September 8, 2017

At least this week we have had one day with temperatures of 35 degrees!!

It has been a cold winter here in Montagu with night time temperatures down to zero following not one but two ‘cold fronts’ which headed our way. But whilst the days have been sunny it is obvious t...

July 26, 2017

A recent innovation for our new season – beginning 14th August – will be an internal phone system.

Whilst upgrading our internet reception to create a much more reliable signal for WiFi in the guest suites we became aware that we could also install a VOIP internal syste...

June 30, 2017

Followers of this blog will know that we have been praying for water to fill our new 50 million litre dam in front of the property. Well it seems as though our prayers may be being answered.

In this area of low rainfall – just 250ml per year – we have already had more r...

June 22, 2017

Our first season of operating as Galenia has surprised us all, as we have been far busier than we anticipated. So it is with a sigh of relief that we approach the South African ‘winter’ season and our decision to close for three months (we reopen on 14thAugust). This i...

May 16, 2017

To say that we were delighted to win two gold and one silver awards in The South African Olive Association 2016 competition is an understatement. As this was our first year of producing our estate pressed oil, we were ‘doing it by the book’ literally, as well as callin...

March 27, 2017

Galenia is a genus of plant, occurring within the Fynbos and Karoo biomes, but has a wide distribution, from Northern Cape through the Western Cape into the Karoo. The species found on the estate is called, Galenia africana, which can be easily overlooked, as there are...

February 2, 2017

For those guests who would like to know more about the estate, its history, its ecology, its agriculture and its daily operational challenges they can join our morning ‘estate’ walk. The daily escorted walk starts from the main house at 7.30am and takes about an hour t...

January 13, 2017

We have four supposedly wild ostriches on the estate – we treat them with respect and try to keep them at ‘arm’s length’ recognising that they are wild and enjoying the natural fynbos and renosterbos that forms the majority of the 550 hectares of the Galenia Estate. Wh...

December 15, 2016

The Manzanilla olives that we harvested in March are at last ready for eating. We look with envy at our neighbouring fruit farms that harvest their crop and sell it immediately whilst we have to wait for eight months before we can start to sell our produce. Also we hav...

December 5, 2016

Part of the chattels of the purchase was that we inherited a donkey called Cesar and a sheep called Rosalie. However they are not what they appear to be. Originally there were two donkeys called Cesar and Rosalie but unfortunately Rosalie (the donkey) died leaving Cesa...

November 3, 2016

Having a 1300 acres (550hectares) estate in the Western Cape, especially as it is located on the slopes of the Langeberg Mountains, it is no surprise that quite a large percentage of the land is covered by native fynbos and renosterbos. Whilst we have established and m...

October 28, 2016

One of the most pleasurable duties of launching the new Galenia is the sourcing of supplies for our guests from this incredibly rich and varied region of the Western Cape. It really is difficult to decide amongst the many growers and producers of food and wine in our i...

September 22, 2016


As we have mentioned already we are pleased to say that we are no longer just a bed and breakfast guest house but now are happy to serve platter lunches and also dinners by candlelight.

We are the first to admit that we are not a restaurant – that is not our aim – we l...

September 13, 2016

We are thrilled and delighted to announce that in our first attempt to produce Extra Virgin Olive Oil we have been awarded TWO Golds and a Silver by the South African Olive Association.

Each year the association holds a competition where olive growers can submit their o...

September 8, 2016

The final touches have been made and the new ‘Galenia’ is now open and ready to welcome guests- but of course it has to be photographed for our website and media publications. Who better to do this than one of the finest photographers we know – who coincidentally is ba...

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