Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

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 ...

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.