Discover Greyton: The Ultimate Traveller’s Guide

Discover Greyton: The Ultimate Traveller’s Guide The Oaks Farm Greyton

An historic hamlet for modern travellers.

Despite becoming a prominent tourist destination over the past four decades, the charming village of Greyton has changed little since it was established in 1854. So tangible is its old-world feel, you almost expect a blacksmith to be hammering away at the old forge outside the cottage that was once his home.

Dubbed South Africa’s “Little England”, Greyton has managed to retain its bygone authenticity while still attracting a new wave of modern travellers who are keen to enjoy all that it offers: from a beautiful nature reserve to Victorian-era architecture, a high street lined with antique and junk shops, buzzy restaurants, bars and cafés and, of course, a wonderful selection of unique and enchanting places to stay. The fact that it’s just an hour-and-a-half drive from Cape Town only enhances its appeal.

We’ve compiled the ultimate guide to Greyton, so that you’re sorted for your next (or very first) visit.

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Places to stay in Greyton
Restaurants in Greyton
Things to do in Greyton

Places to stay in Greyton

Greyton Getaway

Greyton Destination Guide: Greyton Getaway
Greyton Destination Guide: Greyton Getaway Lounge
Greyton Destination Guide: Greyton Getaway Bedroom

Setting On a quiet outlying street in the village, this stylishly adorned home is ideal for those seeking a tranquil country stay without compromising on luxury. The house overlooks a beautifully landscaped garden and offers spectacular views of the towering Riviersonderend Mountains beyond.

The lodgings

  • three bedrooms (sleeps 6)
  • two en-suite bathrooms, one with a bath and shower and one with a shower
  • one guest bathroom with a shower
  • fully equipped open-plan kitchen and lounge area
  • smart TV with Netflix and Amazon Prime
  • laundry facilities and scullery
  • indoor fireplace
  • braai area and patio overlooking the garden
  • outdoor and indoor dining areas
  • swimming pool deck
  • complimentary wifi

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost R2 250 per night for the house
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Kleine Eike

Greyton Destination Guide: Kleine Eike
Greyton Destination Guide: Kleine Eike Camping
Greyton Destination Guide: Kleine Eike Canoeing

Setting This beautiful fruit farm just outside Greyton overlooks the towering Riviersonderend Mountains, and boasts wonderful riverside views from the Zonderend River that runs through it. Its proximity to the town centre combined with the feeling of being far removed from daily life makes this a top spot for those seeking a peaceful escape. Nature lovers will be in their element with the surrounding hiking trails, birdlife, canoeing and fishing on the river.

The lodgings

  • campsite along the riverbank
  • four spots a little further back from the water (for people with large caravans or small children)
  • each camping spot has its own braai facilities and electricity
  • ablutions with 8 shower cubicles and toilets; 10 basins and wash troughs

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost R500 (per night per camping spot for 1 to 4 people)
R120 (additional person per night, maximum of 10 people per site)
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Greyton Small House

Greyton Destination Guide: Greyton Small House
Greyton Destination Guide: Greyton Small House Kitchen
Greyton Destination Guide: Greyton Small House Bedroom

Setting Those seeking a central yet totally cool village stay will be in heaven at this quirky cottage. Hidden on a quiet street, the house (dating back to 1880) offers a wonderful spot to relax and unwind after a day spent exploring. And don’t let the name fool you – in addition to two bedrooms, the eclectically decorated cottage is host to a beautiful backyard and private pool. What more could you need!

