This village although very pretty with its oak-lined main road and thatched cottages is pretty sophisticated for the country. Being a mere hour and a half’s drive from Cape Town it is full of trendy city dwellers at weekends which lends a vibrant atmosphere to what was once a sleepy hollow and ensures that businesses succeed more readily here than in some of the quieter dorps.
It is picturesque and beautifully situated, being surrounded by the Riviersonderend mountains and is very “English” in its feel. To pass the time there are lovely walks, from gentle strolls to more arduous hikes, cycling and horse riding. For those with a desre for more supine activity there are a decent amount of good places to eat and drink and of course plenty of people watching!
Hedonist Hippy recommends:
The Hungry Monk – tapas and freshly sourced seasonal produce. Small, cosy restaurant with a fire in winter and outside area for summer dining. For a drink before or after try their adjacent pub Bar Nun.
Via’s – great coffee from the in-house roaster with beans for sale along with other home made produce.
Oak & Vigne – one of Greyton’s institutions. Very vibey, busy joint with good coffee and sandwiches. Always lots of people to watch and nice art on the walls.
The Post House – lively pub and restaurant serving good country food.
Garden Cottage – one in a suite of “Anna’s Country Cottages” within walking distance of the town centre. Cute, self-catering cottage for 2 that was once a conservatory! Beautifully decorated with hidden outside nooks and a fireplace inside for winter.
Tree House – literally built around an old oak tree that features as part of the interior decor. Self-catering cottage for 2 high up in a tree that’s been beautifully finished.
Von Geusau Chocolates – visit the chocolatier next door to the Oak & Vigne and just indulge!
Searle’s Trading Post – this eclectic store sells memorabilia and kitchen utensils, along with freshly baked cakes and fine food. Don’t forget to look out for Charlie, the pot-bellied pig!
Candle Shop – beautiful, intricately carved handmade candles with delicious scents.
Saturday morning market – as the name suggests, it’s held every Saturday from 10am – 12pm on Market Square, where you can buy fabulous fresh produce and many home crafted items.
Boesmanskloof Hiking Trail – 14km hike to McGregor through beautiful scenery with spectacular waterfalls.
Greyton Equestrian Centre – offers outrides and lessons from the eco estate in the village.
Retro Rides – hire an old-fashioned bicycle of the kind you rode as a kid and cycle off those chocolates you’ve just eaten.
There is no doubting the charm of Greyton and the fact it has been so well preserved. It’s worth walking up and down the side streets, enjoying the prettiness and quiet, before returning to the pleasures of eating, drinking and making merry! For more info go to their excellent tourism website
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