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  • Incredibly beautiful setting in the mountains just outside town
  • All the charms of a working olive farm
  • Great location for exploring the secrets of Route 62

Galenia Estate

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

6km from Montagu

 

-33.8153, 20.1512

About

With 600ha of unspoilt Klein Karoo and mountains as a natural back garden, and supremely comfortable, charismatic rooms, Galenia Estate is a true gem on the outskirts of Montagu.

Previously known as Les Hauts de Montagu, the lodge has five thatched Cape Dutch cottages separated into 10 spacious en-suite guest rooms, set in grounds filled with bougainvillea trees, fragrant flowers and lawns.

Rooms are decorated with country-style panache, featuring reed ceilings typical of old Karoo architecture, expertly crafted wooden furniture and comfortable wicker chairs. All have en-suite bathrooms with Victorian baths and heated floors. The verandahs and outdoor showers offer beautiful views of the olive orchards and mountains, while a cold winter’s day can be spent cuddling up next to a warm fireplace. Although the rooms have a classic quality, modern comforts come in the form of ceiling fans, mini-bars, electronic safes and hair dryers.

The suites come King-size, Queen-size and twin beds, and couples looking for a romantic getaway will particularly appreciate the majestic four-poster Queen-size bed in the Honeymoon Suite.

A land of extremes, the semi-arid Karoo gets very hot during summer, so the swimming towels in the room are a welcome touch for guests wanting to use the pool, which is filled with crystal clear water from the same mountains you can admire while taking a dip.

Another breathtaking mountain view can be enjoyed while having a hearty breakfast on the verandah. The meal starts with a platter of fresh fruit served at your table while tea and coffee orders are taken, and is followed by a breakfast cooked to order, with attentive staff always on hand to cater to your needs.

Local residents on the property on the slopes of the Langeberg Mountains include rock dassies, tortoises, birds, ostriches and small antelope, making the property ideal for nature lovers.

Hikers are provided with a map detailing the property’s eight trails, which take you up into the mountains and through the Karoo countryside. Fitness enthusiasts can also take on the very scenic jogging trail.

More laidback pursuits include French boules and walks through the olive groves. Guests can experience the treats offered by these amazing trees first hand by leaving with one of the boutique olive products produced on the farm. To get a more personal perspective of farm life, tractor trips in Montagu are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Attractions close to the guesthouse include Montagu’s delightful hot springs, rock climbing, river cruises, village markets, a golf course and the enchanting Soekershof Maze Labyrinth, which means there are plenty of activities for people of every age and inclination.

Rates & Summary


Honeymoon Suite

Sleeps 2 in four poster Queen-size bed
En-suite Victorian bath and outdoor shower
Fireplace
Verandah with mountain and orchard views

3 Superior Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite Victorian bath and outdoor shower
Fireplace
Verandah with mountain and orchard views

Garden Suite

Sleeps 2 in four poster Queen-size bed
En-suite Victorian bath and outdoor shower
Fireplace
Verandah with mountain and orchard views

3 King Suites

Each sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite Victorian bath and outdoor shower
Fireplace
Verandah with mountain and orchard views

2 Twin Suites

Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite Victorian bath and outdoor shower
Fireplace
Verandah with mountain and orchard views

Pricing

  • R 1 220 - R 1 610 pp sharing

Rates vary according to season

Catering

Continental and Full English breakfast included
Dinner available on request
Room service platters on request

Kids

Children over the age of 12 are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

The luxurious Galenia Estate is situated on a 600ha piece of land off the Western Cape’s well-known Route 62, three kilometres from the village of Montagu, and offers accommodation in Cape Dutch cottages. The large farm at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains is a paradise of indigenous flora and fauna and offers a spectacular setting for hiking and jogging. The accommodation is well appointed and full of Karoo character, and guests can leave with some of the boutique olive products that are available.

Summary

  • Incredibly beautiful setting in the mountains just outside town
  • All the charms of a working olive farm
  • Great location for exploring the secrets of Route 62

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

The short gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • French boules
  • Jogging trail
  • Hiking trails
  • Small game viewing

Nearby: tractor trips, wine tasting, golf course, rock climbing, spa, village market, river cruises

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • Ceiling fans
  • Fireplace
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Paid Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Overberg

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About

The Overberg is a region that’s easy on the senses and pleasing to the eye. Its landscape is a tapestry of colours and meandering patterns, both natural and manmade. 

