Originally called Boontjiesrivier (Bean River) it has had a number of ‘incarnations’ during its long history. Most recently the estate was owned by a Belgian family who constructed the guest house and planted the olive grove, but they sold it in 2015 to the Bailey family of British decent who have been involved in Africa – with major investments in Tanzania – for over 50 years.
Off the beaten track? Well not really. More like a ‘find’ for those who have discovered the ‘alternative’ Garden Route and are cruising down the R62. Just 3 kms out of Montagu the Galenia Estate enjoys all the privileges of being ‘in town’ but from a very private and tranquil perspective.
Ideally located for excursions to the Robertson Wine Valley, the Breede River, the Koo valley and the Klein Karoo, many guests are discovering that an overnight is not enough and two nights also leaves a reason to return. Although guests rather like the idea of having a day or two without driving and to settle into the unspoilt nature of the estate and its activities, or relaxing by the pool or in the Jacuzzi, inspecting the olive grove or a quiet afternoon’s bird watching at one of the dams.
There are just ten guest suites on the estate, arranged in five thatch roofed cottages. They are all of a similar design and standard, enjoying spectacular views over the olive grove or the lake in the foreground and to the far flung horizons of the Klein Karoo.
Each suite has a spacious double or twin bedded room, complete with all modern day facilities such as wifi, dstv, security safe, refrigerator, tea and coffee maker, as well as an open log fire and comfortable lounge seating. It also has a well-furnished, spacious, covered stoep (verandah) overlooking indigenous planted gardens. The bathroom has a free standing bath, an outside shower, separately enclosed WC and for the colder months underfloor heating.
As most guests are self-driving an added benefit is to be able to drive to and park alongside each suite.
Breakfast – our ‘estate breakfast’ is planned to make sure that the Galenia guests start the day correctly. Many guests have already had an early morning walk or trek or joined the guided estate tour so are ready to do ‘full justice’ to the selection of fruits, yoghurts, juices, cereals, breads, muffins, cheeses, cold meats etc – let alone the cooked breakfast coming out of the kitchen. For many it is a time to have a leisurely breakfast whilst enjoying the views over the estate, the olives and the dam whilst they plan the day’s activities.
Lunch – whilst we do not do a ‘formal’ lunch we are pleased to offer a platter of cold meats and cheeses accompanied by relishes and chutneys and home baked bread served with a bottle of wine. This can be served at the pool, the Jacuzzi lounge or on your private stoep.
Dinner – our candlelight dinners are designed not to be rushed – relax and enjoy the ambiance of the main stoep. Our four course menu incorporates locally sourced and seasonal ingredients from both Galenia and our neighbouring estates, complemented by wines from the Robertson wine valley. Pre-dinner drinks are served in the lounge or on the terrace.
Our dining stoep and kitchen facilities are limited to the amount of guests we can accommodate on the estate – however on days when we are not so busy we are delighted to welcome non-resident guests to come for dinner. It will be necessary to call us or to complete the email form below. Our four course menu changes with the seasons and what is available locally.
GPS Coordinates : South 33.805896 East 20.157723
|Contact:||Walter and Karin Jubber|
|Fax:||(27)+ 23 614 35 17|