White Water Farm: A Countryside Stay
Situated in the riverside town of Stanford; a town increasingly popular as a getaway is home to one of the most exquisite accommodations: White Water Farm; nestled away from civilization and perfect for long stays.
Arriving at the farm after a two-hour drive from Cape Town, you immediately realize why this town is such a firm favourite among Capetonians. The peaceful, countryside village is picturesque with mountain landscapes and green leafy farmsteads; offering tranquility and quaintness.
Stretched over 50 hectares, Water Water Farm is accessible through a small patch of gravel road with white fencing around the property; leading you straight to reception where you’re welcomed by Rob and Alex; owners of this establishment. The couple bought the farm back in 2015 and has made significant renovations yet still keeping to the country charm but year after year, they turned it into a mecca retreat where guests can relax, unwind and a place they now call home.
With a number of cottages and suites; each with a touch of its own flare, we stayed in one of the Dairy Suites with a communal area right next door allowing guests to put up their feet, watch television and have a drink from the honesty bar.
The room is crisp and sleek with a modern touch to the traditional farm cottage style. The entire room consisted of an open kitchen area with a seating area to dine at, a glass shower and basin facility with just a wall separating the warm queen size bedroom that looks straight into the living area with a fireplace, study section and sofas fit for kings and queens.
The bare brick wall showcased throughout the space is such an industrial-chic concept that is contemporary in a place like this; sticking to white and grey accents in each of the decor accessories. Created as a home away from home, you can definitely find yourself never leaving the cottage at all.
The back door leads you to the backdrop of the Kleine River mountain and a view of their vegetable and flower garden while you get sightings of the three donkeys that roam the garden. They love cuddling so take every opportunity to give them one.
The Garden Grill
The Garden Grill is situated on the farm and is ideal for anyone who doesn’t feel like driving out into town just to grab a bite to eat. They are open daily for dinner for in house guests and lunch on Sundays but make sure to pre-book because table seats are limited.
The menus vary because each dish is carefully curated based on what ingredients are fresh for use in the garden.
From the three course meal, we opted to go for two simply because we came there starving. I went with the BBQ Rump Steak with charred corn salsa and roast potatoes and, Courtney tried the Lamb Chops with farm-made mint jelly and roast potatoes as well which was served with a vegetable plate; freshly picked from the garden.
The veggies are bursting with interesting flavours and the meats were tender and soft at the cut. Chef Rob loves taking risks and is bold with the choices. Based on our meals alone, it was definitely a good mix of products I don’t usually see myself choosing.
Dessert is one of my favourite meals. If I could have it for breakfast, I would. The selections were hard to choose from but I kept it to my liking with a classic chocolate brownie paired with gelato while Courtney went with a lovely strawberry panna cotta.
It’s not a holiday without doing some active activities and White Water Farm has tons to do and see. Other then the fact that we arrived on one of the most scorching days to date, the pool is one area not to walk past. Take a dip or simply lounge along the pool with a glass of wine to cool down on the day beds.
Take a 10-minute stroll to the dam where blue cranes graze and bird watching is made available. The dam is also safe enough for you to swim in; overlooking the pristine valley.
Horse riding and spa treatments are also offered. Make sure to book well in advance if you’re looking to do these selections. Other activities worth doing is hiking, mountain biking and nearby visits in the town itself.
They also offer weddings for 80 guests or more (depending on specific requirements) and exclusive rights to use the barn chapel to say your, “I dos”. To book at this exquisite getaway, visit the website for more.
Here’s a little video showing you the What to do in the town of Stanford. Enjoy!
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Until next time