Welcome to South Africa’s first ever five-star guest house which has just been selected by its guests as the Best B&B in the Essential Travel Info Awards scheme in South Africa for 2014.

A national monument and one of the oldest houses in Swellendam, our beautiful Victorian bed & breakfast – right on the Garden Route – radiates an old-world charm and rustic elegance that has made it famous the world over.

Your hosts Stephen and Jackie offer a unique experience of 5 Star Garden Route guest house accommodation, including…

  • Unrivalled hospitality
  • Elegant hand-crafted furnishings
  • Understated luxury
  • An emphasis on genuine personal service and guest satisfaction
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Superb value room rates from R685 pppn
  • Probably the best breakfast in South Africa (don’t just take our word for it)
  • The latest guest comments we’ve received include: “This really was exceptional. No wonder people return year after year!”and “Fabulous place – gorgeous rooms – excellent local restaurants – shame we couldn’t stay longer… next time “ See all guest comments.

The Hideaway bed & breakfast on the Garden Route has a long tradition of excellent service, luxurious accommodation and wonderful food.

Jackie and Stephen are committed to maintaining and improving this heritage and are proud of what our guests (many of whom return year after year) have to say about us.

The Hideaway Suites

The Queen Elizabeth, The Double Delight, The Ecstasy Rose Suite and The Peace Suite are separate from the main building. All rooms are en-suite with separate shower and bath. The Ecstasy Suite features a luxurious walk-in double shower with a double vanity and bath for two.

The four separate spacious, deluxe, air conditioned suites open directly onto a quiet large, private garden where we have a large number of rose bushes, and abundant birdlife.

Relax under the vine-covered pergola with a glass of wine, or recline in your deckchair on the sunny well-manicured lawn.

The grape-vines on the pergola outside the Queen Elizabeth, Double Delight and Ecstasy Rose suites are the ornamental type which ensures that during the heat of summer the rooms are well-shaded, but during the cold months the sun has free access to the rooms.

We chose ornamental grapes to avoid the danger of wasps being attracted to the fruit.

All rooms now receive free Wi-Fi thanks to our recently amplified broadband antenna.

All our rooms now include flat screen televisions with a satellite movie channel.

Smokers: all our rooms and indoor areas are “non-smoking” but you may smoke outdoors.


The Hideaway has the largest Ecopool* in south Africa, 222,000 litres of pure water set in a beautiful garden, surrounded by orchards, flowers and lawns. Enjoy swimming with amazing views of the Langeberg mountains as a backdrop, or laze on the beautiful deck over the pool and enjoy the beauty of nature around you.

Indoor Plunge Pool

The indoor pool, “The Wallow”, is ideal for relaxing after a busy day’s sightseeing or after a good meal.