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Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

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 ...

Wheatfields of the Overberg0

Posted 2 November, 2011

Wheatfields of the Overberg

Wander, our lovely head chef and manager is not only a creator of fine food, but he has a wonderful eye. This was taken on the road down to the De Hoop Nature Reserve, about 12km out of Swellendam.

We live in a truly beautiful area, don’t you agree?

Come and visit. Soon.

Gorgeous Country Wedding0

Posted 28 October, 2011

Gorgeous Country Wedding

We had the honour of sharing Mark & Katja’s special weekend wedding on the 22nd of October at Schoone Oordt. Great people, gorgeous dress, lovely attention to detail.

We are still waiting on pictures to share with you, but in the meantime, here is a great one of Richard and me taken by Katja’s wedding photographer. Just for fun.

We LOVE weddings, we LOVE the love and we always feel as though this grand old lady soaks up the emotion and becomes a better place every time we host one.

Watch this space.

10th Birthday Celebrations2

Posted 19 October, 2011

10th Birthday Celebrations

In keeping with the fabulous places to eat in Swellendam, one of our favourite lunchtime spots is about to celebrate their 10th birthday!

What we particularly love about The Old Gaol (besides the delicious food, of course) is the fact that they are actively involved in caring for the town and the upliftment of the local community – something that is close to our heart.

The Old Gaol on Church Square www.oldgaolrestaurant.co.za/ started out just more than ten years ago as a humble Coffee shop, trading from premises in the old Gaol building of the Drostdy Museum. The primary vision was skills training and the creation of jobs in the hospitality/restaurant sector and at the same time to deliver a professional service to tourists visiting the Museum. Their involvement formed part of the Swellendam ‘Alive’ project. Staff were literally recruited off the street. One of their first employees, the vibrant Michelle Dyanti is ...