White Water Farm: A Tranquil Country Escape Near Stanford

White Water Farm: A Tranquil Country Escape Near Stanford

Nestled among the towering mountains of the tranquil Klein River valley, this rural sanctuary is a getaway dream come true.

Dating back to 1846, White Water Farm holds all the historic charm of an idyllic country retreat, while its modern-luxe lodgings (not to mention relative proximity to Cape Town) make it a sought-after destination.

The farm is named for Witblits, the Grappa-like liquor that used to be produced here. Interestingly, the old distillery barn where the brew was produced remains intact, although it has been converted into a beautiful chapel that serves as a popular wedding venue.

The farm is named for Witblits, the Grappa-like liquor that used to be produced here. Interestingly, the old distillery barn where the brew was produced remains intact, although it has been converted into a beautiful chapel that serves as a popular wedding venue.

Cows, horses, springboks, and donkeys roam across the 50 hectares of rolling pastures, which is also home to Chester and Churchill, the resident ridgebacks. Owners Alex Johnstone and Rob Bell are consummate, hands-on hosts (British-born Alex handles front of house, while Durban native Rob is responsible for the outstanding cooking that emanates from the farm kitchen).

Gardens shaded by blue gum trees create an enchanting countryscape, while the Overberg mountains loom in the distance and the scent of hydrangeas lingers, making stays at this peaceful paradise in the Stanford Valley the stuff of storybooks.

Daily breakfast (Included in the rate) is, as you’d expect, a farm-to-table-affair, with a lovely buffet of fresh fruits, yogurt and cereals, and fresh chicken and duck eggs prepared however you’d like them.

Likewise, the dinner menu showcases the best local and available produce. Think Nguni beef potstickers with Asian beef broth and spring onion; rump tagliata; linefish with mussels, prawns, ciabatta and bouillabaisse sauce; lamb chops with sweet potato mash, to name a few items. We stayed during load-shedding and our meal was delivered to our room!

The lodgings

There are 10 lodgings in total: two rooms (and an adjacent suite) in the farmhouse (parts of which date back to 1846), three suites and one room in the old Dairy Barn, two suites in the Herb Barn, and one tastefully decorated cottage. Creature comforts in the rooms include a roaring fireplace, a porch with chairs overlooking the spectacular surrounds, and quaint teapots (courtesy of British-born Alex, who insists: “You can’t make tea without a pot!”).

Farmhouse

  • two king-size en-suite bedrooms
  • one twin bed
  • one separate bathroom with a shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan lounge and dining room
  • indoor fireplace
  • private outdoor patio with a braai

Cost From R3 500 per night for the house (depending on season)

Farmhouse Deluxe Suite

  • one large bedroom with a king-size bed
  • open-plan lounge with a kitchenette
  • indoor fireplaces
  • two bathrooms
  • private courtyard with an outdoor shower

Cost From R2 200 per room per night (depending on season)

Gatehouse Cottage

  • open-plan interior
  • king-size four poster bed
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower
  • Victorian bath in the bedroom
  • open-plan lounge with a kitchenette
  • indoor fireplace
  • private outdoor patio

Cost From R1 900 per room per night (depending on season)

Two Barn Suites

  • large bedroom with a king-size bed (can be made into twin beds)
  • en-suite bathroom with a large bath and shower
  • open-plan lounge with a kitchenette
  • indoor fireplace
  • single bed can be added

Cost From R1 900 per room per night (depending on season)

Three Dairy Suites

  • large bedroom with a king-size bed (can be made into twin beds)
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower
  • open-plan lounge with a kitchenette
  • indoor fireplace
  • single bed can be added

Cost From R1 650 per room night (depending on season)

Dairy Room

  • large bedroom with a queen-size bed
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower

Cost From R1 400 per room per night (depending on season)

Things to do in the Stanford Valley

While you’re there, be sure to take a scenic stroll around the farm, passing the grazing farm animals along the way. In summer, you’ll want to spend loads of time at the pool pavilion,where a wonderful swimming and shaded gazebos await. There’s also horse-riding, mountain-biking, and hiking trails in the Phillipskop Private Mountain Reserve.

The on-site Garden Grill Restaurant serves outstanding country-style dishes made with fresh and interesting ingredients, many of which are grown on the farm or locally sourced where possible. The nearby town of Stanford is home to a number of art galleries, cafés, and junkshops for all-day browsing. Oenophiles will be in heaven, with a scattering of wine estates close by that offer lunches and lovely tastings.

Distance from CT 2 hours
Child friendly? Yes, except for the Gatehouse Cottage
Children under two stay for free
Pet friendly? No
Where to find it R326, Stanford, Western Cape

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