle. Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion were from the Millie collection by Charlotte Rhys and these miniature bottles are now next to my guest bath at home. I was really tempted to have a long bath as the bath salts provided looked amazing. But, we were time constrained to get to dinner as the restaurant wanted an early night.
The breakfast at Augusta De Mist was stunning, and so reminiscent of those we have had in top hotels in Europe. However, they serve up cheap juice with the reason being that oranges too expensive. With everything else being top quality, this boggled my mind. Coffee was brought to our table together with fresh fruit and spiced sugar syrup. From the buffet I chose homemade granola and Greek yoghurt. The bread is freshly baked every day and is served with homemade jams and preserves. From the hot meal selection I went for the salmon sumac scramble, and Dave had the Augusta. His poached eggs were served with homemade Harissa, farm bacon and fresh greens.
A few observations
Swellendam never had to worry about water restrictions, and this certainly would have made for a great attraction for holiday makers during the drought. The one thing missing from our room was mosquito spray. Renate is very friendly, and extremely chatty. She spent time at breakfast with each of the guests conversing about their dinners the night before. Breakfast is served on the patio, with the tables next to some of the internal bedrooms. Renate mentioned how the occupancy rates had dropped and I think this is because of the world-wide recession. They are also priced out of the local market. This means that South African visitors will be hard pressed to stay there when other, local establishments are cheaper.
Contact them on +27 82 842 3444 or use this link to book your accommodation and get 10% back after your stay.