Schoone Oordt was the setting for a nostalgic reunion in January 2008.
Santa Hofmeyr-Joubert, who spent many happy years living in this house from the early 1970s, booked a few of our suites for a weekend to attend one of her grandsons’ wedding.
They reminisced as they enjoyed breakfast in “their old dining room” and the weekend was filled with laughter and stories of “die goeie ou dae” (the good old days).
Santa : “Dis eintlik ‘n huis wat uitroep op mense – baie mense hier om te eet en to woon. En te kuier. Op sy tyd was die huis bekend as die vrolikste kuier plek op die dorp, en die oumense het kon getuig van die danse en opskop wat daar gehou is..”
(“This is a house that calls out to people – many people to eat here and live here. And visit here. In its day the house was known as the friendliest, the jolliest place in town, and the old-timers could attest to the dances and parties that were held there”.)
Santa wrote this in our visitor’s book… “Thank you for making this work for us, Roy. A very big thing for those of us who were ‘coming back’, and for those who were seeing Schoone Oordt for the first time. Thank you for the opportunity to relive memories, retell stories and to indulge in the past. You are doing things beautifully here, and adding grace in many ways.
Santa Hofmeyr-Joubert, Leonie Hofmeyr, Malan Rietveld (son 1), Louis Pienaar (son 2), Ashley Millar (girlfriend), Japie Pienaar (husband), Ronelle Nel (nee Hofmeyr)
The first picture was taken in the 70’s when Santa lived here by a journalist who published the house’s story in a local magazine. The 2nd picture was taken on the weekend of the wedding.
Such lovely history