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Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

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 ...

Voted the best place to eat in Swellendam

We congratulate Gianni & Cristiana on the spectacular intimate and personal Italian eatery that they have created down the road from us. Not only has La Sosta been voted the no.1 restaurant in Swellendam by TripAdvisor, but they are prominantly displayed as no.3 in South Africa. What an amazing accolade.

See here: www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g293740…

Gianni & Cristiana came to Swellendam from Milan about 5 years ago, he originally an optometrist and she, a banker, with a dream to live our wonderful South African lifestyle. They have brought the warmth, passion, quality and attention to detail of Italy to our lovely little town. We are grateful.

La Sosta’s menu features a selection of typical Italian dishes, such as home-made ravioli, gnocchi, tiramisu and my personal favourite, pannacotta – but it also incorporates a fusion of new tastes, thanks to the selection of local game, such as kudu, springbok and ostrich.

Richard and I ate from ...