We all know us Capetonians are sun-worshippers and moan about Cape Town’s winter all season long. But thankfully there are many little towns and dorps nearby where we can find a cosy home away from home and keep warm by a fireplace. Feel like a quick weekend escape to the Overberg? Well look no further than a Winter Getaway in Greyton…
Photograph: Greyton in Winter
WHY GREYTON IN THE WINTER?
This scenic village lies between the Riviersonderend mountains and hills of the Overberg and between two rivers. You’ll find oak-lined streets, thatched cottages and old homesteads which have been beautifully renovated. You can experience a weekend in true country style. If you do the Boesmanskloof Trail during the Winter months, you can see nine waterfalls which all rush into the river far below. The trail takes you from Greyton to McGregor through the Riviersonderend mountains over 32 km. If you’re doing at a relaxed pace, it will take you about five hours.
It’s no secret that everyone wants to eat more in Winter. Well this is a place you can find delicious, home-made food which you don’t have to make yourself. Sweet treats, cakes, jams and local meats abound in the delis and bakerys around town. Don’t miss the Saturday morning market where fresh meals, arts and crafts as well as fresh produce can be found. For wine lovers who love indulging in a glass of red wine by the fire, you can pop into any one of Greyton’s boutique wine producers. Garagiste style wines of Andy Mitchell Wines and other hand crafted blends such as those coming from Lismore estate Vineyards and are well worth a tasting once you’ve made an appointment.
Photograph: Abby Rose in Greyton
PLACES TO STAY WITH A FIRE PLACE…
Post House Country House
Built in 1860, here you can find spacious bedrooms with a fresh country style each with their own porch leading into a garden. This is where you can truly get away from it all, including your tv and The Post House Country Pub is where you’ll find a cosy spot to sit beside the fire during the icy winter or for the avid sports fans; a big game in the pub.
Cedric’s Country Lodge
When the oldest pub in town was renovated it was transformed into Cedric’s Country Lodge. Their various cottages can be found in the centre of the village and each lounge has a fireplace to keep you warm on weekends in winter. They also come with an outside braai area as that’s one thing we don’t stop doing when its cold- braaiing.
Photograph: The Post House Country Pub
There are seven cottages and six luxury safari tents to choose from in the farm. Three of the cottages can be found right down by the river, whilst the other four are perched on the hill with incredible views of the Riviersonderend Mountain Range. The tents are equipped with heaters for the winter time whilst the Citrus cottage has a fireplace. Oewerzicht farms apples, pears, wine and sheep.
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Find peace and tranquility in view of the majestic mountains and right beside a reserve. You’ll find everything you’ll need for the family to stay warm including a fireplace in the lounge and an outside shower for one of those freak hot days we sometimes experience in Winter.