Traditionally attractions to the Cape have been Table Mountain, Cape Point and the Winelands, but with this increasing influx of tourists the need for new and varied experiences has arisen. Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse is 75 minutes drive from Cape Town and half an hour from the winelands of Paarl and Stellenbosch and offers one of the most exciting new options for travellers to the region. Situated on one of the biggest wheat and sheep farms in the Western Cape and a 4000 hectare private nature reserve, offering guests the opportunity of experiencing gracious country living and the thrill of evening game viewing from an open landrover combined with the excitement of the daily operations of a large working farm.
VICTORIAN HOMESTEAD The beautifully appointed Victorian farmhouse has been luxuriously renovated in true Victorian style. The homestead, located on the hill overlooking the farm and private nature reserve, has four en suite bedrooms, a private suite, comfortable reading room, large lounge with fireplace, intimate bar, cosy dining room and spacious verandas to sit on and enjoy the country air. The cuisine is exceptional and reflects the many virtues of country life, afternoon tea is a grand affair served in the heirloom family silver whilst lunch time picnics are a feature of living in the country. Wherever possible meals are prepared using as much farm fresh produce as is available with ingredients and dishes being sourced from the surrounding areas and complimented by wines from local estates.
Inside the main farmhouse building there are three sitting rooms and a light and airy conservatory-style dining room. Sleeping accommodation is in four double bedrooms, each with bathroom.
• There is a suite outside, a few steps from the farmhouse, with bedroom, large bathroom with separate shower, sitting area and television.
• All the rooms are decorated with sophisticated floral fabrics and antique furnishings. Bedside lamps etc are modern. The overall feel is fresh and light. The bathrooms have Victorian-type fittings and some have showers over the bath.
• Also available is Wild Olive House, with open-plan sitting room, dining room and kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and a separate cottage for two. Both of these can be hired on a self-catering or full-board basis and altogether seven people can be accommodated. Children are welcome. The house has its own swimming pool and leafy verandah, and is fully equipped, with bedlinen, towels etc provided. The style of décor here is more informal than at the farmhouse, but is stylish and comfortable. Television, video, books, games etc are provided, and meals are available on request.
PLEASE NOTE BARHOLOMEUS KLIP IS CLOSED YEARLY DURING JULY
Daily guided excursions expose guests to the variety of features associated with a large and diverse farming operation. Watch our sheep dogs working with our flock of over 3000 Merino sheep, observe the skill and speed employed in the shearing of our wool sheep, or visiting the lambing pastures where, if you wait a while, you may see lambs being born. Walk in the fields and experience first hand the cycles of ploughing, fertilising, sowing, harvesting and spraying of the various grain crops grown on the farm In addition guests gain an understanding of how large scale commercial farming and long term conservation work together for mutual benefit.RARE HABITAT AND ENDANGERED SPECIES West Coast Renosterveld (Renoster is Afrikaans for rhino, because of the black rhino that used to occur here) is a rare type of fynbos vegetation containing a number of endangered plant and animal species, the largest remaining population of the Geometric Tortoise, one of the worlds most endangered reptile species occurs on the reserve. In addition Bartholomeus Klip has over 850 plant species and a spectacular diversity of spring flowers and bulbous plants, many of which are endemic to the area and exist nowhere else in the world.Bartholomeus Klip offers our clients a wonderful opportunity to experience the Western Cape in a way not previously possible, allowing them to enjoy the winelands, wheatfields and beautiful countryside of the area combined with the thrill of game viewing from an open landrover, complete with all the necessary luxury, personalised attention and fine cuisine they expect. This experience would enhance and compliment their visit to South Africa and the Cape in particular.PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE The nature reserve is a Natural Heritage Site and one of the most ecologically important conservation areas in the Western Cape, containing a number of endangered plant and animal species that only occur in our reserve.
EXCLUSIVITY AND PRIVACY Enjoy the private and exclusive use of our 7500 hectare estate for walking, cycling, bird watching,swimming, picnicking or anything else that takes your fancy. BUFFALO BREEDING PROGRAMME Our animals are the only disease free buffalo in South Africa and our programme aims to breed them to help with the restocking of areas where buffalo have died out QUAGGA BREEDING PROJECT Visit our Quagga Breeding Programme aimed at re-establishing this extinct species. GEOMETRIC TORTOISE TRACKING The 4500 hectare Private Nature Reserve at Bartholomeus Klip contains the last ecologically viable population of Geometric tortoises, Africa’s rarest tortoise species and one of the worlds most endangered reptiles SPRING FLOWERS The reserve produces a spectacular diversity of spring flowers, many of which are endemic to the area. GUIDED WALKS IN THE MOUNTAINS AND RESERVE Morning or evening walks in the reserve to view game, birds, flora or track the rare Geometric Tortoise. MORNING AND EVENING GAME DRIVES Drives into the reserve in an open landrover to view eland, gemsbok, endangered Cape mountain zebra, black wildebeest, red hartebeest, bontebok, grey rhebok, springbok, ostrich, and many other species of mammals and birds, including the African fish eagle and the endangered blue crane.
Check in times
No guests under the age of 16 years unless arranged prior to arrival.
Wild Olive House - children of all ages welcome
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm and secure a reservation. On-line reservations to be paid immediately with credit card when making a reservation. When paying your deposit by EFT (Electronic fund transfer) the deposit is required within 4 days of confirmation.
All reservations must be guaranteed by a valid credit card.
