The Best Accommodation in Stanford

The Best Accommodation in Stanford Stanford Valley Guest Farm

A river runs through it...

A quaint riverside village, surrounded by lush meadows and rolling hills, Stanford is the kind of idyllic countryside paradise envisioned by writers such as Thomas Hardy and the Brontë sisters. Declared a Heritage Site in 1992, it remains one of the most well-preserved villages in the Western Cape, famous for its Cape Victorian and Edwardian architecture.

Having lived in the shadow of its close neighbour, well-heeled Hermanus, a recent spate of great restaurants and other attractions has seen Stanford emerge as a standout travel destination in its own right. So, if you’re keen to visit any time soon, we’ve compiled a list of the warmest, most hospitable guesthouses and countryside cottages this town has to offer.

Stanford Valley Guest Farm

Stanford Accommodation: Stanford Valley

Rolling hills, lush meadows, vineyards, majestic horses and grazing springbokkies, this country escape in the Klein River Valley is a bucolic fantasy come true. The comfortable cottages have a charming, rustic feel, and are kept warm by roaring fireplaces. In addition to the natural beauty and tranquil surrounds, the estate’s hands-on hosts are warm, generous and overarchingly accommodating. And there’s also the Manor House Restaurant on the estate, feted for it wholesome, healthful modern-country cuisine.

The rooms

  • All of the cottages have comfortable bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and a stoep with beautiful views of the mountains or meadows.
  • Six of the cottages have fully equipped kitchenettes and braai facilities, and three of the self-catering units have two bedrooms each and private gardens, making them well-suited to family getaways.
  • All are equipped with tea- & coffee-making facilities (complete with home-baked rusks) mini-bar fridges, and wood-fired fireplaces (unlimited firewood supplied).

On-site attractions

  • Manor House Restaurant
  • A 44-hectare farm with flourishing fynbos fields, and a large dam
  • Mountain-biking and hiking trails

Nearby attractions

  • Canoe trips and sunset cruises on the Klein River
  • Klein River and Stonehouse Cheese Factories
  • Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary
  • Wine-tasting along the Stanford Wine Route
  • Whale-watching in Hermanus and Kleinbaai

Cost 
Fynbos & Sagewood: R1 300 for two people sharing
Milkwood & Erica: R1 450 for two people sharing
Protea, Stables, Pincushion/Bluebell: R2 400 per night (maximum 5 people)
Note All cottages have the option of adding an extra single bed for R275.
Contact 072 198 0862, info@stanfordvalley.co.za, stanfordvalley.co.za
Where is it Stanford Valley Guest Farm, R326, 10km from Stanford towards the N2
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Haes Farm

Stanford Accommodation: Haes Farm

This 40-hectare fynbos farm has an enviable location in the hills above Walker Bay, close enough to feel the cool ocean winds while offering uninterrupted views of the Overberg landscape. Self-sustainability and harmony with nature is taken to a whole new level here; all culinary ingredients are locally sourced and produced within a radius of 10km, and the farm is solar-powered (it even has its own water supply). The guesthouse caters to small groups of travellers (no more than four guests at a time), thereby preserving the intimacy and warm hospitality of the experience.

The rooms

  • Two double en-suite bedrooms
  • Heating in winter and fans in summer
  • Writing desk, lounge chair, coffee and tea trays
  • Covered open-plan terrace with furniture (no braai equipment)

On-site attractions

  • A cosy library, warmed by a fireplace, and stocked with a comprehensive collection of books and modern art. Free wi-fi is available
  • An honesty bar
  • An open plan veranda with seating space, spilling onto a lawn
  • A lush farm with olive, peach and lemon trees; and a vegetable garden

Nearby attractions

  • Walking, running and biking trails
  • Walker Bay Nature Reserve
  • Beaches
  • Bird-watching
  • Canoeing
  • Award-winning wine estates nearby

Cost R1 850 for two people sharing (includes breakfast)
Rates valid until 30 September 2018
Minimum: Two nights stay
Children under 18 are not permitted
Contact 071 569 7993, info@haesfarm.com
Where is it Papiesvlei / Elim Road (via N2)
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Mosaic Lagoon Lodge

Accommodation Stanford: Mosaic Lagoon Lodge:

With the great outdoors on your doorstep, this is the sort of place city-weary souls come to recharge. Uninterrupted views of the Hermanus Lagoon and surrounding mountains will surely clear the cobwebs, as you wallow in your private chalet or stone cottage, with only the calls of roaming wildlife to break the tranquil silence.

