The High Hopes garden is something to behold. Its rich tree life attracts birds of all types, including many species of kingfisher, sunbirds and owls. Indigenous and exotic trees live side by side, forming canopies under which smaller trees, climbing roses and other shrubs form an exquisite cottage garden. The garden is perhaps most famous for its more than a thousand roses. The garden itself can be hired, and often has, for weddings or even just for photographs.
The garden has lovely features for water lovers – a geometric pond with goldfish and water plants out of which rises a tiered fountain, a large and beautiful lily-pond, and a swimming pool. Twenty odd large Khoi fish swim lazily in the dappled light of the lily-pond. Natural spring water fills the pond, which is topped by Greyton’s well-known ‘lei-water’, filling it to its brim until it overflows and runs in a little stream into and out of the garden.
A Typical Day
Whether you’re coming for a retreat, a specific treatment or just to relax and unwind from the pressures of the city, High Hopes offers everything you could possibly want for a relaxed, pampered or even romantic few days away. Greyton itself is a jewel of the Overberg region, and is only one-and-a-half hours from Cape Town.
You can either drive up for the day for a consultation, enjoying lunch at one of several acclaimed eating spots in the village, or stay as long as you wish in the High Hopes Retreat Centre. The centre has five luxurious suites with private garden entrances in verdant grounds.
If walking feeds your soul, our mountain guide will accompany you on gentle or more challenging walks in and around the majestic Riviersonderend Mountains mountains. You can even include the famous Greyton-McGregor Boesmanskloof Trail on a one-day or two-day hike.
There are tennis courts and cycle paths, bicycles for hire and guided horse trail rides on a nearby farm.
High Hopes stocks various natural remedies and health products for specific ailments for your convenience. All retreat clients are given a signature health/relaxation bath- or massage oil blended specially for you.