The lodgings

  • two en-suite bedrooms (main with a bath and shower)
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • dining area and lounge
  • two indoor fireplaces
  • outdoor covered courtyard
  • braai area
  • spacious garden
  • large swimming pool
  • TV with premium DStv and Blu-Ray DVD
  • surround-sound music system
  • complimentary wifi

Child friendly? On request
Pet friendly? On request
Cost From R2 400 per night for the cottage (depending on season, sleeps 4)
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Elandskloof Farm Cottages

Greyton Destination Guide: Elandskloof Farm Cottages
Greyton Destination Guide: Elandskloof Farm Cottages Exterior
Greyton Destination Guide: Elandskloof Farm Cottages Bedroom

Setting Like something out of an Enid Blyton novel, the rolling meadows and gurgling rivers of Elandskloof are the picture of peaceful farm life. Whether you take a paddle in the stream or go for a walk in the fields, you’re guaranteed to encounter herds of cows sauntering by, with the Riviersonderend Mountains creating a scenic backdrop. And for cycling enthusiasts, there are two mountain-biking trails built for guests’ use.

The lodgings

  • 20 self-catering cottages varying in size (divided into thatched and riverside units, sleeping 2 to 6 each)
  • one or two bathrooms
  • kitchen with a stove, fridge, microwave and dishwasher
  • lounge with a wood-fired stove
  • boma and braai area
  • private patio
  • newly built Kloof Lodge (accommodates up to 32 guests)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 000 per cottage per night (depending on cottage type)
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Oewerzicht

Greyton Destination Guide: Oewerzicht
Greyton Destination Guide: Oewerzicht River
Greyton Destination Guide: Oewerzicht Campsite

Setting Nine kilometres from Greyton, Oewerzicht is a picturesque apple and pear farm, surrounded by mountains and rolling wheatlands where sheep roam free. (If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a resident reebok stopping by for a drink of water.) The lawned campsite lies near a flowing river that provides hours of fun for the whole family.

The lodgings

  • 25 grass campsites with shade from surrounding reeds
  • power points
  • modern ablutions
  • braai facilities (bring your own grid)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost R390 per site per night for four people
R90 (additional person)
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Restaurants in Greyton

Abbey Rose

Greyton Destination Guide: Abbey Rose

A family-run restaurant serving speciality South African dishes, Abbey Rose serves finger-licking meals in a lovely, laidback atmosphere. Passionate owners André and Anita Ferreira have been in the restaurant business for over 20 years, and their welcoming approach coupled with their home-cooked food (oxtail, kudu pie, lamb shank and linefish) has made their eatery one of the most popular spots in the village. When it’s warm, pull up a chair in the beautiful garden, or cosy up next to the indoor fireplace on chillier days. Either way, you’re in for a treat!
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 11.30am – 3pm; 6pm – 10pm
Sunday, 11.30am – 3pm
Contact 028 254 9470, andre@abbeyrose.co.za
Where to find it 19 Main Road, Greyton

Ambiance Eatery

Greyton Destination Guide: Ambiance Eatery

This quaint eatery at Willie Jacobs @ Greyton Art Gallery is the perfect spot to refuel after a morning or afternoon spent browsing local artworks. The beautifully presented breakfasts, salads, vegetable and charcuterie platters, burgers, freshly baked goods and gourmet sandwiches are best enjoyed under the trees on the patio or inside surrounded by works of art.
Opening times Tuesday & Thursday, 8am – 4pm
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 8am – 10pm
Sunday, 8am – 2pm
Contact 028 254 9233, chriscloete007@gmail.com
Where to find it 25 Main Road, Greyton

Rupert’s Bistro

Greyton Destination Guide: Rupert's Bistro

What started out as Peccadillos Bistro in 2008, got a revamp and new identity in 2018. With the help of his wife Susan, chef-owner Rupert Fage has created an ever-changing seasonal menu of British classics with a Mediterranean twist, such as wood-fired pizzas, fish cakes, roast pork belly, and tagliatelle primavera – which diners are invited to enjoy inside the warm and welcoming interior, or outside on the sunkissed patio.
Opening times Thursday – Monday, 1pm – 3pm; 6pm – late
Contact 028 254 9066, info@rupertsbistro.co.za
Where to find it 23 Main Street, Greyton