Balance of payment (deposit) must be made 45 days prior to arrival. Full accommodation payment (deposit) must be made 45 days prior to arrival
Bookings made at shorter notice must be confirmed by full payment within 48 hours.
Bookings cancelled within 14 days of arrival, 100% of deposit will be forfeited. All refunds are subject to a 15% administration fee.
We suggest that guests are covered by travel insurance in the event of an unforeseen cancellation
Room Types & Descriptions
4 Double Luxury Rooms in Farmhouse
All the rooms are decorated with sophisticated floral fabrics and antique furnishings.Bedside lamps etc are modern. The overall feel is fresh and light. The bathrooms have Victorian-type fittings and some have showers over the bath.
A few steps from the farmhouse, with private veranda, en-suite bathroom with walk in shower, lounge, under floor heating, lounge with television and various amenities.
Wild Olive House
With open-plan sitting room, dining room and kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and a separate cottage for two. Both of these can be hired on a self-catering or full-board basis and altogether seven people can be accommodated. Children are welcome. The house has its own swimming pool and leafy verandah, and is fully equipped, with bedlinen, towels etc provided. The style of décor here is more informal than at the farmhouse, but is stylish and comfortable. Television, video, books, games etc are provided, and meals are available on request.
PLEASE NOTE BARHOLOMEUS KLIP IS CLOSED YEARLY DURING JULY
Locally flavoured dishes with a Mediterranean twist.
Louise believes it is important to know where your food comes from, a job made easier since Bartholomeus Klip is surrounded by farms producing wonderful fresh produce like free range chickens, olives, lamb and buffalo mozzarella. With the Swartland as her supermarket, Louise supports the local area, preserving the feeling of community, building good relationships and strengthening the local economy.
Being spontaneous, Louise creates exciting menus bringing together the flavours, techniques and trends from her local and international experiences using seasonal ingredients. Robust, delicious dishes full of natural flavour and great attention to detail are what her guests enjoy with every meal.
Louise is a self-taught chef who has worked in top local restaurants and has extensive international experience. At only 27, Louise became the head chef at Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse where she was given the space, time and encouragement to refine & develop her skills and where today she still produces innovative and inspirational menus that reflect her love of cooking. Louise’s Italian heritage adds a Mediterranean twist to her locally flavoured dishes and her Gran’s biscuits are now a local legend.
Self Drive Options
FROM CAPE TOWN: Travel out on the N1 and take exit 47, sign-posted as the R44 to Stellenbosch, Klapmuts and Wellington. On leaving the N1, turn left and follow the R44 for 20km until you reach a four-way stop. Proceed across the four-way stop and 2km later turn left at the traffic lights into the road marked Distillery Street/Wellington/Porterville/Ceres (still on the R44). Travel for approximately 26km until you reach the turn-off on the left to Hermon/Malmesbury. DO NOT TAKE THIS ONE but be on the lookout as our turn-off is 1KM LATER on the right, sign-posted BO HERMON. See last paragraph for further directions.
FROM THE N2: Take the R44 off-ramp next to the Somerset Mall shopping centre on the N2 and follow this road all the way through to Stellenbosch. Once in Stellenbosch keep on the R44 to Wellington via Klapmuts. Once you have passed under the N1 highway, follow the R44 for 20km until you reach a four-way stop. Proceed across the four-way stop and 2km later turn left at the traffic lights into the road marked Distillery Street/Wellington/Porterville/Ceres (still on the R44). Travel for approximately 26km until you reach the turn-off on the left to Hermon/Malmesbury. DO NOT TAKE THIS ONE but be on the lookout as our turn-off is 1KM LATER on the right, sign-posted BO HERMON. See last paragraph for further directions.
FROM THE N7: a) From Malmesbury take the R45 to Paarl and then about 4km out of town turn to the left on to the R46, sign-posted to Riebeek Kasteel and Ceres. Follow the road past the signs to Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West and head towards Hermon, which you will bypass. Over the railway bridge, turn left at the T-junction and exactly 1km later you will turn right at the sign-post to BO HERMON. See last paragraph for further directions.
b) From Mooreesburg, take the turn-off to the left on the R311 to RIEBEEK WEST / RIEBEEK KASTEEL and follow the road all the way to Riebeek West and then on past Riebeek Kasteel till you reach the R46. Turn to the left and head towards Hermon, which you will bypass. Over the railway bridge, turn left at the T-junction and exactly 1km later you will turn right at the sign-post to BO HERMON. See last paragraph for further directions.
FROM CERES / TULBAGH: From the exit of the Nuwe Kloof pass, travel approximately 25km towards Wellington, past the Voelvlei dam, until you reach the turn-off to Bartholomeus Klip which is on the left, and sign-posted BO HERMON. If you pass the turn-off to HERMON/MALMESBURY on your right, you have travelled 1km too far and will need to turn back to the BO HERMON turn-off. See last paragraph for further directions.
Further Directions 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 second bend you will see two white concave walls on your left. Turn down between the two walls and follow the road that heads towards the mountain until it reaches a cement drift, which you cross over. You then take the right-hand fork and follow the road for about 3.5km until you reach the farmyard. As you arrive (PLEASE BEWARE OF SPEED HUMPS) you will see on your left some small buildings under the trees, and then you will pass Wild Olive House and a private home. The road then splits and you take the left-hand fork, towards the white-washed wall with the Bartholomeus Klip sign on it. Follow the road up through the gardens under the oaks, and around to the parking area at the back of the house.
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