Historic charm and luxury at Jan Harmsgat Country House in Swellendam

Jan Harmsgat country house Swellendam accommodation

Jan Harmsgat Country House, Swellendam, Western Cape

Looking for the perfect place to stay in Swellendam? Then look no further than Jan Harmsgat Country House. This lovely accommodation offering is set in a picturesque wine farm and exudes historic charm and elegance.

Space, charm and a historic country ambience are just some of the aspects that that has travellers coming back again and again. You will experience understated elegance and comfort with the meter-thick walls and yellowwood details that have the authentic style of Overberg and modern conveniences.

Accommodation at Jan Harmsgat Country House

Jan Harmsgat Country House, accommodation, Swellendam, Western Cape

There are four different suites available at Jan Harmsgat Country House, each one spacious and elegantly decorated to give you the perfect experience in the Winelands. Suites to choose from are the Classic Quarters, Superior Suites, Executive Suites and the Executive Family Suite.

All rooms come with a TV with DStv, an en-suite bathroom with a bath or shower, King-sized beds fitted with the finest percale linen, a lounge area, air-conditioning, tea and coffee-making facilities, and a fully-stocked minibar.

The Classic Quarters are in the original Slave Quarters of the Cape Dutch style building. It comes with four rooms, two communal lounges and a private courtyard next to the saltwater pool.

You will find the Superior Suites above the original wine cellar. The building has been lovingly restored to its original glory and comes with a private patio that offers views of the beautiful gardens.

Spacious and luxurious, the Executive Suite has a private staircase that leads to views of the mountains and pecan nut tree orchard. Its bathroom comes with a Victorian bathtub and a separate shower.

The Executive Family Suites were built in the 1800’s and come with a large porch area for private dining and lounging, an extra single bed and views of the orchards.

Facilities & dining at Jan Country House

Jan Harmsgat Country House, accommodation, Swellendam, Western Cape

For a splendid dining experience, you can visit the Just Amy restaurant, where they create delicious baked goods, breakfasts and fresh drinks. The lunch and dinner menu changes frequently so you can always try something new.

You can utilise the beautiful surroundings of Jan Harmsgat to host any type of function from weddings, business meetings or parties. They have a number of packages available to choose from to suit your event.

Top reasons for staying at Jan Harmsgat Country House:

  1. The accommodation is set on a beautiful wine farm.
  2. The rooms are spacious and elegantly decorated.
  3. Their restaurant, Just Amy serves wonderful food and famous baked goods.
  4. The team are helpful and friendly.
  5. The rooms are well-priced.

Jan Harmsgat is currently running a Winter Special; Book a 2-night stay for only R1500 per night, for 2 people; inclusive of breakfast, 3-course dinner & a case of JHG wine for you to take home. Winter Special valid until 30 September 2019. Ts and Cs Apply. Subject to Availability.

Jan Harmsgat - Winter Promo

To find out more about Jan Harmsgat Country House, give them a call on 087 012 5356/079 207 0777 or email reservations@janharmsgat.com. Visit their website at www.janharmsgat.com. Find them at R60, Swellendam, 6740.

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