Philadelphia is the most beautiful and historic little doll house town in the Western Cape. The town has managed to sustain its " village in the middle of nowhere" quality, mainly because appearantly most of the land still belongs to the church. This charming little village is surrounded by farm land and is the equivalent of five unpavel streets and about 6 houses in total. It's amazing that it has escaped Capetonians attentions for so long!
In short Phila is a vibey little nucleus of quirky shops, studios and eateries - a few accommodation options, a growing number of creatively inclined residents, an extraordinarily large police station, a sense of space, a church and a school.
Grant and Lorinda discovered a beautiful historic venue in town, called Die Malle Meul, which is close to the town square. It use to be a working flour mill and has been lovingly resored to protect and maintain it's historical value.
The there is Die Blik Huis - a pink little tin roofed cape cottage house, which once homed a well known local artist, Pieter van der Westhuizen, who's work is on display at Die Malle Meul, once owned by the local artist. Lorinda spent the morning getting ready at Die Blik Huis - a beautifully renovated little cottage! Simply beautiful!
The Pepper Tree House complex around the corner from,well everything, use to be the stables and barn that housed horses. Today it's a pottery studio and art gallery.
If you're not planning on getting married in a quaint little village, which you should, at least take a drive out to Philadelphia Die Malle Meul - they offer a traditional Sunday Buffet lunch! I'm determined to revisit Philadelphia and turn it into my every other Sunday ritual!