Team for Traveller's Choice Awards

TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards

Covid has been shitty. So shitty in fact, that we assumed that TripAdvisor would not give out Traveller’s Choice Awards this year. I mean, whose really travelling? This would’ve broken our 8 (eight!) year streak. But look! They did. We made it again. Traveller’s Choice Awards 9 years in a row! Of course, this would not have been remotely possible without the beautiful energy of our guests. THANK YOU for supporting us during this time! For being understanding and kind and generous. And our amazing (much-reduced) team that have stuck with us. Thank you for being understanding and kind and ...

The Cake Faerie

In this house, we love cake. I mean, we really love cake. Luckily, we have a 12yr old that loves baking! Fae has completely taken to creating in the kitchen and she is truly talented. Truly. We are super proud. She bakes the most divine gooey chocolate brownies for our Afternoon Teas quite regularly, but she also bakes cakes, cookies and has completed quite a few birthday orders already. Here she is making the most delicious lemon cake. My favourite! The more lemony, the better! In the interest of full disclosure, she does bake with a mask on, but we ...

Cuan & Chandre’s Country Wedding

The 9th February passed us by fairly recently and being the month of love, after all, made me nostalgic for Cuan & Chandre’s gorgeous Swellendam country wedding. It was literally 2 years in the making and happened 2 years ago! It has taken so long to post because, well, it was busy during that time and then it was 2020… But now is as good a time as any to celebrate love, laughter, connection, happy gatherings of people… and no masks! A Hollywood, Gatsby, Speakeasy-style Garden Party… As you can imagine, chatting with a couple for 2 years about one ...
The Walkers at Schoone Oordt

The owners of Schoone Oordt

Well, that was 2020… We’re still reserving judgement on 2021. How are you feeling about it? The owners of Schoone Oordt are back… We realised, when sitting down to write this, that our last diary entry was Christmas 2019! How crazy is that? Quite a lot has happened since then (hasn’t it just?!). The most newsworthy of which, I imagine, is that we, the owners of Schoone Oordt, are back and managing it ourselves again. Even though we have always been very much involved in the property, it is now truly a family-run business again…. Kids, dogs, cats and a ...
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