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Stanford is a small village that's popular with the well heeled residents of Cape Town who want to get away from it all. With luxurious resorts that can only be reached by dirt road, sweeping mountain scenery, and clean white Victorian buildings hosting a few shops and restaurants, it's the perfect antidote to city life where you can swim, hike, or just collect your thoughts.

Things to see

The area is a haven for nature lovers, and most of the attractions revolve around the great outdoors and appreciating the flora or fauna of Stanford. Visit the Green Cathedral of South Africa and you'll see plenty of colorful exotic flowers, many of which you may have never seen before, and this botanical center is run by true enthusiasts who love explaining the intricacies of their local environment. If you want to test the local wines then head to Stanford Hills Estate where you can take a stroll around the long neat rows of vines before heading to the rustic farmhouse to taste the full-bodied wines produced in this sunny yet cool spot. The coastal area of Walker Bay Nature Reserve is just a short drive south of Stanford and features long sandy beaches, occasionally broken up with jagged rocks and breaking waves. Take a hike through the sand dunes that slope gently to the sea, or enjoy a more adventurous walk along the rocky clifftops and into hidden caves; either way you'll enjoy some spectacular and unspoiled scenery.

Hotels in Stanford

The area is an excellent retreat away from the city, and that's why luxury hotels in Stanford are so popular, catering to the crowd who want to enjoy some pampering and escapism. You can enjoy hotels with facilities such as upmarket restaurants, bars, childcare and children's clubs, outdoor swimming pools with sun loungers, wedding services, conference centers, and event catering. At the end of a long day of exploring you can return to your room and enjoy plenty of amenities there too, and these can include bathrobes, minibars, coffee makers, private balconies or patios, deep soaking bathtubs, hairdryers, and complimentary toiletries.

Where to stay

Stanford is a small and charming village, most of which is set along one main road, with rural routes and dirt roads running off of it. Most of the landscape is flat, allowing you to see the surrounding mountains, and as you drive along the roads you'll see Victorian cottages and cozy white bungalows surrounded by wide areas of greenery. The village has a few facilities for those visiting, but it's mostly the isolation that appeals. Spread throughout the town you'll find a couple of friendly local cafés, hotels with restaurants attached, and a gas station, but facilities such as grocery stores can be a long drive away so bring your own supplies too.

How to get to Stanford

Most visitors to the area come via Cape Town which is a scenic 90 minute to 2 hour drive away, with lots of city workers spending their weekends in the area. Cape Town International Airport has domestic flights arriving from across South Africa, and from here you can pick up a rental car if you plan to drive to Stanford. Shuttle services and private coaches also run from Cape Town to Stanford, and this can be a cheaper option for those who don't drive.

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