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Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

What a way we’ve come…0

Posted 28 March, 2012

What a way we've come...

Well, season is nearly over… Can you believe it?

The Easter Weekend marks the official end of our Summer Season and the beginning of quieter, cooler days. What a wonderfully busy time it has been. We are so grateful to our lovely guests for their kind words, appreciation and support and our fantastic, loyal staff, without whom, Schoone Oordt just wouldn’t be. For me, its interesting to note that things don’t always run smoothly, stuff goes wrong, often at the most inopportune moments and especially when busy, but a sense of humour and kindness prevails and isn’t it always the way it’s handled that counts…?

I have just been sorting Schoone Oordt photos and stumbled upon a number of great ones, but these depict quite clearly how far we have travelled with this property. The two you see on the left are of our Honeymoon Suite in 2005, the only other cottage we didn’t build ...

Just Swell… in Swellendam0

Posted 13 February, 2012

Sunday Times 5 February 2012

It’s always wonderful to see our names in print and here we are, featured in the local Sunday Times on the 5th Feb along with fantastic things to do in Swellendam. Apologies for the not-so-great quality of the scans, but the full article is on-line – link below.

So, for those that thought Swellendam a quiet sleepy dorp, read on… www.timeslive.co.za/travel/2012/02/…

Nancy Richards spent a couple of days (one of those evenings with us) in Swellendam and fell in love… We were lucky enough to be part of her radio programme too. Thank you so much, Nancy, for the lovely exposure both for Schoone Oordt and for our little town.

Delectable Eighteen53 @ Schoone Oordt

I have to share with you how utterly excited I am about our little fledgling restaurant… Eighteen53… Rich and I had dinner last Thursday night and it was so delicious I wanted to dance a jig on the table (I didn’t though, just clicked my heels walking through to the kitchen!). We were lucky enough to share the conservatory with some of our wonderful guests and it was an evening to remember.

I had the tasting of tomato to start(marinated tomatoes, herb leaves, basil oil, tomato coulis, tomato sorbet, tomato pips, basil sour cream and garlic tuille) and Rich had the rooibos smoked beetroot carpaccio, whipped goats cheese, ciabatta wafer and baby leaf salad. We both had the pork belly with charcurterie jus, potato pureé and sautéd greens as main, although there was gorgeous angelfish on the menu too. Rich ended off with dark chocolate tart, spiced ice cream, basil & strawberry compote and I ...

Swellendam Sensation…0

Posted 19 January, 2012

Swellendam Sensation...

We’ve hit the media a bit over the last few months and would love to share with you.

David Batzofin and his very lovely wife, Caro, came to stay with us for a weekend whilst they explored our gorgeous town. Attached is a picture of the article in the Citizen. We’re very lucky that we’re going to be featured again, an article all about Schoone Oordt and I will definitely post that too! I will also be speaking to David this afternoon over the radio – will post that link too.

In the meantime, here is a link to the Citizen article and David’s own Travel Awards!

www.citizen.co.za/citizen/content/e…

davidbatzofin.blogspot.com/2011/12/…

Rich and I featured in the Essentials magazine too, an article about how we got to Swellendam, what motivated us to move here and how we managed to pull it all off! Well, to the best of our ability anyway. This second ...