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Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

Breakfast in Swellendam0

Posted 26 July, 2017

breakfast in swellendam

breakfast in swellendam

If there’s one breakfast in Swellendam you need to have its Schoone Oordt’s full course breakfast.  It’s “the perfect three course start to your day” and has been called “the highlight of the stay”, “memorable”, “hard to beat” and “a real treat” by our guests.  Although there is something new on the breakfast menu every morning we like to deck out our buffet with a few regulars like fruits, breads and cereals.

Of these breakfast buffet regulars our favourite has to be our homemade granola – a recipe developed by our very own Alison herself. In early days at Schoone Oordt  Alison used to take charge of preparing breakfast.

Although we now have Chef Obie at the head of things in the kitchen we still use Alison’s fabulous granola recipe.

Because we know so many of our guests and readers are on-the-go and sometimes too busy to even grab ...

silver mountain music festival swellendam

silver mountain music festival swellendam

The Silver Mountain Music Festival took place over the June long weekend and kicked off its second annual festival with an elegant stroke in Swellendam on the evening of 15 June at Schoone Oordt.

Still in its baby shoes the Silver Mountain Music Festival celebrates music and nature to the benefit of the community and conservation projects of the Grootvadersbosch Conservancy. The Grootvadersbosch Valley is a spectacularly scenic valley situated at the foot of the Langeberg Mountain between Suurbraak and Heidelberg and is known for its indigenous vegetation of Fynbos and Renosterveld amongst others – both endangered vegetation in South Africa. The aim of the Grootvadersbosch Conservancy is the protection of the indigenous ecosystems of the Grootvadersbosch Valley. Their conservancy projects include alien clearing, fire management, trail building and environmental education to name a few. This non-profit conservancy consists of 35000 hectares of ...

New Chef in Swellendam0

Posted 7 June, 2017

best restaurants swellendam

best restaurants swellendam

We’re very excited to finally introduce our not-so-new head chef, who is taking our Conservatory Restaurant to one of the best restaurants, Swellendam.  It was not an easy task to get this one to sit down for a chat about his career (head chef at Schoone Oordt tends to keep one busy).  This Bloemfontein native had big shoes to fill as Chef Wander’s successor but with his international experience and enthusiasm for food we knew he’d be up for the task. Obakeng Mholo, better known as Chef Obie, has come a long way from his humble beginnings growing up in Bloemfontein as the youngest of five children.  He remembers how he was always in awe of his brothers skillful cooking for their family even though it was with simple ingredients like potatoes, beef and pap.  Obie first discovered his own talent with food at the age of sixteen and by ...

Photography Workshop Swellendam

Photography Workshop Swellendam

With its old Victorian charm and breathtaking landscapes surrounding the town, Swellendam is a photographer’s paradise making it the perfect setting for a Photography Workshop.  Add in the expertise of commercial photographer and respected photography lecturer Henk Venter and superb accommodation at Schoone Oordt and you’re bound to up your photography skills and create magical photographs in just one weekend.

Henk Venter hosts his basic DSLR Photography Workshop Swellendam bi-annually during May and August. During this five week course, Henk teaches the basic functions of your DSLR camera and introduces creative photography concepts to learners through practical briefs.

Henk is adding a more creative workshop to his repertoire with a pinhole Photography Workshop Swellendam. This workshop will take place over the course of one weekend only and attendees can book their accommodation at Schoone Oordt at a special rate.  Please do enquire with us. Not only will you learn how to ...

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