Jan Harmsgat Country House

Jan Harmsgat Country House is a 2-hour drive from Cape Town, on a working farm in the scenic Klein Karoo Winelands region of South Africa. The towns of Robertson, Montagu, and McGregor are within close proximity and Cape Agulhas (the southern tip of Africa) is an easy hour drive away.
The guest house (which is non-smoking) is in understated elegance and comfort in the farms' original slave quarters, and consists of four large en-suite rooms with an adjoining lounge. Two loft rooms and the guest lounge boast expansive mountain views. Guests may relax by the pool with a book from our extensive library or explore the farm and surrounding wine routes, as well as museums and heritage sites in nearby Swellendam and surrounding areas.
Discover the historic charm of 4-Star Guest accommodation that comprises of 10 exclusive rooms Double, Twin & Family Rooms plus a romantic honeymoon suite. Just across the road, explore our 680-hectare working farm with hand-picked cultivars that make our single-block JHG Wines.
Wine tasting & sales available and please note that rates include Breakfast
Dont forget to book a picnic under the pecan nut trees. We look forward to meeting you!

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  • "Minimoon"

    23 November 2021

    "It was a delightful experience since we booked our stay. Upon our check-in we were greeted by François, who made us feel very welcome. The interior is beautifully done! The food from Amy's Restaurant..."

  • "Lovely"

    13 November 2021

    "Very friendly reception, service and we loved it. Pristine location among the olive trees and at the foot of the mountain. Very peaceful in our own flat. Wish we had more time to stay longer and..."

  • "Not very helpful at all…… and they still have our cash, which I hope they enjoyed."

    10 October 2021

    "When COVID hit, we had to roll over our entire 2 week SA trip not once, but twice. Out of multiple properties who were all so accommodating and allowed to postpone and rebook 2x, this was the only..."

  • "Amazing stay"

    05 October 2021

    "A pleasant and personal welcome when we arrived. Francois the general manager, is very helpful, friendly and goes out of his way to make guests feel special. All the staff are super friendly. Very..."

  • "Great hospitality"

    16 August 2021

    "We couldn't have asked for more from our host Francois. He couldn't do enough for us and his communication before our arrival was excellent. We also loved the service from the restaurant and the..."

  • "The people makes the place even more special"

    20 June 2021

    "We had a amazing winter breakaway this past weekend at JHG! Amazing wine and picnics under the trees. The staff is what makes this amazing place even more special! Francois the general manager..."

  • "Excellent"

    14 June 2021

    "We had an amazing time, all the staff were friendly and the food at Just Amy was amazing. Chef went out of his way to make it special. The JHG experience is highly recommended with the most beautiful..."

  • "Money well spent"

    13 April 2021

    "We only slept one night with stil so much to see and do on this beautifull farm. Servive was excellent and staff very friendly. Rooms beautifully decorated with everything you might need. Will go..."

  • "What a gem!"

    07 April 2021

    "We stayed for only one night, unfortunately. Francoise welcomed us so nicely and made us feel at home immediately. It is a beautiful place to visit, with great wines and good food to enjoy in the..."

  • "Special Stopover"

    27 March 2021

    "We have always just driven past and this time we wanted to meet up with a friend from Swellendam and this made it a very special occasion with dinner at Just Amy. Francois greeted us on arrival and..."

  • "An awesome experience"

    16 March 2021

    "We booked online for Mardouw. Jan Harmsgat came up so we still booked, taking a chance as the info was a bit confusing. When we got there we went to the Mardouw entrance but had to go to Jan Harmsgat..."

  • "Marred by restaurant experience"

    19 February 2021

    "I stayed here on the last night of a solo road trip but friends joined me for the night and we had the use of the 2 upstairs rooms in the Classic Quarters plus the lounge area between the rooms. The..."

  • "Amazing stay!"

    14 January 2021

    "My wife and I went for a break-away without the kids to Jan Harmsgat. We were welcomed as royalty by the staff and Francois is an absolute asset to the business. He is very helpful, friendly and goes..."

  • "Classic"

    11 January 2021

    "Wonderful Spa Experience - a must ! Good eating experience. Very comfortable and clean accommodation, special thanks to Francois, his hands on each aspect of this business is seen throughout the..."

  • "Amazing stay"

    22 December 2020

    "Amazing stay in the beautiful area between Bonnievale and Swellemdam, grounds were lush beautiful and food was excellent. Room was great, massages were first class. Amazing value for the price that..."

  • "Lovely tranquil stopover"

    17 December 2020

    "We ended up booking into Mardouw Country House on our way back to Cape Town after being let down by an establishment I had booked in Swellendam. As we were travelling during Covid the tourist trade..."

  • "Zakkie & Sandra Bester"

    16 November 2020

    "We had a wonderful time at Jan Harmsgat. The staff were very efficient and friendly and went the extra mile to make our stay unforgetable .Especially the manager, he really went out off his way. We..."

  • "Awesome weekend away!!!"

    30 October 2020

    "From Welcome to goodbye the service was comfortable & outstanding! Cant compliment Francois enough, what a great asset to your Company:) Restaurant and team super friendly and divine food! Thank you..."

  • "One night Stay at Jan Harmsgat"

    27 October 2020

    "We were the only guests and had an excellent one night sleepover during October 2020. It is our third time in Jan Harmsgat Country House and can highly recommend this venue. The staff were friendly..."

