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Cederberg, South Africa

Bartholomeus Klip

  • An award winning destination in the Cape winelands
  • Supremely comfortable farmhouse set beneath a spectacular mountain range
  • Excellent, imaginative food and award-winning wines

Facilities include

WiFi Seawater swimming pool Restaurant Conference Centre

Activities include

  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Archery
  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Wine Tours
  • Farm Tours
  • Horse Riding
  • Cooking Classes
  • Kayaking and Canoeing
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About Bartholomeus Klip

Bartholomeus Klip is situated in the Western Cape just over an hour from Cape Town. It is a beautifully restored Edwardian farmhouse that has 5 large en-suite bedrooms. There is a separate house called Wild Olive that sleeps a further 7 guests, has its own small pool, and is ideal for families who want exclusivity.

The main homestead at Bartholomeus Klip is over a hundred years old but is filled with modern comforts, including air-conditioning for the hot days of summer. It is surrounded by a wide shady veranda, with areas of comfortable seating overlooking the gardens, and the house itself is furnished with antiques and designer fabrics.

This small country house luxury hotel makes sure you have the feeling of being a guest in a particularly charming and hospitable home, where you are always welcome.

The gardens at Bartholomeus Klip flourish in the heat of the long summers. Flowerbeds, old oak trees and extensive lawns surround the house. There are loungers enticingly set out under umbrellas on the grass, and benches in secluded places perfect for absorbing the relaxed atmosphere.

A wonderfully capacious circular farm dam has been converted into an unusual salt-water swimming pool, complete with a wide wooden deck for sunbathing or enjoying sundowner drinks. The dam overlooks the nature reserve where you may spot the quaggas grazing in the evening light as the setting sun turns the mountains pink behind them.

Bartholomeus Klip is famous for its cuisine and impeccable service. Well known chef Louise Gillett produces mouth watering gourmet meals using locally sourced meat and home grown organic vegetables. Being on the edge of the Cape Wine-lands, clients can also enjoy a variety of local wines and an education in food and wine pairing. Louise also offers cooking classes and workshops.

Surrounding the farmhouse is a 4000 hectare private nature reserve which is pure fynbos. Nature drives go out morning and afternoon or guests can explore the reserve on mountain bikes or by foot. The reserve is home to African wildlife such as zebra, eland, springbok, bontebok, wildebeest, even buffalo, but also wonderful spring flowers and bird life.

Quite the most spectacular feature however is a huge lake at the bottom of the garden on the banks of which Bartholomeus Klip have built an elegant deck house. The views of the sun setting against the looming Elandskloof mountains is breathtaking.

Wild Olive House
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 are welcome, and the house has its own garden, swimming pool, large shady veranda and outdoor facilities for braais and barbecues.

Accommodation inside Wild Olive House consists of a spacious open-plan sitting room, dining room and beautifully equipped kitchen, with two airy double bedrooms, a smaller single one (bunk beds can be supplied on request), and two bathrooms.

In the garden of Wild Olive House there is a separate cottage with double bedroom, bathroom and small sitting room, and a private veranda overlooking the reserve. The cottage has proved particularly popular with grandparents as an escape when the rest of the family is staying in Wild Olive House itself.

Bartholomeus Klip is ideal for the outdoorsy and adventurous, but also for those who want peace and tranquility in new and relatively undiscovered territory.

Practical info

Practical info

Location

Bartholomeus Klip is in the Western Cape near to town of Wellington.

6 000 acres of productive farmlands surround Bartholomeus Klip, with wheat being the major crop and oats, canola and clover pastures grown on a rotational basis. On an operation of this size there is always something interesting happening, especially in autumn when the crops are planted and early summer, when they are harvested.

The 4 000 merino sheep are kept primarily for their wool, which is sold in auction in Cape Town. Guests at Bartholomeus Klip particularly enjoy the lambing time (usually after the early winter rains, when there is grazing for the ewes), and visiting the shearers in the big shed where the wool is shorn, graded and packed into bales.

An interesting and unusual project at Bartholomeus Klip is the breeding of disease-free buffalo, which was embarked on in 1999. As most of the buffalo in Southern Africa are infected with corridor disease and foot and mouth disease, 'clean' animals from Bartholomeus Klip are in great demand on game ranches especially as buffalo are one of the 'Big Five' (the others being lion, elephant, rhino and leopard).

The breeding program has been managed along basic farming principles since the original founder herd of 20 buffalo calves were raised on dairy cows. The herd is now breeding at a sustainable rate and numbers are kept at around 60 animals, with offspring being sold to areas that need stocking.

This program provides a wonderful insight into the successful combination of modern farming and conservation, as well as allowing you the chance to get up close to view these magnificent animals.

How to get there

We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.

BY AIR:
Cape Town International Airport is a 75 minute drive from Bartholomeus Klip

BY CAR:
75 minutes from Cape Town
Driving directions available upon request

NB. All prices and times are subject to change.

When to go

Bartholomeus Klip is closed in July and 22-28 December over the Christmas period.

Important Information

All day trip packages are subject to availability, and booking is required two days in advance.

Children

Travelling with children

Children aged 6 and over are charged as adults.

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