Need to know
Eight rooms, one suite and a Family Cottage.
11am (but flexible, depending on arrivals). Check-in, from 2pm.
Double rooms from $170.44 (ZAR2,405).
Rates include taxes, home-cooked breakfast, tea, coffee and cake, and a drink and snacks on arrival.
Pets unfortunately cannot be accommodated (the owners already have two dogs and a cat!).
At the hotel
Lovely gardens, swimming pool, conservatory, free WiFi in the main house. In rooms, flatscreen satellite TV, DVD player, embroidered bedlinen, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, tea/coffee tray. Bathrooms have underfloor heating and luxe, locally made bath products.
Our favourite rooms
The Luxury Rooms are set away from the main building; they all have similar decor, with pale walls and dark furniture, open fires and Victorian-style claw-foot bathtubs. Tall Smiths will enjoy the extra-length beds. The Honeymoon Suite, in a separate cottage on the edge of the forest, has a handsomely carved wooden four poster and a giant bathroom, as well as a sitting room and large hearth.
The outdoor saltwater swimming pool is big enough for a lung-busting swim or lingering float, with deckchairs and parasols for poolside lounging.
Comfy shoes, for the spectacular walks on your doorstep; binoculars, for bird- and beast-spotting; bikinis, for swimming and sunbathing; books, for reading on the patio or by the fire.
Pampering treatments such as reflexology can be arranged at Schoone Oordt – ask for details in advance if you’d like to book something.
Welcome. Cots and extra beds are available, babysitting can be arranged for around SAR55 an hour. A steriliser, pram and changing mat can be made available with notice.
The kitchen garden supplies many of the ingredients for your home-cooked breakfast each day.