Ouland Royale Baroque Barn is on Airport Road, Plettenberg Bay opposite the airport turnoff. The restaurant and private events venue comfortably seats 130 pax and offers a turnkey service for weddings and private celebrations. We are fully licensed.
“I created Ouland Royale to be a space where people can come and escape reality, a fantasy place where they can eat decadent food, and feel joy” says Wilja Reitz, the owner of the extraordinary venue and eatery that has people talking.
A self-confessed workaholic passionate about women empowerment, Wilja is all about teaching and doing things for herself. “I thrive on proving to myself and others that I can achieve almost anything through self-belief and gratitude. I try to encourage that in my staff too – there are very few things we cannot do if only we put our minds to it and believe in our inner strength.” In November 2013, Ouland Royale opened for business! Wilja is a self-taught cook and prepares all the meals and bakes the cakes and treats with love and passion.
Wilja named her venue after the original farm title, which her grandmother had dubbed Ouland (old land), and an Afrikaans song Royal Hotel by David Kramer. “I loved the song when I was a child and it fitted well with the boere baroque Russian theme of the barn and the decadent royal feel of the decor.”
The double volume ceiling and sliding doors that run almost the whole extent of the side walls create a light-filled space that is dramatically and decadently decorated. Long tables are set with silverware, crystal, candles and flowers. Tea and cake are served on antique and collectable crockery. Lounging spaces are created by cleverly placed couches, covered in dramatic and luxurious fabrics. Walls are adorned with gilded mirrors and antique portraits. Wilja’s lampshades and interior decorating which she says pulses through her mind constantly, add colour, drama and whimsy. There is also a gift and décor boutique where Wilja expresses her creativity through carefully chosen pieces for sale and her own clothing range which she sells in her shop as well as handmade jewellery and sparkly things.
Bookings essential for large gatherings for Chef to prepare.
All photographs taken by Louanne Waters photography.
Ouland Royale Baroque Barn
Ouland Royale is open for breakfast, lunch and tea Tuesday to Friday from 8am to 4pm, and Saturday from 8am to 1pm.