Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

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 privately owned land in the Grootvadersbosch Valley and is independent ...

New Chef in Swellendam0

Posted 7 June, 2017

We’re very excited to finally introduce our not-so-new head chef – 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 eighteen he decided to pursue a career in the culinary arts.

After graduating from the Central University of Technology’s ...

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 ...

Cape Trade Market

cape trade market

Craft Markets in South Africa have undergone an exciting revival in the last few years with new markets springing up in almost every park and shopping centre.   Now online craft markets have started expanding the platform for a variety of talented crafters.  Cape Trade Market is one such online craft market but with a difference, of course.  Specialising in hand-crafted goods made from locally sourced, sustainable materials by crafters in (mainly) the Overberg region.  A wide variety of unique crafts are sold on the Cape Trade Market’s online store and each month new crafters join the wonderful initiative.  We spent an inspiring afternoon at Umshanti with a handful of these talented crafters as well as the masterminds (or creative minds, really) behind Cape Trade Market. Initiators, Amanda Shackley and Graham Mutyambizi, are both talented marketers who share a passion for crafts and a deeply rooted love for (and knowledge ...

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