  • "Awesome in every way!!!!"

    28 September 2020

    "Myself and my fiance have had the pleasure of visiting Jan Harmsgat on 2 occassions, firstly alone as our engagement celebration get away and the second time with a large group of friends. On both..."

  • "Fantastic weekend getaway"

    27 September 2020

    "Only two hours from Cape Town and the best is to take Route 66 through Robertson where you can even see the famous desert flowers normally found way north of here. The hotel Has an incredibly warm..."

  • "Pleasant stay on a wine farm with a colorful history"

    11 September 2020

    "A pleasant and personal welcome when we arrived. We stayed in one of the special rooms which was equipped with all one required. The Jan Harmsgat Cellar wines are exceptionally good, especially the..."

  • "Charming place to stay"

    07 September 2020

    "We stayed at Jan Harmsgat for two nights.  We had a huge bedroom with a luxury bathroom.  The room was clean and very comfortable. The Staff were friendly and very pleasant.    Francois, the host..."

  • "Relaxing Country Stay"

    07 September 2020

    "We were warmly welcomed and kindly taken care of during our lovely stay at JHG. Although it is close to the district road, the farm is in a beautiful part of the country nestled up against the..."

  • "Wonderful romantic getaway"

    25 August 2020

    "My husband and I booked for a night away at JHG. The service was outstanding! Rooms were nice, recently renovated. The grounds were well kept, unfortunately it was pouring with rain, so we didn't get..."

  • "Stunning accommodation and attention to detail!"

    18 August 2020

    "We had a fabulous stay at Jan Harmsgat. The room was impeccable with all the bells and whistle. The attention to detail is amazing. Not to mention the very friendly staff especially Francois! We..."

  • "Above & Beyond "

    14 August 2020

    "At the first opportunity to beat the lockdown blues we booked Jan Harmsgat and could not have made a better choice, from arrival to check out you are look after in a very special way. Arriving a..."

  • "Loved every second!"

    29 July 2020

    "Stayed at the beautiful Jan Harmsgat for hubby’s bday in July. An amazing experience from the second we arrived! Francois, head of the hotel is awesome and made the experience even more special..."

  • "Hidden gem of a hotel."

    04 April 2020

    "Stayed for two nights in March. Very peaceful place. Enjoyed the tour around the pomegranate groves and walks through the pecan orchards and Olive groves. The wine tasting was delicious as was our..."

  • "An extraordinary South African experience"

    10 March 2020

    "What a wonderful experience it was to stay at this beautiful historical homestead. From the moment we were received by our charming host, Francois, we were treated as "special" guests. Our (huge..."

  • "Dinner"

    06 March 2020

    "A most enjoyable meal with friends. Fillet steaks done to perfection. Great wine affordably priced. One of our favourite restaurants, always good service and a lovely setting. Advisable to make a..."

  • "Stay at Jan Harmstat"

    28 February 2020

    "The country House rates itself as as 5* Unfortunately our stay was marred by an electricity shut down. But whilst the Country House was and has been well aware of the regular shut downs, there was no..."

  • "Our stay at Jan Harmsgat"

    24 February 2020

    "We arrived at Jan Harmsgat in the afternoon on a rather grey day but the reception we received immediately lifted our spirits. Our room was "the big one" above the restaurant and we couldn't have..."

  • "Exceeded all our expectations."

    22 February 2020

    "We had a great experience at Jan Harmsgate and strongly recommend that you visit. As soon as you drive onto the property you know its going to be good and it only gets better. The staff, the rooms..."

  • "A favourite hotel."

    11 February 2020

    "We loved this hotel. The rooms are modern and stylish and food and service were both excellent. I particularly liked the gorgeous flower arrangements in the lounge and dining room.The Manager gave us..."

  • "Two nights at this very pleasant stop en route to Garden route"

    26 January 2020

    "We had an enjoyable stay here. Our room was a basic standard room. We had a large room under the eves of a large thatched building, our bathroom (plus shower attachment) were in the main bedroom..."

  • "January 2020"

    24 January 2020

    "Delightful if relaxation is required. Excellent facilities and warmth of the staff. Restaurant served interesting dishes albiet on a limited menu but fish and meat on those menus. Our second stay..."

  • "Relaxed Anniversary Weekend"

    19 January 2020

    "A weekend away from our frantic lives and kids .... we could think of no better way to celebrate our years of marriage. What a lovely weekend - we left relaxed and rejuvenated. The farm is gorgeous..."

  • "A one night spontaneous stop over"

    15 January 2020

    "We had driven passed here many times and always wanted to stop over and this time we did. Were fortunate enough to get a last minute booking. Rooms were lovely, except one bathroom did not have hot..."

  • "Very special farmhouse"

    15 January 2020

    "This is a lovely facility; the rooms are beautifully arranged and the food is great. The hospitality shown by the staff is first class; every one is made to feel welcome and all of your needs are..."

  • "Jan Harmsgat"

    14 January 2020

    "My wife & I went there for our wedding anniversary. We truly had a wonderful experience. The hospitality was wonderful & the food was amazing. I will go there again without second thoughts. The wine..."

