“Spend time in villages like Greyton and Genadendal and before you know it you’ll be doing the strangest things, like buying a pumpkin the size of a small child because it looks so beautiful and you’re convinced you’ll make pumpkin fritters like the ones you remember eating when you were growing up.
“That’s the thing with these sorts of villages: they’re beautiful, charming and completely intoxicating …” in the words of the writer, Karena du Plessis (Source: The Overberg, published by Struik).
The beautiful village of Greyton is a pristine country treasure just 90 minutes from Cape Town.
This tranquil oasis lies between two rivers, set amidst gently curving hills and nestling beneath the towering peaks of the majestic Riviersonderend mountain range.
A uniquely "Greyton” ambiance awaits you - a village of oak tree-lined lanes, lush and colourful secret country gardens and delightful historic homes.
In picture-perfect Greyton, the bustle of Cape Town’s city lights becomes a distant memory – a village retreat of innocent pleasures which rejuvenate the spirit.
A country escape with no equal.
Accommodation in the village is as tasteful as can be found anywhere in the world – the polar opposite of sprawling, garish hotels.
In Greyton, doors open to cottages and homesteads decorated by their owners personally, spilling out into shady, scented gardens – each garden a miniature expression of lovely Greyton’s tranquillity – watered by “leiwater”, carried to each erf by the roadside sluices fresh from the village’s upper reaches.
Residents who have settled here have sought out its old world charm – and have enriched village life with the work of their easels and writing pens.
In keeping with traditional village life, Greyton is best explored on foot, or bicycle – preferably with a basket up front!
Meander along the peach-pretty lanes, quince hedges and buckled old fig trees, and poke your head into the myriad delightful shops and stores.
For the picnic basket or breakfast table, cherry pick fresh organic fruit and veg or delicately-baked pastries. Shop shelves boast finely-presented crafts, clothing and mementoes.
Smell that coffee … settle down for a cuppa at a quaint street-side café. Or for a glass of wine as the sun reaches the yard-arm.
Don’t forget the delectable hand-crafted chocolates.
Art-lovers will take joy in Greyton’s exhibitions, while the rest of the family rambles off into the great outdoors – on hikes and trails, on horseback or bike.
… Or their toes into Greyton’s fresh mountain streams …
What greater pleasure than ambling off down Main Street on foot to find dinner cosy or al fresco – at a one of the village’s fine eateries.
Ducks frolic in the "leiwater" canals and donkey carts, cows and horses are part of the daily scenes. Summer days are hot and balmy, whilst winter offers snow capped mountain peaks.
Each winter, the mountains are re-christened with sprinklings of snow, and in spring Greyton is a bee’s delight – flowers both nurtured and wild, growing free.