Squatting on the Overberg-Karoo boundary, Barrydale is an appealing little village encircled by green farmland and beautiful mountains. It is linked to the rest of the Overberg by Tradouws Pass – an inspiring Thomas Bain work of serpentine twists and turns cleverly weaving around plummeting ravines and tortuous rock formations. Like just about every other country town, Barrydale is fast succumbing to the inevitable laws of progress and being sold off to rat-race escapees. On the whole though, there is blissfully little real evidence of this development - apart from the eateries jostling for position on the R62 above the village. Business still closes for lunch, tourists are objects of local curiosity and peak hour traffic consists of the local donkeys trotting head to head.