At Bartholomeus Klip you stay in a restored Victorian farmhouse, just over an hour`s drive from Cape Town, on one of the largest farms in the Western Cape.
Just over an hour`s drive from Cape Town, Bartholomeus Klip welcomes you with its wonderfully restored Victorian homestead, friendly staff and peaceful country atmosphere. Resident chef Louise Gillett (who has recently published her first cookbook) serves excellent, imaginative food with a focus on local produce and award-winning wines from the region around Bartholomeus Klip. 10 000 acres of private nature reserve with over 500 head of game, a working farm, wheatlands, flocks of sheep and a buffalo breeding project invite no more than ten guests at a time to enjoy walking, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and birdwatching, or just to switch off and relax. Bartholomeus Klip is located in the senic Riebeek Valley near Cape Town, and is an excellent base for exploring the Cape Winelands.
There is a long history of hospitality at Bartholomeus Klip, which shows in the welcoming 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.
There arefour 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.
You can explore the unique blend of agriculture and conservation, and learn about the buffalo and quagga breeding projects on the farm. Cycle through the farmlands or the reserve, canoe or windsurf on the lake-sized dam, swim in our circular salt-water pool, go birdwatching, or hike through the wonderful variety of the fynbos. Or, perhaps best of all, just switch off and absorb the timeless peace of Bartholomeus Klip.
Dining at Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse:
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 speciality of the farmhouse.
Occasions at Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse:
We offer the perfect setting for intimate weddings of up to 50 people. A complete wedding package provides plenty of choice to make the occasion unique.
Conferences are individually designed for small groups, with an air-conditioned conference room, an upstairs break-away room and an outside area perfect for braais.
Accommodation at Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse:
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 veranda that winds around the house and catches the late afternoon sun.
There are four double rooms with bathrooms in the beautifully furnished farmhouse and one separate suite outside, with its own secluded veranda 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.
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 veranda and outdoor facilities for braaing.
There are many different things to do at Bartholomeus Klip, although plenty of our guests love to spend their time with us just switching off. However, if you want to do something more strenuous, we provide mountain bikes for cycling through the reserve or along the farm roads through the wheatfields, and there are plenty of wonderful routes to choose for walks. We also now offer archery, which is proving very popular.
Down at the dam guests can take to the water in canoes and kayaks, or go windsurfing, freshwater fishing or bird watching.
Even the most relaxed guest will want to join our rangers on the morning and evening nature drives through the reserve, where there is always something different to discover. And of course we are well situated for visits to the attractions of Riebeek Kasteel and Tulbagh, as well as the up and coming wineries of the Swartland or, farther afield, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.
Travel out on the N1, take exit 47, sign posted as the R44, Wellington via Agter Paarl, upon leaving the N1 turn left and follow the R44 for 20km until you reach the 4-way stop.
Proceed across the 4-way stop, 2 km later turn left at the road marked Distillery Street- Porterville/Ceres (still on the R44).
Travel approximately 26km until you reach the turn off on the left to Hermon/Riebeek Kasteel, DO NOT TAKE THIS ONE but be on the look out as our turn off is 1KM LATER on the right and labelled by the sign BO HERMON.
Follow the gravel road for about 2km until it curves to the left and then sharply to the right, (at this point there will be farm workers houses on your left and large sheds on your right).
As you come out of the bends in the road you will see two white concave walls on your left. Turn left between the two walls and follow the road that heads down towards the mountain.
At the end of this road you drive over a cement drift after which you must take the right hand fork and follow the road for about 3.5-km past the old haystack until you reach the farmyard.
As you enter, (PLEASE BEWARE OF SPEED HUMPS) there is a small office under some trees on your left and beyond it are two private homes. As you pass the second house the road splits and you follow the left-hand fork, towards the white washed wall with the Bartholomeus Klip sign on it.
Follow the road through the gardens under the oaks and around to the parking area.