from R1350 - R1750 nightly for the house
Budget Getaways Review
Located in Stanford itself, this lovingly restored genteel Victorian-era house has FUN splashed all over it. Why's that you may rightly ask? Well, for starters, with five bedrooms in total (two of them ensuite) it can house a rent-a-crowd party of 14 guests without too much trouble. Secondly, there's a full blown games area with a pro pool table, table tennis and a dart board. Then there's a sandpit for the kids, an indoor fireplace and braai, as well as a pub. There's a DSTV decoder (bring own card), a DVD player and a hifi. If this doesn't spell FUN in your book, bad news: nothing will!
Built in 1896 and among Stanford's original homes, Fruit Tree features a classic wrap-around balcony, a loft with two bedrooms, two lounges, three bathrooms (very unVictorian as folks in those days weren't big on bathing) with two showers and two baths between them.
Of the five bedrooms, three have double beds, one has two singles, while the fifth has a pair of double bunks - just perfect for the kids and mom-in-law. The kitchen is fully equipped with a pantry cupboard, dishwasher, oven, stove, microwave, kettle, toaster and all the pots, pans and utensils you'll ever need. The house is nicely furnished with a mix of the old and the new.
Stepping outside, there's a laundry area, parking for a fleet of six cars, and the pleasures of Stanford just around the corner. By all accounts, Fruit Tree appears to be the ideal group getaway.
"Thank you Johan and Molly for the most incredible Easter weekend we had in Fruit Tree Cottage. You were so accommodating and did go the extra mile to make this a weekend to remember for a very long time. This old house is spacious and so peaceful and most comfortable and has everything you need for a weekend away from home. We were a group of 9 and despite the rain we had for 2 out of the 5 days, the kids never even noticed it because they were kept busy in the games area with the pool table and table tennis and the dart board. We inserted our own DSTV card and were connected immediately and never missed one rugby game. We were all very sad to leave."
(Tillie Coetzee, visited April 2012)
"We were a group of 14 adults; the house is situated in a lovely part of the Western Cape and has all the amenities that one would need, plus much more! Definitely recommend it if you want to get away for a little fun and some rest."
(Evashnie Padayachee, visited October 2010)
"We had a great weekend and we thought the house was great value, well situated and most comfortable. We were a group of 8 adults; this number worked well but I think two families with young kids could comfortably holiday here."
(Juliet Johnson, visited June 2010)
"Beautiful house in a beautiful town. So much to do in Stanford and the surrounding areas. Well-equipped with lovely finishings. Really enjoyed our weekend there."
(Debbie Maughan, visited May 2010)
"We had a wonderful stay at Fruit Tree Cottage and really enjoyed our time in Stanford. We'll be back to stay in this fantastic venue again!"
(Claire Anne Fee, visited April 2010)
"We booked this house for a large group of friends over the weekend of my fiance's fortieth birthday. It was lovely. The house is very big and accommodated everyone comfortably. It was great socially with a large braai/sun room, big garden and a separate dining area. Stanford is a beautiful town with a quaint artist feel about it and Fruit Tree Cottage adds to this appeal. I only wished we could have stayed longer or spent more time there. There is so much to do in the area as well and I would highly recommend this for a relaxing and different getaway."
(Joanne Seabrook, visited December 2009)
"Wonderful place to stay! The kids didn't want to leave. We will be back!"
(Elaine Chesterton, visited September 2009)
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