Greyton Holiday Guide

Description

Built into the foothills of the Riviersonderend Mountains and along the Grootbos River, this village has evolved from a purely agricultural community into one of cosmopolitan character, attracting residents and owners from all over the world, as they too discover the village and wish to be part of this remarkable settlement. Beautiful gardens, gorgeous properties, safe and friendly neighbourhoods, restaurants, artists and superb mountain views – no wonder Greyton has become the home to so many experienced travelers.

Named after Sir George Grey, twice Governor of the Cape Colony, Greyton has a picture perfect patchwork of gardens, pretty cottages and many beautifully restored buildings.

The Location of Greyton

Greyton is a unique village, located just 90 minutes drive from Cape Town, in the Western Cape area of South Africa.

The Greyton Vibe

Greyton, with its quaint street scenes and tranquil country atmosphere, is so removed from the worst aspects of modern life that it is not surprising that the visitor to Greyton is enchanted and never wants to leave. It is a familiar tale among newer inhabitants that they fall instantly under Greyton’s spell and vow to return. Many come to live, and those that do, carry on the tradition of preserving the best of Greyton life in South Africa- the country cottages, the pretty gardens and rural lifestyle. Their reward is to share in the daily experience of friendly and relaxed village life in poetically beautiful surroundings.

Greyton is a treasure and craft hunters’ dream. It is home to a number of artists and craft persons and many of them operate an open house policy.

Greyton is a friendly, peaceful hamlet surrounded by mountains and farmlands. Within the village, old traditions still prevail, such as, thatched cottages and restored buildings, that stand amidst beautiful gardens and oak lined streets. Ducks frolic in the “leiwater” canals and donkey carts, cows and horses are part of the daily scenes. Summer days are hot and balmy, whilst winter offers snow capped mountain peaks.

Greyton – Amenities and places to see

The town boasts a number of historical buildings such as, The Post House, Greyton Lodge, St. Andrews Church, The Moravian Church and many restored cottages. There is also an old Cape Highway/historic wagon route via Lindeshof to Riviersonderend, where oak and poplar trees indicate overnight stops for wagons. The GL Gallery has exhibitions on a regular basis from local and well known South African artists.

Like many South Africa country towns, Greyton comes to life on Saturday mornings. Much of this activity occurs around the Village Square, which hosts the weekly Saturday Morning Market. Many exciting stalls will produce farm cheeses, homemade jams, pancakes, cakes and pastries, plants and herbs and home made items of all descriptions.

Visit von Geusau’s chocolate factory and bliss out. World class. Follow that with a trip to two excellent local winefarms, Lismore Estate and Oewerzicht. Also a place worth while to visit is the High Hopes Healing Energy Centre for a massage, kinesiology or energy balance.

Greyton Activities

 

  • Exploring the town on a hired bicycle
  • Hiking and walks
  • Mountain biking
  • Horse riding
  • Chocolate tasting
  • Wine tasting

 

Eating out in Greyton

Greyton only has a handful of restaurants and coffee shops:

Greyton restaurants :

 

  • The Oak and Vigne Café
  • Moravian Restaurant
  • High Hopes Saturday Energy Café
  • Via’s
  • The Port House
  • Vanilla Café
  • Restaurant 254

 

Guesthouses in Greyton

Please use the links below to access more details on the featured guest houses, where indicated read the owners/ manager page for the inside story!!

Zebra Moon

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