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A DAY IN GREYTON

Greyton. I’ve somehow never managed to get there before in my five years in the Cape and what a shame that was! Known as "The Jewel of the Overberg” you will find this secret little gem tucked away at the foot of the Riviersonderend mountains – just 95km to the east from Gordon’s Bay.

Blog/Greyton-town-centre-300x225.jpg [© 2006 gondwanastudio.com]

Greyton. I’ve somehow never managed to get there before in my five years in the Cape and what a shame that was! Known as "The Jewel of the Overberg” you will find this secret little gem tucked away at the foot of the Riviersonderend mountains – just 95km to the east from Gordon’s Bay.

What’s so special you might ask. Well, there are lots of charming little villages dotted around the Western Cape but this one really has no downsides. It’s neat, clean, quiet and full of interesting little shops and inviting restaurants. The narrow streets lined by shady trees are perfect for a lazy afternoon stroll (with plenty of watering holes along the way!).

We lunched at a super restaurant called Via’s. It has a very small menu but the dishes on offer change daily and the menu is obviously carefully considered. The Thai Green Prawn curry provided just the right combination of heat and spiciness, whilst the Roast Lamb was out of this world served with the freshest home-made mint sauce and a selection of garden vegetables. However, the deserts are completely unmissable. The lemon pudding with custard and chantilly cream was heavenly – the apple pie delectable. If penance is to be done the next day for over-eating this really is the best excuse!

A Day In Greyton - Gordon's Bay accommodation - Beachfront Accommodation - Berg en Zee Guesthouse - Blog/Garden-service-in-Greyton-300x225.jpg [© 2006 gondwanastudio.com]

Now, here’s a novel garden service and it’s probably unique to Greyton. Whilst sitting under the trees sipping a cold beer, we were presented with the sight of four horses strolling along the street with no human supervision. We’d only had one beer at that point so we were pretty sure we weren’t imagining things. Two hours later after lunch, we came across this little gathering further down the street enjoying their own Sunday lunch on someone’s lawn! I don’t think the owners would have been particularly perturbed as it no doubt saves them a lot of trouble mowing.

This excursion is definitely going on my day trip list for guests. Just gorgeous!

Author: Jackie
Date: 07 Feb 2011
Tags : Cape Town accommodation, Gordon's Bay accommodation, Gordon's Bay guest houses, Greyton



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