Getaway Tuesdays – McGregor: Things to do (part 2)

by Karisa

This is part 4 in my Getaway Tuesdays series – if you missed parts 1, 2 & 3 , hop on over here:

Now being a rather small village, McGregor doesn’t have a Ster Kinekor or Nu Metro movie cinema…  But what they do have is really quite cool…

If you’re in the mood for a movie or maybe a bit of live music, the Wahnfried home in Bree St is where you need to be.  You won’t see the latest blockbusters here, but instead you’ll be taken on a little cinematic adventure of sorts.

Owners, Michael and Freddie, purchased this Moroccon-style property with the goal of doing something that will benefit the village.  Today you’ll find musical events held every Sunday as well as films shown on Thursdays and/or Fridays throughout the year.

For the movies, there’s usually a theme – for example in June is was a celebration of great Italian Directors…And  here’s a little peek at what’s still to come on the music front…

After a jam-packed day, we had dinner at the Green Gables Country Inn Dining Room.  They do hearty country meals in a beautifully quirky setting.  They also house the Village Pub which of course is a great way to hang out with a few locals.

Oh and get this – the pub still works on the “honesty” system & whoever gets there first assumes the role of the barman. #OnlyInTheCountry

“Food cooked with love” they say – I really liked the casual, cosy feel of the place.  In summer they also do dinners out on their stoep which overlooks the village.

When we had reached our last day in the area, we pretty much thought we had seen what there was to be seen.  But we were wrong…  We still had some animal loving, grappa tasting & al fresco dining to do!

The Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary is a total must for animal lovers of all ages.  Here they provide a permanent refuge for abused, neglected and elderly donkeys, many of which had literally been worked to the bone before they arrived at the sanctuary.

Donkeys are such peaceful, loving animals.  It’s tough to think that these donkeys have been through so much, but it’s also really awesome to see them all happy & healthy in this setting.

Visit their website to find out how you can adopt a donkey or make a donation.  These donkeys deserve all the love they can get…

Next up was the Tanagra Wine & Guestfarm – providers of some lovely accommodation options, producers of some beautiful wines (of which I had to take a few bottles home), but also makers of real deal grappa:

These babies sure have some kick to them… So taste with care… But if grappa is your thing, this will be your happy place. My favourite was the lemon-infused one.

I actually wanted to buy more, but settled on the Cabernet Franc Blanc De Noir and the Carah. They specialise in Single Vineyard wines, which makes them quite special. And then they also sell the Thunderchild wine – a wine specially produced to raise funds for the Die Herberg orphanage.

Our final stop before heading back to the big city was the Lady Grey Restaurant at Lord’s Guest Lodge.  The setting here is quite breathtaking with their lush gardens and uninterrupted views of the Langeberg Mountain Range…

It simply doesn’t get better than that…

They serve wine from the valley and have an a-la-carte menu. We went for pizza because well… pizza… 😉 #DoesntItLookDelicious

We were also treated to a dance performance by The Next Step Dance Company:

This group of 5 talented young girls are raising funds in order for them to continue with dance after school, either at a university, dance academy or theatre school. They are available for parties, weddings, special functions, etc and they are too gorgeous for words. If you’d like to make a donation, or book them for an event, you can contact Mary Corpe (their dance instructor) on 0715557714 or

And that, as they say, is a wrap…  Next week will be my final post in this series.  We’ll take a look at the beautiful McGregor self-catering cottages where we stayed.  So do keep an eye out for that one.


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