Surrounding Area Stanford Hills Estate

Surrounding Area

Immerse yourself in peace and tranquility at Stanford Hills Estate, nestled near the charming village of Stanford on the banks of the Klein River. Only a short drive from Cape Town, Stanford retains its old-world charm with period houses and inviting wide streets. The village’s heart is its common, often hosting fairs and markets that showcase its community spirit and vibrant culture. Life here is truly serene and rejuvenating.


Stanford & Surrounds

Stanford Hills Estate is found near the quaint village of Stanford, which is situated on the banks of the Klein River. This village is only 1,5 hours drive from Cape Town and has retained most of its old world charm with its period houses and wide streets. Most notable is the common, where fairs and markets are often held. Residents will be the first to tell you life in Stanford is peaceful and tranquil.

The village name comes from Sir Robert Stanford, who bought the farm “Kleine Rivier Valy” in 1838. Stanford supplied the Cape with fresh meat, fruit and vegetables. The farm was sold by public auction to Philippus de Bruyn who subdivided the farm into erven for a new town in 1857. Presently there are between 3 000 and 4 000 people living in the town and Stanford has become a popular weekend destination.

Situated about halfway between Hermanus and Gansbaai, Stanford is the ideal base for exploring the many attractions of this region. From July to December, whales frolic in Walker Bay and can be seen from Hermanus and De Kelders. Gansbaai is the white shark capital of the world, so cage diving is available for the adventurous. Stanford is also near beautiful nature reserves.

A portion of the Walker Bay Nature Reserve stretches from the Klein River estuary to De Kelders at Gansbaai. This portion is ±1 000 ha and has a coastline of 17 km featuring a long beach, known as Die Plaat. A favourite among nature enthusiasts is Salmonsdam Nature Reserve, which lies 20 km east of Stanford at the foot of the Perdeberg Mountains. This reserve is well-known for its bird life, mountain fynbos and beautiful waterfalls and comprises an area of 834 ha. Fernkloof Nature Reserve is situated just outside the centre of Hermanus and comprises nearly 2 000 ha of pristine mountain and coastal fynbos. Consisting of parts of the Kleinrivier Mountains, the reserve has a 60 km network of trails that accommodates all fitness levels.

Many restaurants are found in the village, with menus offering fine cuisine and award-winning wines. Art galleries, antiques and crafts shops line the main street of Stanford. The village offers a variety of accommodation, from guesthouses to a hotel. Reputable wine estatesmicro-breweries and cheese farms, are within easy driving distance.

Stanford is the Overberg’s bird-watching capital. These feathery creatures congregate in droves along the shores of the Klein River and the indigenous Cape fynbos surrounding the village. The river is gentle with no rapids, making it ideal for leisurely boat cruises or kayaking.


The Tasting Room

Nestled within the serene Stanford Hills Estate, The Tasting Room beckons with its warm ambiance and delectable offerings. This charming breakfast and lunch venue, housed in a renovated original farm cottage, has become a beloved spot for both locals and visitors seeking a culinary adventure.

Boasting views over a tranquil dam and the picturesque Stanford Valley, The Tasting Room invites you to savor every moment in its inviting space. The large outside seating area, covered and protected during winter, features drop-down blinds and two crackling fireplaces, ensuring comfort and coziness year-round.

Indulge in laid-back fun with a menu crafted to perfection, showcasing fresh and inventive dishes of exceptional quality. Our menu changes regularly, offering an array of tantalizing options, including a full pizza menu straight from the wood-fired oven. We prioritize using local organic and free-range ingredients, believing that the essence of a memorable meal lies in the quality of its components.

Family-friendly and pet-welcoming, The Tasting Room caters to everyone, with a delightful children’s play area featuring a pirate ship and climbing tractor. Whether it’s a casual family outing or a special celebration, our venue provides the ideal setting. Open seven days a week from 8:30 AM to 5 PM, join us for breakfast, lunch, or wine tastings, and elevate your culinary experience at The Tasting Room.

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Unleash the essence of Stanford Hills Estate with every sip. Enquire now to explore our diverse wine collection, from bold reds to crisp whites and elegant rosés. Elevate your wine experience and secure your bottles today. Cheers to exceptional moments and unforgettable flavors!

A Glamping Adventure

AfriCamps at
Stanford Hills Estate

Indulge in the luxury of nature with our AfriCamps Glamping Tents, strategically positioned on the foothills of the Klein River Mountain range overlooking a tranquil dam and the scenic Stanford Valley. Boasting 10 lavish tents, each unit offers a spacious open-plan lounge area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a dining space complemented by a cozy fireplace, making it an ideal retreat for families or groups of up to five. With two separate bedrooms featuring a queen-sized bed and an additional single bunk, along with a shared en suite bathroom, comfort is ensured during your stay. Enjoy the convenience of air conditioning, a private wooden deck with loungers and braai facilities, and retractable front canvas doors that seamlessly integrate the indoor and outdoor living spaces. For added relaxation, five of our tents feature private outdoor wood-fired hot tubs, allowing you to soak in the stunning views or indulge in stargazing experiences after dark.


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