Bloomsbury Cottage, Stanford – sleeps up to 6
This intriguing family getaway in Stanford village, near Hermanus, is best described as a ‘well-loved country refuge’, set in the quiet heart of an historic village, where everything is within walking distance: markets, churches, antique shops, restaurants, nature walks and a lot of history.
Looking out over the village green, this whimsical cape vernacular cottage sleeps six people in three double bedrooms, and offers all the bohemian charm and rustic comfort you would expect from its Wolf and Bell derived name: Bloomsbury.
Eat outdoors under the trees, laze on a sofa on the deep veranda, cool off in the pool under the Weeping Willow, or nestle in the inner sitting room beside a blazing open log fire with a glass of wine. The artist owner’s personal touch can be seen in the vibrant, eclectic and very relaxed array of hand-painted furniture, South African artworks, colourful throws, baskets of shells, oversized rugs and shelves of books: all with a touch of whimsy and lots of fun – it is the ideal place to let go, disconnect and really relax.
Bedrooms at Bloomsbury Cottage
Bloomsbury Cottage has three bedrooms: 1 x queen, 1 x double and 1 x twin
Three rustic, very individual, light-filled double bedrooms make up the sleeping areas of this intimate retreat. The first contains a double bed, antique mirrored-dresser and sash windows with wooden shutters overlooking the village common. The second bedroom, also overlooks the common and is made up of twin beds, while the third bedroom is set off the ‘heart of the house’, the inner sitting room, has an extra-length Queen-sized bed, old armoire and beautiful Crewelwork curtains hanging over large sash windows – the owner’s favourite touch. Each bedroom has 100% cotton linen, panel heaters and colourful, oversized quilts.
Living and dining at Bloomsbury Cottage
The fully-equipped, eat-in kitchen (with seating for 6 at a farmhouse dining table) has been built into what was the cottage’s original back veranda, now enclosed to create a warm, relaxed, open-plan living, dining and kitchen space. The rustic, whitewashed wooden floors, open shelving, hanging baskets and farm-style kitchen table are offset by the urban comforts of a modern-equipped kitchen: gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher, microwave as well as plenty of utensils and crockery to create sumptuous meals.
With large wooden doors and sash windows that open out onto the vast bamboo and vine-covered back patio or stoep, the combined kitchen, dining / living area is filled with light and gives seamless indoor-outdoor living, with a sofa, armchairs and a big screen TV (tucked away from view). For cooler nights, the inner sitting room’s enormous open fireplace warms the whole house, creating an ideal ‘hideaway from it all’ refuge with a glass of red wine and to lose yourself in one of the many books.
The large back stoep is perfect for long lazy lunches around the large table (with bench searing for as many as 10), star gazing, or afternoon naps on the sofa as you take in the abundant birdlife and silence of the village. A small wrought iron table and chairs (for 2) is nestled in the garden, ideal for morning tea, and the splash pool with water feature is ideal for cooling off in summer’s searing heat.
Two rustic bathrooms, one with loo, basin and shower, the other with loo, basin and farmstyle tub can be found off the main living / dining area.