Thursday, February 04, 2016

An overnight stay at White Water Farm, Stanford

Rob and Alex were our wonderful and much missed neighbours in Sea Point until they bought White Water Farm in Stanford a year ago. The farm’s name refers to its history as a distiller of illicit “witblits” moonshine in the 19th century. As we were in the neighbourhood, this was the perfect opportunity to take up their invitation to come and visit. Set up the valley from the Klein Rivier Cheese Farm, it is in an idyllic spot alongside the river and nestled next to the mountain reserve. They have 7 commodious cottages and Rob is a trained chef, so they run a good country restaurant called The Garden Grill.  Now, when you visit Stanford to explore the new wine route, you have another lovely place to stay.
We stopped on the way from the Hemel en Aarde to have a look at the estuary at the Prawn Flats near Stanford and watched this small flock of flamingos
The cottages are in the old farm buildings. We could only see one suite as the others were all occupied. We stayed in the main house with Rob and Alex
This is one of their guest lounges with open fireplace
and the kitchen and dining area with French doors to the outside patio
The kitchen
The lounge area with a view to the bedroom
Huge bed with great linen and an en suite bathroom
Large bath and separate shower
The lavender path to the restaurant
The huge swimming pool with lots of pool loungers and sun beds
The Garden Grill restaurant with its outside porch. Booking is essential Phone: 028 341 0762
A nice place to relax
The menu. They do not have their wine licence yet, so you may take your own wine
The restaurant interior is very light and airy. We particularly like the hanging plants which add freshness
Breakfast buffet selection the next morning. You can also have a full cooked breakfast
Very good real filter coffee and a selection of teas
Guests enjoying breakfast
Those hanging plants. To water, they are steeped overnight
The wedding chapel
Huge trees with lots of shade looking down to the horse paddock
Rescued race horses are happy in their new home
Another view of the cottages
Main house and cottage
Another cottage

Rob and Alex with dear Martha the spaniel. They have four dogs and two lovely ginger cats
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus
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