The 5 Langeberg Towns
The five towns that make up the Langeberg Municipal area are as different from one another as any five beautiful sisters, each with its own personality and strong points. Singly and together they represent an incredible pool of real investment opportunities.
Population 27 715
This is the biggest of the five towns, and hub of the Robertson Valley Winelands. It is an old town with well ordered streets and lovely heritage homes, nestling in the foothills of a particularly massive and impressive part of the Langeberg Mountain range. The town is the Western gateway to the largest wine route in the world ,Route 62 and only 150km’s away from Cape Town. It is one of the largest wine producing regions in South Africa and host a number of Wine Cellars, Co-Operatives and Private Estates.
The CBD bustles with activity most days of the week and is home to an excellent range of commercial enterprises.
Robertson has good schools and sporting facilities, a fine hospital and an Airstrip that can accommodate Jets. It is also known for its outdoor activities such as Parachute Jumping , Hiking , Cycling and water sport.
Opportunities: Tourism , Agri – Processing , manufacturing and construction.
Montagu lies between two mountain ranges halfway between Cape Town and the Garden Route and is considered the gateway to the Little Karoo. It also forms part of the R62 scenic route.
Montagu was not long ago voted South Africa’s favourite village and the reputation lingers on because it is so well deserved. It has history in abundance, but in itself it is rich in natural beauty. Whichever road route you take into Montagu will amaze you for its awesome aspects. The road from Ashton lies through a natural pass between mountains so visibly contorted and folded as to bring flashbacks of 60million years to mind.
Montagu is known for its dry , healthy climate, nature reserves ,hiking , 4x4 routes, Rock climbing ,cycling , and cuisine.
It is a medium sized town, again with an excellent CBD, good shops and general amenities. Sporting facilities abound, there are several excellent schools, and there is a good hospital.
Montagu is also well known for its Dried fruit and Hot Spring which is part of Montagu Baths.
Opportunities: Tourism, Manufacture and Commerce.
Population 13 325
When you pass through Ashton you pass through the CBD and the Industrial sites all at once. You will not immediately see what is in reality a rather neat and compact village of leafy suburbs and pretty homes on gently sloping ground looking away to the Langeberg behind. Ashton was originally, and still is to a large extent, a railway service centre. It was for this reason that so much of the country’s fruit canning industry settled there. Industry is already once more on the march in Ashton but serious opportunities are still abundant. Development land is inexpensive and readily available and a cheerful work force awaits the Ashton entrepreneur.
Opportunities: Agri –Processing , Industrial Development , Arts and Crafts.
Not for nothing does its Scottisch name mean ‘Beautiful Valley’. The town is snug along the banks of the Breede River and orchards and vineyards run down to the high street, making it both beautiful and picturesque. It also has a water channel scheme provide water to the town.
Bonnievale is surrounded by the Langeberg Mountain Range in the North East and Riviersonderend Mountain Range in the South West. It is regarded as the most beautiful town in the Western Cape .It is a quiet town with lots of attractions including a golf course bowling green and is well known for water outdoor sport.
Like most of its sisters, Bonnievale is primarily a wine producing region with eight wine cellars , two cheese factories that produce cheese , butter , milk and yoghurt.
Opportunities: Agri- Processing and Tourism.
McGregor is a small village with a huge reputation. They say it is at the end of a road going nowhere, but, truth to tell, it was once on a road going to Greyton! That dream ended with World War 11, but it left McGregor to grow on its own and in its own way.
Once the centre of a flourishing whipstock industry, It is yet the hub of some very busy wine, fruit and olive farming.
McGregor is also now known for its off-beat building tastes and intellectually alternative interests. There are a number of tourism suppliers there, including a small hotel and various guest houses and B&Bs.
McGregor attracts visitors from all over the country and indeed the outside world so that on many weekends visitors outnumber their hosts by 2 to 1. Tourist Attractions include hiking, mountain biking , 4x4 routes ,bird watching , pottery studio ,art galleries ,massage therapy ,poetry week –ends .
Opportunities: Tourism, Health and Wellness.