From R1,800 - R4,000 nightly for the house (minimum two-nights stay and 7 nights stay in peak season)
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.
"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!"
(Louise Ehret, visited Mar 2017)
(Sarah Jarrett, visited Aug 2016)
"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!"
(Claire Walker, visited Feb 2016)
"Great for a family getaway!"
(Jacqueline Meyer, visited January 2015)
"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."
(Kerry Tyack, visited December 2014)
"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."
(Elbe Saayman, visited September 2014)
"We had a fabulous time and will definitely return."
(Jo Walsh, visited January 2012)
"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."
(Charl Marais, visited October 2011)
"We had a wonderful stay at River's Edge. The house had everything that we needed and more. Will definitely go back."
(Amanda Newton, visited April 2012)
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