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 at Bartholomeus 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 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 safari 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.
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.