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A charming town in the Western Cape Province, Stanford lies between nature reserves, and with a mountain range as a backdrop, in a magnificent rural setting. The place could be described as a smartly-restored artist’s retreat, the entire village having been declared a heritage site, however, the locals prefer to regard their home as a cultural village. With a bubbling river running through the town, Stanford leaves visitors destressed and with a feeling of inner peace.
Inland of Walker Bay and situated between the whale watching town of Hermanus and the shark cage diving capital, Gansbaai, Stanford is well-positioned to enjoy the daily excitement nearby and then return to restful accommodation and country hospitality. Stanford is also close to the historic missionary town of Elim.
The town’s slogan ‘for a taste of village life’ accurately describes a visit to Stanford.
Top 8 reasons to visit Stanford
1. To best appreciate Stanford, take a walk through the town, then enjoy a riverboat cruise down the serene Klein River. Bring your binoculars to see the vast birdlife in the area. End the day off with a relaxing dinner at one of the many exceptional restaurants scattered around the town.
2. For the opportunity to sample craft beer, superior wine and purchase bottled spring water at one destination, drive out to Walker Bay Estate. The venue offers tastings and tours of the micro-brewery and wine cellars.
3. The organic fruit and vegetables on offer at the Saturday morning market outside the hotel are fresh from the farm, picked early in the morning and delivered directly to the market. Purchase artisanal bread, locally made cheeses and cured meats and you’re good to go for a picnic under the trees.
4. Collect a map from the town’s tourism bureau and walk the Stanford Art Stroll, a route established by local artists to showcase their work. Aside... Show more
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