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Going Gooding, A Play on Radio

Malcolm Gooding’s show: Going Gooding, A Play on Radio will be on at Gooding’s Groves Olive Farm and Guest House on Saturday night, 21 September at 8 pm. You are invited to join us for the show which will include a glass of wine and refreshments. Cost per person: R150.

More about the show:

If you … 

looked forward to ‘Squad Cars’ as the height of the week’s entertainment;

knew what the next best thing to a Lexington was; reckoned that ‘Rugby, Braaivleis, Sunny-skies & Chevrolet’ should be the national anthem; smaaked the cigarette commercials before the film more than the film itself;

thought BJ was a cool name for a Prime Minister;

skeemed Scope was good literature;

and, set your watch to the ‘Beep – Beep - Beep’ of the English Service News bulletin

… Then you are a child of the 70s and 80s!

Going Gooding takes audiences on an uproarious ride through this bygone era, from the viewpoint of South Africa’s voice supremo - Malcolm Gooding. Malcolm’s career in broadcasting intersected with the likes of Charles Fortune, Colin du Plessis, Pat Kerr and Brian O’Shaughnessy. Malcolm uses his golden voice, as well as his incredible gift for mimicry, to play these characters, and dozens of others, as he delivers one side-splitting punch-line after another.

The play takes its name from Malcolm’s iconic radio show of the late 60’s/early 70’s. Malcolm was the man who introduced South Africa to the music of the youth revolution: The Who, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Led Zeppelin. History beckoned again in 1995 when Malcolm called on President Mandela to present the Webb Ellis Trophy to Francois Pienaar.  

Going Gooding captures the essence of a lost era: it’s packed with laughs, sprinkled with nostalgia, and leavened with the wisdom that comes with perspective. 

For the television report about the show go to:

JP Landman signs books at Gooding’s Groves

Media release on JP Landman’s book, The Long View

JP will be at Gooding’s Groves Olive Farm and Guest House on Monday, 26 August 2013 from 18:00 for a book signing and a question and answer session about the book conducted by Ruda Landman. We will be serving cocktails and wine. We would really appreciate if you would join us for this special occasion and if you would help us by sending the invitation on to any book lovers or friends in the Franschhoek area.

Kindly let us know at or telephone 021 8762158 if you would to attend.

Winter Warmer Special – June, July, August 2013

At only R1300 per couple per night, you’ll be spoiled with:

  • luxurious en-suite accommodation in the heart of the Franschhoek valley

  • a glass of wine, home-made soup and bread by the fire

  • buffet breakfast

·      For only R200 more (R1500) you can include an hour-long Hot Rock Massage for each of you. This is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and soothing for tight muscles.

Don’t miss this ideal breakaway to warm yourself up this winter!

Three luxury self-catering Barn Suites opening in April

Situated on the banks of the estate’s picturesque dam, the spacious suites offers magnificent views over the groves and the surrounding mountains. The suites will be completed by mid-April and will extend the accommodation offering on the Gooding’s Groves Olive Farm significantly.

Set on a working olive farm in the heart of the Breede River Valley
- an idyllic self-catering getaway!


The Gooding’s Groves Boesmans River Olive Farm is situated in the Breede River Valley between the historical towns of McGregor, Bonnievale and the popular Robertson winelands. An olive grove of 3 000 mature olive trees, fynbos and renosterveld - home to the blue Crane, picturesque river banks, shady forests and spectacular mountains are there for you to explore.

Ideal for families and for romantic getaways, this restored Karoo-Georgian country house offers three large en-suite bedrooms; spa-cious living areas; an open fire place; well-equipped kitchen; wide verandas; a plunge pool and shady picnic areas.

From the wide stoeps enjoy breath-taking views over the valley, mountains and groves. Hidden in the olive grove alongside is the Hart-beeshuisie, also recently restored with its own lounge, kitchen and en-suite bedroom.

River side picnics, hiking trails, mountain climbing and biking, bird watching, country road drives, wine tasting routes, olive picking in season, star gazing, champagne air!


