Jan Harmsgat Country House

Swellendam, South Africa

At a Glance

  • Beautiful boutique hotel in a traditional farmhouse

  • Ideally situated half way between Cape Town and Plettenberg Bay

  • The hotel is famous for its preserves and fresh breads

  • Visit the farm's original wine cellar which has hardly changed at all

  • Explore the 680 hectares of farmland and its many orchards

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The Garden Route enjoys a moderate climate all year round. In peak summer season, from December to February, temperatures can climb as high as 34ºC, although winter temperatures can drop to as low as 4ºC. Generally, this season has many sunny days with high wind at times. During the winter months of June, July, and August, expect frequent rains and a couple of chilly evenings.

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Call us on 020 3993 5269 to start planning your holiday to Jan Harmsgat Country House or take a look at our itineraries to Garden Route


Jan Harmsgat Country House is a guest farmhouse situated in Swellendam and is an ideal overnight spot along the Garden Route. With three different accommodation options and the whole farm to explore, it is ideal for couples and families alike.

Jan Harmsgat is the perfect stop-over on a journey through South Africa. This lovely country house has a feeling of historic charm which will settle over you the moment you arrive. The sense of space, charm and the wonderful opportunity to relax and enjoy your surroundings really makes this property incredibly special. The 680 hectare farm on which the house is situated provides wonderful country walks, exploring this rich mountainous belt with its extensive orchards of fruit, nut and olive trees. Indigenous wildlife such as Ostriches, Black Wildebeest, Grey Rheebuck and Springbuck can also be found here.

The ten beautifully decorated rooms are spread out amongst three different buildings, each with its own style. The Classic Quarters are set in the original Slave quarters of the farm, dating back to 1723. The building is in the Cape Dutch style, with a thick thatch room encompassing the 4 bedrooms. Here there are also 2 sitting rooms, a bar and the building is located just by the salt-water pool. The Superior Suites are then situated in a building adjacent to the main building, built in the 1800s. Each of the newly built suites within has its own private entrance and the most luxurious fittings and furnishings. Finally the Executive Suite is found above the original wine cellar and so features meter-thick walls, a thick thatch roof, and all the grandeur you can imagine of a historical building restored to its former glory.

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  • Whale watching on the Western Cape

    Southern right whales visit the Western Cape from about June to December every year. These beautiful gentle giants congregate to the shores of Hermanus all the way along the coast line towards Plettenberg Bay.

Holiday Ideas

  • Highlights of the Garden Route

    South Africa

    from £3200 pp inc flights & transfers for 8 nights

    • A wonderful exploration of Cape Town and the Winelands
    • Enjoy spectacular mountain and vineyard scenery in the Winelands
    • Enjoy long lazy lunches in the middle of the wine region with world class cuisine

Location & directions

Swellendam, South Africa

Jan Harmsgat is ideally situated along the Garden Route between Cape Town and Plettenberg Bay.

How to get there

11-hours 50-minute British Airways flight from London Heathrow to Cape Town International Airport. Jan Harmsgat is approximately a 2 and a half hour drive from Cape Town Airport.

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