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Stanford Valley Guest Farm
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

Surrounded by mountains, this guest farm has a lovely tranquil feel. The charming old cottages have been carefully restored and are equipped with everything needed. Eric, the host, was very welcoming and went out of his way to provide us with all we needed.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank ZAtrekker
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

Along with a colleague, I facilitated a morning workshop at Stanford Valley Guest Farm. We found the conference space well equipped with screen, projector and possibly the most comfortable conference chairs I've ever been blessed with. It was a great location - nothing beats being able to sit outside and enjoy stunning views of the mountains on a break. Eric was extremely helpful and everything ran smoothly. We did not stay over so am unable to comment on rooms etc but if you're looking for a lovely, down-to-earth country conference for a workshop I would definitely recommend their facility.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

This is truly a hidden gem and it is far enough removed from reality to provide complete tranquillity. The rooms are comfortable, very spacious and each with en-suite. The water is sourced fresh from the local river so the slightly brackish colour may be somewhat disconcerting for the fastidious traveller, but we found it refreshingly quaint and fitting.

There is no restaurant facilities but the little town of Stanford is only a few kilometres away and offers ample choice in this regard. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided in the rooms.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Deon R
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

My family (6 adults including 4 elderly people and 2 children) had come to Stanford Valley to spend 3 nights (7-9 Jan) to celebrate the birthday of my daughter. On the night of 7th January, we'd stayed at Pincushion, Frikkie and Protea 1. We'd a really unhappy experience and had to cut short our stay after just 1 night.

On the night of 7th the entire Stanford Valley region experienced thunderstorms which was predicted well in advance by National Weather Service. However, that does not explain why the accommodation had to be in such a pathetic state as can be discerned from our description below. It was clear that Eric, the manager had not done his basic job of ensuring a clean, working accommodation. The accommodation had not been maintained and were in a pathetic state despite all the glamorous pictures on the website.

1. The poor quality of accommodation particularly in Pincushion cottage:

(a) The bedroom had a nasty smell, in short it was stinking. The damp carpets and the stagnant water outside the bedroom might have been one of the sources of the stench.

Eric's explanations:

Re: the stench: "It was not a stench but a "wonderfully earthy smell of the reed ceiling in the cottage, which was somewhat heightened due the unusual dampness created by the storm."

I may not be an expert on "reed ceilings" but can clearly tell a stench from a "wonderful earthy smell."

Re: waterlogged area outside the cottage:
"I must also point out that the water lying outside on one side of the cottage was again entirely due to the exceptional amount of rain which fell in the night."

This area does experience rain and almost certainly the area outside the cottage would've water logged.

(b) On the night of the 7 Jan, during the thunderstorm, the roof leaked over my parents’ bed; their pillows were soaked and at 4am in the morning, they moved the bed away from the wall to avoid getting wet further. There were several leaks in the room, with the result that the carpet was wet.

(c) The bathroom sink clogged and could not be used

No response from Eric regarding the above except - "The horrendous weather certainly highlighted some maintenance problems which were not apparent prior to the storm and are already in hand for repair". Leaky roofs can be easily spotted - we had a long and very wet winter in the Cape region in 2013.

2. No power from the night of 7th to the about 10.00am on 8th and no backup power.
Note that the thunderstorms were predicted and so the manager could well have ensured that the emergency backup and lights were in working condition. On the 8th morning Eric conceded that the backup emergency lamp (it was available only in Frikkie but not in the other cottage, which had a half burnt candle) had not been serviced or charged.

Eric's response:

"I apologise for the lack of charge in the emergency lanterns. These have been removed from the rooms as they were never very successful and hardly ever used. The passage in the room information folder has been highlighted which suggest you contact me on my cellphone if you need anything like candles etc. I don’t as a rule leave candles in the rooms because of the fire hazard but I would have been happy to provide them had you asked."

-- Then why provide these lanterns? Strange, when there're half burnt candles in the accommodation. Surely half burnt candles can also be a fire hazard? Did Eric not have the time to check the place before renting it out? Most of the farms - even in remote parts of S.Africa - have candles/matches and so I doubt whether Stanford Valley Guest Farm is in any way more fire prone than others.

It's worth keeping in mind that Stanford Valley Guest Farm claims to be also a "conference facility" and one would expect that back-up electricity would be available for being able to cook and maintain food that requires refrigeration.

We rented the self-catering for the express purpose of being able to prepare our own meals but ended up eating out..The housekeeper/caretaker - a wonderful lady by name Lee-Ann mentioned that the farm does have

The following morning (8th) offered to move my elderly parents and parents-in-law to another cottage. But based on our assessment of the condition of the cottage where my parents slept, as well as leaks in the bathroom area in the adjoining cottage where my parents-in-law slept, it is obvious that there is a serious lack of maintenance. Thus we were not convinced that moving to another cottage would have guaranteed a peaceful and enjoyable stay at your farm.

And so we packed up and left for Cape Town.

Lee-Anne, the housekeeper was most helpful in coming over and bringing us a pot of hot water for tea and even offered to fix us some breakfast (she had gas stoves). She also inquired if she could do something to make us stay longer (going beyond her call of duty!), something Eric never even bothered to ask, other than asking for our bank details so that he could offer a refund.

When we checked in to the guest farm, we followed the signs on the trees to the reception area. Cars had to be parked a fair distance from the cottages. We later learnt that we could have brought our cars closer to the cottages but Eric never mentioned this to us! In fact, Eric curtly said to us that we drove over his irrigation pipes - why on earth were they lying on the road in the first place - on the dirt path to the reception area?

Instead of trying to be a helpful manager he was simply being an unhelpful host.

I would never recommend this place to anyone for any event whatsoever.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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4  Thank SK_CPT
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

Nice self catering stopover.
Rooms were not very clean.
Breakfast was a bit disorganized.
They need to control the flies!!,
Stunning views and nature...
Good to skip TV for a couple of days.
Could do with a nice swimming pool.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Thank topons8
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