July 19, 2019

For the first time since the property was built all our rooms are now the same style and design, but it has taken a while to achieve this. Originally the property had only six rooms (1 to 6) with yellow pine furniture being the distinctive feature. A few years later an...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

February 24, 2018

Words like ‘surreal’ ‘bizarre’ and ‘was it all a dream/nightmare’ spring to mind.

The sun is shining and apart from the fact that we have no electricity and there being a smell of smoke in the air from the main house everything seems very much the same. But on walking o...

February 23, 2018

Disaster strikes – a veldt fire which appears to have started in Montagu town this afternoon has raced along the Langeberg fynbos and renosterbos (which of course at this time of year is tinder dry) and has caused a good deal of fire damage on Galenia Estate.

We are sor...

February 22, 2018

It's that time of year again. As the sun shines and olives fatten up and begin to ripen our thoughts turn to how we are going to get them off the trees and into the press. We look in envy at some of the larger olive groves that have automatic pickers and shakers, even...

May 12, 2016

Galenia – a new name on the South African hospitality scene – is a rebranding of the estate and four star, bed and breakfast guest lodge previously known as Les Hauts de Montagu. The property closes for business on 30th April 2016 when it will undergo a four month prog...

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