When we arrived to stay at The Earthy Inn in Greyton in the Overberg, an African hoopoe was bobbing around on the lawn looking for an afternoon snack. He cocked his head and looked at us, then went back to his task. He reappeared a few times in the three days we stayed there, and each time I could feel I was more and more relaxed, the Greyton peace sinking into my bones.
There’s a couch in the room for lounging during the day and a big table and folding chairs on the porch outside where you can sit with a view of the garden. There are sun loungers under a big shade umbrella, and a Weber if you want to make a braai.
Given that I like to make notes about my travels each day on my laptop, I loved that there was a desk, which made the job quick and easy. You’ll be surprised how few places offer somewhere to sit to write or edit photos. Free unlimited wifi was a great perk too.
The Earthy Inn is at the far end of town near the nature reserve, so there’s not much passing traffic. We parked our car off the road under a security light.
There’s plenty to do in Greyton – think hiking, biking, art route, restaurants, craft beer, wine estates and more – so it’s nice to have a peaceful home base to come back to. We fell into a rhythm of exploring in the morning, having lunch at one of the local restaurants, then returning to The Earthy Inn mid-afternoon. We’d take a lazy wander around the garden, sit on the stoep to admire the mountains of the nature reserve, read a book or have a snooze under the garden umbrella.
And if you’re planning a romantic weekend getaway, mention it when you book. Collette can organise sparkling wine and chocolates in your room, a beauty treatment or a wine shuttle to the Hemel en Aarde valley.
Given how busy the village gets on the weekend, I prefer a midweek visit, but this obviously isn’t an option for everyone.
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