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Begins in 1796

Cypress Cottage is a charming, unique, family run guesthouse in the centre of Swellendam, South Africa. It has longed enjoyed a storied past in this historically rich town in the countryside.

Cypress Cottage is steeped in history and originated in the Dutch East India Company (VOC) era. It was build in 1796 in the Dutch tradition with lovely gables, the latter unfortunately destroyed in the fire on 1840. At that stage the owners renovated the house in the victorian style. Remnants of the Cape Dutch era still remains in lovely yellowwood ceilings and doors of the main house. According to the legend the house was used by the local town sheriff, hence the horse stables at the back of the manor house, leading out to Church Square. Much later it became a guesthouse and for some time, it has been a desired destination for travellers and businessmen who appreciated the beauty and comfort of old historical architecture.

A new chapter began in 2007 with the arrival of the Van Leeuwen family, who with them brought an exciting and worldly outlook on how to treasure this beautiful establishment and the town it is in. Cypress Cottage guesthouse is a place of comfort, character and of families (a home).

The main house remains the centrepiece of Cypress Cottage guesthouse.  At the back of the main house are 4 en-suite rooms situated in the stables, 1 of which is a large self catering family unit.

Come and enjoy a lovely drink on the veranda and choose from a selection of quality wines from the Overberg and Boland regions.

Daniel, our friendly Labrador will welcome you at the front door. He loves people and hugs. Rafa and Kleintjie our two grey cats also enjoyed human company.

Cypress Cottage invites anyone who want a place to call home-away from home.


Guest Reviews

John (2020.02.16)

Great Britain

” Delightful, character filled experience.” The accommodation was luxurious with excellent friendly service and great breakfast. Beautiful well-kept garden. Close to the cultural museum and also walking distance to good places for lunch and dinner. We were sad that we had to leave.

Steffan (2019.03.04)


”We felt welcome and very comfortable” Cypress Cottage guest house has spacious and comfortable rooms. The hosts are very nice. They gave us good trip advise for further excursions. They gave great restaurant recommendations. We had breakfast overlooking the beautiful garden and we spend the afternoons relaxing by the pool.

Christian (2022.06.03)


”Excellent location that is characterised by comfort, refined decor and hospitality.” We absolutely loved everything, the comfort, the setting and hospitality of the owners. The owners gave us a lot of detail about the area and the activities that there is to do. The breakfast was really grand.