Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

The double century weekend…0

Posted 9 December, 2008

The double century weekend...

The Coronation Double Century Cyclists descended on Swellendam again this year, for the weekend of the 21st and 22nd November. What an honour and privilege for all of the businesses in Swellendam to welcome so many people to our town. What fabulous exposure. What great people. What fantastic fun

Schoone Oordt was no exception and we had mad cyclists from Grahamstown, Kimberley and Cape Town staying with us, who, I must add, were fighting over who gets to occupy the whole guesthouse for next year We organised a braai for the Saturday evening after the race, which turned into a fun party and a long table of 30 people Lots of delicious food was consumed, wine drunk, rugby watched and everybody had such a good time that we didnt mind getting up at 3am to have breafast ready for 5am that morning

We really do hope that they all come back to us again next ...

Weltevrede and Friends…0

Posted 4 November, 2008

Weltevrede and Friends...

We had a lovely evening with Weltevrede Wine Estate and Friends Caterers at Schoone Oordt last Thursday evening. Hanli invited a host of Swellendam guesthouse owners to sample her scrumptious fare and listen to Philip discuss (and sample) his delicious wines.

It was the launch of their coffee shop and restaurant on the Weltevrede Estate and judging by the tastings of both the wine and the food, it is definitely worth a special visit.

My favourite bubbly made in the cap de classique tradition, is ‘The Ring’, probably because it has the most beautiful story attached. ‘The Ring’ was launched on Philip and Lindalize’s wedding day 12 years ago. The first bottle was popped by Lindalize, barefoot under an old oak tree on the farm and each bottle has her photo covering the cork. It’s refreshingly dry and very easy to drink…

Have a look at their site for a better idea of product range ...

Sonja & Heinrichs Winter Wedding0

Posted 7 October, 2008

Sonja & Heinrichs Winter Wedding

On the 16th August, on what turned out to be a gorgeously sunny Sunday, Heinrich and Sonja tied the knot at Schoone Oordt. I honestly believe that hosting such happiness feeds this old house’s soul, never mind the old souls that live here!

We set up one long table in the conservatory for 36 adults and 8 children for lunch and Roy conjured up the most delicious Mediterranean Peasant-style menu… Fresh tomato & basil, Roy-made olive tapenade and mozzarella & anchovy bruschette serve with bubbles after the ceremony… Starters of spicy tomato soup topped with fresh cream & chives served with chorizo frittata.. Then buffet of Mediterranean-style lamb, fresh herbed roasted chicken pieces, chargrilled aubergine salad, tuscan bean salad, pine-nut, parsley & celery stuffed and oven-roasted red peppers and mint & roasted almond couscous…

Then to end it, delicious chocolate mud cake from the Old Gaol Coffee Shop up the road and Malva Pudding with ...

Wedding Concepts Weekend0

Posted 3 September, 2008

Wedding Concepts Weekend

Quite shortly after Aleit and Karla came to stay, Christina and Richard from Wedding Concepts www.weddingconcepts.co.za came up for a weekend.

I’d met Christina a few years back when she’d co-ordinated a very good friend of mine’s wedding, so it was a bit of a reunion. She did such an amazing job on Erlank & Gaiti’s very special day that she really impressed me. So it was with a bit of trepidation that we showed off Schoone Oordt. Would we meet her exacting standards? We needn’t have worried, Christina and Richard loved it! Richard promised to e-mail a recommendation to Mr&Mrs Smith – a very exclusive web-site, which we’re extremely excited about and they had this to say in the visitor’s book…

‘Dear Alison & Richard (Roy was away in Durban that weekend!) Thank you so much for being treated like royalty in your amazing guesthouse. We’ll drive back to Cape Town and ...

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