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Stanford, on the bank of the Klein River, must be one of the Western Cape’s best kept secrets. Stanford offers tranquility, scenery, river activities, brewery, a cheese farm, winery, art gallery, shops of interest and restaurants.
As you turn into Stanford, turn immediately left into Daneel Street. On your right you will find Norfolk Square. The Maze Tea Room has a lovely tea garden for children. An inspiring stop, filled with all sorts of activities to keep your children busy!
Browse around the French Home Décor shop Domaine du Cap. There is always something different to be found.
After that, drive through Stanford and see the quaint old houses, shops and pubs. There is an interesting art gallery that sells local art and crafts and the Information Office is midway down the main street (Queen Victoria Street) on your left. Also on Queen Victoria Street is the famous Peregrine Farm Stall.
Please do call in here for the most delicious homebakes, preserves, deli items and gifts. Or just take a seat and enjoy their tasty food.
Walk the Stanford Walking Trail (Wandelpad) which meanders along next to the Klein River, a feeding stream and the dams. In the early morning or late afternoon there is a wealth of birds to be seen along this route. A stroll or cycle around the tree lined village streets will present you with interesting historical architecture and lovely rural scenes. In Church Street, you will see the original farmhouse, Sir Robert Stanford’s Home of Art, Crafts and Collectables and view the local art and crafts.
If you go back to the R43 and go straight across to the R326, you will see the Birkenhead Brewery on the left hand side. Visitors are welcome. It is the only beer AND wine estate in South Africa.
Birkenhead Estate is the local brewery and commemorates a gallant episode of naval history and the birth of “The Birkenhead Drill”
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There is a restaurant, a pub and an interesting shop. The restaurant has stunning views over the Klein River Mountains.
Also along this road you will find a very beautiful farm … Klein River Farm. Taste their awardwinning Gruyère, shop for cheese and gourmet products, all while watching the cheese being made. You can also enjoy a delicious picnic lunch in the garden or at the river whilst your children have fun in the playground and with the farm animals.
Tel: 028 341 0693.
If you carry on with this road you will find yourself at the Erica Wine Farm, the home of Raka Wine. They have a limited selection of award winning wines set out in a beautifully appointed cellar.