Jan Harmsgat Country House Hotel in Swellendam
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About Jan Harmsgat Country House

This historic Cape Dutch farmstead near Swellendam offers a unique experience on the R62, a mere 2-hour drive from Cape Town towards the Garden Route and Little Karoo.

The original slave quarters and wine cellar (ca. 1723) lie at the heart of this delightful oasis of exceptional food, ambience and service, set amidst rolling fruit and nut orchards along the and popular Robertson Wine Route.

ACCOMMODATION

Guests are treated to understated elegance and comfort in four voluminous en-suite rooms, replete with authentic yellowwood detail and 1-metre thick walls. The adjoining original wine cellar now provides the setting for lounge, dining area and library, and offers unashamed relaxation and comfort with great views of the majestic Langeberg Mountains.

DINING

Fine food is an integral part of the Jan Harmsgat experience, complemented by handmade produce, fresh garden greens, organic vegetables, preserves grown on the farm and delectable dessert, diners are sure to be wowed. Our in-house restaurant serves fine dining in magical atmosphere. Guest can enjoy selecting wine from the cellar as well a large selection of fine whiskeys and liqueurs. We serve delicious breakfast, lunch and four course dinner in the original wine cellar building or outside, weather permitting. An extensive wine list is also available, the wines being stored in the original wine fermentation tank beneath the main dining area.

ATTRACTIONS

Jan Harmgat Country House is the perfect setting from which to explore the abundant delights offered by nearby Montagu (with hot mineral springs), the Breede River, Bontebok Park, Cape Agulhas, the De Hoop Nature Reserve (offering exceptional whale watching in season), and the delightful town of Swellendam itself, the third oldest town in South Africa, and well worth exploring. The nearby Robertson wine route is renowned for several festivals: Wacky Wine Weekend in June, Roberstson Slow Food weekend mid August, and the Wine & Food on the river event at the end of October.

For less adventurous souls, or those intent on just a gentle stay-over, there are easy strolls and walks among the orchards - or simply relaxing by the lavender-surrounded pool. Indigenous wildlife such as springbuck, grey rheebuck and ostriches can be seen from an open-vehicle drive on the 680-hectare farm, along with many smaller creatures and birds.

Fine wines have been a tradition here almost for three centuries, and the impressively-stocked wine cellar is nestled in the farm’s original fermentation tank. Neighboring wine estates on the Robertson Wine Route welcome you to sample their acclaimed wares.

Granted as a “freehold farm” in 1723, the historically significant Jan Harmans’ schat (“Jan Harmans Treasure”) has been at the heart of the regions rich history, and featured in the writings of Lady Anne Barnard. Today, owner Willie Malherbe invites you to join them in savoring one of the true gems of this wonderful region.

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Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Air-conditioning
  • Area information booklet
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Desk
  • Disabled equipped
  • Hairdryer
  • International plug point(s)
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Mini- / courtesy bar
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Telephone (direct dial)
  • Television (with M-Net)
  • Television (with satellite)

On Site

  • Air-conditioning
  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Childcare / babysitting service
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Garden(s)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (off street)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Safe deposit box (reception)
  • Smoking: in demarcated areas
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Bar (honesty bar)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room
  • Room service

Internet

  • Free Wi-Fi

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Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

Classic Quarters

Built in the 1700's, the old Slave Quarters is a separate Cape Dutch building with thatch roof. Located near the swimming pool with a central communal lounge down and upstairs. Four private en-suite rooms with king size beds, fine linen, bath/shower & toilet

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: ; over 12 years treated as adults

Classic Quarters Triple

Built in the 1700's, the old Slave Quarters is a separate Cape Dutch building with thatch roof. Located near the swimming pool with a central communal lounge down and upstairs. Four private en-suite rooms with king size beds, fine linen, bath/shower & toilet

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 3 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-3 years are allowed; over 12 years treated as adults

Superior Suite

Van Eeden House was built in the 1800's and is adjacent from the main building. It has 5 suites with private entrances. The rooms have king size beds, fine linen, open plan bathrooms, oversize showers, inclosed toilets, mini bar, air-con & TV's.

Qty: 2
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: ; over 12 years treated as adults

Executive Suite

This suite is aprox 120sq meters, has a private staircase leading to spectacular views of mountains, and the pecan orchard. Complete with king size bed, air-conditioning, Victorian bath, separate shower, toilet and bidet as well as fully stocked mini bar.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: ; over 12 years treated as adults

Executive Suite Triple

This suite is aprox 120sq meters, has a private staircase leading to spectacular views of mountains, and the pecan orchard. Complete with king size bed, air-conditioning, Victorian bath, separate shower, toilet and bidet as well as fully stocked mini bar.

Qty: 2
Sleeps: 3 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-3 years are allowed; over 12 years treated as adults

Guest Reviews

1 Review from SA-Venues.com travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

Great place, great location, most freindly staff, great food!! and great wines...

July 2017

Henrik (Copenhagen)

Need to Know

Response timeJan Harmsgat Country House typically responds to requests in 5-10 minutes.

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome.

Closest airport(s)
Cape Town International - 200km
George Airport - 200km

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 14h00
Check-out by 11h00

Payment methods accepted by the propertyVisa, Mastercard, EFT or secure online payment via SA-Venues.com

Listed on SA-Venues.com since August 2008

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