Greyton self catering accommodation, bed and breakfast and farm accommodation

Greyton accommodation cottages and venues offer travelers to the area a variety of Greyton self catering accommodation, bed and breakfast venues and farm accommodation located just outside of Greyton in the surrounding countryside of this Overberg village. Greyton South Africa, offers many restaurants and cafes, and offers the perfect conference or wedding venue, being just one and a half hours drive outside of Cape Town, South Africa.

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Recent Changes in Greyton South Africa

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Greyton is not without its flaws and today there’s a quiet war being fought for the soul of this rural community. You can tell a lot about a place by reading the local newspaper. The Greyton Sentinel is bristling with news and opinions that hint at the issues. Towards the end of his outgoing editorial in April 2004, the impassioned editor, Alan Blain, wrote:

There was a time not long ago when all races lived side by side in Greyton South Africa. No more! There was a time when many farming families, {who were} largely Afrikaans speaking, predominated in Greyton. No more. There was a time when everyone in Greyton knew each other and life was uncomplicated and easy. No more. Each new season has its own challenges. The challenge of the new season about to take hold in Greyton is no less than a challenge for the very soul of this village and its unique lifestyle. Brave hearts, fearless protagonists of rural values, and dedicated soldiers for the status quo will be needed to ensure Greyton does not bend to the enormous pressure and seductive allure of money and avarice. For then it will finally and for always lose the vital ingredient that makes all the natural beauty worth enjoying. Conversely without that ingredient all the beauty and splendour of the scenery will be as shallow as a 50c postcard. That ingredient is its wonderful humanity.

There’s more in the paper that describes fears that Greyton might end up overdeveloped, and mention of how a golf course was proposed and vetoed – for now. This is small town stuff that isn’t peculiar to this pretty little village – it does describe the potential fate of many small towns which, once they’re discovered, end up losing the very charm that made them so glorious in the first place. Many towns in the Overberg are faced with a similar dilemma but it’s just that in Greyton the stakes seem particularly high. The quaint village is astonishingly pretty, and the amount of wealth that has poured into it astronomical. On high days and holidays the streets are lined with huge 4x4s and the town’s residents and visitors staying over in one of the many new Greyton accommodation establishments, are increasingly sophisticated. That’s not a bad thing in itself, but it’s not so good when property prices rise to such an extent that the people who work and service the village can no longer afford to live there.

To give you some measure of how prices have escalated, five years ago a house that cost 350 000 rand could now be sold for 1.8-million rand. Aside from the editorial, there are advertisements in The Sentinel that also sum up the metamorphosis the village has undergone in the past few decades. The first is for a lifestyle store called Violet Dream and yet another for Victorian bathrooms. Now, individually they don’t mean that much,but collectively they do speak of a time quite different from an era when advertisements rather offered cheap kraal manure and reliable tractor repairs. It’s clear that the agrarian nature of the village has, for the most part, vanished forever. Now people are more interested in eating well and acquiring fashionable décor for their holiday homes, than in growing a good summer crop that will be enough to feed their family of eight children and four grandparents.

Up until the mid-1970’s Greyton was a sleepy paradise untouched by apartheid where black and white families farmed side by side as they had done for generations. After 1976, however, the town changed dramatically when coloured families who had lived there for generations were moved to a new ‘township’ known as Heuwelkroon. The vacated houses were snapped up by people looking for weekend retreats and the gentrification of the village began. Not surprisingly, there are currently several land claims laid against properties in Greyton.