Just 3km from Montagu, on the scenic South African Route 62, the Galenia Estate is encircled by the Langeberg Mountains, and enjoys beautiful views from its guesthouse across the Klein Karoo. The estate is predominantly covered by indigenous fynbos and renosterbos, along with a large olive grove, but it also features the Boontjiesrivier and five picturesque dams, which attract an array of birds.
The hub of your stay at Galenia is the Estate House. Historically a barn, this has been renovated in a contemporary Cape Dutch design. Gable windows and a ceiling made of whole wooden tree trunks lend a rustic but chic feel. The sitting room is light and airy with a large fireplace (ideal for the cooler winter months); and a stylish dining area, with floor-to-ceiling windows, affords views over the surrounding scenery. Other places to take in the views are the manicured garden, the swimming pool with sunloungers and a relaxing Jacuzzi.
Galenia’s location is an ideal base for exploring the nearby Robertson Wine Valley, the Breed River, the Koo Valley and the Klein Karoo. On the estate itself, they offer guided activities such as early-morning nature walks, giving the opportunity to find out more about the estate and its flora and fauna. Whilst I was recently there they offered an ‘olive tasting’ which covered the manufacturing process of olive oil on the estate, which has more than a thousand olive trees; you can also purchase the end result!
Galenia’s ten suites are twin or double semi-detached rooms set within five thatched cottages, each with its own covered stoep – Afrikaans for a veranda. A seating area features an open fire log, perfect for warming you up on cold winter evenings. All mod-cons are included such as Wi-Fi, satellite TV, an electronic safe, a minibar and a tea and coffee station, and that each bathroom has a free standing ‘claw-foot’ bathtub and an outdoor shower.