Text Naomi Larkin WHERE: 276 Voortrek St, Swellendam, Western Cape, 028-514-2984 WHY WE LOVE IT: This uber stylish guesthouse is a firm favourite with HL staff. The seven garden rooms are decorated in primary colours juxtaposed with white, based on the four seasons and the elements of earth, wind and fire. Designer furniture predominates and all the mod cons are onhand. Unwind in a sun-lounger poolside, with a book in the lounge or have a massage at the spa. Breakfasts are not to be missed. X-FACTOR: Some 2.6ha of lush garden, a Jacuzzi by the lake, views of the surrounding mountains, and the charm of owners Carla and Maarten van der Ven, guarantee a relaxed getaway. For more information, visit bloomestate.com. This article was originally featured in the March 2014 issue of House and Leisure.