Jan Harmsgat Country House is one of the top Swellendam wedding venues and has seen a renaissance that captures its rich past. Jan Harmsgat Guest House is a grand old dame, cleverly veiling some of her best-kept secrets, just a little off SA’s famed Route 62.
Guests are treated to understated elegance and comfort, combining the power of its original meter thick walls, yellowwood details, and authentic ‘Overberg’ style, while every modern convenience is available. The indulgence does not stop with the accommodation but is carried throughout your experience.
Jan Harmsgat is positioned in a beautiful valley with panoramic views of the mountains and the vineyards. You can choose from a ceremony under our lush pecan trees or on our sprawling lawns in front of our Classic Quarters. Ceremonies can also take place in any of the gorgeous churches in Bonnievale, Swellendam or Robertson.
At its core, this is a working farm but beyond the bountiful harvests and warm welcomes, there’s a sense of tranquility that greets you upon arrival and holds you at a sub-average pulse rate until your departure date.
The farm history dates back to 1723 and as if that’s not impressive enough, if pomegranates are the fruit of the gods - this must certainly be an earthly offering of heaven. Exporting more than 850 tonnes a year, a safari-style farm drive around the 625 hectares of seemingly ever-stretching views proudly boasts some of SA’s most fertile lands. Our Backlands Farm Drive in our open 4x4 vehicle through the pomegranate vineyards ensure your photographic opportunities are endless!
Jan Harmsgat offers both an inside and outside venue for your reception. The inside venue is our cosy restaurant which offers a wonderful open space to entertain your guests. The outside venue which can be set up under the pecan trees offers a beautiful venue under the stars. The main dining venue can host up to 50 seated guests for an intimate celebration or wedding, while the rolling lawns can accommodate larger groups for an outdoor wedding.
Less than a two-hour drive from Cape Town, be prepared to be transported back to another era where open space, country charm and your comfort reign supreme. For couples looking to escape the city noise for a beautiful countryside wedding, this is a place that truly welcomes all.
R60, Swellendam, 6740