After a detour soaking up history and culture of Genadendal, it was just a few kms to Greyton. And what a treat this village is.
Named after Sir George Grey, the Governor of the Cape, the layout of the village has changed little since 1854 when it was established. It’s interesting to note that it was only in 1970 that electricity was supplied to Greyton!
Slowly down the Main Road we cruised, looking left and right at all the cute shops and houses. We spotted our hotel very easily with its bright red post box but continued on down the road. We explored the side roads, gawking at the beautifully preserved old houses, up the hill where some larger homes are situated, and then back down again where we made our way to the river – Riviersonderend, meaning ‘river without end’. We found a bench overlooking the river and spent a few contemplative minutes just breathing in the fresh country air.
We checked in to our hotel – The Post House – and after dropping our bags we went on foot to explore some more. Beautiful quirky shops – too many restaurants to choose from – some delicious handmade chocolate – more lovely houses – a pond full of waterblommetjies (water plants that make an excellent stew, typically South African) … the old irrigation street furrows (leiwater) are still visible throughout the village which only received municipal running less than 100 years ago! It gets very dry here in summer so this irrigation system is vital to the village.
Although there was a lot of choice for dinner some friends had said they might come up for a night and wanted to meet us at Abbey Rose for dinner. They cancelled their plans and anyway Abbey Rose was closed, so we decided to have dinner at our hotel based on a recommendation from someone we had chatted to in the bar over a sundowner. Incidentally, the bar is famous for being the setting of the famous “Give that man a Bell’s” advert.
Our meal was wonderful! The food is excellent – my sister hasn’t stopped raving about the mussel starter that we shared; the friendly service was impeccable, the wine list is extensive, the decor is lovely, and an unusual touch is that they show silent movies on a wall.
After dinner we popped over the road to the All Bar Nun pub – this was fun. A pool table, a wall full of quirky customer comments, a barman aptly named Crazy Pete whose taste in music mirrors my own and who pours generous drinks, a congenial owner happy to share some village gossip … let’s just say that what happens in Greyton, stays in Greyton!
We loved our room at the Post House. It’s one of the two National Monuments in Greyton and used to be the village post office. Dating back to 1879 this building has been lovingly cared for and the hotel deserves its ranking as one of the best in the village.
All the rooms overlook a very pretty garden and each has its own style and ‘story’. We had a luxury room with a big bath, a sitting area, all the comforts one could wish for.. coffee-making, hairdryer, safe, etc. Beds are very comfortable, decor understated, the turn-down included a delicious local handmade Von Geusau chocolate.. what more could you want? Breakfast, that’s what. I adore hotel breakfasts, and was in my element to see Eggs Benedict on the menu – my favourites! After a delicious flaky croissant, I ordered the eggs and they were sublime. Washed down with excellent coffee, we were ready to hit the road again for the next leg of our road-trip.
There are several hiking trails in the area and a reserve for walks and hikes with a view. Other outdoor activities include bird watching, cycling and horse riding. Greyton is a popular wedding venue and it’s easy to see why. I’m definitely going to recommend including Greyton on Overberg tours!