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Stanford River Lodge
Ranked #1 of 11 Stanford B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Scotland
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108 reviews
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“Paradise revisited”
Reviewed February 5, 2014 via mobile

On anniversary of our first visit to SRL we were greeted by Valda like old friends
Having booked the same room as last time we were upgraded to Kingfisher.Which is lovely, spacious, elegant and has a mini kitchenette with assorted equipment for self catering.
We hardly used it because of good restaurants in vicinity and because of generous breakfasts provided.
Last year we were mesmerised by the landscape seen from the patio: the River, the boat cruises on it and the fabulous light changes on the slopes of the mountains.
Yet again we spent hours watching the landscape, taking photos on our IPads,swimming in the pool, walking around the estate:perfect relaxation!
Valda recommended a visit to De Kelders and to Cafe on the Rocks.A must!
Ditto Mariana's bistro if you ask Valda to book it well in advance.
The bonus was very good wifi reception.
Full marks Valda, next year we hope Kingfisher room will be available for us.

Stayed January 2014
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed February 4, 2014

Thank you so much for your warm welcome. We had a great time. You can be real proud of this wonderful place you've got. Wish we could've stayed longer, we were so relaxed and it was so beautiful. Thank you!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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StanfordRiverLodge, Owner at Stanford River Lodge, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
Thanks for the wonderful words. We love it when the guests take advantage of all we have to offer, like the free canoes and walks around the property and really enjoy what we have here! We hope to see you again in the future.
Valda
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

We had a fantastic overnight stay at Stanford River Lodge and wished we could have stayed longer. The location is superb on the banks of the Klein river overlooking the mountains. We travelled as 2 couples and stayed in the Sunbird and Hoopoe rooms which were excellent. No one else was staying so we had the place to ourselves which was great. We went canoeing on the river early the following which was so peaceful and relaxing until one of the canoes capsized. There is a nice secluded pool to relax by and in the evening there were good views of the African Eagle Owl quartering over the nearby woods. Valda was really friendly and hospitable. This would be an excellent place to spend a few relaxing days. Dawn and Mike

Room Tip: The Hoopoe room has patio doors which overlook the river and mountains
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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StanfordRiverLodge, Owner at Stanford River Lodge, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
Thanks for taking the trouble to write a review - we really appreciate the remarks. It was wonderful that you got to see the owl which can be elusive. Heard often but not always seen. The swimming (opps paddling) on the river was an adventure you will not forget in a hurry. Loved having you here and enjoyed chatting about your fabulous trip in South Africa.
All the best, Valda
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

We spent two very special nights in Otter room this past weekend - what a beautiful setting with stunning views of the river and mountain. Our friends stayed in Hoepoe room. Valda and her manager, James, were both very authentic, warm and helpful. Our self catering room had all that we needed and we loved sitting on the verandah after our morning or sunset swim in the river. We braaied/barbecued at sunset and were delighted with the hot weather. The available canoe was also great fun to go paddling up and down stream. I loved being a short distance away from the village as one really feels the peace and beauty sink into one's being as this was part of my year end replenishing time. We had a most delicious long lunch at Mariana's in Stanford and enjoyed exploring the art and general dealer shops in Stanford. I would highly recommend this beautiful escape into nature!

Room Tip: Oter room is self-catering and on the far end so you don't see any other guests.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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StanfordRiverLodge, Owner at Stanford River Lodge, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
The Otter room is special and you are so close to the river! BBQing in the evenings is special with nothing but the frogs and owls to disturb your peace. We hope to see you again some time in the future when maybe you can try out the new restaurant next door at Springfontein Wine Estate. Valda
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

Rooms, are tidy & clean. Very comfortable. John & Valda the Owners are delightful & very helpful. Stunning views all round. The town itself is small but plenty to do with restaurants and shops, old and new. Great for families or a couple. Canoeing and swimming too!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

Just spent 3 wonderful days at Stanford River Lodge and it was blissful! Perfect place to unwind and catch up with old friends in the most beautiful surroundings and excellent accommodation. The weather played along and we had great fun exploring the many activities Stanford has to offer. I highly recommend Stanford and particularly the Stanford River Lodge for a truly memorable experience made even more pleasurable by our hosts - thank you Valda and John.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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StanfordRiverLodge, Owner at Stanford River Lodge, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
Thanks for the wonderful words. We enjoyed having you and your two friends stay with us. It certainly woke up the village with your lively banter and they are still talking about your visit. We like it when the guests take advantage and enjoy what the village and surrounding areas have to offer like the wineries, brewery and other shops and we look forward to hosting you again in the future. Valda
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Durbanville, South Africa
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

People often say 'stop the world, I wanna get off', especially around this time of year. The Stanford River Lodge is the perfect place to go do just that! I loved the tranquility and beautiful scenery that forces you to stop, relax, and just let the peacefulness of nature rejuvenate you. What an amazing weekend - you will most definitely see me there again :)

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Stanford River Lodge
Address: Farm 7, Wortelgat Rd, Stanford 7210, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Stanford
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Stanford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Stanford River Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the banks of the Klein River there are five beautiful double rooms in the main guest house & 2 self catering studio units each with en suite bathrooms and patios. There is a separate self catering apartment with 3 double rooms, 1 bathroom en suite and a further bathroom, full kitchen facilities, patio. BBQs available. All have stunning views. DSTV, fans, heated towel rails, pure cotton linen, towels, hair dryers, swimming pool, canoes and secure parking. Ideal for water sports or bird watching and situated near Hermanus (whale watching) & Gansbaai (shark cage diving) or just relaxing and soaking up the peaceful surroundings. ... more   less 
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