Text Naomi Larkin WHERE: Stanford, Western Cape WHY WE LOVE IT: The modest exterior of this three-bedroom cottage belies the treasure that waits within. Vintage furniture, comfy couches, charming paintings and quirky knick-knacks sit alongside a well-equipped cook’s kitchen and spacious dining room. With a vine-covered back patio, a relaxed garden and a delightful swimming pool, there is no shortage of places to unwind. X-FACTOR: Stanford is having its day in the sun. With a number of excellent restaurants, interesting bric-a-brac shops and even an authentic Italian gelato ice-cream parlour, it’s really worth a visit. For more information, visit perfecthideaways.co.za. This article was originally featured in the April 2014 issue of House and Leisure.