An escape to McGregor sees guests accommodated with tranquil scenes and lush surroundings. From amazing flora and geology to some of our country’s top wineries, the small village has many unique offerings. To help plan your trip we have found the best places to stay and things to do over a weekend in McGregor.
From its artistic spirit to its ancient geology, the McGregor Valley boasts a range of natural and historical wonders that make this former agricultural town the ideal place to visit this Heritage month.
The village’s bounty of botanical beauty is celebrated with the McGregor Magic Garden Festival, which sees over 30 private and community gardens open to visitors this Heritage weekend.
The festival features expert talks and guided tours, workshops, hidden gardens, home-grown produce, garden markets, wildflowers in bloom, and music and entertainment.
Cost: R30 to R275 | Brochure R120
Time: 21 to 23 September
To take full advantage of the mountainous spectacle that comes with a trip into the Mcgregor Winelands, why not consider Fossil Hills Accommodation? Situated on the Thornvilla farm, in the Breede Valley between Robertson and McGregor, Fossil Hills has a variety of accommodation options for the peace-seeking nature enthusiast.
With six different self-catering cottage options, all of which are spread across the Thornvilla farm, something is offered for everyone.
Whether staying in the Fossil Hills Cottage, a cosy stone cottage with a thatched roof, or the Pinotage House, previously the venue for ‘Eseltjies Rus’, which consists of a 5 bedroom main house and 3 bedroom annex – perfect for a family getaway – guests get to relax in total privacy while enjoying the spectacular mountain views.
Each cottage has its own private outdoor steaming hot pool, perfect for those memorable sunsets and evenings with an endless starry sky.
To top off a stay in the beauty of the Breede Valley, the area has a variety of activities. From the beautiful Boesmanskloef hiking trail, which spans from McGregor to Greyton, to a slow boat cruise up and down the Breede Valley, there is much the area offers for those looking simply to relax and those seeking an adventure.
Cost: From R900 to R5000 per night, per unit
Located in Voortrekker Street, the main vein of McGregor, 51 is must do and an absolute essential for anyone coming to the village for the first time.
Founders and owners Gerard Back and Phillip Loxton moved to McGregor from Cape Town, in favour of the country life and reveling in the sense of community. They opened 51 in 2018 and it has already become a favourite local spot.
From homemade bread, cakes and other treats to pizza and steaming savoury pies, 51 is open for breakfast, lunch and supper. A set menu is served with a different theme every week bringing an international culinary adventure to the small town.
With raving online reviews from locals and visitors, it’s no surprise that Monday nights at 51 need to be booked in advance.
Time: Mon 6.30pm to 8.30pm | Thursday 09:00 – 15:00 | Friday 09:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 20:00 | Saturday 09:00 – 15:00 | Sunday 09:00 – 15:00
For a home away from home experience, coupled with hospitality and beautiful night skies, McGregor Backpackers is the ideal place to lay your head.
Situated in the heart of the village at the end of the road to nowhere, McGregor Backpackers is a marriage between a budget guest house and Backpackers, offering the best of both at very affordable rates.
Catering for everyone from families and friends, groups and special occasions to bikers and hikers, McGregor Backpackers is the perfect base camp for your adventure through McGregor.
With a fully equipped kitchen and comfortable rooms, the Backpackers can sleep 25 people. It also offers Premium DSTV, fast free wi-fi and safe, secure off-street parking and braai facilities in a sheltered garden courtyard.
McGregor Backpackers is also pet-friendly – if the pets social and don’t expect to sleep on the beds.
And for those wanting to take in all of McGregor’s natural beauty, there are special spots to park off with a good book and be in a quiet space.
Cost: R220 – R550 (per night basis)
A visit to Eseltjierus Donkey Sanctuary allows for a fun, peaceful experience for the whole family. The farmstead is located less than 5km outside McGregor and serves as a home to rescued donkeys. With a dedicated vision shared with local musician David Kramer to promote the welfare and status of donkeys through a culture of caring, they are sure to provide a unique experience.
