Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse Reviews & Information
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The Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse features four bedrooms and suite, therefore assuring guests personal attention. This retreat has a separate house, which is self-catering for families or a group of friends, with four bedrooms and its swimming pool. The farmhouse is favourite Victorian farmstead nestled on a large wheat and sheep farm. Surrounded by 11,005-acres of a private nature reserve, this Hotel is near Cape Town and the famous Cape Winelands of the Western Province.
Each of the comfortable bedrooms is kitted out with specially made bed linen, generous reading lamps, and views onto the garden. The decorating focus has been on each room own distinctive style, so returning guests will ask for their favourite room. The separate suite which was from farm outbuildings, is spacious and inviting, with a private verandah looking out over the farm.
The Main House
The scale of the main house with its four bedrooms and an outside suite provides guests with the feeling of being a guest in a, particularly charming and hospitable home. This property also provides guests with a beautiful view overlooking the Gardens.
The Wild Olive House & Guest Cottage
The house caters for self-catering accommodation which is popular with friends and families. Children are welcome, and the home has its garden, swimming pool, sizeable shady verandah and outdoor facilities for braais. Adults can choose to eat the farm itself, and meals (as well as babysitters) can be arranged for children. The Cottage is located in the garden of the Wild Olive House and provides; a double bedroom, bathroom, and a small sitting room, with a private verandah overlooking the reserve.
The cuisine is in the French tradition but with a local flavour is one of the highlights of a stay at this Hotel. English breakfast can be ordered, along with hot toast and muffins, and a selection of homemade preserves. A perfect day in the countryside with dinner in the conservatory, where the gourmet meals with the offerings on the carefully chosen wine list.
Surrounding this Hotel is 6,010 acres of productive farmlands. Within these farms, there is a large variety of products being grown such as; wheat, oats, canola and clover pastures which are all grown on a daily basis. On an operation of this size, there is always something interesting happening every day.
Highlights of this retreat are the morning and evening game drives through the 10 000 acre nature reserve. There are many animals, easily seen in the low fynbos or on the grassy plains, but the most notable for the smaller creatures such as the geometric tortoise, one of the world's rarest.
Animals & Birds
The reserve has many different types of animals such as springbuck, black wildebeest, zebra, baboons, bat-eared foxes, lynxes, and smaller species of antelope. Also, some people say that they have seen leopards hunting in the surrounding mountain. As well as the land animals, there is also so much birdlife that lives here with the ostrich being one of them. Also, guests will get to see the outstanding black eagle, known as the Verreaux's eagle which lives in the mountains.
Flowers and plants on the Reserve
The reserve forms part of the Floral Kingdom, the particular flora in this reserve is so unique that it is declared a nature reserve. The vegetation in reserve consists primarily of highly endangered veld, which is threatened since it grows on fertile soil which has almost entirely been ploughed up for agriculture. One has identified more than 810 species of plants on this Reserve, such as the Elandsberg Lily, Elandsberg pea and a new species of the Elandsberg pelargonium, have only ever been found in reserve.
- Mountain bikes
- Cycling through
- Scenic walks
- Trout fishing
- Morning & evening game drives
From here, visitors look out over the Riebeek Valley where many wine and olive farms can be visited. Guests are also welcome to visit the house where Jan Smuts was born. The charming village of Tulbagh via a pass which winds through the mountains.
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- Air Conditioning
The Dining Room at the Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse
The lovely conservatory-style dining room provides a happy and welcoming atmosphere to all guests, where both brunch in the mornings, and dinner of a evening can be enjoyed. Dinner is a 4 course set menu where guests can dine under the candle light. Brunch is served after after the morning game drive and guests are offered the option of either a continental breakfast or a full English.
Tea in the sitting room
With a crackling fire in the winter months, guests can enjoy a lovely afternoon tea including; scones, cake and delicious wraps/sandwiches.
Highlights of this retreat are the morning and evening game drives through the 10 000 acre nature reserve. There are many animals, 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. Guests can also expect to see some of the following:
- Black wildebeest
- Quagga zebras
- Bat-eared foxes
The dam at the Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse is a great place to take the canoe into the water and to enjoy a leisurely ride.
Guests can take part in trout fishing along the dam.
The Deckhouse can be found close to the farm dam, which is a short walk away from the main house. As well as being an amenity for guests, the Deckhouse is much in demand for intimate weddings and conferences. The country retreat offers several different packages, available on application, for these. Their experienced staff takes great pleasure in organising these events and meeting the challenges of special requests. Cocktail parties and year-end functions for around 30 people can also be arranged to suit individual requirements. The day and overnight conference packages are based on small numbers can take up to 30 people for a day conference, or 16 overnight in shared accommodation. The room features and includes the following:
- Upstairs breakaway room
- Outside boma
- Flip charts
- Digital projector
- Lavish brunches
- Conference venue
- Swimming Pool
Check in and Check Out Times
- Check in: 14:00
- Check out: 10:00
- Airport transfers
- Housekeeping service
- Wake-up call
- # Rooms:
Each of these comfortable bedrooms provides lovely views onto the garden as well as the following room amenities:
- Handmade bed linen
- Traditional African decor
- The en-suite bathroom is fitted with replicas of Victorian baths and basins
- specially-made toiletries scented with herbs from the fynbos
- reading lamps
- private verandah looking out over the reserve and up to the mountains
- # Rooms:
This Suite has its very own distinctive style as well as the following room amenities:
- Comfortable bedrooms
- Hand made bedlinen
- Reading lamps
- Views onto the garden
- King-sized bed
- Private verandah
- The en-suite bathroom fitted with replicas of Victorian baths and basins
- Specially-made toiletries scented with herbs from the fynbos
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Driving directions to Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse Via R44/R45, R44/R45, Ceres Rd - remove all
1 hour 28 mins R44 101 km
From: Cape Town International Airport
1. Head south 280 m
2. Keep left at the fork 450 m
3. Turn left toward Michigan St 120 m
4. Take the 1st right onto Michigan St 350 m
5. Turn left at Borcherds Quarry Rd 700 m
6. Merge onto N2 Rd/Settlers Wy via the ramp to Somerset 3.9 km
7. Take exit 22A toward R300/Bellville 1.5 km
8. Merge onto Kuils River Rd 14.1 km
9. Keep right at the fork and merge onto N1 Rd 20.6 km
10. Take exit 47 for R44 toward Stellenbosch/R101/Klapmuts/Wellington 290 m
11. Turn left at R44 22.8 km
12. Turn left at Stokery Rd/R44 24.4 km
13. Turn right 7.1 km
14. Turn left 4.5 km
To: Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse
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