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Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

Coronation Double Century in November

Well, as you can tell by the tardiness of this post, we have been wonderfully, madly busy and boy, are we grateful! Thank you to the wonderful people that have chosen to stay with us over the silly season! We LOVED having you all here.

On that note, however, we are desperately behind on Schoone Oordt news…

Wander took these great pictures of the wonderful cyclists that visited us, yet again this year, at the Coronation Double Century. Once again, the whole of Swellendam was alive and abuzz with the cycle race. www.coronationdc.co.za/

Thank you to Coronation and to the 1000′s of cyclists and their families and friends that support Swellendam and of course, thank you to the team that stay with us every year!

See you soon.

Gian Groen, live, intimate & unplugged

We are very excited to announce that Gian Groen will be playing a live, intimate and unplugged session at Schoone Oordt on the 21st December this year!

Gian Groen is an Afrikaans singer(although he also sings in English), songwriter and founder of the rock group Spider. He is widely known as one of the country’s top songwriters and performs a wide variety of music styles.

Wander has created a delicious menu to accompany Gian’s music…

Tomato Gazpacho with Basil sorbet, followed by Slow Roast Local Pork Belly, Butternut and Watercress Salad with pineapple Compote Or Pea Risotto with parmesan tuille and truffle infusion And ended with… Local berry tasting plate Youngberry pannacotta, raspberry sorbet and pickled strawberries R250 per person (Price includes show)

… and we’ve offered a special too. If you stay the 20th & 21st or 21st & 22nd, we will include dinner and Gian’s show in your stay.

Do hope you can ...

Fabulous Four-Day Wedding Celebrations

It took us a little while to recover, but WOW, what a merry, gorgeous, loving, fabulous four-day wedding. Louis and Nicholas chose the auspicious 11th of the 11th 2011 at 11am to get married. Spookily, the Australian/South African cricket game was sitting at 111-1 at exactly that time. Not that we were watching cricket, we were listening to a soulful, spiritual, beautiful ceremony. Louis & Nicholas actually chose our not-quite-finished board room for their exchanging of vows. It’s pictured here, it looks stunning!

About 35 guests travelled from all over the world to spend time with this special couple in our little Swellendam Country Hotel. The party started on Wednesday night with take-away pizza and wine. Thursday morning after breakfast began the set up and food preparations. Thursday night was the most delicious traditional Portuguese paella dinner and wine. Friday was spent eating, drinking and being merry under the tent on the lawn. Saturday after ...

Mark & Katja's Gorgeous Swellendam Country Wedding

Mark & Katja got back from their mini-moon yesterday and forwarded stunning wedding pictures to us. It was so difficult to choose only two, but here they are!

Katja also dropped me an email with these words… ‘I cannot thank all of you enough for the venue, the effort, the cooking, the flexibility and the fun. It was a really wonderful weekend. I was so relaxed, everything got into place and you all really made sure that it was a wonderful celebration. We feel that really everything worked out extremely well and I cannot express how enthralled I am with the venue choice Mark and I have made. Words can actually not express how I felt the next day, seeing that really every person had enjoyed themselves so much; they were so stunned by your venue, the beauty, the attention to detail. It added so much ‘class’ to our wedding.

I could go on and ...