  • "Disappointed"

    12 January 2020

    "We were expecting 5 star standard. But many areas of improvement required. Pool and gardens neglected. Bedoom curtains comes off the rails. Bed linen is worn. Picnick under pecannut trees not an..."

  • "A wonderful retreat ..."

    05 January 2020

    "We stayed here for 1 night and it was quite simply a little gem. Located on the outskirts of Cape Town and situated at the foot hills of the Langeberg mountain the scenery is simply stunning. Have..."

  • "Absolute Gem"

    03 January 2020

    "Wonderful venue, very well looked after, really good dinners, don’t miss the wine tasting at 6pm, pool a must, excellent wines, comfiest beds, excellent location for wine and olive farms in the..."

  • "Wonderful getaway"

    02 January 2020

    "We had a brilliant time at Jan Harmsgat Country House enjoyed new year's Eve with them and found the food absolutely delicious and of course the most delicious pecan nut pie ???? I've ever tasted..."

  • "excellent country House"

    13 December 2019

    "we had a very nice stay in the Jan Harmsgat Country House. the whole staff was very friendly and very competent. very good restaurent, remarkable wine tasting, very nice location within fruit..."

  • "Relaxing. Peaceful."

    09 December 2019

    "This was a last minute booking but we had a lovely room. The food was excellent and the staff are very friendly. Make sure you make the short farm tour. Also try the pomegranate juice and the..."

  • "Perfect breakaway"

    08 December 2019

    "Had a lovely stay at Jan Harmsgat Country House - above excellent service from ordering drinks from the swimming pool, to exquisite food. Upon leaving we even found someone washing our car! Loved our..."

  • "Total relaxation!"

    03 December 2019

    "We arrived to a very warm welcome and shown to a beautiful room decorated in an antique style. The shower was huge. Breakfast and dinner were plentiful. Dinner from a set menu (with choices) was..."

  • "Friendly and comfortable location"

    03 December 2019

    "We were impressed with the friendly and helpful service from all the staff at Jan Harmsgat during our one night stopover whilst travelling east from Franschhoek. The small vineyard also has..."

  • "Excellent stay!"

    02 December 2019

    "Excellent accommodation, offers luxury, comfort, style and warmth at a reasonable price. Amazing staff that made us feel welcome. Good food and wine, we really enjoyed the wine tasting event with..."

  • "Fantastic Breakfast"

    01 December 2019

    "Delicious breakfast, perfect setting and a waitress knowledgable about the history of the place. The history of place alone is a must to visit. Treat yourself! We were met by someone when exiting our..."

  • "Beware: RATS!"

    23 November 2019

    "We were supposed to stay during one to one our trips to South africa. The hotel looked really nice online. When arriving to the rooms the first thing we saw was a rat posionbox badly hidden under one..."

  • "A mixed experience"

    19 November 2019

    "The room layout included bedroom, bath, shower all in one room. Not really our choice. It was dated and smelt a bit musty. There were large grounds to walk around although the pool was more like a..."

  • "A Little Piece of Paradise!"

    08 November 2019

    "This was our fourth visit, and it didn’t disappoint. We felt like it was a home away from home.There are not enough superlatives to describe the kindness and thoughtfulness that everyone put into our..."

  • "Beautiful stopover at Jan Harmsgat"

    17 October 2019

    "We were booked into this accommodation by our travel agent and were not disappointed a beautiful house in a beautiful setting on our Garden Route tour, our only disappointment was that we were only..."

  • "Pampered heaven"

    13 October 2019

    "Super experience staying on this pomegranate, pecan nut and wine farm. Lovely accommodation. very high quality and delicious food. We enjoyed the wine tasting and the trip around the farm all..."

  • "Delightful"

    13 October 2019

    "We attended a wedding and stayed at Jan Harmsgat overnight. It was just lovely. Staff are super on the ball, warm and friendly. Accommodation is charming - gorgeous bedroom set in beautiful grounds..."

  • "An escape from the hustle and bustle of Student life."

    02 October 2019

    "It was the perfect weekend away where we as a bunch of friends could just relax, enjoy the scenery and the superb hospitality of Jan Harmshgat. The food was scrumptious, the accommodation fit for a..."

  • "Great Getaway"

    27 September 2019

    "We have received personal attention from the time we arrived until we left. Room was great with fresh flowers, stocked mini bar, fresh fruit etc. The farm trip was great , the biggest pomegranate..."

  • "Foodie getaway - hidden gem!"

    23 September 2019

    "Fantastic dinner and breakfast with wine tasting and farm tour. I did a cycle around the farm as well. JHG wines are really good. Great ambiance superb service - our car was even washed without us..."

  • "Exceeded expectations"

    22 September 2019

    "An overnight stop turned out to be a lovely,unexpected, luxuary experience. Exceeded our expectations. Wonderful staff. Loved the bath. Attention to small detail made it special.Will definately..."

  • "Jan Harmsgat"

    21 September 2019

    "We enjoyed our stay immensely. The food, wine and the staff were top class. Will see you again! The only suggestion we might have for the room (6) we were in, is that there could be a mounted double..."


    17 September 2019

    "I was absolutely bowled over by this exquisite guesthouse, situated on one of the oldest and most historical farms in the area. Comfort and luxury is a priority and that shows in the attention to..."

  • "Magnificent guest house..."