The Hub & Spoke

Greyton Destination Guide: The Hub & Spoke

Food aside, The Hub & Spoke is where the mountain-bikers gather to get the latest intel on cycling trails, MTB permits, outdoor apparel, and bike gear. The farm-fresh meals, such as quiche, bagels, wraps, are delicious, and you simply must pop in for their famous vegetarian buffet on select Saturdays. Be there by 12pm, else you won’t get a spot.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 8am – 3pm
Contact 083 457 0679, koobie@iafrica.com
Where to find it 18 West Street, Greyton

Fiore

Greyton Destination Guide: Fiore

For the tastiest Italian food this side of Riviersonderend, make sure Fiore is on your list. Known for its flavourful and fuss-free dishes, the restaurant-cum-garden-centre has a wonderful kiddies’ area and is surrounded by splashing fountains and views of the Riviersondered mountains, creating a lovely atmosphere in which to enjoy delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner (on select days). We’re talking savoury crêpes, pizzas, tramezzini, fresh salads, pasta, cakes and tarts, and a wide selection of hearty breakfasts. Buon appetito!
Opening times Monday – Wednesday, 8am – 5pm
Thursday – Saturday, 8am – 10pm
Sunday, 8am – 5pm
Contact 082 450 6942 or 082 490 0059
Where to find it 10 Main Road, Greyton

And, if you have more time, you might also like:

  • Old Potter’s Inn (for finger food and top-notch craft-beer tastings)
  • 1854 Restaurant (for classic pub grub in a laidback atmosphere)
  • Pure Café (for fresh vegan fare)
  • The Oak & Vigne Café (for slow lunches and hearty breakfasts)
  • Silvano’s (for an array of tasty seafood dishes)
  • Vanilla Café Greyton (for coffee, light meals and heavenly baked goods)
  • Heart & Soul Café (for wholesome, nourishing plates and harvest tables)

Things to do in Greyton

Saturday morning market

Greyton Destination Guide: Saturday Morning Market

A trip to Greyton wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Saturday morning market, where you’ll find a wide selection of farm-fresh produce, freshly baked treats, preserves, and a whole lot of country hospitality. What’s more, the funds raised by the market go towards environmental conservation efforts, such as Greyton’s beautiful nature reserve.
Opening times Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Contact 082 647 8696, info@greytontourism.com or greyton.market@gmail.com
Where to find it Opposite the NG Church, Main Road, Greyton

Greyton Nature Reserve

Greyton Destination Guide: Greyton Nature Reserve

A walk straight through town will lead you to the 2 200-hectare Greyton Nature Reserve, home to impossibly beautiful walks, hikes and mountain-biking trails! There are natural rockpools along the way and a kaleidoscope of wildflowers and flourishing birdlife; it’s worth packing a picnic and spending the day in nature.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 6am – 6pm
Contact 082 647 8696, info@greytontourism.com
Where to find it Park Street, Greyton

Boesmanskloof (Greyton-McGregor) Trail

Greyton Destination Guide: Boesmanskloof (Greyton-McGregor) Trail

The village is an easy access point to the Boesmanskloof Trail, a popular hike between Greyton and McGregor that passes through the Riviersonderend Mountains. You can complete the trail in one day, but it’s considered an overnight hike because hikers like to return to their starting point the following day (or you could arrange transport if you’re not up for the return walk). Either way, the trek offers spectacular scenery, and the opportunity to spot mountain-dwelling wildlife such as klipspringers, caracals and even the elusive Cape leopard.
Good to know The area is extremely warm and dry during summer, and extremely cold and wet during winter, so dress appropriately and come prepared. The hike requires a degree of fitness, as the trail frequently ascends and descends through mountainous terrain. Stick only to known routes and travel in a group. This is a mountain trail and should not be taken lightly.
Contact 023 625 1621 (reserve office)
Cost CapeNature permit: R50 (adults); R30 (children)
Where to find it Greyton Nature Reserve, Park Street, Greyton