The region forms a relatively small part of the Western Cape; it is mostly rural, and is blessed with stunning scenery and unique highlights. Its largest town, Hermanus, is said to provide the best land-based whale watching in the world. It also has exquisite beaches, including the blue flag Grotto Beach, and the nearby Hemel-en-Aarde Valley epitomises the majestic beauty of the region.

Across Walker Bay, the towns of Gansbaai and Kleinbaai are best known for shark cage diving to see great whites at the hotspot near Dyer Island.

L’Agulhas stands at the southernmost point on the African continent, and is the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

The Overberg fauna and flora is protected in the Bontebok National Park, and its nature reserves include De Hoop, De Mond, Salmons Dam, Marloth, and the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Staying with wildlife, the penguin colony at Stony Point in Betty’s Bay is also a tourist favourite.

Swellendam and the small mission towns of Genadendal and Elim are amongst the Overberg’s historic icons. Others that are popular with visitors are Greyton, Stanford, and Napier.

In summer the farmlands are dominated by shimmering shades of brown, the fields stripped of their winter crops and the bare earth ploughed into meandering combed patterns dotted with tightly compressed wheels of straw awaiting collection. Labourers’ cottages hunker down beneath old blue gums and on a cold day smoke drifts from their chimneys.

Throughout the year the early morning and late afternoon sun accentuates the sensual curves of the ridges wreathed in fynbos. When the winter rains return, the undulating, sometimes tiered fields shrug off their brown and slip into the vibrant greens of wheat, barley, and oats, and the brilliant yellow of the iconic canola. On still, sultry mornings, blue cranes, South Africa’s national bird, float overhead craaaaaaking as they go.

The coastline is punctuated by long sweeping bays and rocky outcrops that fringe the southern boundary of this landscape. Here one can spend hours sitting on the white sand, being mesmerised by the eternal activity of the sea.

Add to this a scattering of charming inland villages; locally produced beer, cheese, and wine; lighthouses, bird watching, and wonderful food, and it becomes evident why one needs plenty of time here.

Look out for

Southern-most tip of Africa - at L’Agulhas, which is also the official meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. 

Shark cage diving - near Gansbaai there are several operators who do trips daily out to the Great Whites’ favourite hunting grounds near Dyer Island. 

Whale watching - the Overberg offers great land-based and boat-based whale watching (best between July and November). 

Beaches - the Overberg beaches are amongst the finest in South Africa. They include the longest beach in the southern hemisphere - at 14km - which curves along the coast at Struisbaai. 

Swellendam - is the third-oldest magisterial district in South Africa. At the base of the Langeberg Mountains on the N2 highway the town has an array of historic buildings including the Drostdy Museum.

Hermanus - On the coast in the west of the region. It is the largest town in the Overberg and popular with visitors all year round. It’s especially well known for its superb land-based whale watching.

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley - near Hermanus - this scenic area produces a range of wines and is known for its Pinot Noir.

Bontebok National Park - The smallest of South Africa’s National Parks, it not only protects the fauna within its boundaries but also endangered flora in the fynbos biome. In addition to the bontebok, the park is also home to Cape mountain zebra, red hartebeest, grey rhebuck, and Cape grysbok as well as 200 bird species. There are hiking and mountain-biking trails and fishing and swimming in the Breede River. The accommodation and campsite are situated at Lang Elsie’s Kraal amongst a riverine thicket of trees and aloes near the banks of the Breede River. This consists of 10 self-catering chalets with wheel chair access, and caravan and camping sites. There are also picnic spots with braai and ablution facilities for day visitors.

De Hoop Nature Reserve - Each year between June and November whales return to the rugged coastline of this 34 000 hectare reserve near Bredasdorp to breed. During this time the marine reserve supports 40% of the world’s Southern Right whale population. Although these may be the drawcard for many visitors there is much more in the line of nature-based activities for the visitor. Lowland fynbos is the dominant vegetation throughout the reserve and this supports bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, grey rhebuck, eland, and baboon, as well as many smaller mammals. It’s a great destination for ‘twitchers’, with the De Hoop vlei attracting a large number of water birds and pushing the recorded species to an impressive total of 260. Besides being able to walk anywhere in the reserve there are several day hikes and the popular 5-day whale trail. Accommodation options are varied from cottages and rondawels to restored houses and neat camping and caravan sites amongst the milkwood trees. Most accommodation is around what is known as Die Opstal near the fresh water vlei and park reception.

Wines - The region has some top class wineries that offer tasting and sales.

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