August 15, 2019

Our cooks Peggy and Phandile are well rested after their holidays and are now ready – as we say in South Africa- to ‘cook up a storm’. It is time for us to open our gates for the new season and we are all looking forward to welcoming our 2019 – 20 season guests with op...

July 10, 2019

During the closed season there is always plenty to keep us occupied both on the estate and in the Guest House. It is a good time to catch up on things that need doing or that we want to improve for the upcoming season when we reopen on August 14th.

We have felt for some...

May 1, 2019

Since buying the estate it has always been our intention to try to produce as much of our food requirements as possible and whilst we have a thriving kitchen garden – mostly producing herbs and salads – we have a more ambitious plan in our bid towards self-sufficiency.

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March 13, 2019

We have been waiting for a couple of years now for our olive grove to recover from its severe pruning followed by last years scorching from the fire – everything seems to have been against us – but at last we are happy to say that our olives are doing what they should...

February 12, 2019

It was at the beginning of December when we were first warned of the possibilities of ‘loadshedding’ on receipt of a notification from ESKOM (Electricity Supply Commission also known by its Afrikaans name Elektrisiteitsvoorsieningskommissie). In an effort to control de...

February 6, 2019

There once was a happy donkey called Cesar who lived with his ‘jenny’ (lady donkey) called Rosalie in a beautiful paddock on the Galenia Estate. Life was fine, lots of fresh grass, lots of space to play and also lots of nice visitors who came bearing apples. Then unfor...

January 21, 2019

We have noticed, since we got into the Extra Virgin Olive Oil business, that our guests were a little reluctant to pack glass bottles of oil into their suitcases. Arriving home to find all your fine holiday clothes soaked in oil – no matter whether it is Galenia’s fine...

October 22, 2018

Following the demise of our jacuzzi, jacuzzi deck and jacuzzi lounge in February – in fact it was reduced to ashes!!! -  we have taken the opportunity to re-site the jacuzzi a little closer to the pool area. Whilst it might not enjoy the spectacular views of being high...

September 12, 2018

Springtime is with us again. In spring it is difficult to say what kind of weather we will have – sometimes brilliant sunny days, at others cool even cold winds, sometimes rain and on other days just clouds. But whilst the elements might play surprises on us humans it...

July 23, 2018

We are happy to say that our contractors are working well and our new rooms are beginning to look familiar again. All six rooms are now thatched, floors and stoeps are tiled and the painters are splashing away merrily. Very soon we will be taking delivery of the interi...

June 18, 2018

There is no better way to explain the progress on the reconstruction of Rooms 1 to 6 than to show pictures of the progress so far. We are very happy with the speed of construction, it even looks as though we might be seeing some thatch in the near future. Of course the...

May 25, 2018

Well things are certainly going in the right direction – upwards. Here are a few pictures to show the progress on the rebuilding of rooms 1 and 2.

May 23, 2018

As we prepare to close for the winter season – fortuitously planned between 16th May and 13th August – we can now start to reinstate rooms 1 to 6 which were destroyed by the bush fire. We are assured by the contractor that the rooms will be ready on time, so we will ha...

March 15, 2018

For two weeks now, we have operating our ‘much reduced’ property, and whilst it seems strange it is nice to have guests staying on the estate again. Thankfully they all seem to be enjoying the Galenia experience, despite our recent traumas. We have even had ‘tears on d...

March 1, 2018

We are now coming to terms with our unfortunate experience and beginning to think that it could have been a lot worse and we could have suffered the similar fate of some of our neighbours who have lost everything. At least we have our main house and four of our ten roo...

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