The picturesque village of Greyton is another Overberg gem less than two hours drive from Cape Town. Renowned for its sheep farms and wheat and canola, July is a great time to visit the Overberg, as the fields are alive with newborn lambs and hues of green and gold so intense that you can be forgiven for thinking you have stepped into a Van Gough masterpiece.
Cradled by the Sonderend mountains it’s easy to lose yourself in Greyton’s charm with its’ oak-lined streets of eateries, shops and country cottages for hire.
Unlike some small towns. there’s plenty to see and do. We loved the Saturday market,
the von Geusau chocolate factory,
and an array of fabulous shops offering just about everything.
And then there are the eateries to kick back and relax after a long day of shopping.
We had lunch at the Oak and Vigne Café (above and below).
The owner – local personality, writer and event manager, Coenie Visser – is a delightful host full of warmth, welcome and laughter.
He persuaded me to try the Cafe’s speciality – a drink aptly named a “Greyton Mule”. It’s a refreshing combination of homemade ginger beer, lime and what Coenie termed a “spoegie” (dribble) of vodka. I had a fraction of the regular shot, but I suspect the full version provides the kick that accounts for the name!
Searles Trading Post (below) is a must see as it takes you back to a bygone era with its eclectic mix of wares and local resident Norma Musgrave’s gorgeous doll houses:
And then there were the locals including a foal who was fascinated by my friend Carol’s handbag, who rounded off a perfect day out in the Cape countryside!