At the foot of a mountain lies a village as pretty as a picture.
Built on the banks of the Kleinrivier, Stanford, a proclaimed heritage site, is as fertile as it is quaint.
Known as the Food basket of the Cape, it also supports a rich diversity of Bird life, vineyards sloping down the mountains and rolling fields dotted with indigenous fynbos and grazing sheep.
Small and peaceful with dirt roads, leiwater and preserved Victorian cottages (with architectural guidelines in place, Stanford is one of the best preserved villages in South Africa), most with an abundance of flowers and a veggie patch, it’s no wonder Stanford has become so popular among the Cape Town crowd.
Nestled between the likes of very Afrikaans Hermanus and Ganbaai/DeKelders, Stanford is an English Rose, with evident British influence.
Wander the streets, browse the local market, go Wine or Beer tasting, picnic by the river, visit a local cheese farm… the possibilities are endless and all in keeping with the small town image. And with so many fantastic restaurants around, it really is a village good enough to eat!
Marianas at Owl’s Barn: Voted best Country Kitchen numerous times by EAT OUT, you might have to book a year in advance but Peter and Mariana Esterhuizen ‘ home cooked country fare is certainly worth it.
Madre’s Kitchen: Set on a beautiful working wine farm Madre is a boeremeisie, and her restaurant serves delicious seasonal boerekos, farm platters, as well as some less traditional but equally delicious options.
Havercrofts: British couple Innes and Brydon pays homage to their origins with a farmhouse restaurant, specializing in comfort foods and slow Sunday roasts. Plenty of character!
Visit the Birkenhead brewery for a beer tasting
Try some fantastic wine and grappa at Sir Robert Stanford Estate
Have a picnic and sample some cheese at Kleinrivier cheese farm
Check out the Saturday morning market in the village square from 10h00-12h00
The Baardskeerdersbos Art Route, held tri-annually is a pleasure to meander
Have a drink at the local pub, Oom Steyns, they also do a mean burger!
Spend a lazy afternoon cruising the Kleinrivier
Really, at only 120 kms from Cape Town, do yourself the favour!