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Green light for Stanford’s Energy

Green light for Stanford's Energy​ ​COULD STANFORD become the first village in South Africa to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy? In the wake of the State lifting of the cap on embedded generation from 1MW to 100MW the prospects are good, say energy...

Launch of Stanford News!

Launch of Stanford News! ​ ​ Proud to be part of Village history THE HISTORY books will not be unhappy with the visionary efforts that the people of Stanford have made to ensure that their heritage village remains as true to its beginnings as possible. The village...

Stanford Cheese & Wine Festival 2021

Stanford Cheese & WineFestival 2021The Stanford Cheese and Wine Festival is a collaboration of hearts and minds, in a celebration of local food, world-class wines, and artisan cheesemaking. The inaugural festival was held at Walker Bay Estate & Birkenhead Brewery...

The Race2Stanford Triathlon

The Race2Stanford Triathlon ​  Race2Stanford Triathlon – 24 April 2021 R2S is a challenging triathlon from the whale watching waters of Hermanus, through the Hemel & Aarde valley wine route, culminating in the historic & picturesque Stanford village....

An Epicurean Excursion, (Jim Freeman, The Citizen)

An Epicurean Excursion, (Jim Freeman, The Citizen) ​ There’s good reason the waterway flowing through Stanford in the Overberg region of the Western Cape is called the Klein River: the distance from source to mouth (as the proverbial crow flies) is so short that said...

Goo-ing Wheelies on the Beach

Gooi-ing Wheelies on the Beach ​Stanford recently hosted Jim Freeman, travel writer for Citizen Travel. Follows is one of his beautifully written pieces for Citizen Travel about the size of heart of one of Stanfords’ locals, Robyn Simmons. “I can empathise with people...

Made in Stanford

Made in StanfordIt's Made in Stanford sa .....the south african fynbos valley, not the silicon valley one.... It's pure local .....what we can source locally we do. It's a mindful concept where zero waste is our base .....meaning that sold out is part of our concept....

Kid friendly Stanford school holiday fun

Kid friendly Stanford school holiday funWith the school calendar turned topsy-turvey this year, holiday plans with the kids must have gone a-muddle. Never fear, Stanford is near. A gem of a village tucked between mountains and ocean, with a river running through it,...

For the love of reading

For the love of readingThere are so many organisations in Stanford doing good work that goes such a long way. This is just one of those stories that we trust you’ll enjoy. Creative Works aims to promote a nurturing, safe and stimulating environment for children and...

Winter Line-Up

Winter Line-UpWell, that was an interesting last six month was it not? Thank goodness our tourism leisure travel business sector is starting to open up again both around the country but more specifically around the fabulous venues of Stanford Village and surrounds....

Top 5 Reasons to say “I do” in Stanford

1. Local is very Lekker Choosing to wed in a small hamlet like Stanford really does become a village affair. From food and wine sourced locally (think farm to fork options and homemade goods), a bouquet of Fynbos and Proteas (abundant in the winter/spring months), to...

Stanford: What’s in a name?

In Stanford we just love uncovering history – whether it’s a building’s architectural past, or something about its tenants, function or its geographical positioning. It comes with being a heritage village – we have a natural curiosity for ‘what was’, a curiosity we so...

Hidden treasure and a fynbos adventure in Stanford

Stanford, the place where fynbos, family and freedom are abundant. By this we mean the freedom to explore the vast landscapes we have filled with the most incredible display of indigenous fynbos. Did you know that we are even fortunate enough to have two unique...

Hidden treasure and a fynbos adventure in Stanford

Stanford, the place where fynbos, family and freedom are abundant. By this we mean the freedom to explore the vast landscapes we have filled with the most incredible display of indigenous fynbos. Did you know that we are even fortunate enough to have two unique...

Cheers to Whales!

The donning of jerseys and thicker socks marks more than the arrival of winter - it’s whale season and we invite you to combine the best of Stanford’s village atmosphere (think Victorian architecture, antique shopping, foodie hot spots, our own wine route, family fun...