More information and bookings:
Email: | Tel: 021 876 2158


The Franschhoek Wine Tram now running

World renowned for its spectacular beauty, superb wines and world class restaurants, the Franschhoek Valley now boasts a unique tram service running from the historic Franschhoek Village stopping at some of South Africa’s oldest and most renowned wine estates.

The aim is to create a tourist icon here in Franschhoek on a par with the Table Mountain Cableway or the Cape Point Funicular and for the tram to become synonymous with Franschhoek and the wine tasting experience.

Gooding’s Groves is also involved in the project as Malcolm’s well-known voice can be heard on the tram and the bus narrating the audio tour for the tram.

How exciting is that! And …what’s more, we are hoping to provide our own special tourist stop in time to come where those on the Tram can come and enjoy  an olive pairing and tasting experience.

4 Star Tourism Grading!

Gooding's Groves has recently been awarded a 4 star grading from the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. Congratulations to the Gooding's Groves team!

Franschhoek Uncorked!

From 3-4 September at Gooding’s Groves you can share in our special olive tasting and pairing with the best wines from our valley in our Barn where we will also be exhibiting art by local upcoming artists. And if you want to linger a while, Mareaze will prepare a ploughman’s platter for two including our olives, bread, cheese and cold meats to enjoy with a bottle of wine at the value price of R65.

Don’t miss this weekend, book now!

Our Women’s month special!!
Luxury Ladies’ Pamper weekend – 27 and 28 August 2011

Gooding’s Groves is offering a one-night pamper weekend for ladies to celebrate women’s month. Join us for a weekend where you and your friends can be pampered by a luscious treatment – introducing Dr Hauschka organic skincare, a range of 100% certified natural and organic products.

Pamper yourself with a full-body aromatherapy massage or hot stone therapy treatment, with a luxurious organic Dr Hauschka facial treatment.  The combined massage/facial treatment lasts two hours.

We are offering this Luxury Ladies Pamper weekend at a discounted price of R930 per person (valued at R1300)! In addition to a facial and full-body massage per person.  You also get one night’s accommodation, a light supper and a health breakfast. Each lady will also receive a goodie bag containing Dr Hauschka skincare and body products and information about the range.

Contact Mareaze at or call her on 021 8762158 as soon as possible as the space is limited.

Bastille Festival

It's almost time for Bastille Festival in Franschhoek - 16, 17 July 2011

Our Bastille Special of  R440,00 per person includes breakfast and a glass of wine and some Gooding's Groves olives to welcome you!  

Franschhoek literary festival

Famous poet Finuala Dowling who wrote “Homemaking for the Down-at-Heart;  journalist and travel writer Douglas Rogers,  author of the book “The Last Resort: A Memoir of Zimbabwe”; and John Maytham, Cape Talk’s afternoon drive show host are among the esteemed guests that will be hosted by Gooding’s Groves for the Franschhoek Literary Festival this weekend.

Needless to say that we are all very excited about the literary celebrities arriving this week and we would like to wish them a warm welcome to our wonderful Franschhoek Valley! Be sure not to miss the highlight of our Franschhoek calendar – The Literary Festival!

Gooding’s Groves winter special – June, July, August 2011

R440 per person sharing including soup, home-made breads and a glass of wine served at the fireplace. The special also includes a neck and back massage by Mobile Beauty in the comfort of your warm room at a 25% discount price.

Gooding’s Groves welcomes new estate manager

Mareaze Stead has taken over as estate manager at Gooding’s Groves Olive Farm and B&B from 1 January this year. She is an experienced guest house manager who has owned and managed various guest houses in her hospitality career. Prior to joining Gooding’s Groves, Mareaze managed the four star Morning Side Cottage in Tokai.

Mareaze is a new breeze at Gooding’s Groves and she looks forward to welcoming you as guests on our farm. Mareaze will also be playing a significant role in the various Gooding’s Groves community projects and will be acting as banqueting manager of The Barn conference and function venue on the farm. 

