Lower than two hours of driving, just a few good highway journey tunes and, in our case, not even a full tank of petrol is all it’s essential escape the hustle of Cape City and slide into the slower tempo of Greyton.
From the mom metropolis, it’s a simple – and exquisite drive – a straight shot alongside the N2, if you’ll. Past the site visitors of Somerset West, over Sir Lowry’s Cross, via the Elgin Valley, previous the Theewaterskloof Dam flip off at Grabouw, over Houw Hoek Cross till all of the sudden, open fields for so far as the attention can see.
Once in a while, a windmill, tractor or farmhouse; and should you’re travelling between July and September, the panorama is brilliant yellow, with the canola fields in full bloom.
Be warned, should you blink, you might miss the turn-off that takes you to Genadendal after which Greyton. However get it proper and also you’ll be greeted by a lush nation village, the place some houses have streams working via the yard, horses roam freely down gravel roads, everybody greets you with a smile and there’s not a site visitors mild in sight.
With its Victorian structure and peacefulness, it feels as should you’ve stepped again in time. However you continue to have all the trendy conveniences you might want.
Day 1: Take a stroll
Checked in and unpacked, it’s now time to soak up the splendour. The city is definitely walkable, however it might take you longer to succeed in your vacation spot than you anticipated, the city’s many quaint facet streets distracting you out of your goal. Every is lined with timber and blooms of many hues that adorn the houses.
They’re a marvellous sight on their very own, with their broekie lace and pretty-as-a-picture movie set really feel.
Introduced your canine on this journey? Take them on each day walks down Vlei Road. It’s acquired inexperienced, open fields to 1 facet, the Riviersonderend mountains within the not too far-off distance, and a stream on the finish of the highway the place they’ll cool themselves off earlier than the journey again.
They’ll additionally tag alongside on the Greyton Village Historic Stroll. Seize a helpful map on the Info Bureau on Most important Highway that can assist you on this journey. It leads you previous the city’s library, although it’s not open on the weekend.
You’ll discover St Andrew’s Anglican Church (028 254 9914), which was inbuilt 1904, Greyton Lodge (082 376 6667, greytonlodge.co.za) – the place elements of the constructing date again to 1882 – and a lot extra.
A cease on the Greyton Buying and selling Put up (076 259 6299, greyton-trading-post.enterprise.web site) is simply the ticket for these after an vintage discount. Stuffed to the brim with greater than you’ll be able to think about, you possibly can simply lose monitor of time as you browse.
And if in case you have – or are studying to have – inexperienced fingers, pop in on the Fiore Backyard Centre and Restaurant (028 254 9750, fioregardencentre.com). Strolling via the nursery is bliss and also you’ll little doubt be tempted to purchase just a few crops to take house with you. When you’re nervous your flora gained’t make it again house safely, order a pizza from the restaurant as a substitute as a result of, let’s face it, pizza has a method of creating the whole lot higher.
Day 2: Market Magic
It’s possible you’ll often put aside your Saturday mornings for sleeping in late after a protracted week at work. Don’t do that right here – Greyton is up brilliant and early. The city has a Saturday morning market (Greyton Village Market) from 10am til midday. As to be anticipated from nation markets, there are mouthwatering selfmade meals and exquisite selfmade crafts.
Take pleasure in your purchases at one of many space’s picnic spots earlier than heading to the Greyton Mountain Biking Membership (083 457 0679), the place they’ll be capable to advise you about the perfect trails within the space. If a leisurely cycle is extra your tempo, make your strategy to one of many many locations alongside the principle highway the place you’ll be able to rent a bicycle (we’re speaking a retro cycle kitted with a basket on the entrance).
Exploring by bike positive works up an urge for food, and though it’s a small city, village actually, Greyton is stuffed with eateries. Abbey Rose Restaurant (083 262 1244) serves up a scrumptious menu with all kinds of speciality South African meals, together with kudu pie. There are additionally dishes that put a neighborhood spin on classics equivalent to rooster curry. Sit within the backyard to get the total expertise. And should you’re taking a look at tying the knot, you are able to do that right here, too.
The place to Keep
Anna’s Nation Lodging
Only a stone’s throw from the village sq., you’ll really feel as if in case you have stepped into days of outdated. Keep in one of many three cottages or Treehouse, a sensible choice if romance is on the playing cards. Every of the self-catering cottages provides you entry to the key backyard, which is stuffed with timber, flowers and birds. The Backyard Cottage is a transformed steady and is stuffed with classic attraction, although that’s true of all of the cottages.
From R400 pp pn, minimal two nights on weekends
084 764 6012, annasplace.co.za
Little Oak Cottage
With a pool for the summer time warmth and indoor fire for the winter chill, that is an elegantly adorned house that’s deceptively tiny from the surface. It’s pet pleasant (R150 per pet per keep), so you’ll be able to deliver your canine together with you. Safe and personal, it makes a superb base from which you’ll be able to discover the city.
From R1 680 pn
083 652 5489, littleoakcottage.co.za
A model of this text initially appeared within the February 2023 print concern of Getaway
By Megan Paulse
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