Celebrate #SAHarvest2019 in the Overberg!

Celebrate #SAHarvest2019 in the Overberg!

Celebrate the Overberg’s juiciest crop and #SAHarvest2019 season with wine tastings, year-round country-style markets, festivals and grape stomping fun along the  Stanford Wine Route. Western Cape winemakers’ busy harvest season generally starts in January until late...

Celebrate #SAHarvest2019 in the Overberg!

Celebrate #SAHarvest2019 in the Overberg!

Celebrate the Overberg’s juiciest crop and #SAHarvest2019 season with wine tastings, year-round country-style markets, festivals and grape stomping fun along the  Stanford Wine Route. Western Cape winemakers’ busy harvest season generally starts in January until late...

Majestic Mountains and where to find them

Majestic Mountains - to be explored by foot, bike, horse or boat! #visitstanford Mountains have always captivated and inspired the human spirits. There seems to be a powerful attraction, which stirs a desire to either explore and conquer its peaks, or merely rest and...

Stanford River Festival 2019

One-hundred-and-six boats, one-hundred-and-thirty-something paddlers, eight sitters, two standers, one swimmer and a dog! The annual Stanford River Festival took place in ideal conditions on Saturday 2nd March on the beautiful Klein Rivier. The event is a mix of...

Stanford River Festival 2019

One-hundred-and-six boats, one-hundred-and-thirty-something paddlers, eight sitters, two standers, one swimmer and a dog! The annual Stanford River Festival took place in ideal conditions on Saturday 2nd March on the beautiful Klein Rivier. The event is a mix of...

Diving into Adventure

Shark Cage Diving and Educational with Marine Dynamics.   With Gansbaai only 20 or so kilometers from Stanford, guests to the village can easily combine their country-getaway (complete with delicious fare, nature-inspired activities and award-winning wines) with the...

Bike, Paddle or Swim your way through the Cape Whale Coast

Are you ready to stretch those legs and get out and about in 2019? We’re showcasing the best of the Cape Whale Coast’s outdoor and adventure events and we can’t wait for you to come and explore our gorgeous part of the Cape with us. If you’ve ever needed an excuse to...

Memories of the year gone by

Wow what a year in our little village, the holidays are upon us and there is still so much to see and do in Stanford before the clock strikes midnight and we bid farewell to 2018. For a fun little recap of Stanford life, we thought we’d bring you some Instagram...

Stanford, Unplugged

Stanford, Unplugged

With the shops filling up with already anxious shoppers, not to mention the parking spaces - yikes, we’re taking the time to unplug here in Stanford. After all, we’re a Heritage Village nestled between a gorgeous mountain range and a tranquil river – what else would...

Overberg Toy Run is Coming

25 NOVEMBER 2018, 10:00 – 15:00 Stanford Market Square The annual charity Toy Run has become an icon in South Africa since its inception in 1982 and is celebrating 33 years of giving and caring for those less fortunate during the festive period. It is now the largest...

Stanford Through the Lens

Stanford Through the Lens

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite Instagram photos taken by our Stanford Tourism members to give you a glimpse into art, weddings, activities, accommodation and the gorgeous landscapes that make up Stanford and surrounds. Enjoy! And if you’re an avid tapper of...

Mead and the Medieval Feast

Stanford's Home of Mead and the Harvest Kitchen celebrated the revelry of the Middle Ages Noble knights and their lovely ladies descended upon Stanford Harvest on Friday, 27 July, for the launch of a 'Meadieval' Feast during the Blood Moon eclipse. The decor consisted...

Recipes through the seasons: Koffie en melktert

While it sleets, snows and hails across the Western Cape, we are staying snug with coffee and milktart, Stanford style. Thank you to the Stanford Food Heroes at the Grootbos Foundation for this perfectly timed recipe.   INGREDIENTS Pastry 2 cups flour 1 egg ½ cup...