The rooms

  • All of the cottages have comfortable bedrooms with either mountain or lagoon views
  • All are equipped with a kitchen facilities and outdoor patios (with braai facilities and indoor fireplaces)
  • Lagoon Lodge houses five safari-style suites, each of which has a comfortable king-size bed, lounge area, writing desk and fireplace
  • Each suite has a private outdoor showers for a truly African-bush experience

Onsite attractions

  • Spa treatments
  • Leisurely walks
  • Mosaic Lagoon Café housed in the historic (and reportedly haunted) Spookhuis

Nearby attractions

  • Mountain walks
  • Lagoon activities, such as boating, skiing, canoeing, swimming and tubing
  • Shark-cage diving
  • Mountain-biking and quad-biking through the fynbos
  • Boat cruises
  • Whale watching
  • Birdwatching

Cost Lagoon Lodge: R2 200 – R3 100 (per person sharing); R1 100 – R1 550 (children, ages 3 – 12)
Duminy Cottage: R2 100 – R2 800 (1 – 4 people, R200 per additional person)
Milkwood Cottage 1: R900 – R1 200 (1 – 2 people, R200 per additional person)
Milkwood Cottage 2: R1 800 – R2 400 (1 – 4 people, R200 per additional person)
Milkwood Cottage 3: R1 800 – R2 400 (1 – 4 people, R200 per additional person)
Contact 028 313 2814, info@MosaicSouthAfrica.com
Where is it Mosaic Private Sanctuary, Stanford, Western Cape
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Bloomsbury Cottage

Stanford Guesthouses: Bloomsbury Cottage

This homey cottage in the heart of Stanford evokes the romance and charm of village life. Inside, an eclectic assortment of faded florals and vintage collectables create a nostalgic vibe, enhancing the home-from-home atmosphere. Outside, a veranda overlooks a flourishing garden, the perfect spot to relax with a cognac or a good book, and wallow in the slow pace of small-town life. Who knows, perhaps a wizard might appear and ask you to join him on an adventure (ignore that last part if you’ve not read The Hobbit).

The rooms

  • Three bedrooms, two of which have queen beds (and the other a double bed)
  • Two bathrooms
  • DStv
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Braai facilities
  • No wi-fi

Onsite attractions

  • Swimming pool (not fenced)
  • Veranda overlooking a garden

Nearby attractions

  • Explore the historically rich village of Stanford, with its antique stores and burgeoning restaurant and café scene
  • Enjoy a picnic at the Klein River Cheese Farm
  • Take in the fresh air and scenery on one of the many walking trails
  • Go for a swim at the beach at Stanford Cove
  • Pay a visit to the Saturday morning market, where freshly baked goods and local produce abound

Cost R2 750 – R3 920 per night
Contact 021 790 0972
021 790 2928 (after 5pm)
Where is it Bloomsbury Cottage, 32 Kortmark Street, Stanford

Thatch House Boutique Hotel

Stanford Hotels: Thatch House Boutique Hotel

All the uninterrupted beauty of the Overberg is on display at this boutique estate that offers breathtaking views of the ancient Cape Fold Mountains and the Klein River Lagoon. Each of the five suites has its own veranda, adding indoor-outdoor flow. But the hidden trump card is the onsite restaurant where chef Chris Papayannes conjures hearty nose-to-tail and root-to-seed meals.

