Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

Reach for a Dream Foundation Gala Dinner 2012

I know it sounds corny, but we LOVE children… (and animals, but this is a story for another time) and for the last few years, we have donated a special two night stay at Schoone Oordt to the Reach for a Dream Foundation.  They use this as an auction item at their spectacular annual gala dinner to raise funds for their projects.

This year, their 11th annual Gala Dinner was held at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay on Saturday, the 3rd of November.  Along with delicious food prepared by chef Bertus Basson, the amazing Brooklyn Hip Hop Crew performed, comedian Nik Rabinowitz made everybody laugh and Michael Mol kept a tight rein over the proceedings.  Not only was the event a huge amount of fun, but it helped to raise a great amount of money for an exceptionally good cause.

For 24 years, the Reach for a Dream Foundation, has brought hope, joy and healing to South African children.  These ...

Schoone Oordt featured in August issue of Food&Home Entertaining South Africa

We were recently featured in the Food&Home Entertaining South Africa magazine.  What a stunning article and fantastic coverage.

Thank you to all at Food&Home!

Situated in the heart of the Overberg farming region, Swellendam is a restful stopover for travellers exploring the Garden Route…  by Ingrid Casson

About two hours’ drive north-east of Cape Town on the N2, halfway to George, the Overberg opens up into a sea of golden wheat fields enveloped by the majestic Langeberg mountain range.  It’s wheat, wool, canola and youngberry country, with vineyards fed by the Breede River.  The region is a delight for adventurers, hikers and foodies, and the town of Swellendam makes for an ideal base from which to explore.

Schoone Oordt Country House

The place: Schoone Oordt Country House is an elegant Victorian mansion dating back to 1853.  Its ornate architecture, fascinating history and sprawling grounds helped to make it a national monument in 1983.  After ...

Ivy Schoone Oordt Swellendam

Our very chilly, very wet Winter is over (thank goodness!) and we’re gearing up for another fabulous season. The blossoms are out, the sun is shining and my word, the countryside around Swellendam is glowing. Truly beautiful. Wish you were here.

Thank you all so much for your lovely support this past year, for either choosing to stay with us, enquiring with us or sending your guests to us and of course, for your kind words. Without you, Schoone Oordt simply wouldn’t be… and we are super grateful!

We’ve been quiet on the news front for a bit because… well, because we’ve been taking extra special care of our guests, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the birth of our new little addition to the Schoone Oordt family – Welcome to the world precious Ivy Nell Walker – and we have been working on our magical new website. Being as particular as we are, this ...

What a way we’ve come…0

Posted 28 March, 2012

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 ...