Celebrate time with family or friends at Barry House on Riverton
thoroughbred horse stud and wine farm.
The long veranda invites you to just relax and drink in the view of the lush horse paddocks and vineyards backdropped by the Langeberg Mountains in the distance. This spacious historic country home can accommodate up to 14 people sharing 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Only available for the exclusive use of one booking party at a time.
Enjoy the luxury of fine percale linen, fluffy bath sheets and complimentary coffee and tea in your room. The high ceilings keep the home cool in summer whilst the fireplaces in the dining and the family/television room create an inviting ambiance in winter.
The sitting room and bedrooms have panel heaters and fans or an air conditioner. The kitchen is fully equipped and includes an electric, gas and microwave oven as well as a dishwasher. To accommodate a large group there is an additional fridge / freezer in the adjacent ironing room and a large beverage fridge / freezer in the family /television lounge. The latter has a flat screen television with the full bouquet of DSTV channels, a DVD player, iPod/iPhone docking station, table tennis and a card table. Free unlimited WIFI is available for our guests convenience.
Wine tasting aficionados can savour the award winning wines of Springfield, Bon Courage, Major`s Hill, Cloverfield, Van Loveren, De Wetshof, Excelsior, Zandvliet, Arabella and Robertson, lunch on board the Viljoensdrift River Cruise or enjoy a round of golf, all within a 10 km radius.
Barry House is also conveniently located 6 km from the restaurants and shops of Robertson and Bird Paradise which will provide an entertaining outing for the children. Horse riding outrides through the vineyards and along the banks of the Breede can be organised 4 farms away at the Robertson Riding School.
Housekeeping is optional and can be arranged on request. Guests can also book single, couple or group Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports or Combination massages in the privacy of their room or under the trees in our beautiful garden for a unique experience.
We include firewood for the braai and fire drum so that our guests can celebrate time together in true South African style.
Accommodation at Barry House on Riverton:
We can accommodate a group of 12 to 14 people sharing 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. For our guests convenience each bedroom is provided with the following:
- Fine Percale white linen encased duvets over a fitted and a flat sheet
- Double stacked hypoallergenic pillows
- Comforter or mohair / woolen blankets
- Fluffy big bath sheets
- Coffee and tea making facilities
- Jug of filtered drinking water
- Air conditioner or fan and panel heater
- Mosquito/fly/insect prevention mesh covering at least one window in the room
The bedrooms are named after historic personalities connected to the Barry family.
The air-conditioned Duncan & Hubertha Barry
en-suite with adjoining Barry & Nephews
Twin bedroom. Sleeps 2 adults and 2 children. Option: The inter-leading door can be locked to sleep 4 adults in 2 separate rooms. Dim the brass chandelier, light a few candles and slip behind the old fashioned damask privacy screen. Revel in a luxurious soak in the massive en-suite roman bath with overhead shower. Slumber soundly in the antique brass and porcelain queen sized bed. The French double doors of this bedroom open out onto the front veranda where you can relax and drink in the unparalleled views of the horses, vines and mountain whilst sipping your morning cup of coffee or tea. The adjoining twin bedroom is convenient for a family with 2 children. Should your house party require this room for 2 adults the inter-leading door can be locked as the twin room also has a door leading into the passage. The twin beds can be placed alongside each other on request.
The air-conditioned Joseph Barry
en-suite. Sleeps 2. Option: The king bed can be made up into 2 singles on request.
Spacious bedroom with king size bed and Victorian bath en-suite veiled with white drapes. Nothing hints at romance more than lit candles and softly dimmed crystal chandeliers. The shuttered sash windows ensure a sound night`s sleep. When opened over the Victorian bath the window looks out over a secluded part of the garden.
The George & Philippa Barry
Room. Sleeps 3 King and a single. Option: The king bed can be made up into 2 singles on request. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in the privacy of your own patio overlooking the rose garden. This room has a fan and panel heater. This room has space for a camper cot as well. The Barry House camper cot, farm pram and nappy changer are stored in the 2nd cupboard of this bedroom. There are baby blankets, a receiving blanket and a baby pillow in the chest of drawers, but please bring your own camper cot linen should you want to make use of the camper cot. This will give your baby the familiar smell of home and hopefully ensure a good night`s sleep.
The Hamilton Barry
Room. Sleeps 3, with 3 single beds (2 of the singles are placed alongside each other). The Hamilton Barry room has a beautiful functioning antique wooden closet with a porcelain hand painted basin that came over by ship from England. The walls are adorned with old exquisitely hand embroidered cream flannel baby night dresses that have been delicately framed. This room has a fan and panel heater. This room also has indoor shutters that can be closed for a restful night`s sleep. Open, they enjoy a peaceful view of the rose garden.
- Sleeps 2. Named after the Barry family`s governess, this cosy room has a queen sized bed suitable for a couple. The ceiling fan and light`s can be operated by remote control from the comfort of the bed. Hanna`s Room enjoys a stunning view of the horse paddocks, vines and mountain.
Facilities & Services:
- Children under 12 years
- Self-Braai / Barbecue
- Dining room
- Cots available
- Internet Access
- Fireplace on the Premises
- Parking (off-street - open)
- Communal Satellite TV
- DVD and/or VCR
Barry House on Riverton Activities:
Barry House on Riverton is one of the few places where guests may be fortunate to witness a mare give birth. From August to mid-November is foaling season. Our guests are welcome to leave a cell no to receive a wake up call should a mare decide to foal during their stay. They usually foal between midnight and 5am. Barry House is conveniently situated adjacent to the maternity
paddock and foaling units.
Guests are also welcome to walk around the farm or meander through the forest down to the Breede River for a spot of fishing or swimming. Young children must be accompanied.
The garden is home to Cape Sugarbirds, Finches, Wagtails, Robins, African Hoop -hoos etc. A walk around the farm will delight you with flocks of Ibises, Sacred Ibises, Guinea Fowl, Egyptian Geese, Herons, Egrets, Hadidas etc. Answer the Fish Eagles call and stroll down to the river to find the flock of rare Darter birds (Latin name Anhinga rufa), all 3 species of Kingfishers, ducks, geese, etc. Riverton is also home to a breeding pair of Blue Cranes that are not usually found in this area. There is a Sasol Birds of Southern Africa field guide in the sitting room of Barry House, but we recommend that you come armed with your Roberts or Newman's.
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Clothing & Accessories:
Walking shoes and binoculars. Bring a warm jacket should you be visiting during foaling season as the night's can get chilly.
Health & Climate:
Our area enjoys a healthy dry climate with only 180 to 200 mm of rainfall per annum. The farm is kept lush, thanks to an irrigation system that brings water from the huge Brandvlei dam. Whilst our winter days are generally sunny, the nights can get chilly.