Where we Love to Stay
It’s strange how misleading a photograph can be. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pored over images of Schoone Oordt Country House's magnificent façade and dreamed of the day I might experience its elegance myself. I’d also assumed that the sum total of this legendary property was neatly contained within the walls of the beautifully renovated Victorian Manor House captured in the picture.
Little did I know this was just the gateway to a little slice of perfectly curated paradise!
During the recent #OverbergFam2019 - a familiarisation trip of the Overberg supported by Wesgro and SATSA – my long-held dream finally came true when it was revealed that Schoone Oordt would be providing our accommodation for the Swellendam leg of the journey.
As we entered the gate, my jaw dropped at the scene unfolding in front of me: the grand old Manor House on my left; a large lawn complete with sparkling blue pool and an array of tall trees to my right; and in front of us – peeking through sprays of flowering creepers and greenery – a row of cute semidetached cottages.
After general manager, Ian Clulow welcomed us with afternoon tea and cake, it was time to settle in, explore and – best of all – relax.
Here are seven things that made me fall in love with Schoone Oordt during our stay: