Jan Harmsgat Country House is the perfect stop-over on your journey between Cape Town and the Garden Route, giving you the opportunity to discover the historic charm of this 5* guest house.
Granted as a 'freehold farm' in 1723, the historically significant buildings at Jan Harmansz schat (Jan Harmans Treasure) are featured in the writings of Lady Anne Barnard. The original meter thick walls and yellowwood details provide an authentic country experience filled with ambience, charm and history.
Jan Harmsgat also provides an award-winning dining experience. All overnight guests are treated to a Jan Harmsgat Breakfast, which includes fresh fruit parfait topped with homemade muesli and yogurt, followed by hot breakfast of their choice, fresh squeezed juice and fresh brewed coffee or tea.
The lunch and dinner menu changes frequently as the kitchen utilises fresh produce grown in its own garden. Diners are sure to be pleased with choices such as the rack of lamb, duck confit, aged beef fillet, or the famous kudu fillet.
There are 10 beautifully decorated rooms which are situated in 3 different buildings.
But it is not just about the sleeping arrangements. Enjoy a sunset picnic and wine tasting in the countryside, or take a drive through the winelands and explore nature reserves, hiking trails or roadside stalls and shops. During summer guests can cool off in the crisp pool or enjoy some refreshments under the Pecan Nut trees.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
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Breakfast is included.
Children of any age can be accommodated in the Luxury Room, but children under the age of 12 cannot be accommodated in the Guesthouse Rooms. Rates available on request.
Jan Harmsgat Country House Location.
Directions For Drivers
From Cape Town: Follow the N2. When you approach Swellendam, take the Swellendam-West exit. After 1 km you will come to a 4-way-stop. Go straight over, and Jan Harmsgat is about 10 minutes drive down this road on the right-hand side.
From George: Follow the N2. Take the 2nd exit from the N2 to Swellendam, which is the same exit as described above.
General Information For Guests
All rooms have a flat screen TV with a selected DSTV package, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea/coffee making facilities and an en-suite bathroom.
Built in the 1700s, the Classic Quarters are in a separate Cape Dutch building with a thatch roof. Located near the swimming pool with a central communal lounge down and upstairs, there are 4 private en-suite rooms located here.
The Executive Suites are aproximately 120 square meters and have a private staircase leading to spectacular views of mountains, olives and pecan orchards.
There are 2 Superior Suites, each with private entrances.
There is an outdoor swimming pool, children's play area, a bar and a restaurant.
Secure parking is available.
There is Wi-Fi.
A laundry service is available (additional cost).
Additional activities that can be arranged include sunset picnics, wine tasting, and hiking trails.