In April 2015 I stayed at Braeside for the 3rd time in 9 years. Although the ownership and management had recently changed it was as fantastic as ever. Alain, the new owner was welcoming and continued with Fiona, to provide the attentive service that makes this house so special. Immediately on arrival fresh tea is made, served with biscuits and brought to the room even though there are tea making facilities.
The house in comfortable, beautiful, set in stunning gardens. The Lavender Room is spacious and private as it is at the rear of the house and the bathroom is huge. There is also space to sit in armchairs instead of perching on the bed.
Breakfast is the very best I have experienced anywhere on my travels in Cape Town and the Western Cape. A full selection of all you could possibly want at the beginning of the day, beautifully presented and served on the verandah. White tablecloths, pretty cutlery, jams and butter in dishes. Nothing prepacked here!
Good luck to Alain! But I hope he continues to provide the good old fashioned service and comfort. If so, I will be back next time. No one could fail to be impressed with a stay at Braeside.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Now under new ownership this Beautiful Cape Edwardian house set in a large garden with views over the Langeberg Mountains and the Marloth Nature Reserve was built in 1901, Braeside has a lot of charm and character and is a haven of tranquillity with 5 very nice individually styled en-suite bedrooms. We are situated in a very peaceful and safe area of the picturesque town of Swellendam, in the Western Cape province of South Africa. We are a 4-Star graded property (Tourism Grading Council). We offer gracious, personal service in a beautiful setting. Our breakfast consists of a continental buffet composed of cereals, yogurt, fresh fruits, various local cheeses, cold meats, fruit juices. We also pride ourselves in serving several homemade products such as: freshly baked organic breads, orgnanic cake, organic sweet and savory muffins, jams and marmalade. The cooked part of our breakfast will be made on request. It will consist of our fresh free range eggs either fried, scrambled, poached, or boiled; we can also provide very nice omelettes with several seasonings, bacon, mushrooms, sausage and grilled tomatoes Braeside is the ideal place to spend a couple of days exploring the Overberg region from visits to the coast to the beautiful winelands, all within easy reach. Or you can just spend a day relaxing by the pool, in the lovely gardens or beautiful patio. ... more less
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