South Africa's Little England – with sunshine added!

About Greyton

Greyton is a small village a couple of hours drive from Cape Town. Set in the Overberg region, with the Sonderend mountains as a backdrop, Greyton is all oak-lined lanes and gorgeous country cottages.

To be there feels like you have travelled back in time into an olde English parish, with white picket fences and farmers’ markets to boot. Art is everywhere in Greyton, you’ll even find random paintings on the walls of houses. Greyton has become somewhat of a haven for the artistic, intellectual and eclectic minded.

You can hire bicycles for the day and peddle around Greyton’s side streets, soaking up the scenery at a leisurely, laid-back pace. Mountain bike buffs can enjoy many kilometers of cycling track through stunning mountain terrain.

Greyton has several boutique wine producers on its doorstep. Local Lismore Estate Vineyards was started by Californian Samantha O’Keefe who believes she found paradise and the perfect terroir in Greyton. Her passion and vines chilled by the winter snow and nourished by the African summer sun, produce classic cool climate wines that are rich, complex and lovingly hand crafted.

"I found myself laying in a field of dreams enjoying the sunshine and gifts life brings I could close eyes and without a stare I could touch the clouds as if I were there."

Shelby Bridges 2005

Historic Genadendal

Genadendal (Valley of Grace) is approximately 10 minutes drive from Greyton in the Riviersonderend Mountains. Genadendal has a rich spiritual history and was the first mission station in southern Africa. It was founded by Georg Schmidt, a German missionary of the Moravian Church, who settled on 23 April 1738 in Baviaans Kloof in the Riviersonderend Valley and began to evangelise among the Khoi people.

At one stage Genadendal was the largest settlement in the Colony after Cape Town and the mission station developed into a self- sufficient community. Home industries flourished, including amongst others the forging of knives (the well known herneuters) and Genadendal became an important educational centre.

The first Teachers’ Training College in South Africa, now the Museum building was erected in 1838. The old church buildings, the manse, the Memorial Garden, tannery, printing works, the store and a water mill all take visitors back into the Cape’s earliest origins.

Restaurants in Greyton

Delicious meals, imaginatively prepared, are always on the menu in Greyton and you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to eating out. There are a surprising number of excellent restaurants in Greyton, all competing to serve the best meals (and coffee!) in the Overberg.  From fine dining at Peccadillos and The Hungry Monk, to fresh and fabulous at The Oak and Vigne Café, and Via’s Deli. Abbey Rose fans love its home-from-home country cooking, or visit Pure Café, Greyton’s own vegetarian and vegan restaurant or the lovely Heart and Soul restaurant – ‘From the Earth to the Table’.  And Fiore Garden Center in a beautiful serene garden and majestic mountain views and, of course, the Old Potter’s Inn and Brewhouse & there Local are Lekker night.  Villagers and visitors alike have many opportunities to indulge in fabulous food.

The charm of this town is immediately evident upon driving down the narrow streets. The cottages which line the roads were built by semi-skilled labourers when Greyton was first established as a small agricultural village some 150 years ago.

“It takes a village to raise a child”

rings true to many South Africans, but what better village to raise your child in than at Greyton House Village School. This independent, co-educational English-medium school catering for children from Grades 00 – 7, is one of the first buildings you will find on your left as you drive into Greyton, otherwise known as “The jewel of the Overberg”. The school aims is to creates a childhood to remember in a wholesome and secure country environment.  The GCCC is very supportive of the Greyton School!