Stanford is a unique little village that is neighboured by the towns of Hermanus and De Kelders. It is known for its peaceful setting and unchanging atmosphere, having undergone little modernisation since its inception as a farm in 1857.
The tree-lined streets of Stanford are steeped in culture and history, with buildings and monuments dating back over 200 years. The village is home to an original farmhouse built in 1785, said to be the oldest homestead in the Cape Overberg. While there are no records in existence, the nondescript church found at the town’s heart is said to have been developed in the early 1700’s.
Stanford visitors looking to experience these historic buildings first hand can enjoy a stay in one at one of the quaint self-catering establishments in the area – some of which boast a rustic, old-world charm.
If you happen to be in the town on a Saturday morning, make your way to the market square for the festive, weekly markets. Here you’ll be able to buy artisanal products and a miscellany of market wares from the local vendors. Apart from the market, the venue hosts the annual Welsh Pony Show.
Holidaymakers are encouraged to visit the Klein River Cheese Shop. Not only will you be able to purchase and sample blue, camembert and other much-loved cheeses, but also a couple of Gruyere varietals. A point of interest to cheese-lovers is that the Klein River Cheese Shop is one of the few places in South Africa where Gruyere is made. Apart from the tastings, on summer days, families enjoy picnic lunches and relax around the majestic Klein River.
Stanford is known for its scenic beauty and unparalleled views, so it’s common to find locals and holidaymakers enjoying cruises up the river or slow meanders around the town and surrounding areas. If you’re a seasoned walker, there are plenty of trails that will give you a bit of exercise and immerse you in nature. The Salmonsdam Mountain Trail, situated in the Salmonsdam Nature Reserve, is an easy, circular route that is 4 km’s long and will take you approximately two hours to complete.
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Blue Gum Country Estate is a 52 hectare estate 13km from the town of Stanford and 30km from Hermanus. It comprises 3 hectares of vineyards, 40 hectares of grazing pastures (ideal for horses), approxi... Lees verder
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Perched on the slopes of the Klein River Mountains, with sweeping views across the Overberg from the Akkedisberg to Gansbaai, Phillipskop Mountain Reserve is a place for you to unwind and explore. The... Lees verder
Bugler's Cottage is one of the old labourer cottages in Stanford dating to the middle 1800's. It has been lovingly restored as a honeymoon cottage, or retreat for a couple or small family. It compri... Lees verder
Delightful thatch-roofed cottage in a picturesque English country garden with views of the Klein River Mountains and historic Stanford market square. Ideally situated for exploring the southern-most r... Lees verder
Stay in Stanford in a historical country cottage that has been tastefully decorated preserving the original village architecture but with today's mod cons.
Morton Cottage is a two bedroom cottage... Lees verder
Bellavista is a beautiful Country Retreat overlooking the Walker Bay on a private fynbos property of 300Ha. It offers wonderful sweeping views of the Atlantic and the Overberg Mountains. In this panor... Lees verder
Beautiful scenery, charming, friendly people, fascinating history, local culture and a wealth of activities in the area; Stanford Valley Guest Farm couldn't be better situated. A few minutes drive fro... Lees verder
A hidden gem on the Hermanus Lagoon in the famous Cape Whale Coast area, Mosaic is the place for beach and boating activities, quad-biking through fynbos-clad hills and fantastic bird watching. Mosai... Lees verder
On the banks of the Klein River is where you will find our 5 bedroomed guesthouse. All rooms are ensuite with own patios and views of the river. Fans for summer & underfloor heating for winter are al... Lees verder
We have 4 self-catering cottages available for rental, rustic camping in a 'park-home style' cabin and a 5 bedroom house available for renting. Reasonably priced, clean, quaint and well appointed, our... Lees verder
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Quaint sleepy village where you go back in time.
- Donald Maclean
Stanford is a quaint little town, with very friendly people. It is nicely located close to Hermanus and Gansbaai - we thoroughly enjoyed visiting this part of the Cape.
- Vanessa Cowan
Beautiful, quaint village. Nice walks around the area. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit!
- Dee Krause
Country side at its best. Charming little village with wonderful walks.
- Lesley Chiddy
Quaint little dorpie
- Marwaan Van Oudtshoorn