Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Weekend Special: 14 & 15 December 2012

only R400pppn, sharing if you stay with us this weekend 14 & 15 December 2012

-must mention special offer when booking is made

E-mail Lana at for more information or call us on +27 (0)28 514 2294

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Free breakfast special

Come and stay at A Hilltop Country Retreat for 2 nights from the 30th of November till 6 December - and receive a stocked fridge for breakfast- FREE of charge

-only valid till 6 December
-must mention special offer when booking is made
-direct bookings only: e-mail Lana at or give her a call +27 (0)28 514 2294

Fully stocked fridge for breakfast include: bacon, eggs, tomato, toast, jam, butter, juice, muesli, yoghurt, coffee, tea, sugar, milk, rusks, and a variety of fruit. Then you can enjoy it at a time convenient for yourself and your family in the privacy of your room or patio.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Christmas dinner at Powell House

Powell House Restaurant

113 Voortrek Street, Swellendam

(028) 514 3243


CHRISTMAS DINNER – 25 December 2012


Venison Carpaccio

with orange on a salad with pistachio nuts 


Strudel of Crab and Prawntail

on a tomato Cajun sauce 

Deboned roast Turkey and baked Ham

served with stuffing, Dauphinoise potatoes, roast vegetables
and Cranberry Jelly


Festive Dacquoise with Baileys cream


Coffee and Christmas Mince Pies

R250 per person

Dinner served from 7.00 pm

Booking Essential - e-mail Lana at if you would like to book




Tuesday, 6 November 2012

BERRY FESTIVAL - 2 family rooms left - BOOK NOW!

17 November 2012
09h00 –16h00
Wildebraam Berry Estate, S4 Hermitage Valley, Swellendam, 6740
Entrance: Adults R12, Children R6

 Activities and Entertainment include:
Berry Picking, Arts & Crafts, Food & Coffee Garden, relaxing Live Music and SPCA fun walk
Kids Activities: Berry Picking, Jumping Castle, Pony Rides,Water Slide,Tractor Rides, Paintball, Target Shooting,
Archery, Face Painting and Tambola

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Feedback from our guests this weekend:

Received 29.10.2012:

Dear Lana,


Thank you so much for hosting us this past weekend.


The weekend was exactly what we wanted and more, peace and quiet.  We visited all the places you recommended and was so impressed, we came back with more things that we bargained for.  Swellendam is such a warm and friendly place and it felt good getting away from the hustle and bustle from the city life.  Thank you for providing that.


We will definitely be back to visit A Hilltop, it was a memorable experience and so looking forward to the next time.


Kind Regards

Friday, 26 October 2012

Things to do this weekend 26-28 October 2012 in and around Swellendam:

9:00 STALLS OPEN - we have a market of approx 25 stalls of crafts, jewellery, spas, nails and beauty products etc. in the centre courtyard of the Mall. 14:00 Stalls CLOSE

*Suurbraak Community Market- Saturday (while you are there, have lunch at Paradise Organic, we love that spot!)

And SUNDAY: don't forget the Stormsvlei Country Art Fair, it's a MUST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We still have 2 rooms left for this weekend, call +27 28 514 2294 to book your room.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Sabine's Restaurant: open Sunday, Monday & Tuesday evenings

What's cooking @ Sabine's this week

Besides all the popular dishes: 

French onion soup

Camembert parcel

Black mushrooms chef's way

Ostrich neck prepared in stout.

Fresh pan fried Cob/Kabeljou

A trio of fillets [Ostrich,Spring buck,Impala]

082 770 4719

Market in Swellendam - 3 November

Under the Oaks Village Market
It's market time again on Saturday 3 November and the Under the Oaks Village Market will be in full swing!  Join us again for a morning of fun and entertainment with the People of Swellendam under the shade of the trees at our usual spot next to the Old Gaol Restaurant, from 09:00 to 13:00.

Come browse through the wonderful variety of stalls, enjoy some freshly squeezed apple and pear juice while you page through the latest 2nd hand book for sale, you will even find a beautiful hand made present for that someone special or even something delicious for supper or dessert?  There is much fun for the kids to be had at our new kiddie's fun area with things to keep them busy such as playdough fun, arts and crafts, as well as face painting and much more!

Don't miss out, see you there!

(markets also being held in Suurbraak on October 27th and Swellenmark Mall on December 1st - loads of opportunities to stock up for Christmas!)

Friday, 12 October 2012

Looking for accommodation in Swellendam?

If you are looking to get away for a few days, contact Lana at and she will help you with things to do in and around Swellendam.

What is your thing? Can't sit still? Coach Potato? Athletes? We can help you find the perfect break!

Monday, 8 October 2012

Save 20% this week: 8-11 October

Save 20% on your self-catering accommodation with us this week 8-11 October 2012 : only R360 per person per night, sharing.

