Barrydale, Cape Overberg

The little town of Barrydale lies nestled at the foot of the beautiful Langeberge in the heart of the Tradouw Valley, close to where the northern exit of the Tradouw Pass winds through the mountains to meet Route 62, the longest wine route in the world, en route to Swellendam.

Barrydale is one of those beautiful little villages that beckon one to linger. It lies on the border between the Cape Overberg and the succulent Klein Karoo, which starts just north of the town. It is no surprise to learn that Barrydaleís history began when farmers moved into the valley to search for fertile arable land with water. The climate here is nigh on perfect for growing fruit trees, and apples, pears, oranges, apricots, figs, peaches and grape orchards lie scattered across the valley.

Any time of year in this valley is beautiful. Summer is ripe with fruit, autumn heralds in the protea season, and winter is a tapestry of colour as the surrounding Klein Karoo, renowned for its aloes, milkbush, concertina plant and succulents, breaks into flower.

The little village is also easily accessible. One can approach Barrydale from the Garden Route along the Tradouw Pass, from Montagu or from Oudtshoorn across the relentless plateau of the Klein Karoo - each of them beautiful and scenic. The townís cellars are set in their very own region of origin, the Tradouw valley - the smallest in the country - that produces incredible brandies and wines.

Visit the farm known as the Manger in nearby Lemoenshoek to walk the labyrinth and the peace pagoda; walk through Barrydaleís heritage garden; restore body and soul at the Warmwaterberg hot springs or hike in the surrounding hills.

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The Hub in Barrydale......what an interesting shop! Tucked away in a tranquil setting and they have the most amazing presentation of food. The shop is filled with various and interesting goodies. I would highly recommend browsing through this interesting shop. You will find Art for sale, videos for hire, second hand books and plants for sale among other interesting items for sale. There is also an internet and printing facility. Most impressive was the little tranquil garden coffee shop and the food presentation was out-of-this-world. The only regret I have, is that I did not take pictures of the food presented. I have never been served yogurt with fruit with a drizzle of honey and sesame seeds in any top Johannesburg restaurant presented and served to me like The Hub in Barrydale! The people are warm and friendly and the place seems to attract many very interesting people, a delightful meeting place to drink coffee and chat. If ever passing through Barrydale do not forget to visit this interesting little shop and to experience the warmth and friendliness that The Hub of Barrydale has to offer to visitors!

Regina Vergos (Johannesburg)

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I was taken out to Mez in Barrydale for my birthday. The food was excellent. The service excellent. Tranquil setting. I am still dreaming of the ice cream with Moroccan topping. I've never tasted such good ice-cream! The restaurant was busy and full........I can understand why!

Regina Vergos (Johannesburg)

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