A DAY IN THE VALLEY

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ITINERARY 1: Maasstrom and the Cowie Valley - 2018


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A gentle itinerary with easy driving and short distances - perfect for your first day, or for Sunday after a festive night out. For more detailed descriptions of the gardens and farms just click on the link.

Start at Maasström to catch this magical garden in the early light. Then head out of town on the R63 towards Adelaide. After about 8km, turn left at the signboard into the Cowie Valley. At the t-junction turn left and continue to the Donkerhoek sign where you will turn right. The edible garden is inspiring, the hospitality wonderful, the coffee is superb, the variety of teas awesome. But the real heroes are those homemade scones with farm jams and cream.

Suitably fortified, you could now go back to the t-junction and turn right, travelling past Cavers to the end of the valley where you will find peaceful secluded garden at Glen Gregor, the oldest farmhouse in the Ainslie fiefdom.

Now back-track to the Mill Cricket Ground to greet the 150-year-old oaks. There's more to eat and drink in the ancient stone Mill pub.

But don’t linger too long as Cavers awaits you. This extensive show-stopper garden has featured in dozens of magazines and film clips but nothing comes near the personal experience.  There is a sign-posted circular walk that takes between 45 and 60 mins. Teas/coffee lunch will be served Fri, Sat & Sun.  

But the day doesn’t end there - from 16h00 sosaties and sundowners are on offer at Norwood ... A perfect place to watch the light fade on the hills before you turn back to town for dinner.

MAASSTRöM Doreen & Peter Freese 046 685 0033. Entry: R20 Plants for sale.

DONKERHOEK Barbara & Mike Church 083 354 8841  Entry: Donation

CAVERS   Rozanne & Ken Ross 046 685 0619 Entry: R20

GLEN GREGOR  Shirley & Lochart Ainslie 046 685 0630 Entry: Donation

NORWOOD Anne & Bryan Knox 046 685 0599 Entry: Donation



  • More InfoGarden Festival OnlyUpdated: 3 months ago
    Light lunches available: BBQ pulled pork roosterkoek or pulled lamb pitas Delicious tea eats (drop scones/cake) Tea and coffee Bar available Open Friday through to Sunday, all day. 9h00 to 16h00 Cash only.
    • 079 492 7351
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    A feast of vegetables in old-fashioned beds spill down the hillside into the courtyard of this restored historic house
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  • More InfoGarden Festival OnlyUpdated: 5 months ago
    An interesting selection of teas, superb coffee blended and ground in situ, with fresh home-baked scones (stone-ground flour is used), with farm cream and jams from the kitchen. Cash only.
    • 083 354 8841
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    Nestling comfortably at the top-end of the Cowie Valley, surrounded by natural forest and mountains, is the farmhouse "Glen Gregor".
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