The rooms

  • All of the suites have luxury bedrooms with king-size beds, en-suite bathrooms, and a private outdoor terrace
  • All are equipped with lounges, a writing desk and mini bar
  • Four of the suites have an adjoining room (fitted with twin beds), making small family getaways seamless – children of all ages are welcome

Onsite attractions

  • waterwise practices – one on the wind-free mountain side of the estate and the other facing the lagoon
  • An intimate golf putting green
  • A floodlit tennis court
  • The surrounding lagoon can be explored with kayaks (available on request) or a power-boat (on request for an additional charge)
  • Skiing, tubing and sunset cruises can all be arranged
  • There’s magical fun to be had by the smaller family members, exploring the treehouse and its suspension bridge

Nearby attractions

  • Whale-watching
  • Beach strolls, fynbos hikes and mountain bike trails
  • The Hermanus wine route

Cost R7 800, per suite per night (off season)
R11 400, per suite per night (peak season)
Contact  079 041 4149, info@thethachhouse.com  
Where is it Thatch House Boutique Hotel, R43 (towards Stanford), Hermanus, Western Cape

Blue Gum Country Estate

Places to Stay in Stanford: Blue Gum Country Estate

This family-run guest house, on a working farm in the Overberg, is named for the 140-year-old Blue Gum tree that grows beside it. The farm, which dates back to 1839, is located on the site where the nomadic Khoisan once roamed.
Guests have the choice between the elegant Manor House Suites, the romantic Honeymoon Suites, the family-friendly Mountain View Cottages, or the secluded Blue Gum Suites – all of which offer charming old-world comfort, and splendid views of the surrounding vineyards and valleys.

The rooms

  • The Manor House Suites come with a twin or king bed, and a bathroom with a shower and bath
  • The Honeymoon Suites come with a king bed, a bathroom with a double shower and bath, a fireplace and a private veranda or courtyard
  • The Mountain View Cottages come with a queen-size bed, some family units with additional beds, a bathroom with shower and bath, a fireplace, and a private veranda with mountain views
  • The Blue Gum Cottages have a twin or king-size bed, a bathroom with a shower, and a private veranda with views of the vineyards
  • All the rooms have tea and coffee facilities, a bar fridge, an electronic safe, and a TV with select channels

On-site attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis court
  • Expansive gardens, vineyards and an olive grove
  • A mountain trail with splendid views of the surrounding landscape
  • The family-friendly Barke restaurant
  • The more formal Blue Gum Restaurant
  • A library with board games, boule sets and a collection of DVDs
  • A sandpit and play area for children

Nearby attractions

  • 10-minute drive from Stanford; 20-minute drive from Hermanus
  • Shark-cage diving at Gansbaai
  • Wine tours at various wine estates in the region
  • Whale-watching at Hermanus
  • Hiking, mountain biking and horse riding trails
  • Sea kayaking

Cost Mountain View Cottages / Manor House Suite: R1 100 per person sharing (includes breakfast)
Manor House Deluxe Suite: R1 200 per person sharing (includes breakfast)
Manor House Honeymoon Suite: R1 300 per person sharing (includes breakfast)
Blue Gum Suite: R1 100 per person sharing (includes breakfast)
Rates are valid until August 2017
Children under 8 pay half
No charge for children under 2
Extra mattresses and camp cots are available at additional cost
Contact 028 341 0116 or 083 304 0029, reservations@bluegum.co.za  
Where is it Blue Gum Country Estate, 7km off the R326 between Stanford and Riviersonderend
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White Water Farm

Stanford Places to Stay: White Water Farm

Cows, horses and hens roam free on this peaceful farm in the Klein River Valley, which doubles as a romantic 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 chapel.
Guests have a choice of staying in the main farmhouse (parts of which date back to 1846), the old dairy, the herb barn, or one of the tastefully decorated cottages. Gardens shaded by blue gum trees enrich the landscape, while the Overberg mountains loom in the distance.

The rooms

  • The Dairy Room has a queen-size bed and an en-suite bathroom.
  • The Dairy Suites each have a king-size bed, mini kitchenette, bathroom, private lounge area and mountain views.
  • The Barn Suites each have a king-size bed, bathroom, mini kitchenette and private lounge area warmed by a fireplace.
  • The Gatehouse Cottage has a king-size bed, en-suite bathroom, Victorian bath, lounge with a fireplace, small kitchenette and private stoep with splendid views of the farm.
  • The Farmhouse has two queen size bedrooms and a twin bed, a well-equipped kitchen large living area with a fireplace, and a private patio with braai facilities.
  • The Farmhouse Deluxe Suite is a large and luxurious suite adjacent to the main farmhouse, and it can be joined to a larger unit. It has a large bedroom with a fireplace, two bathrooms and a private courtyard with an outdoor shower.
  • Free wi-fi and parking is available.