Must mention special offer when booking is made.

Call Lana at +27 (0)28 514 2294 to make a booking

October Film Festival - Swellendam

Seonae Eco Centre Presents:  

October Film Festival, every  wednesday night at 18:30, at the Seonae Eco Centre, Buirski Plein nr 7, between the dance studio and the computer shop, this week's movie is no impact man,  we'll also be sharing a light dinner and refreshments, Cost -  Donation (minimum R30 Recommended), Please RSVP Shantal. 076 574 7353 for Catering purposes, we are looking forwarded to sharing a great movie and a delicious light meal with you!!

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Reviews from our guestbook

September 2012:
Enjoyed our stay & the service was great. I would love to be back with my family next time. Thank you.

September 2012:
Love the room & the whole set up. Will definitely come back! Next time not for work. Thank you.

15 August 2012:
LOVE our room! Nice location and would love to come back. The staff are very kind and nice.

June 2012:
Driving up to the house the first thing we thought was that this place does what it said: "It's a retreat on the top of a hill" Our stay here has been amazing. After only a few hours the relaxed, chilled vibe sets in and we found there was only inspiration to take our time about things and let the mood just take us. Also loved the breakfast, lazy strolls and peaceful environment.

11 June 2012:
Had a wonderful stay. LOVE the decor!! The place was absolutely peaceful.

June 2012:
Had a awesome time sitting outside during the rain. Loved the fireplace inside my room.

25 April 2012:
What a wonderful spontaneous moment of friendship... thank you so much for your hospitality and for sharing your beautiful spot with us. See you soon....

April 2012:
Last minute stop on the way back from Ironman in PE. Crackling fire, red wine and fabulous dinner & tremendous hospitality. Rooms are gorgeous and attention to detail just spot on! Thanks so much. Can't wait to come back & see that new pool :)

April 2012:
This was the most wonderful stay at A Hilltop. Your place is filled with love & care! We will come back and recommend Hilltop to all our friends

13 April 2012:
Baie dankie vir die lekker kuier! Pragtige en gerieflike akkommodasie en lieflike uitsig!

9 April 2012:
Thank you for a very enjoyable holiday at A Hilltop. Your hospitality and the service from your staff have been first class. Hilltop & South Africa has been our best holiday ever! FANTASTIC!!

April 2012:
A very special and unexpected experience. The accommodation was superb. We could not have asked for more. Hope to be back soon.

..... and many more.... come and experience it for yourself

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Visit Suurbraak this Monday the 24th of September

A day In Suurbraak: visit Suurbraak this Monday 24th and enjoy their wonderful Heritage Day Celebrations. Stall, music, entertainment, good food, authentic country living and rural pleasures. Family friendly.  Join the exercise class and team games with the Golden Girls! If you are not familiar with this jewel of a village, make this the day you go to visit.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

21-23 September Special Clays Pot

Clays Pot

Delicious SPECIALS this weekend. Come and sample the items on our NEW MENU. Decadent Ice Cream and Fruit Sundae's, Milkshakes and Pancakes. FAT FREE OPTIONS available for the health conscious. Open Sandwiches with fresh, tasty toppings on Rye Bread.


Thursday, 6 September 2012

7-9 September R700 per room

e-mail Lana or give her a call at +27(0)28 514 2294 to make a booking. Must mention special offer when booking is made.

This weekend special in Swellendam 7-9 September

Koornlands Restaurant

 Specials from the Grill this weekend (Friday Saturday and Sunday)

 400g T.Bone steak chips and salads                                    R 85.00

 300g Rump steak chips and salads                                      R 85.00

 250g Fillet mustard creamed potatoes and roast vegetables R 95.00

 500g Spare Ribs with all the trimmings   R 85.00

 Tel n cell 028 5143567   082 430 8188

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

This week: Field & Fork set dinner

3 Course set dinner R175
Garlic snails with freshly baked French bread
Leek and potato soup with fresh herbs and garlic croutons
Caramelised red onion, roasted beetroot and feta tart
Main courses
Pan fried white Stumpnose on a warm salad of chorizo, sugar snap peas, baby potatoes, mixed olives and a garlic mayonnaise
Roasted duck breast with braised red cabbage, fondant potatoes and a black berry jus
Rib eye steak with chips, field mushroom, balsamic roasted cherry tomatoes, garlic butter and wild rocket salad

Sticky toffee pudding

Dark chocolate cup with white chocolate shavings and nut biscuit

Vanilla ice cream with toasted almonds and toffee sauce

Friday, 24 August 2012

Swellendam Restaurant specials:

Koornlands restaurant specials this week - Aug

From the grill 400g  T bone french fries and salads   R85.00

300 g rump steak french fries and salads   R85.00

300 g beef fillet mustard creamed potatoes, roast vegetables    R98.00 

Roast of the day with all the trimmings    R98.00

Cape malay chicken curry with rice and sambals   R85.00 

Queen prawns with sambal oelek and sweet soy sauce  R85.00

Plus our a la carte menu

Cell ‘n tell 082 430 8188 /  028 5143567

Food and Wine Pairing

Stormsvlei Farm Stall & Restaurant still has a few tickets left for their Food & Wine Pairing evening with Van Loveren.

