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 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...

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...

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.

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...

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