Bloomestate

Maarten and Carla Van der Ven
276 Voortrekker Street, Swellendam, Overberg, Western Cape

Tel: (0)28-514-2984
Cell: Not available
Fax: (0)28-514-3822

If it weren’t for the welcoming smiles on Carla and Maarten’s faces and for the giant ridgebacks bounding across the lawn, I’d have been concerned that I’d stumbled off Swellendam’s main street into a photo shoot for a design magazine. This house overflows with originality and is the quintessence of modern living (I-pod stations, wireless Internet a given).…

… The seven enormous garden rooms are identical in size and furnishings, with super-soft beds looking through French windows either to a scented lavender patch or to the pool, with its one striking blue wall perfectly framing the mountains beyond. Each room is coded by season or element, with one dashingly-coloured wall, matching cushions and a spray-painted canvas. 'Spring' is a vibrant green, 'Summer' a sun-burnt orange, the honeymooners' 'Fire' a passionate red and the brand-new, very special Red Cloud Room has gadgets galore such as diffuse floor lighting when you step out of bed. In the lounge building an LED light projects the time onto the opposite wall, and shattered glass is encased in the bar. The stoep, equipped with bespoke furniture hand-made to the couple’s own designs, provides a perfect viewing platform from which to watch the sun slipping down behind the mountains – or you could book a massage in the wellness room, or skip across to the jacuzzi, which overlooks a bird-filled dam in one corner of the garden. Maarten and Carla are the most charming of hosts and the whole experience is enchanting, not least the breakfast, which is as fresh, beautifully presented and utterly delicious as the place itself.


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Symbols: Meals by Prior Arrangement    Swimming in Pool/Sea/River    Garden Enthusiasts    TV in All Rooms    Off-street Car Parking    Good Hiking or Walking    Special Wheelchair Access    No Smoking    WiFi Available    Horses available    Township Visits or Cultural Experiences    Boats or Charters    Canoeing    Historic House    Bird-watching Enthusiasts    White-water Rafting    Children Welcome    
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Rooms: 7: 3 kings, 3 twins and 1 luxury room, all with en-suite bath and shower.
Prices: R575 - R900 pp sharing. Singles plus 50%.
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Meals: Full breakfast included. Picnic baskets, cheese platters, seasonal salads and open sandwiches available on request from R90 pp.
Directions:From Cape Town and N2 take Swellendam West exit (R60) towards Ashton. At the crossroads turn right and Bloomestate is first building on the right.

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lazing at the pond.....
the surprising Red Cloud room...
Bloomestate park like gardens....space...!
..enjoy the pool area...relaxing....
...sip a sundowner at the terrace....enjoy...
scrumpious breakfasts to wake up your holiday!
lounge by night...enjoy the nightcap in the bar...
..spacious rooms with luxury bathrooms...
..architectural gardens...space...
..sip into the jacuzzi...
...dream away....