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Aanhuizen Guest House (Swellendam, South Africa)

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Address: 6 Van Blommenstein Street / Swellendam / South Africa

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      02.11.2012 11:23
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      If you are looking for somewhere quiet, simple and laid back then I think this will fit the bill.

      I stayed at the Aanhuizen Guest House in Swellendam, just off of South Africa's Garden Route for one night. The town is just over two hours from Cape Town. It is privately owned and the decision to stay here was made by our tour company. As a tour group we were able to dine in at night, which is something that other guests may not be able to experience, but I recommend enquiring. The Guest House is within the Swellendam town but I am not sure how centrally located it is as we arrived after dark, but there did appear to be some shops and banks on a street not far away (walking distance). I cannot comment how safe it is to walk around at night however.

      The Guest House has two buildings: The main one with the kitchen and dining area, as well as a lounge has several guest rooms around it and a small pool within its own courtyard. They also claim to offer conference facilities, but I had no cause to use these, so cannot comment. There is also a separate block with other guest bedrooms which I was in. I had a modestly decorated, but clean twin room. It was heated (we were here in winter) but not that effectively. There was a dressing table and wardrobe, TV with satellite as well as tea and coffee making facilities. The compact bathroom had a shower, basin and WC. We had plenty of towels and bedding. I have to say I slept well here; it is very quiet, being set back from the main road.

      The property is on a hill, so to walk up to the main building (which isn't far at all) you will need to climb a number of steps or a steep grass and paved path. I would say that this would be difficult for those with some physical disabilities and impossible for wheelchairs. There is a small amount of parking for those that have their own transport.

      Our dinner was to be served in the main house; our hosts were very friendly and welcoming and enjoyed a chat. There is a small bar area in their kitchen area with wines and beers available. I have to say that I wasn't overly impressed with the white wine that was available. The meat part of the meal we had was cooked on their indoor barbeque oven, to personal preference. They also did a veggie option with an impressive range of salads and side dishes which I enjoyed trying. Breakfast is mainly self service and a mix of hot and cold. Eggs are made to order.

      A twin room in winter (when we visited) had a rack rate of R550 (£48/US$73) per room on a bed & breakfast basis. This is fairly typical of a three star establishment in the region. The single rate is less, and it increases slightly on an incremental basis in summer.

      I think this was a pleasant enough place to stay in Swellendam. If you are looking for somewhere quiet, simple and laid back then I think this will fit the bill.

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