Wonderbags from Gooding’s Groves assist feeding schemes 

Feeding in Action is a feeding programme coordinating body operating in the greater municipal are of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. At present, the organisation provides approximately 3 300 people with either one cooked meal per day, or regular food parcels and supplementary food supplies. They operate more than 30 distribution points which include 21 soup kitchens, six schools (±2 000 learners) and four clinics. ... read more 


The Barn at Gooding’s Groves officially opened

The Barn function and conference facility at Gooding’s Groves Olive Farm was officially opened on Saturday, 21 August 2010. Attended by many loyal friends and business partners of Gooding’s Groves and business representatives from various companies as far afield as Riebeeck Kasteel, Cape Town and Yzerfontein on the West Coast, the opening was a great success despite winter’s cold and wet best.

Guests were entertained by a local Groendal youth choir, Sondelani (meaning come closer), which is one of Gooding’s Groves’  community projects. This choir will participate in a music festival at Grahamstown later in the year and their performance at the opening of The Barn was part of their fundraising for this trip. Catering for the event included wines from the neighbouring La Provence estate and an assortment of hot and spicy curries cooked in the Gooding’s Groves environmentally friendly Wonderbags. The distribution of Wonderbags, a bag that offers electricity-saving cooking, into disadvantaged communities and to local Franschhoek-based feeding schemes is another element in Gooding’s Groves continuing community outreach programme.

The Barn is a fully-equipped conference and function venue that can accommodate 10-50 guests depending on the format of the event.  It is also ideal for small wedding receptions, celebrations or art exhibitions and private dinner parties. The venue combines the charm of a rustic barn with the functionality of a minimalist industrial look and feel and is scenically situated among the olive groves on the banks of the farm dam.

For more information about The Barn and the conference and wedding packages available, click here.




Bridal Party Villa

Looking for a private spacious Villa for you and your Bridesmaids to spend the night before your big day?

We have the perfect place for you! This French country styled villa with two bedrooms and two en-suite bathrooms also has an open plan kitchen and lounge with fireplace. The lounge has double French doors leading onto the patio and garden. The villa has a large screen television with DVD player and DSTV.  The main bedroom has a queen size wrought iron bed and is nice and spacious for pre-wedding preparation, make up and dressing. The en-suite comes with a bath and shower and French doors open up on to the lovely garden with olive trees and private splash pool. A complimentary bottle of Champagne and a cheese, olive and bread platter will be awaiting you. On the morning of your big day you can have breakfast made down at the Villa or we can arrange a snack platter and refreshments. We have so many sites on the farm for lovely photographic opportunities as well as special set-ups for bridal pictures.

Our service on your special day is aimed at making sure that you and your wedding party enjoy every moment! We also have lovely B&B accommodation in our eight room guesthouse for any extra guests.  To get more information or to make a booking please call us on (021) 876-2158 or contact Leigh at



Franschhoek Bastille Festival - a celebration of freedom!

Taking into account that South Africa will be winding down from the hype and festivities of World Cup 2010, what better way to paint the town red, white and blue and join in ‘A Celebration of Freedom’. Not forgetting, it’s the only time of the year you’ll be forgiven for wearing a beret.

The Food and Wine Marquee open from 12 noon until 5pm, is always the focal point which draws people to the hub of activity, where visitors can sample fine wines from some of Franschhoek’s award-winning wine estates and indulge in mouth-watering dishes created by the Valley’s highly acclaimed chefs. Sample a wide selection of cuisine, ranging from: oysters, sushi, local and French cheeses to charcuterie, hand-made chocolates and salmon trout from the area.

Not to be missed is the festival’s comprehensive sporting element featuring the usual, popular traditions and activities of: boules, Franschhoek minstrel parade, and a barrel-rolling contest. A farmers’ market, craft market stalls, musicians and children’s activities are also included in the line up of festival celebrations. For those wanting to appreciate French heritage in comfort, the Screening Room at Le Quartier Français will be screening movies throughout the weekend.

Known throughout the world for its fine cuisine, Franschhoek’s award-winning restaurants will also be offering special menus exclusively prepared for this annual Festival.        

So, with something for everyone, make a weekend of your visit, taking full advantage of the many Bastille accommodation packages on offer. Come celebrate the universal triumph of freedom. C’est la vie!

A R100.00 per person entrance fee allows you access to the Food and Wine Marquee, which includes a tasting glass and a complimentary booklet containing 10 tasting coupons. Thereafter all tastings will be charged on consumption. Tickets can be purchased through webtickets


Bastille weekend special

Gooding’s Groves Winter special – pay for two nights and get the third night free of charge!!

