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Klippe Rivier Country House

At a Glance


  • historic architecture
  • walking distance to the Breede River


  • no small children allowed
  • resident dog could be a problem if you're allergic

Klippe Rivier Country House Review

Amid rolling farmland 3 km (2 mi) outside Swellendam, this guesthouse occupies one of the Overberg's most gracious and historic country homes. It was built around 1825 in traditional Cape style, with thick white walls, a thatch roof, and a distinctive gable. Guests stay in enormous rooms in the converted stables. The three downstairs rooms are furnished with antiques in Cape Dutch, colonial, and Victorian styles. Upstairs, raw-wood beams, cane ceilings, and bold prints set the tone for less expensive Provençal-style rooms with small balconies. Some public rooms have trouble supporting the sheer volume of antique collectibles, which gives them a museumlike quality. The delectable three-course dinners ($$$$) are table d'hôte and prepared with fresh herbs, vegetables, fruit, and cream from surrounding farms.

    Contact Information

  • Address: On dirt road off R60 to Ashton, Box 483, Swellendam, 6740
  • Phone: 028/514–3341
  • Website:
  • Location: Swellendam

    Hotel Details

  • 6 rooms, 1 cottage.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Credit cards accepted.

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