Jan Harmsgat Country House

Swellendam, South Africa

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  • 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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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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  • Black Water Tubing - Green Route

    Explore the beauty of Tsitsikamma's Plaatbos Nature Reserve through a fun combination of tubing and stand-up paddle boarding.

  • Black Water Tubing - Red Route

    For those who are thrilled with adventure, this is a unforgettable way to explore Tsitsikamma's Goesa Nature Reserve as you journey through beautiful forest and cliff sceneries which opens up to the spectacular Storms River Mouth.

  • Boat Trip on Storms River

    If you like to be on the water, then this boat trip will get you up close and personal to the stunning Storms River. Afterwards, walk through the forest to the suspension bridge.

  • Paddle Up Storms River

    If you like to be on the water, then this two to three-hour kayak adventure will get you up close and personal to the stunning Storms River. Afterwards, walk through the forest to the suspension bridge.

  • Quad Biking at the Wineries

    This route takes you through Hamilton Russel Vineyards & South Right wineries into the Fernklook Nature Reserve.

  • Sea Kayaking at Hermanus

    An adventurous 2-hour sea kayaking experience as you paddle along the coastline with opportunities to encounter sea creatures.

  • 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 SGD $4400 pp 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.

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