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Klippe Rivier Guesthouse, Swellendam, Overberg, Western Cape.

A Cape country guesthouse, built circa 1820. Drive through vineyards and peach orchards to one of the white-walled beauties of the Cape. “The homestead is a fine house with thatched roof and unspoilt windows, yellowwood floors and ceilings and a very unusual gable above the entrance”. Dorothea Fairbridge, 1922.

Fragrant herb gardens and a small orchard, with delicious country cuisine served.  The old slave bell rings in time to enjoy a classic cape wine.  Soft mellow candlelight, gleaming silver, coffee and trouffles, with a frog serenade to end the evening.

Major, the Irish wolfhound and “chief receptionist” greet you on arrival.  In the leafy oak, a spotted eagle owl keeps vigil. African hoopoes feed on the lawn.  Steps lead up to the wide stoep with its massive columns, with views across the dam to the mountains beyond.

It is the family home of past-Presidents Steyn and Reitz, and the original waenhuis and stables have been converted into six spacious and luxury bedrooms.  Each is en-suite with large bathrooms and separate showers.  Downstairs, three bedrooms have open fireplaces and walled herb gardens.  Each is decorated in the style of the original owners of Klippe Rivier, the Cape Dutch “Steyn” Room, the Victorian “Reid” Room and the colonial “Reitz” Room.  Upstairs, air-conditioned bedrooms under sweet smelling thatch afford wonderful mountain views. Each has a private balcony. Also named after previous owners, Hopley, Barry and Lourens, they are decorated in more contemporary Provencal style.  A thatched roof cottage is ideal for honeymooners and is decorated with African flair, named after the present owner, Liz Wesby-Nunn. Visit the Bontebok National Park and Cape Agulhas. Whale-watching in winter.

Swellendam is at the junction of the N2 with the N15.  From the N2 take the R60 turnoff to a 4-way stop. Turn left and drive 1.8-km on an untarred road. Turn left at the sign. BCKlippe

Contct:            Jenny Park
Box 483 Swellendam 6740
+27 (28) 514 3341 telephone
+27 (28) 514 3337 fax

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