Greyton information

One and a half hours drive from Cape Town, on the site of an old rambling farm, lies the peaceful town of Greyton. Named after Sir George Grey, twice Governor of the Cape Colony, Greyton has a picture perfect patchwork of gardens, pretty cottages and many beautifully restored buildings.

A traveler coming suddenly upon Greyton, in its cradle of mountains, after a journey through the rolling wheatfields of the Overberg, might be forgiven if he thinks he has discovered another Brigadoon, that mythical village lost in another centure. Visitors to Greyton are enchanted with its true country atmosphere and fall instantly under the village's spell. The reward is to share Greyton lifestyle in a friendly and relaxed experience.

In the tradition of other towns in the region, Greyton was first a farm, Weltevreden. In 1846, Weltevreden was bought by Herbert Vigne. Greyton today is a friendly, peaceful hamlet surrounded by mountains and farmlands. Within the village, old traditions still prevail, such as, thatched cottages and restored buildings, that stand amidst beautiful gardens and oak lined streets. Ducks frolic in the "leiwater" canals and donkey carts, cows and horses are part of the daily scenes. Summer days are hot and balmy, whilst winter offers snow capped mountain peaks.

The town boasts a number of historical buildings such as, The Post House, Greyton Lodge, St. Andrews Church, The Moravian Church and many restored cottages. There is also an old Cape Highway/historic wagon route via Lindeshof to Riviersonderend, where oak and poplar trees indicate overnight stops for wagons.

Greyton is a treasure and craft hunters dream. It is home to a number of artists and craft persons and many of them operate an open house policy. The numerous Greyton accommodation establishments that cater for bed & breakfast accommodation, country lodge and Greyton self catering accommodation, are sure to provide the perfect weekend accommodation for the city dweller.