Covid has been shitty. So shitty in fact, that we assumed that TripAdvisor would not give out Traveller’s Choice Awards this year. I mean, whose really travelling? This would’ve broken our 8 (eight!) year streak. But look! They did. We made it again. Traveller’s Choice Awards 9 years in a row!

TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice Awards for 2021

Of course, this would not have been remotely possible without the beautiful energy of our guests. THANK YOU for supporting us during this time! For being understanding and kind and generous. And our amazing (much-reduced) team that have stuck with us. Thank you for being understanding and kind and generous. You seriously rock.

The Schoone Oordt Team that made it possible to win Traveller's Choice Awards
The team

If you’d like to read some of the truly wonderful things people have to say… Here you go. These reviews fill our soul, make us proud and encourage us to keep going, so thank you for taking the time.

Gourmet Getaway at Schoone Oordt Country House in Swellendam

On a slightly different note, but almost as exciting, we’re so looking forward to this weekend of the 28th & 29th May for our very first Gourmet Getaway. It sold out in 2 weeks and we already have bookings for the next one at the end of July. We’re also looking at putting something together with Sanbona for August & September. Watch this space.

Once again, thank you from the bottom of our collective heart for the support and the love. We’re still here.


  • This award is so well deserved. We were hoping against hope that we would be in South Africa again this year and would be able to stay at Schoone Oordt for our 4th visit. We love everything about your country inn – the incredible rooms that are so thoughtfully designed, the food that is out of this world, the public areas that are inviting and beautiful and most of all, the staff. Their wonderful smiling faces that welcome the guests and ensure our stays are everything we could want is the best of all. Thank you to all of you for making Schoone Oordt our favourite of all places in the world that we’ve stayed. Catherine and Brian Mackenzie

    • Catherine, read this to a little tear today! Thank you from the bottom of our collective heart.
      We so wish that we could welcome you here again.
      Let’s hold all fingers & toes that everything opens up next year!
      With so much love from all of us.

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