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Those seeking solace and a tranquil break from the urban lifestyle can find accommodation in Stanford, a quaint town nestled in the Overberg Area of the Western Cape. The Cape Victorian and Edwardian architecture are testament to Stanford’s stronghold on their colourful history. The landscape is also incredibly beautiful and there are genuine conservation efforts to maintain the unique fauna and flora. It is one of the few towns along the Cape Whale Coast Route and it was built along the Klein River in between majestic mountains and the ocean. The river emanates a sense of calm and is home to an abundant bird life.
Being in Stanford is like going back in time to when people appreciated the simpler things in life. The town embodies all the quaint elements of a country lifestyle where many Capetonians come to escape for a weekend getaway. It is set between Hermanus and Grootbos, almost two hours from Cape Town. The perfect distance where you can feel as if you are getting away but don’t have to drive too far. Several holiday homes have been purchased by people having an on-going love affair with this Victorian town.
To experience the simple pleasures of the country whilst relishing a luxurious stay, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is one of best places to stay in South Africa. This five-star eco-lodge is burrowed between rolling plains laden with fynbos and the height elicits sweeping views that will take your breath away. The rare Milkwood Forest is your backdrop as you gaze over the lush valley, Walker Bay Nature Reserve and the Atlantic Ocean. During the day you can explore the surrounding area whilst at night you can indulge in fine dining and luxury at Grootbos.
There are two lodges on the reserve, Garden Lodge is cosy with its intricate stonework whilst Forest Lodge is modern but maintains the perfect harmony with nature. Both have luxury suites that are self-standing and embedded superbly in the natural surroundings. The serenity of Grootbos is unquestionable as you fall back on your private deck chair with a mesmerising sunset before you and a four-poster bed awaiting you at night. Whether you are travelling as a family, with romantic incentives or for an original taste of Africa, your holiday will be memorable
Urbanites can, on occasion, be initially dumbfounded by the idea of such quiet and tranquillity. With no hooting, traffic noise, alarms or constant chatter to distract, the country life can take some getting used to. It is once people step foot into the clean open air and receive their first welcoming smile that most fall in love with this charming destination and sink into the relaxing ambience with ease. The activities are endless with outdoor adventures and places that will excite your sensory palate.
In town there is a micro-brewery, delectable wine estates, a cheese-maker and bistros that all strive to provide an unforgettable taste sensation. Every small business or service is personal and an intimate transaction. In Stanford you are never just a number but someone that they want to get to know, and this endearing hospitality extends to the helpful staff at Grootbos. There are several artists that have made this their home and inspiration, adding an artistic flair that is flourishing in this small dorpie.
A meander through the month-end Friday market or early morning Saturday market is always pleasant as locals sell their fresh produce with great ardour. For a stimulating day you can go horseback riding, hiking, quad biking or go on a wine tour. This magnificent accommodation offers safaris like you have never heard before – whale watching from land, air or sea; shark cage diving for an intimate encounter with a great white shark, and 4x4 flower safaris that enlighten guests about the intricate symbiotic relations of the indigenous flora and fauna.
Grootbos offers accommodation in Stanford that will leave you feeling revitalised as you live in absolute comfort and in harmony with nature.