There are moments when a house simply speaks to you. And it’s often for the least predictable reason or emotion that sways the decision. At Stanford River House, it was the unmistakable ‘elephant’ silhouettes on the Kleinberg mountains in the distance and a lively chorus of abundant birdlife. Set on a high ridge above the river on the outskirts of this quaint Overberg village in a blissfully private garden, it offers the most idyllic escape from Cape Town for the weekend, or indeed a perfect family home for anyone wanting to live a gentler lifestyle out of the city.
With the seaside town of Hermanus and the world-renowned wineries of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley plus the Stanford Wine Route with its nine boutique wine estates, gin distilleries and craft beer firmly putting the area on the map, this creative hub has grown exponentially over the years. Attracting artists and entrepreneurs who enjoy working remotely and with children who learn to ride their bikes on dirt roads, collect eggs in the morning and learn to grow their own vegetables, the new generation in Stanford simply thrive on the laid-back country lifestyle. Equally, this is often a retreat for empty nesters who love the peace and quiet.
Given its country charm, Stanford sees an influx of weekenders every Friday who not only come for the good food and wine, but to whale-watch, take long walks, mountain bike or simply rest and revive after a long week. Once voted one of the ten best rentals by Real Simple magazine, this little slice of heaven is an enchanting gem with open-plan living spaces and easy entertaining spaces … you simply need to move in and enjoy!
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