Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

Schoone Oordt goes to the Travel Indaba

In October of last year, we joined the Inspirational Places portfolio of fabulous, unique and intimate properties and decided to exhibit with them this year at Indaba. These are some pictures of our stand in the ICC. It was our first one and we loved it!

There are many that say that there were very few feet and definitely fewer international buyers, but personally, I was busy and spoke to a lot of people and I thought it was a success.

Thanks to our new virtual tour (link on the far right), I was able to walk through our little country hotel and show tour operators, both local and international, how truly special our luxury accommodation in Swellendam is. Unfortunately, pictures and web-sites don’t always show the passion, love and soul that a property holds, so being able to talk about our history and explain the journey of Schoone Oordt to a ...

Easter in our little Swellendam hotel...

Dear Friends…

Koornlands Restaurant at Schoone Oordt

We have some very, very exciting news!

Breakfasts have always been made with love and a certain flair at Schoone Oordt. Now, dinners will be too. Koornlands Restaurant, one of the top eateries in Swellendam, has moved to our own gorgeous conservatory and will be serving the most scrumptious fusion of Cape Country and European cuisine in the evenings.

This is great news for Schoone Oordt guests as we can now offer a dinner, bed and breakfast option!

We had a tiny little launch party to introduce the new venue to Koornlands patrons, which I think went rather well. Everybody had a glass of bubbles and some snackies and the conservatory buzzed nicely.

Have a look at Koornlands’ existing web-site for their delectable menu…. We plan to take some good foodie pictures and update both of our sites, but for now, here is a tidbit…

Visitors all the way from New York

Richard and I met Karen and Brian at Phantom Forest in Knysna about 7 years ago. Kai (our son) was just on a year and Richard and I had snuck away to celebrate his birthday (Richards, not Kais) and spend some time together for the first time since baby was born. Well, celebrate we did into the wee hours of the morning with the fabulous Karen and Brian.

All through the renovating and building of Schoone Oordt, we had kept in contact and theyd promised to visit as soon as they could. With the Soccer World Cup as a perfect excuse, they came to spend a few days with us. We had a wonderful time. They are the funniest, smartest, most special people and we loved having them here.

They very kindly wrote this in the visitors book… A big Thank You to Ali, Richard, family and staff for making our stay ...