I Love Greyton Because …
Hi, I’m Gemma Downing from Greyton in the Cape Overberg, Western Cape.
GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN whilst bobbing about in the Gobos River – so refreshing.
THE BEST still life PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN in the surrounding mountains early in the morning when the spider webs are dripping with dew. Its magical!
OTHER HAPPY SNAPS all over the village … including the Saturday morning market.
WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO work in the garden – there is always so much to be done.
WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO have coffee next to the log fire at The Post House.
I THINK THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT IS all year around BECAUSE the summer is perfect for braaing and hanging out with friends and the winter is made special with cosy log fires and an abundance of Von Geusau chocolates.
MY FAVOURITE BREAKFAST SPOT IS The Post House – their Eggs Benedict are delicious.
FOR LUNCH, I SUGGEST Driefontein, 17km from the village and set in their farmhouse overlooking the wheatfields. They’re only open on Sundays and offer a set lunch with around five courses and are not licensed so bring your own.
MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS Peccadillos, TRY Rupert’s home-made Gnochhi followed by Lemon Pavlova.
BEST LATE NIGHT SNACK FROM my own fridge.
MY FAVOURITE retail therapy SPOT IS Vintage and Vogue – I never leave empty handed.
FOR A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN TRY The Post House pub … its so tiny and quaint and you’ll be sure to make new friends. It’s home to the famous Bells whiskey advert – ‘give that man a Bells’!
IF YOU WANT TO MEET LOCALS, GO TO the Saturday morning market.
Greyton’s BEST KEPT SECRET IS Lismore Wine Estate – I love the breaktaking views of the Overberg from Sam’s balcony, coupled with a glass or two of her fabulous Lismore Chardonnay. Sublime.
MY FAVOURITE THING TO DO WITH FRIENDS IS to enjoy a meal together. Greyton is an extremely social village and not a weekend goes by without us all getting together over a good (local) bottle of wine!
FOR SOME LIVE MUSIC, I LIKE TO GO TO jazz events at The Post House or attend the annual Greyton Jazz Festival in July.
TO RELAX AND RESTORE MY SOUL, I LIKE TO take our dogs for a walk along the Gobos River banks and am constantly reminded of why my husband and I chose to raise our children in this special little village.
IF YOU’RE FEELING ADVENTUROUS, TRY try swimming in the gorge – ask the locals; they’ll direct you.
MY FAVOURITE HIKE would be from Greyton to McGregor and back, but Im far too lazy and prefer an explorative stroll in the river beds.
MY FAVOURITE clothing SHOP IS Wild Cherry.
MY FAVOURITE bird WATCHING SPOT IS right on my doorstep as we have a resident Vlei Street Jackal Buzzard who thankfully, keeps the snakes away.
IF YOU’RE HERE IN November, JOIN IN THE FUN AT the Genandendal Mission MTB and Trail Run event.
MY FAVOURITE MUSEUM IS in Genadendal, a town home to the first school in South Africa.
MY FAVOURITE BUILDING IS home to Osmans and Sons General Dealers on the Main Road FOR ITS character. I remember visiting Mr Osman each Saturday with my 2c pocket money and walking out with a waxy bag filled with Chappies and liquorice balls!
TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN? A FUN OUTING IS a picnic on the banks of the Gobos River – bring fishing nets! For the more energetic book an outing with Rockhopper Adventures for an amazing guided mountain bike ride through the local forest and river area.
BEST CHEAP AND CHEERFUL OUTING IS having one of Davida’s lemon curd pancakes from the market.
WHEN MONEY’S NO OBJECT, I LIKE TO visit High Hopes Healing Energy Centre for a massage.
THE MOST UNUSUAL THING I SEE HERE IS cattle or donkey’s causing the odd traffic jam or two!
MY FAVOURITE WEEKEND GETAWAY IS to Cape Town – getting a good dose of city life with great friends.
WHEN I WANT TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, I support our local Red Cross, Animal Welfare and Nature Conservation societies.
I Love Greyton BECAUSE of its amazing community spirit and its love of nature.
The Post House – +27 (0)28 254-9995
Peccadillos – +27 (0)28 254-9066
Lismore Estate Vineyards – +27 (0)82 343-7913
High Hopes Healing Energy Centre – +27 (0)28 254-9898