The evening will be on 6 September at 19:00 and for R98.00 per person, you will get a delicious 4-course tasting menu and will be able to try the newly launched Tangled Tree Wines from Van Loveren.
Please call 079 713 0257 or email for more information or to reserve your place

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

SEPTEMBER SPECIAL - free breakfast!!

Stay at A Hilltop Country Retreat for 2 nights and get a stocked fridge for breakfast FREE

Breakfast includes: bacon, eggs, tomato, toast, butter, jam, muesli, yoghurt, juice, coffee, tea, sugar, milk, rusks and a variety of fruit

-only valid for the month of September 2012
-minimum 2 night stay
-must mention special offer when booking is made
-this special includes 1 stocked fridge for breakfast

Contact Lana at / +27 (0)28 514 2294 for more information or to make a booking.

Putting stars where they belong! Come and experience the delights of A Hilltop Country Retreat - book now!

What's happening in Swellendam this weekend?

Field&Fork will be teaming up with Esona Single Vineyard wines on the 24thAugust to bring you a culinary food and wine experience.

The evening will consist of a 4 course food and wine pairing + coffee  =  R250

See menu below and attached for your convenience.

Places are limited!

Come and join us for a great evening out...

"Goats cheese and steeped prune salad with wild rocket, green apple and toasted walnuts

Esona Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011

West Coast Black Mussels in white wine and lemon cream

Esona Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2010

Pan fried local duck breast with fondant potato, creamed cabbage and a blackberry jus

Esona Single Vineyard Shiraz 2010

Choice of dessert:

Strawberry, yoghurt and Madagascan vanilla panna cotta with shortbread

Sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce

Crème Brulee

Under the Oaks VIllage Market

Spring is in the air and the monthly Under the Oaks Village Market is back!  

The market takes place the first Saturday of each month next to the Old Gaol restaurant at out fantastic venue under the tree's from 9:00 to 13:00.  

We'll have our usual lovely fresh goodies on sale, as well as fresh vegetables, beautifully crafted handmade creations, 2nd hand things to browse through, fun things for the kids to do, and a raffle with a fantastic prize! 

Come on down and join in on the fun and the sunshine as the Under the Oaks market springs to life!!!  For more information contact Lana at 028 514 2294

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Marcelle Volckaert, soprano, and Sylvia Schulman, pianist-26th August 2012

Marcelle Volckaert, soprano, and Sylvia Schulman, pianist, are presenting a programme of delightful songs with a couple of lovely Bach pieces. The soprano songs range from Vivaldi, Paisiello, Monteverdi, through to Mozart, Rossini and Bellini.

Sunday 26th August at 3 p.m. 23 Auge Street, Swellendam.
Price: R100pp

E-mail Lana at or give her a call 028 514 2294 for more information.

Spanish Wine & Dine Evening at Arendsig Wines- 22nd August 2012

Once a month there is a special ‘Wine & Dine’ Evening offered at Arendsig where guests can enjoy an intimate dinner with dynamic husband and wife team, Lourens and Lizelle van der Westhuizen.

This month is no different, and a delicious Spanish inspired evening awaits!


Beef and sultana empanadas / Chickpea balls with romesco sauce / BBQ pork fillet / Toast topped with tomato/ anchovies and basil /Serrano ham with green olives and caperberries
Bread & Olive oil
Second Course

Lamb stuffed aubergines with a green salad and gazpacho dressing
Third Course


Spanish pear tarts with a sweet sherry syrup

Wednesday 22nd August 2012
19h15 (Optional Cellar tour starts 18h30)
R280 per person (unlimited wine included)
Limited seats available, only space for 30. Please book ahead to avoid disappointment.

E-mail Lana at for more information.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Field & Fork Restaurant- August winter special

August winter special

3 Course set dinner for R150

R20 corkage on own wine

New A la Carte menu featuring

best end of local lamb

New wine list introducing:

Esona single vineyard wines

Opening times:

Tuesdays to Saturdays from 6pm

26 Swellengrebel Street, Swellendam

Canola Carnival - this weekend in Swellendam 9-12 Aug

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

What's happening in Swellendam this weekend?

Come and listen to the wonderful sounds of the renowned Gugulethu Tenors! Music from all over the world – from classical opera, to pop, to our very own unique African sound.

Join us at the Laerskool Hall on Saturday 28 July at 6.30pm. Tickets R80pp available at the door or contact me at for more information.