what to do



bloomestate is a retreat with clean architecture and design that blends seamlessly with the green gardens and rising foothills. Relax on the lake deck, bubble away in the secluded jacuzzi, sunbath by the pool or gently swing in that hammock...
Relaxed yet?

Additional mind and body restoration awaits you at the bloom treats and the Rainforest Day Spa, where the professional therapists offer an original range of treatments using authentic African beauty products.




Wine lovers will be directed to Bonnievale and the Robertson Wine Valley. This scenic and flower-rich region is one of South Africa's premium wine destinations and is only a 20-minute drive away. You will find over 50 famous and friendly wine houses, including Van Loveren, Springfield, De Wetshof, Bon Courage and Graham Beck. With a choice of gastronomic lunch spots along the way, the route makes for the perfect day of half-day trip. And yes, of course we  can arrange a designated driver...


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Breakfasts at bloomestate are legendary. For example, the eggs are available in any style - just test us. Fluffiness guaranteed.

Lunches and small platters are also available on request. For dinner, Carla and Maarten can recommend local specialities at one of Swellendam's many restaurants which cover the range from fine dining to simple & delicious.




As the third oldest town in South Africa, Swellendam is steeped in history. The award-winning Drostdy Museum and its surrounding property give an extensive overview of the area's past - a past in which guided tours can immerse you into further. A haven for contemporary artists, Swellendam is also filled with galleries and exhibitions. Browse away.

If you want to hear further afield, the options are nearly endless. Depending on the mood of the day or the changing of the seasons, bloomestate can dot out a map (whether paper or digital) with a tailor-made road trip.

One favourite is the spectacular mountain tour over the Tradouw Pass. Another winner is the daytrip to De Hoop Nature Reserve. Take a fully-stocked picnic basket and drive through the rolling fields and white dunes towards the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Whales (best seen between July and November), natural beaches and rocky coves work together to create what we believe to be the most romantic spot in the world.




Active golfers can position themselves in midst of the spectacular views over the Langeberg Mountains while playing a very satisfying 9-holes (soon to expand to 18). It's a gem that will put an extra swing in your step.
Horse-riding treks can also be organised at Langeberg, regardless of one equestrian experience.

Swellendam is a hiking paradise for which we can make suggestions for all levels of wanderers. From our doorstep, you take a flowery walk to the waterfalls of the Marloth Nature Reserve. In addition, Bontebok National Park, cradled between the Langeberg Mountain and the swimmable Breede River, is home to the rare Bontebok, as well as reebocks, grysbocks, red Hartebees, Cape mountain Zebra's and countless varieties of birds.

Yet rarer than the Bontebok are the elves, pixies and gnomes that populate the renowned Sulina Faerie Santuary. Fun for both the young and the young-at-heart.

During berry-picking season, local farms in the nearby Hermitage Valley are open to all pickers and those who want to learn about the alchemy behind transforming these jewels into delicious jams, liquors and sauces.



get in touch

+27(0) 28 514 2984 info@bloomestate.com

bloomestate luxury retreat guesthouse

276 Voortrek street, Swellendam, 6740, South Africa
coordinates 34°02'15"S 20°25'36"E
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