McGregor is a small, quaint village nestled at the foot of the Riversonderend mountains. It is a short detour off the R62 and well worth it – there is no way out (unless you hike 14km!) so it has to be a destination.
The village reportedly lies on one of the ancient sites of Southern Africa and to be situated on converging ley-lines which gives it mystical energy. It is a place that attracts holistic healers, artists and gentle folk. The white washed cottages with thatched roofs dominate the architecture and the slogan of “where time stood still” seems completely apt.
There are restaurants, shops, a spiritual retreat, art route and hiking trails – so plenty to fill up a weekend or a few days stay. Of course there’s also the opportunity to sit and do absolutely nothing in the quiet surrounds…
Hedonist Hippy recommends
Karoux restaurant – wonderful fresh food sourced locally and written up on a blackboard menu. Open for dinner only; closed Wednesday and Thursday.
Temenos – retreat and spiritual haven. You do not need to be doing any specific retreat to stay here. The rooms are lovely and comfortable with a private outside area. The gardens are gorgeous with many eclectic buildings for private meditation and contemplation. A place to completely unwind, relax and rejuvenate.
Lord’s Guest Lodge – situated just outside the village with amazing views over the valley. Beautiful stone building with excellent restaurant.
Sunflower Cottage – beautiful old historical building for self-catering tucked just off the main street.
The Old Post Office – pub and whisky bar. The owner claims to have the most types of Malt Whisky outside the Cape Grace in Cape Town! Well worth a visit but be careful as it’s very easy to get stuck in there! The pub also houses a large screen for watching sports and does cater for non-whisky drinkers too.
Millstone Pottery – beautiful handcrafted pottery made on the premises and the studio is open 7 days a week (also on the art route). Work includes functional terracotta items and decorative raku dishes and vases.
The Art Route – pick up a map from the tourism office and wander round galleries and artists’ homes.
Tanagra Winery and Distillery – boutique winery and grappa distillery. Visits by appointment.
Boesmanskloof Hiking Trail – 14km hike to Greyton through beautiful scenery with spectacular waterfalls.
Don’t rush through this place, take time to slow down and tune into the natural energy that radiates around you. Enjoy the tranquility and the space, the old-world charm and appreciate “the time that’s standing still”.
For more information on what to do in this charming place go to their tourism website.