I came here with my mom (she's 50 and I am 23) and it was the first stop of our road trip. Very disappointed about many things, the main one was the unwelcoming vibe (felt like we were just strangers in someone else's house and we we just not liked, even though I expressed my huge interest in horse riding with her). Next morning I was all dressed and ready (and even though I had a headache because I barely slept because of the noisy guinea fowls calling ALL night long) to go horse riding and 5 minutes before the meeting time with her, she knocks on my door to tell me that she has a headache and we won't be riding. Excuse me?! 5 minutes before?! Very rude and selfish. By the way, she also has "antique" chairs (heavy wooden chairs) in the lounge and you're not allowed to sit on the armchair (i weight 45 kg) or else they will break. And just to make the matters worse, she will have the audacity to call you out "dear... you'll have to pay for it". If it was a backpackers there wouldn't be an antique chair in the lounge that is fragile... And forget Bacon and Egg in the morning, as you'll not be allowed to cook fatty meals... another useless rule in a backpackers. Nice rooms, but the bathrooms are horrible. Drainage is non existent for the hand washing. And just for the sake of it, just so you know... she gets very jealous when her 2 dogs approach anybody else than her. Don't try this tactic.... although they are very cute. Oh! And smoking is only allowed like 15 m away from the deck, basically on the chickens pen. There you will be able to smoke.....
Businessstayaon 01/03/2017 11:59
What a miserable experience in all respects ! Made to feel very unwelcome . This is not a reflection of true Backpacker travel and tradition . Too many insulting signs all over on the do's and don'ts !! Please invest in some equipment for your guests to prepare their meals as this is what happens in a real Backpackers !
Decent stay. Not a backpacker vibe.
carlosfrancisco2001on 31/01/2017 06:24
Comfortable, clean rooms. Lacks that welcoming backpacking atmosphere. Too many rules makes one feel like a child in someone else's home. Kitchen is available but one is not allowed to cook fatty meat!? So forget about your bacon and eggs. Kitchen equipment could do with an upgrade. When we inquired, we were made to feel that the wifi not reaching our room was somehow our fault!?
Horrible, unfriendly, unprofessional
Michelle don 17/01/2017 04:48
The venue itself is beautiful and the rooms are lovely, but the woman who received us was unfriendly and rude. It advertises a bar and lounge but this area has been marked off as a family room and all guests are banned. We got a horrible scalding from the rude woman for walking through it, they make the guests pass through via an alley out the kitchen to ensure their space is not invaded. There was no one to receive our key so I had to leave it on a block and run through the gate before it closed on me. By the time we finished eating and wanted to pack up and wash our things they had locked the kitchen. They treated us like children. Not to mention the husband was welding until 8 oclock which was noisy. This venue would work with new owners.
Fantastic place to stay
Cazzacoleyon 15/01/2017 06:56
We stayed for 3 nights and loved it! Stephanie and Kirk who run the place are brilliant; so helpful and friendly, highly recommend staying here. The rooms are comfortable and the bathroom fittings are really cool. The whole setting is great, the big garden is peaceful and plenty of places to relax. Swellendam is a really nice place, very quite town and a beautiful setting with the mountain backdrop. We didn't do much while we were there other than go to the local gym which was great and the locals made us feel most welcome.
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