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The Western Cape Hotels

Mardouw Country House

Pros

  • Great bird-watching on the property
  • Great walks and mountain biking if you're feeling energetic

Cons

  • 20 minutes' drive to Swellendam
  • No spa facilities

Updated 12/31/1969

Fodor's Review

The old Cape Georgian farmhouse on this working wine-and-olive farm has been beautifully converted into a luxury guesthouse with stunning views of the Langeberg mountains. Among the amenities are an infinity pool, wide verandas, under-floor heating, and an attentive staff. Clean, contemporary lines decorate the tasteful rooms. The estate produces its own Pinotage and chenin blanc, which you can enjoy at Mardouw's sumptuous four-course dinners. The country house has its

own herb-and-vegetable garden, so the emphasis is on fresh, seasonal food. The menu changes daily but might include a prawn starter and a main course of succulent beef medallions served with beetroot couscous and fresh ribbon vegetables. The chef's olive ice cream is a favorite on the dessert menu, and the cheese platter includes cheeses from a neighboring farm together with homemade preserves—figs in syrup, tomato jam, and marrow marmalade. Special arrangements must be made in advance for children.

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Hotel Information

Address:

R60, between Ashton and Swellendam, Swellendam, South Africa

Phone:

023-616–2999

Website: www.mardouw.com

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed July
  • 3 rooms, 2 suites
  • Breakfast

Updated 12/31/1969

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