    13 September 2019

    "Every detail had been thought of here from the very warm welcome through to the lovely food! Our room was large and well appointed and we had ourown terrace! A nice touch was the fresh flowers..."

  • "excellent get away"

    13 September 2019

    "the service was outstanding, the food made with love and care. It is a quiet retreat for a relaxing stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city. the staff were very polite and obliging. The..."

  • "Amazing country weekend away"

    08 September 2019

    "Jan Harmsgat is absolutely fantastic. We experienced an amazing weekend away with good friends. Excellent meals - real comfy food in a great setting. Went on walks in the mountains with stunning..."

  • "Beautiful small hotel in a stunning setting"

    08 September 2019

    "Even a night at Jan Harmsgat will leave you so restored and rejuvenated that you feel as though you have been away for a week. The room was lovely, very comfortable and full of little touches - fresh..."


    05 September 2019

    "When we arrived at Jan Harmsgat Country House we were warmly welcomed by Francois and his team. We were thrilled with our room which was very spacious and had a unique shower. Lots of lovely..."

  • "Much needed breakaway"

    25 August 2019

    "We utilised the winter special in August and were incredibly happy with our time here. We were told on arrival "the point of coming here is to do nothing" and that is what we did! We totally unwound..."

  • "Wow!"

    05 August 2019

    "The service was perfect! Our room was perfect! The food and wine was great!. The view and the surrounding farm was beautiful! Our stay was WOW...everything was perfect....Thank you very much..."

  • "Country Serenity"

    30 July 2019

    "From the moment we arrived, we were overwhelmed by the friendliness and concern for our well-being. Our room and facilities were lovely. Only thing that we felt could be added is a coverlet or throw..."

  • "Relaxing country getaway"

    17 July 2019

    "Wonderful & professional hospitality from the word go, really beautiful place especially in winter, beautiful, neat, luxurious and romantic rooms, food (& wine!) was super, we loved all of it..."

  • "Luxury, Charm & Pampering!"

    16 July 2019

    "What a delightful get-away! If you enjoy being warmly welcomed, friendliness and smiles and just the right amount of attention, you will love staying here! The Manager pays the utmost attention to..."

  • "Great weekend getaway"

    15 July 2019

    "My girlfriend and I spent the weekend here celebrating my birthday. The staff were friendly and attentive. The room was luxurious and everything you would need is provided. The complimentary wine..."

  • "Jan Harmsgat Country House"

    12 June 2019

    "Next time you travel between Swellendam and Asthon in the Southern Cape, treat yourself and stay at this place. It is a magic experience. It is a wonderful venue, with super friendly staff, serving..."

  • "Home away from home"

    05 May 2019

    "It was a short stay but we enjoyed every moment from the time we arrived until checking out.The staff are very friendly, very clean place and a wonderful place in the countryside to unwind and..."

  • "Fantastic Place to Stay"

    15 April 2019

    "From the minute we arrived we were made to feel like special guests. Nothing was too much trouble and it was a shame we were only there one night. The accommodation in the extremely well converted..."

  • "Lovely spot"

    07 April 2019

    "Lovely hotel in a lovely spot. A great place to recover from a long haul flight, spacious and interesting rooms, great service, nice small pool and kids loved exploring the grounds and the little..."

  • "Nice stop outside Swellendam"

    17 March 2019

    "Stopped for 2 nights on our way from Franchoek to Knysna. Friendly and serviceminded staff. Beautiful garden and pool area. Winetasting and tour of the farm interesting. Excellent wines and food..."

  • "Our stay at Jan Harmsgat over the Hands on Harvest festival"

    11 March 2019

    "A most beautiful, idyllic escape. We feel in love with Swellendam almost instantly, followed very quickly by a similar love for Jan Harmsgat. The staff were incredibly friendly, the dinners were..."

  • "Relaxing Experience"

    06 March 2019

    "Nestled between Ashton and Swellendam, just off the R60 you will find Jan Harmsgat Country House. It truly offers you a luxurious and relaxing experience. The rooms are all spacious with their own..."

  • "A very special, beautiful place to stay"

    26 February 2019

    "This is a gorgeous small hotel and restaurant that is truly very special. I just wished we had booked more than one night. We had a lovely room with a gorgeous bathroom, large bedroom and a pleasant..."

  • "Relaxing"

    19 February 2019

    "Quiet and peaceful place and very accommodating staff We only stayed for two nights on this working farm property and had a really relaxing time Wine tasting of the estate wine was a nice touch and..."

  • "Lovely place"

    18 February 2019

    "Wonderful place to be Very friendly perfect service. Wine tasting was nice and good opportunity to know the taste of jan harmgad winery.nice surroundings. Clean swimming pool. Details matched..."

  • "Lovely winery for sipping wine, enjoying food and staying over"

    08 February 2019

    "Jan Harmsgat is a lovely winery with cute and well maintained Capestyle suites nicely situated in the main building or with a view on the green lawn. Although it is near the road, it is very quiet..."

  • "Super stay"

    24 January 2019

    "We stay here only one night .but what a fantastic stay we had . Everything about Jan Harmsgat house was excellent.all the staff were excellent. Francois the manager . We went to the wine tasting..."

  • "Great Stay"

    22 January 2019

    "From the moment we arrived, we were made to feel welcome and well looked after. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable about the farm and various wines on offer. The restaurant had a warm..."

  • "Near hiking trails"

    20 January 2019

    "Friendly, personal approach. Beautiful accommodation with tasteful furnishings and thoughtful extras eg. tour of the estate, bicycles to use on the estate, complimentary drinks in the rooms and a..."

  • "Exceeding expectations"

    09 January 2019

    "Unique place for our New Year’s Eve. We had free farm tour and wine testing, tasting dinner and amazing room under roof ???? The service we received exceeded our expectations. This property is highly..."

  • "Daniela"

    21 December 2018

    "We had a wonderful stay with our little son. Great surroundings and very friendly and attentive service. Good food and wine and Johannes’ favourite Pomegranate Juice;)Really, the only little..."

  • "Lunch en route to Cape Town "

    18 December 2018

    "We stopped for a leisurely lunch en route from Knysna to Cape Town. We allowed ourselves just one stop and it was such a treat. The staff are warm and welcoming. Amazing food and a pecan and..."

  • "What a wonderful place for a one night stopover!"

    07 December 2018

    "My wife and I stayed here for one night on Sunday, 28th October, 2018 as part of our Garden Route self-drive holiday. We are so pleased that this property featured in our itinerary. On arrival we..."

  • "Outstanding hospitality"

    30 October 2018

    "I had the wonderful opportunity to host a group of media for lunch at Jan Harmsgat Country House. We enjoyed a delicious picnic meal in the pecan orchards, and received excellent service - from..."

  • "Great experience"

    21 October 2018

    "We stayed for one night only and what an excellent experience. The friendly reception from Francois (GM) and Sophia who assisted him and being our hostess for dinner was superb. The room was spacious..."

  • "A wonderful weekend of peace and scenery"

    14 October 2018

    "Unexpected treat while visiting South Africa me some family here as a half way point between cape town and hermanus. Stayed a beautifully converted barn with 2 bedrooms and a sitting room. The staff..."

  • "A HIdden Gem in the Robertson Valley Western Cape"

    13 September 2018

    "Thank you so much for arranging our wonderful stay at Jan Harmsgat. What a fabulous place you have. We loved the experience and ambiance of this 5 star guest house and felt privileged to enjoy the..."

  • "Beautiful property and great wines"

    05 September 2018

    "We stayed at Jan Harmsgat when we were on our way to Cape Town coming from the North. We had a very nice time there: we got a tour through the vineyards, a delicious wine tasting and a great dinner..."

  • "Mr & Mrs P Carolin 2nd Aug 2018"

    12 August 2018

    "Our quick stay was great ... but, as reported to the receptionist on our departure, the shower in room 6 was terrible. I suggest that a new showerhead is fitted. The water pressure was also an..."

  • "Problems we experience"

    16 July 2018

    "Room service poor, room not cleaned properly, they forgot someone else dirty wet towels in our room, they dit not replace dirty cutlery, coffee plunger was broken only replace it the second day. Very..."

  • "Highly overrated"

    27 June 2018

    "Booked this hotel based on the many good TA reviews as part of a 3 week visit to South Africa. Fortunately only for one night! We stayed in one of the original buildings, in a room with the bath next..."

  • "Weekend of Superb Hospitality. "

    25 June 2018

    "We had a wonderful relaxing stay. The service was impeccable, I really can't rave enough as to how wonderful it was. The meals were prepared with fresh ingredients, delicious and visually appealing..."

  • "Comfortable and spacious"

    20 June 2018

    "We enjoyed our stay at Jan Harmsgat. The room was tastefully decorated and cozy. The welcome service was great. Road noise can be heard but it was not too bad. Knowing the history of the place made..."

  • "Mixed review..."

    01 June 2018

    "We found ourselves here and our room was not the one presented on Airbnb. However it was spacious and comfortable with its soft king-size bed. A complimentary bar with mainly soft drinks was in the..."

  • "Excellent Stay Very Poor Restaurant"

    28 May 2018

    "Our overall stay and accommodation was superb, exactly what you would expect from a five star establishment. However, Stay Away from their restaurant Just Amy, very poor would not even get a one star..."

  • "Old-world charm with modern amenities"

    11 May 2018

    "A one-night stop-over was a delight. On both occasions I have visited here I have been greeted in the car-park as I left our vehicle. Taken straight to the magnificent restaurant for refreshments..."

  • "Try this hotel"

    27 April 2018

    "Sadly we were only able to stay for one night in this friendly, comfortable hotel, located in stunning scenery. The service and food were excellent and there were the added bonuses of a free beer on..."

  • "Luxurious rooms, plentiful pomegranates!"

    14 April 2018

    "I travelled to South Africa from London with my husband, Mum and Dad for a family wedding two weeks ago. Jans harmsgat has friendly and helpful staff who made the whole stay completely personal..."

  • "Fabulous!"

    01 April 2018

    "Fabulous place, with wonderful rooms, incredible service, amazing canteen and lovely surroundings. We were fortunate to sleep in a very large, luxurious but extremely warm and authentic 5-people..."

  • "Little Gem"

    01 April 2018

    "We only stayed here for the one night, but wish it had been more. We had a fabulous room in the thatched barn, it was just lovely! We were invited to go on a trip round the farm to see the vineyards..."

  • "Could do better"

    31 March 2018

    "Having had our stay here booked by a travel agent, we twice tried to contact the hotel via e-mail before our arrival. On each occasion our e-mail was unanswered, so we were a bit apprehensive when we..."

  • "Beautiful setting with luxury accomodation"

    31 March 2018

    "We spent two nights here at the beginning of March and loved our lodge which had all the amenities anyone could want. The patio area was perfect for sipping a glass of wine and enjoying the peace..."

  • "Jan Harms Charming Gentleman"

    20 March 2018

    "Great stay and eats with ample space to walk, stroll, swim and to do a cruise on their game viewing vehicle. Restaurant is fantastic and realistically priced with excellent wine from winemaker..."

  • "Dis n lekker ou Jan"

    19 March 2018

    "The country house feeling at Jan Harmsgat reminds me of the song DIS N LEKKER OU JAN, as our stay was just that. Good Food, beautiful setting in the gardens that is full of fresh produce surprises..."

  • "Beautiful lodges for a relaxing stay"

    19 February 2018

    "We spent 2 nights here at the end of January 2018 and we found the Country House charming and just right for our needs. The lodges are set in lovely gardens, the pool area was perfect and..."

  • "We formed an escape committee"

    15 February 2018

    "Words don’t come easy when it comes to describing our experience here. Booked by Trailfinders as a recommendation, I can only think that the consultant had been promoted to a desk above her..."

  • "Comfort in History"

    15 February 2018

    "We regularly pass this lodge and say “we should stay here sometime” And now we have. What a beautiful historical gem with all the mod cons to make you feel comfortable. Old and new have been very..."

  • "Excellent"

    13 February 2018

    "Charming hotel set amongst pecan trees. We had a very warm welcome here and had an excellent large room in an old building with a very comfortable shared lounge. A very quirky shower that was like..."

  • "Nearly perfect"

    07 February 2018

    "Lovely old buildings set amidst the vines. A very warm welcome soon to be followed by a very interesting (and generous) wine tasting. Both dinner and breakfast were very good and our room (no:6..."

  • "Idyllic setting"

    07 February 2018

    "We were recommended here by our agent and were not disappointed. Very quiet and peaceful set on a working farm surrounded by olive groves and vines. Certainly the food was very good and the staff..."

  • "A hard act to follow"

    05 February 2018

    "I remember Jan harshest from the days when Judi and brin are pouring their heart, soul and tons of money into this old farm, transforming the old homestead into an elegant understated cape guest..."

  • "Peaceful night away"

    04 February 2018

    "We received a warm welcome when we arrived and were shown to our wonderful room despite arriving early. The estate has a relaxed feel to it and it was a pity we were only spending one night. Overall..."

  • "Booked as part of our South Africa experience with Audley travel"

    03 February 2018

    "Though well outside Swellendam it suited our requirements perfectly. Wonderful hospitality from managers and staff. Tranquil but very beautiful. Accommodation excellent and food at the restaurant..."

  • "Tranquil, beautiful country setting"

    15 January 2018

    "The rooms are comfortable, of a high standard. They are clean, well maintained with tv, WiFi, coffee and tea making. We had room 1 it is in the old cottage in the grounds, whilst it had no bath it..."

  • "Amazing place!"

    11 January 2018

    "Wonderful stay- once you arrive here you won’t need to leave if you want a relaxing and enjoyable time. We ate at the restaurant both nights and they also accommodated for us to have pizza on the..."

  • "A lovely place"

    10 January 2018

    "We were only able to stay one night but we loved Jan Harmsgat. Beautiful setting and lovely old buildings combined with great service made for a lovely stay. The pool area was very nice and enjoyed..."

  • "Lovely atmosphete"

    07 January 2018

    "Beautiful historic buildings in picturesque surrounds . Great service. Dinner and breakfast delicious. Despite being next to road we had 2 rooms facing away from road and was very quiet. Small issue..."

  • "Excellent"

    01 January 2018

    "Really amazing place. I suggest this beautiful accomodation to all who are interested in visiting the area and to all who are in transit along this way. Everything excellent, both the accomodation..."

  • "Memorable!!"

    28 December 2017

    "We recently spent our penultimate night in S Sfrica here and what a memorable time we had! We wished we could have spent another night here. Karin and her colleague are a huge asset to the house..."

  • "Excellent Lunch"

    21 December 2017

    "The restaurant at Jan Harmsgat is steeped in history and dates from about 1715 so the setting for lunch is very exotic. Very fine dining with crisp linens and well separated tables. Lunch ewas very..."

  • "Great venue."

    09 December 2017

    "We stayed for two nights and loved it, the wine tasting was a nice touch. The rooms were really spacious and clean. All the staff were polite and attentive. I would recommend this place to anyone..."

  • "Great place to stay"

    18 November 2017

    "The house was a great place to stay, the property is really unique and very comfortable and the food was excellent. The staff were very helpful and helped us out when we had a problem with our hire..."

  • "Out of town B&B - just wonderful "

    09 November 2017

    "The most brilliant receptionist an accommodation venue could have. She made us feel part of her family and could not be more helpful. It was like leaving an old friend when we departed! This was..."

  • "Country living"

    02 November 2017

    "Jan Harmsgat is one of those properties that just make you smile when you arrive. The Country House is so old school and farm like. The staff was very welcoming and continued to be super friendly..."

  • "a short break on our tour of south africa"

    31 October 2017

    "A fantastic country house with a wonderful restaurant that produced some amazing food. Add to this we had a private wine tasting from their own vineyard and it ensured an unforgettable evening. Karin..."

  • "Better than just a stopover"

    24 October 2017

    "Too often this place is used as a one night stop on the Garden Route which is shame because it has so much to offer. It is some way from Swellendam but en route for Montague, Robertson and many..."

  • "Charming hotel with incredible food"

    19 October 2017

    "We only stayed one night and we would habe loved to stay longer. Great hotel with great food for dinner and especially for breakfast. The room were very cozy and the decoration was very romantic..."

  • "Great welcome at Jan Harmsgat"

    06 October 2017

    "Lovely country hotel offering characterful accommodation of a high standard, good food, excellent wine and very friendly helpful staff. Wine tasting was complimentary and we bought a few bottles of..."

  • "Brilliant stay"

    02 October 2017

    "Really enjoyed the hospitality and the space to explore the farm. Beautiful accommodation made all the better by friendly and helpful staff. We will definitely be back. One area for improvement could be the breakfast/supper options but overall we had a great time.<br/><br/>Establishments response:<br/><br/>Dear Ridhaa<br/> <br/>Thank you for taking the time to write the wonderful review on SafariNow!<br/> <br/>We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We strive to provide the best guest experience and for all our guests to feel at home and relaxed. We have very recently appointed a new chef who is in the process of changing/updating our restaurant menus, this in an improvement in the works.<br/> <br/>We look forward to your next stay with us in the near future!<br/> <br/>Kind regards"

  • "Great Sunday Lunch"

    11 September 2017

    "We had a great Sunday Lunch at Jan Harmsgat. Set 3 course menu R195 with salmon for starter, springbuck shank main, and apple tart and ice cream to end it off with. But what made the lunch amazing..."

  • "Sunday lunch"

    20 August 2017

    "We booked in the morning and went for a late lunch which was a set menu. We're a bit difficult because my daughter is celiac and we mentioned that on the phone. When we got the menu the lovely..."

  • "A beautiful room and a great stay"

    06 August 2017

    "We had a great stay, the room is beautiful and the bed is very comfortable. You can spend a chilled time walking around the gardens and there is a nice smoking spot overlooking the damn. The bar..."

  • "An anniversary dinner out."

    12 July 2017

    "The setting is beautiful. On the coldest winter night the blazing fire kept the room warm. A nice small menu, excellent service, everything to make you feel special. The tempura prawn starter was..."

  • "Great Stay !!!"

    07 July 2017

    "This small country house is amazing ! Lovely rooms, very spacious, comfortable with all modern furnishing one needs. Super friendly staff ! Food was very good, especially breakfast and they even..."

  • "Diamond in Paradise"

    04 July 2017

    "We were travelling from Saldanah to George and needed a place for lunch. Saw the signs to the estate and turned in to their well maintained gravel driveway, which after several swists and turns..."

  • "Perfect choice"

    20 May 2017

    "We stayed one night in Jan Harmsgat Country House. It is perfectly located on the eastern side of the wine region, off the N2, and thus enabled a perfect starting point for visiting that region on..."

  • "Beautiful country house!"

    09 May 2017

    "We stayed 2 nights at this beautiful country house. What a great experience! It exceeded all our expectations. The attention to detail all round, beautiful setting, friendly and attentive service..."

  • "Lovely place spoiled entirely by very busy road"

    26 April 2017

    "I had heard that this was a great place to stay for peace and quiet as well as good food. It is a nice place with very friendly staff and the food is good if not exceptional. The actual farm and..."

  • "A wonderful place"

    24 April 2017

    "Excellent in every way. Food, service, wine , the location- everything is outstanding good. The very personal service and the attention on everything a guest might need or like is outstanding.The..."

  • "Perfection."

    17 April 2017

    "Jan Harmsgat is the perfect place to relax in the lap of luxury and be spoilt. The style is a mixture of old and new - done perfectly. Absolute class. All the staff are amazing, always friendly and..."

  • "WHAT A GEM!!!"

    01 April 2017

    "A must see and stay on your next trip to the Swellendam/Bonnievale area. Wonderful staff. The rooms are stunning with all you need. Enjoy a wonderful breakfast in fresh air under the beautiful..."

  • "We disappeared into a dream world..."

    31 March 2017

    "Only 2 and a half hours out of Cape Town, but feels more than a life style away. If you don't believe me, then look up at the night sky. Millions of Stars shinning down on this delightful country..."

  • "Great place worth spending a couple nights!"

    27 March 2017

    "We loved it here, only stayed one night and weren't ready to leave the next day. The staff are so accommodating and willing to make your stay special in any way. They packed us a little picnic..."

  • "This is what GREAT is all about"

    22 March 2017

    "Jan Harmsgat is one of the bests country houses I have ever stayed in . Its class and oozes class . If you want something special .....This is it . Nestled among Pecan nut trees and a vineyard its a..."

  • "Two night at the Country House"

    13 March 2017

    "A beautiful place but then I'm a sucker for Cape Dutch architecture! Lovely room. The staff very attentive when the first room was unacceptable because of a problem with the Little worrying that..."

