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Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

Judith & Christof - a South African Wedding

I truly wish that I had more time to spend blogging.  We hope that you enjoy reading our unique stories and poring over our special pictures as much as we enjoy sharing them with you.  This was one of those unforgettable South African Weddings with just two guests (the bride and the groom) and held in our little town of Swellendam (not Heidelberg, as you might have guessed)…

On the 1st of November last year, we received an out of the blue enquiry for a 6 (SIX!) night stay from a lovely German couple who went on to ask if they could get married whilst staying with us.  Schoone Oordt and Swellendam are usually used as a stopover for guests travelling the Garden Route and although we are trying to change this perception and encourage longer stays, a 6-night enquiry came as quite a surprise!

Judith and Christof found us whilst trawling the internet for a place that spoke to their heart in ...

Flyinghorse Photography - Schoone Oordt Country House

This is SUCH brilliant news and we are SO excited to tell you about this wonderful, special new offering in Swellendam.  We have always been HUGE supporters of Bev and her team at Rain Swellendam as their ethical business sense, support of local previously disadvantaged people and pure style and talent speak to our heart.  We LOVE what they do and we LOVE the way they do it and we are so proud that we can offer such beautiful pampering to our guests.  So, if you’re coming to stay, please remember to book a treatment…

Without further adieu, I give you …drumroll!… the Rain Forest Day Spa in Swellendam

Rain is synonymous with ethically manufactured bath and beauty products of the highest quality as well as international Fair Trade and Beauty without Cruelty accreditations.

We have now branched out to launch our brand new Spa with Soul concept in the beautiful, historic town of ...

Kevin & Lizelle's Wedding at Schoone Oordt in Swellendam

This post is going to look the prettiest yet!  Firstly, because our Bruce ‘Flyinghorse’ Geils takes the most spectacular pictures, but also because I’ve finally worked out how to get the pictures the same size within this new ‘blog’ thing.  Slowly, but surely, we get the hang of this…  I always seem to start an entry with an apology.  I seem to do the same with our newsletters!  Honestly though, time runs away far too fast and there is so much to say and so many lovely guests to take care of, so once again, apologies for the delay in telling you all about this very special rainy October country wedding…

Lizelle & Kevin are a dream couple.  They are gorgeous, uncomplicated, easy-going and we clicked with them immediately.  They absolutely LOVED Wander’s food especially his homemade chocolate ice-cream.  So much so, that Kevin ate it for breakfast more than once.  Their wedding ...

Reach for a Dream Foundation Gala Dinner 2012

I know it sounds corny, but we LOVE children… (and animals, but this is a story for another time) and for the last few years, we have donated a special two night stay at Schoone Oordt to the Reach for a Dream Foundation.  They use this as an auction item at their spectacular annual gala dinner to raise funds for their projects.

This year, their 11th annual Gala Dinner was held at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay on Saturday, the 3rd of November.  Along with delicious food prepared by chef Bertus Basson, the amazing Brooklyn Hip Hop Crew performed, comedian Nik Rabinowitz made everybody laugh and Michael Mol kept a tight rein over the proceedings.  Not only was the event a huge amount of fun, but it helped to raise a great amount of money for an exceptionally good cause.

For 24 years, the Reach for a Dream Foundation, has brought hope, joy and healing to South African children.  These ...

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