Newcomers

Looking to get away from the hustle and bustle to find a village steeped in time, shady oaks lining streets where horses, donkeys and cows roam freely, a friendly, cosmopolitan community, regular social events, excellent doctor, great schools, a popular retirement village, interesting shops and art galleries, well-stocked country supermarkets, gourmet restaurants…?

Sound like paradise? We think it is!

A Short History…
Greyton’s origins lie in the farm Weltevreden, which our founder, Sir Herbert Vigne, purchased in 1846. In 1854 he subdivided part of the farm into 120 plots to form an agricultural village, complete with lei-water furrows, which still exist, and named Greyton in honour of his brother-in-law, Governor Sir George Grey.

The nearby town of Genadendal (Valley of Grace) is South Africa’s oldest Moravian mission station, founded in 1738 by Georg Schmidt, and boasts a beautifully restored museum village with several workshops, a working watermill, a museum and the Mission Church from 1893 containing the oldest organ in South Africa. The Old Cape highway/historic wagon route via Lindeshof to Riviersonderend passes through Genadendal and Greyton, oak and poplar trees indicating the old overnight stops for wagons.

Climate
In winter Greyton can take on the feel of an alpine village as snow dusts the peaks above it, in springtime the wildflowers display a magnificent array of rainbow colours, summer days are hot and balmy, and the Goebos and Riviersonderend Rivers offer pleasant wading, swimming and canoeing activities, as well as bass and eel fishing.

Where to find us
The road to Greyton leads to Greyton, hence we enjoy a safe and tranquil existence, nestled at the foot of the Riviersonderend mountain range, virtually surrounded by our 2,220ha Greyton Nature Reserve, with a backdrop of rugged mountain slopes that rise to 1,565m above sea level at the highest point.

We are 152 kilometres from central Cape Town and about 85 kilometres from both Hermanus and Somerset West.  Caledon is 32 kilometres from Greyton, our nearest market town, which has all the major banks and amenities.

Architecture
In the tradition of village building, our Greyton aesthetics committee ensures continuity of architectural design in all new homes. Greyton’s original buildings and thatched cottages, some dating back to 1854, have been faithfully restored to retain their rustic, historical character.

Greyton still boasts a “lei” water system, with channels bringing clear mountain water to most of the pretty village gardens.