AfriCamps at Stanford Hills Estate

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Come indulge in delicious local food and wine at AfriCamps at Stanford Hills. This camp is set on a boutique wine farm in Stanford, an exciting slow food destination with chefs serving an array of fresh and locally produced food. We have 5 luxury tents situated on the foothills of the Klein River Mountain range overlooking a dam and the Stanford Valley. This foodie delight is only a fifteen minute drive from Hermanus and can be reached from Cape Town in two hours.

Stanford Hills Estate is fast becoming one of the area’s most popular attractions. Aside from offering tastings and sales of our award-winning range of wines there are a variety of other activities and attractions. The restaurant, The Tasting Room, is set above a dam with endless views over the Stanford Valley. The restaurant has a reputation for laid back fun, with the emphasis on fresh and inventive food of an exceptionally high standard. The chalkboard menu changes daily according to what is locally fresh and available, including items from  our own vegetable garden. The farm also produces Proteas and Pincushions, which are endemic to South Africa. So, from July through November the farm is filled with these colourful blooms. The farm offers horse-riding, hiking and even whale-watching by air in a small airplane which takes off from the farm’s private landing strip. You can also have a swim in a farm dam, try your hand at fishing, or simply lie in bed and listen to the birds.

Stanford Hills Accommodation

The charming town of Stanford is overlooked by the Klein River Mountains. It is famous for it’s award winning eateries and has an eclectic mix of art galleries, breweries and wine farms, all with fantastic views of this valley area. Stanford is in close proximity to Hermanus, considered as one of the best whale watching destinations in the world. This is also a treat for the adventurous types, as there are mountain bike trails, horse riding, shark cage diving and boat cruises, all within the area.

Your Hosts

Peter and Jami Kastner are the owner-managers, who live on the farm with their two young boys, Jack and Alex (winemakers-in-training). Peter owned a restaurant and Jami a flower export company before 2005, when they sold up and invested with their family into what was then a portion of Weltevrede Farm, with four hectares of Pinotage for small production and one self-catering cottage for rental. Today the estate is known as Stanford Hills, with 6 wine labels exported to 11 countries, a 100 seater restaurant and accommodation for 57 people. The farm is also a popular venue for weddings and hosts a variety of fun events and outdoor music events including their winter craft beer festival and the Stanford Stumble in November.

Stanford Hills Accommodation

Peter has no formal wine training, but has learnt on the job, with what he describes as a pretty steep learning curve! He does most work by hand in the small cellar set in one half of an aircraft hangar on the farm, and believes in minimum interference to allow the grapes to express their own unique characteristics. He believes in the quality of the grapes, which are slow ripening due to the cool sea breezes in the area and carefully managed to give optimum yield. As he says “It’s possible to make a bad wine from good grapes, but there is no way you can make good wine if your grapes aren’t up to scratch.”

Jami manages The Tasting Room, the estate restaurant, where the kids often help out too. She is a published author of Sam and Me and the Hard Pear Tree, published by Jacana, and has recently opened The Butterfly Centre in Stanford. This centre is a non-profit organization offering a variety of beneficial activities for children in the area with special needs.

Stanford Hills Accommodation

Essentials

Check in – from 2pm onwards on day of arrival

Prior arrangements need to be made, guests are kindly requested to inform the AfriCamps office of their estimated time of arrival. Please phone the camp reception 30 minutes prior to arrival. This way you are ensured that the check in can be arranged without delays. Please find the telephone number in the bookings confirmation email

Check out – before 10am on day of departure

Stanford Hills Accommodation

 

Facilities and Activities

Facilities on site

  • Wifi at the restaurant
  • Pet friendly
  • Restaurant on the property
  • Babysitting available (on request)
  • Children’s play area
  • Housekeeping services
  • Credit Card Facilities

Activities on site

  • Swimming and boating
  • Wine Tasting
  • Horse Riding
  • Bass Fishing in the top dam
  • Hiking (2 x 5km trails)
  • Whale watching from the sky
  • Quad riding
  • Mountain biking

Stanford Hills Accommodation

Eat & Drink

Breakfast – placed in the tent for guests to prepare themselves

Breakfast Basket ‘Cook Your Own’:

R110 per person

Ingredients:

Freshly Baked Croissant served with preserves and butter, Homemade Muesli, Fresh Seasonal Fruit, Bulgarian Yogurt, Honey, Eggs, Bacon, Erwin’s Homemade Cheese Griller Sausage, White and Brown bread, milk, juice

Stanford Hills Accommodation

Dinner – Placed in Tent for clients to prepare themselves

Traditional South African Braai Pack

  • 200g Beef Rump Steak
  • Traditional Boerewors Sausage
  • Chicken Kebab
  • Locally produced beetroot and butternut Salad
  • Traditional Greek Salad
  • Homemade garlic and cheese Roll

Dinner

R175 per adult
R87.50 per child

Other Options

Stanford Hills has a very popular restaurant on the estate, The Tasting Room, which serves breakfast and lunch. Full range of chalkboard menu items available at on-site restaurant, menu also available as takeaways.

Personalized picnic baskets are also available, choose from Mezze menu or lunch time menu at The Tasting Room.

The surrounding area has a wealth of acclaimed restaurants, including Grootbos, Springfontein and Marianas.

Stanford Hills Accommodation

Rates

Our tents sleep up to 5 guests, but our shared rates are based on a two-person stay. Please note that the rates below are just a price indication, use our online bookings calendar to check current rates and availability. Food & beverage and activities & tours are not included in the price, unless otherwise stated.

Please note that we have a minimum of 2 night stay for weekends, public holidays and peak season.

Rate per tent (pp) Additional fee adults (pp) Children fee (pp)
Season Single Shared 3rd 4th 5th 0 – 2 3 – 16
Low 990 495 200 200 200 Stay Free 100
High 1290 745 200 200 200 Stay Free 100
Peak 1990 995 200 200 200 Stay Free 100


Low season

1 May to 30 September 2017

High season
1 October to 15 December 2017
11 January to 30 April 2018
Public Holidays

Peak season
16 December 2017 to 10 January 2018