Guests are welcome to tour the paddocks and interact with these peaceful creatures while taking in a short history session about the initiative. There’s also an on-site bistro which serves up freshly prepared light lunches, with stunning views over the dam and paddocks, near the scenic Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve
Eseltjierus Donkey Sanctuary is famous for hosting their annual book fair to help raise funds for the upkeep of the paddocks. Ever May, bookworms are spoiled for choice with new, pristine pre-owned and even collectible books. Current novels, travel books, art, gardening and lifestyle books and much more make up the massive collection available at the market.
At the end of the McGregor valley, high up the mountains, lies Lord’s Wines, an oasis of lush green lawns, sweeping vistas, and indigenous fynbos.
With breathtaking panoramic views and vineyards 500m above sea level, Lord’s Wines offers a one-of-a-kind venue for events and award-winning wines and accommodation.
As the brain-child of Jacie Oosthuizen and the Lord’s Wines shareholder, every effort was made to mould the building to complement the gorgeous surrounds. The Venue is perfect for everything from a small intimate reception, to a lavish marquee extravaganza.
Their cool climate wines have been sculpted by four generations of wine-makers with impeccable attention to detail and quality. Lord’s Wines boasts numerous awards for their collection of whites, reds, rosé and Methode Cap Classique.
Accommodation at Lord’s Wine Farm is provided in 2 elegantly decorated, ground-floor apartments. Each apartment is furnished with a queen-size bed that can be converted to 2 single beds on request and an en-suite bathroom with a shower. The rooms have kitchenettes that are equipped with tea- and coffee-making facilities, a bar fridge, microwave, crockery, and cutlery. Other facilities and services include free Wi-Fi connection, secure parking, and braai facilities.
The Sandbag House, McGregor, offers a delicious home-cooked meal, either around the fire in winter or on the stoep in summer.
Hosting Sunday Suppers every Sunday evening, Fiona and Tom’s home, The Sandbag House, is open to visitors and McGregor locals, alike. The delicious home-cooked meals are simple and consist of a set, three-course menu using locally sourced ingredients, which include seasonal vegetables and herbs – often from their garden.
Their seasonal menus are set weekly and booking is essential, closing on Saturdays at noon as walk-ins are rarely accommodated. They cater to vegetarians who must advise when booking.
With prior arrangement and enough advance notice, Supper at The Sandbag can be offered for a minimum of four guests and up to ten. These numbers are dependent on the weather and configuration of the parties.
The Sandbag House also offers accommodation in The Little Room, a guest room enjoyed by friends and paying guests alike. The private eatery accepts cash only and is not licensed, so diners are advised to bring their own drinks.
Cost: By Arrangement
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Address: The Sandbag House, McGregor
Tel: 082 9248997 | Email: email@example.com | Website: www.fionasfavourites.net
Facebook: The Sandbag House | Twitter: @FionasFavourite | Instagram: @fionasfavourites
A trip into McGregor creates a canvas of artistic inspiration. Elysium provides for the artistic traveler an opportunity of affordable accommodation in tandem to a creative outlet.
Elysium consists of The Space, self-catering accommodation, and Alila Pottery studio where artist Alila Hofmeyr offers pottery classes and workshops.
The Space is a private, spacious, open-plan 2 bedroom self-catering cottage, which is semi-detached from Alila’s house with its own separate entrance and off-street parking for 2 cars.
Inside the cottage is art from local artists, botanical prints and other found and collected treasures. Current artworks are from Amy Ayanda, Catherine Hutton-Squire Theron, Amy Simons, Emma Norse, Natasha Viljoen and Meg Jordi who are all artists living in Cape Town. Tony Meintjies and Lies Hoogendoorn are based in McGregor and there is also a small collection of pottery.
Alila hosts pottery workshops in various techniques and teaches private group workshops and private classes in both hand building and wheel throwing.
Cost: Pottery Classes By Arrangement | The Space Accommodation 1-2 people R550 per night | Can accommodate up to 4 people at an extra R250 pp
Time: Pottery Classes By Arrangement
Address: Elysium Pottery & Accommodation, 26 Grewe St, Mcgregor
Tel: 023 625 10 69 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website: www.elysium-mcgregor.co.za
Facebook: @alilapottery | Instagram: @alilapottery