Village Life

Stanford is the quaintest village in the Cape – and one of the closest to Cape Town, at less than two hours drive from the city. It has the most beautiful river, stretching all the way down to the Hermanus lagoon. You can swim in it, kayak, float on a lilo or launch a boat on it. The village is one of the few places left in South Africa with leiwater. You can float paper boats down it and keep your feet cool in it or use it to irrigate (lei) your veggie crop.

Stanford has a historic Market Square where farmers markets are held, where cricket matches are played and where the very popular monthly sunset market takes place. The village is renowned for its bird species. Bring your binoculars and notebooks and take a cruise down the river to discover them for yourself!

Stanford boasts a wine route with some of the Cape’s best wines. Spend your Saturday exploring various wine farms and experience some delicious food with your new wine discoveries.

Birkenhead Brewery offer beer tastings of their locally brewed beer, making for an exciting winter day activity. Our local cheese farm, Kleinriver Cheese Farm, producers of international award winning Gruyere cheese, have also won the Best Dairy Product of the Year award!

Remember to grab the best local village-made food, fresh homegrown vegetables and gourmet eats at The Saturday Morning Market at The Stanford Hotel, between 09.00 and 12 noon every Saturday. Stanford rocks the Overberg on the last Friday of every month in the warmer seasons, with The Stanford Sunset Market, so diarise those market dates.