“I owe my being to the hills and the valleys, the mountains and the glades, the rivers, the deserts, the trees, the flowers, the seas and the ever-changing seasons that define the face of our native land.”
– Thabo Mbeki
This quote, an extract from Mbeki’s “I Am An African” speech, is what ran on repeat through my mind while Granville and I were heading to Greyton a few months back.
The drive to this little town, less than two hours from Cape Town, is filled with spectacular views of the ocean on your right and mountains on your left as you make your way over Sir Lowry’s Pass which then gives way to open fields (used for farming) as far as the eye can see.
On entering the town, it seems as though you have been transported to another time and place. Trees line the main road that is filled with art galleries, restaurants and antique stores (as are many of the side roads throughout the town).
After travelling down Main Road, and mentally making plans to buy property in this beautiful part of the world, we took a right onto Cross Market Street and found our home for the weekend and what a home it was!
Used as stables by the town’s doctor back in the 19th century, Garden Cottage is filled with old-world charm — from its kitchen with a two plate gas burner and stone indoor fireplace, to the suspended wrought-iron Moroccan bed.
Set in a garden filled with lemon trees and birds who call it home, which you can explore at your leisure, it was easy to forget that we were just a few meters away from the famous Greyton Saturday Morning Market.
After making our way to the market where you can buy the most amazing homemade jams, cheeses and baked goods, Granville and I headed out to explore the town. There are various ways to do this without having to spend a cent on petrol — You could hire a bicycle, go on horseback or walk. Going with option three, we strolled through the town discovering many hidden gems along the way.
Greyton’s beauty and simplicity has made it a town that my old soul has definitely fallen in love with, with future visits an absolute must. Even if the most traffic we encountered was a horse and cart crossing the road…