Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

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 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 ...

Catching up on Schoone news0

Posted 20 August, 2008

Madri, Ali and Aleit

I am terribly behind on my diary pages and such a lot has been happening at Schoone Oordt lately – very exciting things, but I must begin at the beginning!

We had the most amazing kuier (visit) weekend with Aleit and Karla a little while ago. They are two of the very best wedding co-ordinators in Cape Town and they came to suss out our venue, have a look at the conservatory and let us know if they thought we could have beautiful weddings here. We ate delicious food, drank a little too much red wine and laughed… a lot! Of course, they thought our venue was gorgeous and perfect for an intimate wedding and we really do hope to work with them soon.

What stunning people and such talent. If I was planning a wedding (although renewal of vows is probably more on the cards for me), I would be calling them in a ...

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