In 1999 my father married Charlotte at the Little Church in van Reenen. It seats 8 people and is the smallest consecrated church in the Southern Hemisphere. When the minister walked in to the full church with guest spilling out the back door, to conduct the wedding ceremony, he exclaimed “Hallelujah! It’s a revival”. Caught up in wedding festivities we didn’t really notice the adjacent tea garden.
On our recent trip home from Natal, we stopped at Little Church Tea Garden for coffee and cake. Mist cast a romantic veil over the panoramic view, the air felt gentle and embracing. The friendly proprietor made us feel like guests in the home of a gracious host.
While waiting for our order, the children stretched legs in the outdoor play area. I browsed the padstal type shop where treats and antiques beckon.
Halfway Chocolate Cake and coffee make the road trip home feel more like a Sunday outing. Sadly it turned out that we weren’t halfway home as our next stop was Harrismith where the head gasket of our car blew and we had to sleep over. That’s another story for another day.
The Green Lantern Inn, also in van Reenen was our great discovery on the way from Gauteng to Natal. Now there are 2 lovely new options to pause on a journey between Jo’burg and Durban.