White Water Farm
White Water Farm is located just 10km from Stanford; it is nestled at the start of the Akkedisberg Pass, one of South Africa’s oldest, dating back to 1776. Stanford and the surrounding area have much to offer; being just 2-hours from Cape Town it has become a food, wine, nature and activity hub for the savvy weekender.
Alex and Rob, owners since June 2015, have transformed the property into a luxury four-star farm stay. The property offers bed and breakfast, as well as dining at the restaurant, The Garden Grill, at weekends.
White Water Farm’s delicious breakfast includes homemade bread and fresh eggs from the farm’s chickens. Having cultivated a 2400sqm vegetable garden, they incorporate their organic farm fresh produce into their regularly changing menu, which serves a variety of main courses in ‘feast platter’ style.
Expect dishes such as locally farmed whole salmon trout and thick-cut country lamb saddle chops. The starter meze has become a firm favourite with returning diners – it features a warm artichoke and cheese dip using neighbouring award-winning Klein River Cheese, as well as a fantastic coloured beetroot hummus using beets from the garden.
There is a variety of accommodation including cottages, suites and rooms that are suitable for families, groups and couples alike. All are decorated with a stylish and modern country feel. Many of the rooms have fireplaces for a cosy winter weekend break and the large 20m pool, surrounded by palm trees and with double cabana beds, offers a great European vibe in summer.
Wedding and events are also popular at White Water, with delightful settings throughout the property. The mature gardens, with their lavender-lined paths, are set alongside a large old oak grove and the barn “chapel”, which dates back to the original 1846 farm. It was here that there was once a distillery where witblits was produced, hence the name White Water (Witwater).
The farm is also home to a stunning breeding herd of Nguni cattle, Springbok, and many horses, some of which are made available for guests to take for a ride. Other nearby activities include hikes at neighbouring Philipskop Mountain Reserve, home the Cape Whale Coast’s recently discovered cave paintings and Panthera Africa, big cat sanctuary. White Water Farm is only a short distance away is the famous whale watching and shark cage diving that the coast is famous for and trips can be arranged by the White Water team.