Warm Your Heart in McGregor

Private Property South Africa
Anna-Marie Smith

McGregor little town along the Western Cape’s famous Route 62, at the foot of the Riviersonderend Mountains is where many heart warming experiences await adventurous residents and visitors.

Magnificent sites, from the surroundings of the nearby Breede River and vineyards to art displays of talented locals are just some of the charming lures of this town, close enough to visit from Cape Town, a mere two hours away. Those planning a visit to this beautiful fruit and wine region, say the irresistible selection of properties, from the characteristic whitewashed cottages to superior quality guesthouses and eateries, is enough to justify any length of stay.

In addition to the town offering residents a wonderful country lifestyle, are a number of festivals scattered throughout the year that ensures en eventful calendar lists. As host to the well known Mc Gregor Food and Wine Festival, the village sees visitors and residents enjoy the finest cultivars and produce of local wine farms. Another well known local event is the Wine on the River Festival when 300 wines from 42 estates are showcased, drawing together local communities and industry.

Also well known in the area just 3km out town, is the Eseltjierus Donkey Sanctuary, a registered non profit organisation and public benefit organisation. Translated to English, Eseltjierus means where little donkeys rests, is a permanent home that offers refuge to aged, neglected and abused donkeys. In addition to those placed in foster homes, are approximately 22 animals enjoying the safety and tranquillity of the natural environment, also open to the public. This beautiful location within close proximity to Robertson Winery and the Mc Gregor Country Kitchen, will also be the venue where the sanctuary is hoasting its 6th annual book fair at the end of May. As the Sanctuary’s annual fund raising event, the fair attracts locals and weekend visitors from afar to the sale of 6 000 high quality books, many which are newly donated by book shops and book lovers from afar.

Those in search of property to purchase in Robertson need not go far, as a wide selection of houses, plots, small holdings and farms await keen buyers. Average freehold property prices in Mc Gregor of R1-million exceeds the R900 000 at Robertson and R600 000 in Ashton. Currently for sale in this Breede River Winelands municipality town is a white washed country cottage advertised on the MCGregor Village website on the market at R1.3-million, a small holding with river frontage for R1.5- million, and a lower village plot for R20 000. The town of McGregor enjoys third place in local municipal rankings, with Silverstrand Golf Estate in first place and average freehold prices of R1.3-million, and in second place is Montagu with average freehold prices currently at R1.1 million.

This country village is popular with young families who can send school going children to the MacGregor Waldorf School , a well known Breede River Valley institution comprising a Playgroup, Kindergarten and Primary School. Its central position in town allows young children to walk to school while those from the neighbouring areas of Bonnievale, Ashton and Robertson are transported on a 40 seater bus.

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