Hermanus to Greyton

Posted: 2 March 2012 by Jenny Meyer Category: Arts and Crafts, Attractions, Children, Days trips from Hermanus, festivals, Things to do, Tours, Uncategorized Tags: , , , ,

Hermanus to Greyton

A day trip from Hermanus to Greyton is an experience you will surely want to repeat more than once while staying at Eastbury Cottage on a long annual holiday.  This quaint little village  of Greyton, with its thatched cottages, mighty trees, and magnificent scenery, is nestled at the foot of the majestic Sonderend Mountains, very close to Genadendal (see our blog Day trip Hermanus to Genadendal), also an historically rich village.

   Greyton mountain - Eastbury Cottage

Getting there: Travel time from Hermanus to Greyton is approximately 60 minutes. The distance is 84kms.

 

Travel west from Hermanus on the R43 to Botrivier and then take the N2 off ramp towards Caledon. Keep a look out for the Greyton turnoff ( R406) on the left, just before you get to Caledon.  The road is tarred and meanders through wheat fields, canola covered hills and farmlands.   Greyton is a picturesque little village that owes its beauty to the wonderful natural surrounds and its local Aesthetics Community which has made sure the pretty white thatched cottages are aligned just right.

reyton street - Eastbury Cottage  Greyton - Eastbury Cottage

 

Either casually strolling or biking along the roads of Greyton, you will discover the treasures it has to offer. Greyton boasts a variety of different shops that sell everything from well-known products to antiques, memorabilia and home-made gifts. The Greyton Village Liquor store store stockss a huge variety of local wines and most of them are sold at cellar prices. Every Saturday there is the much-loved Greyton market from 10h00 to 12h00. While famous for its ranges of mouth- watering produce that range from pies to pesto’s, the market also offers books, herbal plants and natural soaps and other products. For those who have a sweet tooth, Greyton offers you Von Geusau Chocolates where Belgian chocolates are homemade and ready to be enjoyed. Among artists that have made Greyton their home is the acclaimed, Catherine Paynter…who by coincidence is a relative of Jenny Bowes Meyer, owner of Eastbury Cottage.

 

Greyton Rose Show - Eastbury Cottage

The annual rose festival is usually celebrated in Greyton during the last week in October. A spectacular display of blooms that are locally grown will enthrall you.

 

Greyton is the starting point for the famous one- or two-day Boesmanskloof trail – more commonly known as the Greyton-McGregor trail.  Furthermore, Greyton has a selection of 4×4 trails on nearby farms as well as a selection of shorter hikes, art galleries, tennis courts, bowling, river activities such as canoeing, fishing and swimming and horse riding. There are two local horse centers in Greyton. The one just outside, Diadème Equestrian Centre, offers lessons and guided rides by experience professionals. On horseback you can experience the beauty of the mountainside surrounding Greyton. If walking is more your style then take your pick of the different hikes offered in the Greyton Nature Reserve which is home to its own indigenous plant species, the Pelargonium Greytonens. A walk up and down the gravel streets will fascinate you with the quaint cottages, water furrows, streams and little bridges connecting the town.

Greyton thatch cottage - Eastbury Cottage 

Although the reason for the establishment of this village remains unclear, the fact is that Herbert Vigne left us with a village of unsurpassed beauty and enchantment. It is wonderful that the character of the village and its Cape Vernacular architectural environment are largely intact and that the modern day development that has destroyed so many small towns of the Overberg, has up to now passed Greyton by.

 

Greyton makes an excellent stop for a day trip and very close by, is the Historic Town of Genadendal which promises to be full of exciting history and visually beautiful surroundings.

For more information visit  www.greytontourism.com

Author: Danica Kreusch

Editor: Jenny Bowes Meyer

Accommodation at Eastbury Cottage in Hermanus offers self-catering and B&B

 

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