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At Rivers Edge

150km from Cape Town
French-Provencal-styled cottage on the banks of the Klein River - in Stanford
  • Front view leading to the river 30m away
  • Street view
  • Side view
  • Side view showing decks
  • Deck of upstairs bedroom
  • River for swimming
  • Kleinriver
  • Pool overlooking beautiful mountains
  • Swimming pool
  • Bedroom with garden view
  • Upstairs loft bedroom
  • Open plan dining/living area
  • Living area
  • Open plan living/dining area
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • En-suit bathrooms
  • Upstairs room with garden view

Rate Guide

From R2400 - R4400 per night for up to 8 guests (minimum stay of 2 nights / minimum stay of 7 nights during high and peak season)

Quick Facts

S 34°26'02''
E 19°27'37''
By request
birdwatching, canoeing, fishing, golf, restaurants, swimming, walking, whale watching, wine routes
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Budget Getaways Review

You’ve just finished Peter Mayle's In Provence… a small French village, rambling countryside, a picturesque cottage under moss-covered terracotta, children skipping around the garden, lilting laughter following in their wake…  

Good news is there's no need for that 12 hour, cattle-class flight to capture a bit of that nostalgic ol' French country feeling. Rivers Edge, just outside of Stanford, is the quintessential French-Provencal homestead.

Even better, it's a lot more comfortable than the real thing, with 21st-century modcons like large rooms, doors you can actually walk through without banging the head, a range of techno gadgets, the marvel of hot-water showers, and weather that allows you to braai without a brollie.

The house itself sleeps up to eight guests in four bedrooms, each tastefully decorated with period furniture, screeded floors and large sash windows. The main bedroom is a gem, adorned with Queen, four-poster bed, ensuite bathroom with freestanding Victorian bath, private verandah and views over the garden and riverbank.

Bedroom two and three also have Queen, four-poster beds, with bedroom two featuring its own ensuite bathroom. A fourth bedroom has bunk beds and an inter-leading bathroom.

The lounge and open-plan fully equipped kitchen are typical farmhouse-style, with huge open fireplace, full-length sash windows and double doors spilling out onto a covered terrace and outside braai area.

Rivers Edge is not all old world charm though: the house has a good range of holiday gadgets, including DSTV, iPod docking station and most importantly, a dishwasher.

Now, where to hang out? A tough choice as the garden is as appealing as the house, with roses, herbs and rolling lawns leading down to the sluggish waters of the Klein River. This is one spot that you and the team can really just chill out and do absolutely nothing.

But… if all this sounds a little too relaxing, Stanford's charms are a stones throw away, with plenty restaurants, interesting bric-and-brac shops and a vibrant Saturday market.

Whatever you decide, Rivers Edge is one for the family or a group of friends.

So don’t even bother with that visa application, grumpy recession-strapped French and temperamental weather. Get yourself to Rivers Edge instead.

Guest Reviews
Overall Rating (based on 7 reviews)
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"A fabulous house in a fantastic setting! Exactly as described on the website and our favourite part was all the different places around the house we could set up for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We also really enjoyed the two kayaks that were available and had a lovely late afternoon row around the river. The kitchen had almost everything we needed, including a dishwasher, but you'll have to bring your own foil, clingfilm and paper towels if you're used to having them around. We will most definitely be back soon!"

"Very comfortable house in a beautiful setting along the banks of the Klein Rivier. Even-though we had rain during our stay, the house worked well for us all. The outdoor braai, patio area and garden is great too. Superb birdlife to enjoy! Will definitely be back."

"A beautiful spot by the river and lovely garden and master bedroom with balcony. We enjoyed our time there."

"A lovely place to stay, clean, well equipped and comfortable. There were lots of quirky things to add character too. The pool was well maintained as was the garden, both huge hits with our children. The cottage is close enough to the village to easily walk and we enjoyed the footpath at the bottom of the garden for walking our dog (in Stanford dogs must be on the leash all of the time and there were wardens patrolling to make sure that we did). The garden is not fenced at the bottom so we had a few problems with our dog wondering off. The kayaks were great fun and we loved our trips up and down the river. Each can hold 2 adults and a child. We couldn't have asked for a better place to spend our precious time off and can highly recommend staying here."

"We had such a great time. Janet was very helpful on check-in and we all loved the pool and the fact that we could walk along the river path. Such a special place."

"Rivers Edge is a fantastic home away from home. Great for a big family. The kids had a great time by the pool and fishing in the river. There's lots to do in Stanford, we had a great two nights away."

"What a wonderful place! Our extended family stayed there in June and will definitely be back again. Central to town, close to the river and walks - just perfect!"

"We took the whole family, kids, grandparents, cousins and dogs to Rivers Edge for the school holiday and it was absolutely perfect. There was more than enough to keep the kids busy and the house was so lovely we hardly felt the need to leave. The house is extremely well equipped and the master bedroom and en-suites are quite special. Would recommend it in a heart beat."

"A perfect setting for an awesome family weekend getaway. The setting and home were very beautiful and comfortable. We spent hours paddling on the river or wandering the village in search of the perfect cup of coffee! A return visit is on the cards in the near future!"

"Loved it!"

"Idyllic. Had a wonderful weekend at River's Edge. The house, garden and pool are just lovely, and the river and scenery are sublime. The house feels like home, and is stocked with everything you need. The area is beautiful, but we were content to stay on the property, it was so wonderful. Star-gazing in the garden was a highlight. Can't wait to go back!"

"Great for a family getaway!"

"Had the most lovely stay at Rivers Edge! Everything you need and more to totally switch off, yet close enough to walk into town. Will definitely be back."

"What an amazing place to relax and do nothing. The best about this little gem is that you don't have to take anything with, but your clothes as it is fully equipped, you don't need a thing. The best is also the way the agent deals with us and the professionalism they deal with their clients. I will recommend this to anyone that are ready for a great getaway."

"We had a wonderful stay at River's Edge. The house had everything that we needed and more. Will definitely go back."

"We had a fabulous time and will definitely return."

"It was a most enjoyable time spent at Rivers Edge. I only have one request: Please install a hand rail on the staircase leading to the main bedroom on the top floor. It is quite daunting to decend the stairs without it. All else was excellent value for money."

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At Rivers Edge, Stanford, Western Cape
GPS: S -34.4339   E 19.4603
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