One of the numerous short trips one can take from Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House in Franschhoek is to Greyton.
Drive up the winding Franschhoek pass to Villiersdorp. On the way towards Caledon cross over the dam wall which holds back the waters of the Theewaters (Tea Waters) River. Then descend into the valley where the Riviersonderend (River without an end) runs, eventually arriving in the towns of Genadendal (of which more in another blog) and Greyton.
Greyton was established in 1854 and the layout of the village then remains essentially the same today. The properties with full water and grazing rights were made available to buyers of any race, nationality or religion. At that time this was the only town in the Cape where this was allowed.
Greyton is a lovely little treed village owing much of its charm to the fact that its Cape vernacular architectural heritage has remained largely intact. It is an extremely popular weekend and holiday destination for visitors who enjoy its combination of old-world charm and modern conveniences.
There are many nice tea rooms, lots of horses and a wonderful hiking trail up the Boesmanskloof.
It even has a special dog. It just sat and looked at me the whole time I was drinking tea in one of the tea rooms.