There is a long history of hospitality at Bartholomeus Klip, which shows in the friendly smiles that greet our guests and the relaxed atmosphere of the homestead. You are welcome to make the house your own, perhaps in one of the reception rooms where an open fire crackles in the winter months, or on the broad verandah that winds around the house and catches the late afternoon sun.
Bartholomeus Klip is an exclusive destination in the Cape Winelands, located on a working farm and game reserve in the Riebeek Valley. Discerning travellers will appreciate the peace and quiet in the exclusive five-bedroomed farmhouse, while families with children can enjoy privacy in the Wild Olive House & Cottage.
The Victorian farmhouse is situated in a spectacular landscape of mountains and spreading farmlands, just over an hour away from Cape Town. There is an important nature reserve of 4500 hectares (11 000 acres) as well as wheat and sheep farming operations on another 2 000 hectares (5 000 acres) of arable land.
There are four double rooms with bathrooms in the beautifully furnished farmhouse and one separate suite outside, with its own secluded verandah looking over the veld and up to the mountains. Finishes everywhere are luxurious and stylish, with crisp cotton bedding and elegant fabrics. Our own toiletries add a special touch to the Victorian-style bathrooms.
The Orchid Suite has a king-sized bed and its own verandah. This en-suite bathroom is fitted with a Victorian-style bath and basin and has a large walk-in shower and separate toilet. It is supplied with specially-made toiletries unique to Bartholomeus Klip, scented from our surrounding fynbos.
The Disa room, with its king-sized bed, has French doors opening onto the verandah. This en-suite bathroom is has a shower fitted in the Victorian-style bath. It is supplied with specially-made toiletries unique to Bartholomeus Klip, scented from our surrounding fynbos.
Nerina (double or twin beds) is on the cool side of the house. This en-suite bathroom has a Victorian-style bath with an overhead shower. It is supplied with specially-made toiletries unique to Bartholomeus Klip, scented from our surrounding fynbos.
Arum (double or twin beds), is one of our prettiest rooms. This en-suite bathroom has a Victorian-style bath with an overhead shower. It is supplied with specially-made toiletries unique to Bartholomeus Klip, scented from our surrounding fynbos.
Agapanthus (double or twin beds), is nearest the swimming pool. This en-suite bathroom has a Victorian-style bath with an overhead shower. It is supplied with specially-made toiletries unique to Bartholomeus Klip, scented from our surrounding fynbos.
Wild Olive House, which was opened in response to requests for self-catering accommodation at Bartholomeus Klip, has proved very popular with groups of friends and families. Children of all ages are welcomed, and the house has its own garden, swimming pool, large shady verandah and outdoor facilities for braaing.
Highlights of a stay at Bartholomeus Klip are the morning and evening nature drives through the 10 000 acre nature reserve. There are many animals in the game reserve, easily seen in the low fynbos or on the grassy plains, but the most important inhabitant of the reserve is a far smaller creature: the endangered geometric tortoise, one of the world’s rarest reptiles, safe here in its last remaining viable habitat near Cape Town.
Among the birdlife at Bartholomeus Klip is the world’s largest bird, the ostrich, once farmed here in large flocks at the height of the ostrich feather boom in the 1870s and today one of the leopard’s favourite foods. The magnificent black eagle (correctly known as Verreaux’s eagle) nests in the mountains, and the enormous dam near to the farmhouse has a spectacular array of water birds, some resident like the fish eagles and the kingfishers, and others such as the pelicans and the spoonbills less regular visitors. Flamingos have also been seen in some of Bartholomeus Klip’s smaller dams and there are a host of interesting large and small birds out in the reserve and on the wheatlands, including large flocks of the blue crane, South Africa’s national bird.
Down at the dam guests can take to the water in kayaks,canoes, or go windsurfing, fresh water fishing or birdwatching.
Hiking and walking
Explore the 10 000 acre nature reserve by mountain bike, or take a gentle stroll through the fynbos. There is also the option of hiking in the mountains to enjoy the proteas and birdlife
Enjoy the farm and Reserve by Bike
In our newly refurbished farm kitchen, our team of chefs led by Louise Gillett offers hands-on cooking classes and demonstrations for small, large and corporate groups.
Develop your culinary skills and enjoy a wonderful cooking experience. From simple starters to aspiring main courses and decadent desserts, Louise and her team will demonstrate all that's involved in presenting, cooking and preparing a variety of easy dishes. Learn tricks along the way to help you recreate your favourite recipe at home. Courses are tailor made, but we do have some pre-designed classes such as the picnic and cycle class and a pasta course, which range from 1-3 hours. All classes include a Bartholomeus Klip apron to take home, and cards with full details of the recipes.
Activities for children
Children staying at Wild Olive House are always delighted to find themselves on the edge of the nature reserve, and fascinated by the farming activities. We have bikes for children available, but keen young cyclists may prefer to bring their own for the wonderful rides of varying difficulty through the farmlands or the reserve. The dam offers endless possibilities for swimming, windsurfing and boating, and Louise loves to arrange cooking classes specially geared for children.
Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse Kitchen
Bartholomeus Klip is famous for its food, which is generous, imaginative and mostly made from a variety of local produce.
The conservatory is full of morning sunshine at breakfast time, and at night soft candlelight makes a romantic atmosphere for diners enjoying the gourmet evening meal. High tea, with its delicious array of sweet and savoury choices, is a specialty of the farmhouse.Outside guests are able to join by booking only.
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