Horse-riding and horse-cart rides

Greyton Destination Guide: Horse-Riding and Horse-Cart Rides

The quiet town streets offer the ideal conditions for gentle exploring on horseback or (for those who’d prefer the comfort of a backrest) horse-cart rides. Moses & Sons’ horse rides offer both saddle-up horse-riding on the outskirts of town, and fun horse-cart rides and private trips around the village – perfect for little ones (and adults).
Where to find it Main Road, Greyton

Hire a bike and ride around town

Greyton Destination Guide: Bike Hire and Rides

Hire a bike and explore the winding roads as the breeze whips through your hair, passing the occasional cow, horse or sheep. Those looking to cycle further afield should enquire about one of the many off-road bicycle tracks, through the farmlands and into the nature reserve.
Opening times Tuesday, 8am – 3.30pm
Wednesday – Friday & Sunday, 8am – 2.30pm
Saturday, 7.30am – 3.15pm
Contact 083 457 0679
Where to find it The Hub & Spoke, 18 West Street, Greyton

Wednesday fresh-produce market

Greyton Destination Guide: Wednesday Fresh-Produce Market

Visiting during the week? Be sure to pop by this fresh-produce market, where the Incredible Edible Greyton table sets up shop on the village’s main road. Here, the best home-grown fresh fruit and vegetables and homemade goods are swapped or sold – like the olden days.
Opening times Wednesday, 9am – 12pm
Contact 082 647 8696, info@greytontourism.com
Where to find it Main Road, Greyton

Do an historic walk

Greyton Destination Guide: Historic Walks

It’s no secret that Greyton is swathed in history, evident in the town’s heritage architecture, which has imbued the entire area with undeniable character and charm. Experience the true wonder of this small town during a Greyton Village Historic Walk, as you follow an informative map leading you towards beautiful buildings dating as far back as 1854, with unique anecdotes along the way. Grab your printed map, complete with all the information you need to fully immerse yourself in the tour, from the Information Bureau on the Main Road.
Opening times Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Contact 028 254 9414/9564, info@greytontourism.com
Where to find it 29 Main Road, Greyton

Visit an animal sanctuary

Greyton Destination Guide: Animal Sanctuaries

Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary and EARS donkey sanctuary are two must-visit NPOs for animal lovers. Both are involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of farm animals, providing a safe, loving haven for pigs, cows, sheep and goats, (Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary) and donkeys (EARS). Any donations in terms of food or cash is always welcome.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm (EARS)
Monday – Sunday, 10am – 2pm (Farm Animal Sanctuary)
Contact 082 660 6714, info@greytondonkeysanctuary.co.za (EARS)
Visits by appointment only.
082 558 7752, nicola@greytonfarmsanctuary.org (Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary)
Where to find it Villiersdorp Road, Greyton (EARS)
Tabularasa Farm, Krige Road, Greyton (Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary)

Craft-beer tastings at Old Potter’s Inn

Greyton Destination Guide: Old Potter's Inn

Welcoming visitors to town with its charming 1830 exterior, old beer drums and a scattering of tables tucked under the oaks in a vibey, rustic courtyard, this restaurant and craft beer brewery offers the ideal location to sip a selection of locally made brews (as local as Greyton itself!). Try the signature range of Flower Child IPA, Plaas Japie Saison, Rooinek amber ale, My China rice lager, and City Slicker pale ale as you snack on a pizza, burger, onion rings and other snacky things, and watch the daily town life pass you by.
Opening times Wednesday, 1pm – late
Friday – Saturday, 11am – late
Sunday (optional trade depending on season)
Contact 028 254 9690, reservations@oldpottersinn.co.za
Where to find it 16 Main Road, Greyton

Art classes

Greyton Destination Guide: Art Classes

Get your hands dirty while creating something beautiful at one of these interactive art classes and workshops at Willie Jacobs @ Greyton Art Gallery, hosted by resident gallerist Annalie Wesson. And, once you’re done, you can browse the (other) works of art on display and grab a bite to eat at Ambiance Eatery.
Contact 082 647 8696, info@greytontourism.com
Where to find it 25 Main Road, Greyton

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Time of publication: 24 March 2021

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