R450 per person sharing per night– R550 single


Glass of sherry by the fire on arrival

Full English breakfast with fresh fruit, home-made muesli, home baked breads and home-made jams

Wine tasting at La Provence wine farm

Olive tasting and complimentary bottle of olives

Soup and fresh baked bread at the fire on any of the evenings of your stay

Offer includes two nights over a weekend and Sunday night free of charge!!

Book your luxury room.  Click to check availability and book online



Winter special!

Gooding’s Groves Winter special – pay for two nights and get the third night free of charge!!

R450 per person sharing per night– R550 single


Glass of sherry by the fire on arrival

Full English breakfast with fresh fruit, home-made muesli, home baked breads and home-made jams

Wine tasting at La Provence wine farm

Olive tasting and complimentary bottle of olives

Soup and fresh baked bread at the fire on any of the evenings of your stay

Offer includes two nights over a weekend and Sunday night free of charge!!

Book your luxury room.  Click to check availability and book online


The wonderful Wonderbag at Gooding's Groves

Gooding’s Groves Olive Farm and B&B recently launched a community upliftment initiative in association with Natural Balance – producers of the Wonderbag. The Wonderbag is a heat-retention cooker that requires only enough heat to start the cooking process. Because of its insulating properties the bag retains the heat and completes the cooking process with no further electricity needed... read more


The opening of Gooding's Groves Bed & Breakfast

The story of Gooding’s Groves Olive Farm is a tale of romantic dreams of olive groves, good food, wine and friends and lots of hard work – this dream has come true for Malcolm and Salomé Gooding, but this is only the beginning. 

When Malcolm Gooding, a Johannesburg-based television and radio voice artist, visited the world-renowned Cape Winelands years ago, he purchased a piece of land in the Franschhoek Valley and bravely took the first step in turning a lifelong passion to plant his own olive trees on his own farm into reality. 

A few years ago, Malcolm and Salomé decided to extend the little farmhouse  to make room for guests to share the joys of the good things in life: breathtaking views, gentle walks through the groves, sunsets by the dam and, of course, the taste of  good wine and olives.  

The long-awaited launch of the Gooding’s Groves B&B happened on 22 December 2009 – a beautiful Sunday afternoon in the Franschhoek Valley. T he festive atmosphere of Christmas and summer holidays and the Christmas break abounded.  Complimented by delicacies such as nuts, fresh-baked breads, cheese, colourful bowls of fruit and lots of olives.. With the smell of boerewors on the fire, cold beers and wine around the Lady Ann Barnard-style pool, and live music by the talented duo, NUKA, on the back verandah, everyone was clearly sharing in the dream  and enjoying the abundant hospitality of Gooding’s Groves and its people. 

Malcolm and Salomé had much pleasure in inviting the  Franschhoek community,  their fellow tourism partners, to share in the launch of their venture. Salomé says: “We understand that being part of a tourism community such as Franschhoek requires building good relationships, even more so when you’re the new ‘kids on the block’.” 

Guests came from Cape Town, Blouberg, Somerset West and Montagu to celebrate, and to have a sneak preview of the fully restored Cape Victorian Manor House with its eight guest bedrooms and comfortable reception rooms. Here guests can relax and take in the panoramic views of the Simonsig-, Drakenstein, Franschhoek and Wemmershoek mountains from every window.  

The first guests had the pleasure of staying over for the ‘complete experience’. Says television producer Mariette Cloete: “Gooding’s Groves offered everything a Johannesburg city dweller like me needed to relax. I especially valued the views, the simplicity and coolness of the spacious bedrooms with their high ceilings, and the tranquillity of the farm. They offer a wonderful breakfast with home-baked bread on a verandah overlooking the olive grove and the Franschhoek mountains”.  

This sensuous event was merely the first of many more romantic sunsets, breathtaking views, happy people, friendly chatter, good wine, good food, the great taste of the Gooding’s Groves olive oil – an open invitation that will appeal to all your senses at Gooding’s Groves Olive Farm and B&B.





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