The Hideaway is a historically-rich bed and breakfast facility hidden in the quaint Western Cape town of Swellendam. This guest house is one of the oldest houses in the town and has been recognised as a national monument. It is nestled amongst the gorgeous greenery of the manicured garden and boasts stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
Every morning, guests are invited to feast on a traditional English breakfast or a fresh Continental one. Diana includes her impressive choice of preserves and freshly-baked muffins as part of this delightful start to the day. In the evenings, guests receive a complimentary glass of one of the local wines to enjoy with fellow guests and the guesthouse hosts (between 18h30 and 19h30).
There are several excellent restaurants in Swellendam, many of which are within safe walking distance. Should guests require transport to their eatery of choice, the guesthouse will be happy to provide a lift at no extra cost.
There are five rooms available at the Hideaway, each classically furnished using stylish antiques and original paintings. They are called the Queen Elizabeth, Double Delight, Ecstasy Rose Suite, Peace Suite and Homesleigh Room. They are all air-conditioned with en-suite facilities, a bath and a separate shower with the exception of the Homesleigh Room, which only has a shower.
The Homesleigh Room is in the original cottage, while the remaining four are separate from this building. Their design was based on hundreds of guest comments and requests to ensure that they would provide precisely what the valued clientele required. They measure 6.5 metres x 5.5 metres excluding the bathroom (3 metres x 2.5 metres).
The Ecstasy Suite is particularly special as its bath and shower accommodate two adults at a time and the double vanity proves most convenient.
The four external suites open onto the garden, where hundreds of rose bushes delight the senses and an array of birdlife twitters and flies above. The Queen Elizabeth, Ecstasy Rose and Double Delight rooms have a covered area, sheltered by ornamental vines (chosen to prevent the arrival of wasps). This is the perfect place to catch up on reading, crosswords or letter-writing.
The guests of each suite enjoy the home comforts of fresh shortbread, snacks in the fridge (to be eaten on the premises), three different types of coffees, a range of teas, Aloe Ferox toiletries, port, muscadel (a dessert wine), electric blankets, air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access and flat screen televisions in each room (with a movie channel). All suites and public areas are non-smoking.
The breakfast room is known as Bontebok Café and reflects a traditional approach to fine dining. Reed ceilings and wooden beams set the scene for a delicious meal. This area opens onto the gardens, bringing the outside in. Breakfast is served between 08h00 and 09h00.
During a hot summer's day, the indoor swimming pool will prove to be a welcome retreat for weary guests. The water is solar heated so that, even during winter, it is temperate enough for a refreshing dip. The sliding doors can open, leading onto the lush garden.
Diana's Shop stocks various keepsakes and mementoes, including homemade preserves, Aloe Ferox toiletries, embroidered dressing gowns, postcards of stunning photographs and 'Cousin Adin's Pictorial Essay of the Bontebok Park'.
Swellendam and the Western Cape have plenty in the way of things to do and see, including:
The Hideaway is situated in Swellendam. The glorious Langeberg Mountains tower over this historical town, complimented by extensive vineyards and dense forests. It is situated approximately 240 kilometres from both Cape Town on one side and George on the other. This makes it the ideal base from which to explore this stunning region of South Africa. Swellendam lies on the N2 motorway.
This positioning makes for moderate temperatures with little wind. Rainfall occurs year-round.
Travelling from Knysna or Mossel Bay (on the N2)
Turn right at SWELLENDAM EAST turnoff, then take 2nd street on the left (Hermanus Steyn Street - No. 10 - 3rd house on your left).
Same instructions apply, travelling from OUDTSHOORN on the R62 / Barrydale / Tradouw Pass (R324) onto the N2.
Travelling from Cape Town (on the N2)
bypass other turn-offs until you reach SWELLENDAM EAST turnoff, turn left, then take 2nd street on the left (Hermanus Steyn Street - No. 10 - 3rd house on your left).
Travelling from Worcester or Robertson (R62) or Ashton (R60)
Take the R60 to Swellendam. At crossroads at entrance to town, turn left into Voortrek Street and drive 3 - 4 km until you pass the shopping centre, and see the NG Church on your left. Turn right into Church Street, and take second street on left (Hermanus Steyn Street). We are at no. 10, on your right.