  • "A lovely experience"

    06 March 2017

    "Wonderful accommodation, excellent meals, and outstanding service, in tranquil surroundings. We had a health problem on arrival, and Jolan gave us superb assistance. Our only problem was that we..."

  • "Great hospitality. Everything we wanted"

    28 February 2017

    "We travelled from Capetown to Port Elizabeth in February staying in 7 different similar star rating properties as Jan Harmsgatt and this was our personal favourite by a mile. What makes this place..."

  • "Food at the restaurant"

    26 February 2017

    "As "locals" from a nearby town we have thoroughly enjoyed their "flagship" Sunday lunches in the past..2016..and have thought it well worth while to drive 30 kms for a wonderful roast with..."

  • "Excellent hotel"

    24 February 2017

    "Wonderful stay at this 5* hotel. The estate is about 20k outside of Swellendam so best to eat at the hotel. The grounds are exceptionally well kept, and whilst the nearby main road creates..."

  • "lovely room, great food and of course good wine"

    15 February 2017

    "We stopped in a very large room which is above the restaurant. It was very tastefully furnished, with lovely interesting furniture. The bed was extremely comfortable. The room was also quiet in..."

  • "Wow...."

    31 January 2017

    "Just in one word, AMAZING! From the moment we arrived until the moment we left one big smile on our faces. The room is spectacular, the service immaculate and the restaurant fantastic. The breakfast..."

  • "Lovely stop over on our way to the Gaarden Route."

    28 January 2017

    "Lovely room with veranda. Beautiful setting and excellent food. Only slight drawback was the proximity to a noisy, busy main road. Great estate manager who took us out in his jeep to see the..."

  • "A worthwhile Visit"

    17 January 2017

    "We just spent an evening with dinner and overnight stay at Jan Harmsgat. Everything perfect - delicious dinner in their charming restaurant and superb breakfast in the garden. Room was great, large..."

  • "Food for the soul"

    15 January 2017

    "This place had real agriturismo feel about it. Beautiful, peaceful surroundings, friendly and highly professional staff and some pretty smart wines. And very family-friendly as well. We stayed in..."

  • "Stay at Jan Harmsgat"

    10 January 2017

    "Beautifully decorated room attention to detail superb staff extremely helpful and meal superb. Only negative was the busy road from Swellendam to Ashton trucks running day and night not the..."

  • "Lovely Country Farm House, but noisy"

    10 January 2017

    "Decided to chose this place for our 33rd wedding anniversary. Very friendly staff, and great service from Llandra who looked after us at meals. The food is good but could be improved. Breakfast is..."

  • "Wedding weekend"

    06 January 2017

    "We have just celebrated our daughter's wedding at Jan Harmsgat - we check in on Friday and left on Monday. We could have stayed even longer. Our pre wedding site visits were always a pleasure..."

  • "3rd visit, our experience gets better each visit"

    23 December 2016

    "Great location, superb staff and the quality of services are exceptional. They team are always at hand to help with any requests and have adapted the property sympathetically over the years. There..."

  • "Ten out of Five !"

    01 December 2016

    "We stayed here last year and loved it but the change of management has made it even better except the trips around the farm are no longer a standard part of the stay. The new Manager is a great guy..."

  • "Anniversary celebration"

    27 November 2016

    "Fantastic setting with friendly staff. The food are out of this world and the honeymoon suite was such a treat. We were greeted by host Johan Dippenaar with our arrival which made us feel home from..."

  • "Hidden Gem"

    16 November 2016

    "There are not enough superlatives to describe this slice of paradise. Not only is it in a beautiful setting, but the incredible food, wine and food and exceptional service are second to none. Johan..."

  • "Five stars are not enough "

    14 November 2016

    "From the moment we arrived we felt like wed found a hidden treasure. We were met with warm welcome and the hospitality of Johan and his team was exemplary. The rooms are gorgeous with so much charm..."

  • "Return trip"

    08 November 2016

    "Returned here after several years with some trepidation that it might not be as good as before. Actually it was much better. We stayed in room 6. Big suite with wide private verandah. Early morning..."

  • "Classic"

    31 October 2016

    "Top location, friendly staff and everything available, very nice restaurant and very good rooms. We hd a nice farm drive where we had a taste of the nice wines made on this location. A definitely..."

  • "An absolute gem!"

    29 October 2016

    "We had a wonderful stay here in October. Our son, seven years old, and us adults were taken care of the best way possible. Our room/suite was beautiful, the surroundings breathtaking, the food and..."


    12 October 2016

    "We received a warm and heartfelt welcome on arrival at this Country Hotel,Despite being a "5 star " establishment it was casual,leisurely and uncomplicated.Our overnight stay was complimented with..."

  • "A must for every traveller!"

    25 September 2016

    "A fabulous establishment for either an over night stay or more. Beautiful surroundings amongst the mountains. The honeymoon room in the loft was beyond stunning. The owners of the business were..."

  • "Will return!"

    24 January 2010

    "Lovely ambiance in bucolic surroundings and with great owners and staff. This was our second stay and we shall definitely return! Due to work commitments, we only stayed for one night on 22 January 2010."

  • "Will return!"

    24 January 2010

    "Lovely ambiance in bucolic surroundings and with great owners and staff. This was our second stay and we shall definitely return!Due to work commitments, we only stayed for one night on 22 January 2010."

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