Our first season of operating as Galenia has surprised us all, as we have been far busier than we anticipated. So it is with a sigh of relief that we approach the South African ‘winter’ season and our decision to close for three months (we reopen on 14th August). This is not because we think that the estate is not suitable for winter stays – in fact the South African winter can be very similar to some northern European summers – with bright sunny days, but cool evenings and cold nights. Galenia is well designed for the colder season with log fires in each room and electric blankets on the beds and for those not brave enough to cope with the outdoor shower there is a free standing bath in each bathroom!
However this year we have decided to close in order to address a few issues that have arisen whilst operating with such high occupancies. Our kitchen is far too small and whilst we have tried to keep to a well thought out, but restricted, menu – behind the scenes has been pretty chaotic to say the least. So we are in the process of extending the kitchen area to include more storage, preparation and cooking space. Similarly our administration area/store/wine cellar just cannot physically fit in the number of people and the demands made upon it, so it is also a good opportunity to extend that as well. Work is well under way – and we will soon be ready for the thatchers and then Galenia will truly have a new ‘look’.
Hopefully all will go according to plan, and time schedule, and it will be finished and fully operational for when we are ready to welcome our first guests of the new season.