Onsite attractions

  • A scenic farm with cows, horses and vegetable gardens
  • The Garden Grill Restaurant serves hearty country-style fare made with locally sourced ingredients
  • Swimming pool and dam

Nearby attractions

  • Mountain-biking and hiking trails in the Phillipskop Private Mountain Reserve
  • Horse-riding (pre-booking required)
  • Massage treatments (pre-booking required)
  • Short drive from Stanford
  • Wine-tasting at surrounding wine estates

Cost 
Dairy Room: R1 400 for two people sharing
Dairy Suite: R1 650 for two people sharing; R2 100 for three people sharing
Barn Suite: R1 900 for two people sharing; R2 350 for three people sharing
Farmhouse: R3 500 per night (maximum 6 people)
Farmhouse Deluxe Suite: R2 200 per night
Breakfast is included in the rate
Contact 028 341 0762 or 072 160 5486, info@white-water.co.za
Where is it White Water Farm, R326 Stanford
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Fynbos Farm

Best Accommodation Stanford: Fynbos Farm

Anyone seeking a tranquil retreat in miles and miles of unspoilt nature will find what they’re looking for in these secluded suites. Floor-to-ceiling windows maximise the uninterrupted views of the surrounding plains, while inside woodstoves and comfortable furnishings keep the evening chills at bay.

The rooms

  • Floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall glass sliding doors lead to a covered deck that boasts panoramic views of the Agulhas Plains, Danger Point Peninsula and Pearly Beach
  • The open-plan design connects the bedroom and en-suite bathroom to the lounge where guests can relax by the fireplace or woodstove

Onsite attractions

  • An 800-hectare reserve with around 800 fynbos species and over 30 kilometres of hiking, mountain-biking and horseback-riding trails

Nearby attractions

  • Wine-tasting at Lomond Wine Estate (booking is essential)
  • Walker Bay for whale watching (especially between July and November)
  • Shark-cage diving in Kleinbaai    

Cost R1 550 per person sharing (one night)
R1 395 per person sharing (two nights, online booking only)
R1 318 per person sharing (three nights, online booking only)
R1 240 per person sharing (four or more nights, online booking only)
Contact 028 388 0920, book@farm215.co.za
Where is it Farm 215, Gansbaai, Western Cape

River’s Edge

Accommodation in Stanford: River's Edge

This delightful double-storey home on the lagoon – just moments from the village centre – exudes rustic country charm and is the perfect getaway for families and friends.

The rooms

  • Four bedrooms: one with a king size bed, two with double beds and the fourth with a bunk bed
  • Two of the rooms come with en-suite bathrooms and the upstairs one has a private veranda
  • The open-plan kitchen, dining room and lounge has a wood-burning fireplace to ward off the winter chill
  • DSTV

Onsite attractions

  • Perfectly manicured lawns lead to the pristine Klein River where guests are free to swim, kayak or boat
  • Fenced in swimming pool
  • Built-in braai on the patio

Nearby attractions

  • On Saturday mornings take a slow scenic cycle through the village to the market for some delicious baked goodies
  • Well-known cheeseries, wineries and micro-breweries

Cost R1 900 (off season); R3 500 (high season); R4 150 (peak season)
Contact 074 203 4151, info@capevillarental.co.za
Where is it River’s Edge, 36 Riverside Lane, Stanford, Western Cape

Research by Matthew Flax, Alicia Chamaille

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The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 07 June 2017

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2 Responses to “The Best Accommodation in Stanford”

  1. Barbara Bourke

    I am amazed that you have not included ‘Bellavista Country Place’. It is wonderful , high on a hill with a spectacular view, delightfully furnished suites and bedrooms, a good restaurant, lovely overflow salt water pool (overlooking that view!) and 300 hectares of walking and jogging trails. Children are welcome, some units have self-catering and the service is excellent. We are Irish: our daughter and her family live in Cape Town and we like to give them a break from us occasionally when we’re visiting. Bellavista is certainly somewhere we will return to again and again.

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  2. C. PRETORIUS

    Beautiful beyond words. i am 72 years old and have drooled about a holiday like this all my life. Perhaps in my next life……………………………………

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