Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse
The Winelands, South Africa
Bartholomeus Klip is a wonderfully restored Victorian homestead, with an exclusive five-bedroom farmhouse, as well as a separate three bedroom house and one bedroom cottage. Located just an hour from Cape Town, on a spectacular 10,000 acre nature reserve.
At a Glance
Just over an hour's drive from Cape Town and perfectly placed to explore the Cape Winelands
A wonderfully peaceful farm in a beautiful and secluded location
Lots of on-site activities to keep both young and old entertained
World class cuisine, freshly prepared food of the finest quality, focused on locally sourced sustainable produce
Surrounded by well-kept farmland and a 10,000 acre nature reserve
To start planning your vacation to Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse
Bartholomeus Klip is a hidden gem in the Western Cape. Long red roads and rolling colorful crop fields lead you to the foot of the Elandskloof mountain range where, perfectly set alongside a stunning lake, lies the beautiful Edwardian farmhouse. Bartholomeus Klip is a place to unwind, be pampered and indulge in exceptional gourmet cuisine and fine wines. Head chef Louise Gillett uses organic home grown vegetables and meat from their own farm to create divine meals which are enjoyed in a lovely candle lit conservatory. The main house at Bartholomeus Klip has four double rooms with bathrooms in a beautifully furnished farmhouse with one annex suite.
There is also Wild Olive House which is a self-catering option with a spacious open-plan sitting room, dining room and beautifully equipped kitchen. There are two airy double bedrooms, a slightly smaller single one that can accommodate bunk beds on request, and two bathrooms. Wild Olive House has its own garden, swimming pool, large shady veranda and outdoor facilities for barbecues. There is also a self-contained Wild Olive Cottage which houses another double bedroom, bathroom with shower and a private sitting room and terrace which looks out over the reserve and up to the mountains.
By day Bartholomeus Klip is ideal for those who enjoy the great outdoors. There is a private fynbos reserve, teaming with wildlife and flowers, which is yours to explore as you please. There are mountain bikes to borrow or you can walk or relax in the back of a game viewing vehicle and allow an experienced guide to take you to deeper into the reserve.
Wildlife to spot includes zebra, wildebeest, springbok, eland and even buffalo. There are also over 300 bird species including some magnificent birds of prey and south Africa's iconic blue crane.
The lake is also a wonderful spot to wile away the day. There's an elegant deck house on the waters edge, equipped with bird books and binoculars, fishing rods, a TV and a bar. As the sun sets, the mountains glow pink and the view from the terrace makes it an ideal spot for sundowners.
There is plenty to do and see at Bartholomeus Klip, but it is also highly recommended to explore the surrounding area, either in your own car or with a driver from Bartholomeus. There are many wonderful vineyards that are unknown to most cape visitors, and tours and tastings here are both authentic and educational. One of the most striking nearby drives is along the famous Bainskloof Pass. The drive takes you over dramatic mountain scenery and plunges you in to a stunning valley of vineyards and countryside restaurants.
Main Bartholomeus Klip farmhouse with four double bedrooms.
Wild Olive House with two double bedrooms and one single bedroom.
Wild Olive Cottage with one double bedroom.
There is plenty to do any Batholomeus Klip other than just relaxing in beautiful surroundings. Mountain bikes are provided for anyone who wishes to go cycling through the reserve. Archery is also offered as well as canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and freshwater fishing down at the dam.
Then of course there are also morning and evening nature drives through the reserve where there is always something now to discover.
Location & Directions
The Winelands, South Africa
Just over an hour's drive from Cape Town, Bartholomeus Klip is located in the senic Riebeek Valley near Cape Town, and is an excellent base for exploring the Cape Winelands.
When to go
This is a wonderful year-round destination, although bear in mind the reverse seasons in the southern hemisphere - you won’t be lying by the pool in June and July, though it will still be warm. Things can get extremely hot during their summer (December-March), with temperatures hovering around 40C.