Bartholomeus Klip is romantically placed on a wheat- and sheep farm in the beautiful Western Cape of South Africa. The Victorian style, coupled with the prime location close to the world-acclaimed Winelands, establish this farmstead as an idyllic retreat for the local and international guests alike. Bartholomeus Klip also boasts its own 10 000 acre private nature reserve, which sets it apart as a unique getaway.
The farmhouse, gorgeously appointed in Edwardian chic, has four bedrooms and a suite. A select number of rooms ensure an intimate experience, with personal service and prompt attention. Dining has become acclaimed by guests who have enjoyed the facilities at Bartholomeus Klip, and guests are encouraged to investigate this reputation.
For guests who require self-catering facilities, a separate house is available with four bedrooms and a private swimming pool. This is especially suitable for a family, or a group of friends or employees.
Due to the incredible situation of the farm in the South African countryside, guests are afforded the perfect opportunity to relax and absorb the ambience in tranquillity. The surrounding Cape Winelands also offer a lovely day out for guests wanting to unwind in style. The neighbouring towns are quaint and ensure that travellers enjoy hospitable surrounds.
Bartholomeus Klip's lush gardens boast colourful flowerbeds, aged oak trees and stretches of fresh, green lawn. These are aptly enjoyed from the umbrella-topped loungers and benches nestled away for ultimate privacy.
The ample farm dam was converted into a refreshing salt-water swimming, surrounding by a broad wooden deck, which offers the ideal venue for tanning or sundowners. From the pool, guests are able to enjoy the splendid views of the nature reserve and its wildlife residents.
Bartholomeus Klip's farmlands span 6000 acres. Wheat is the major crop cultivated on these productive grounds, while oats, canola and clover pastures are grown on a rotational basis. Crops are planted in autumn (March - May) and harvested in early summer (December).
4000 merino sheep are accommodated on these ample grounds for their wool, sold on auction in Cape Town. Lambing season is usually just after the early winter rains, and this is a time that guests of Bartholomeus Klip particularly enjoy as they watch the frolicking lambs under the watchful eyes of their mothers. Close to the farmhouse is a large shed where all the shearing occurs, another interesting experience for guests to enjoy. Once the wool has been shorn, it is graded and baled for sale.
The Main House at Bartholomeus Klip has successfully combines its 100-year-old history with the modern amenities one would expect of luxury accommodation. These facilities include air-conditioning to keep guests refreshed during the hot South African summers. The farmhouse is surrounded by a traditionally wide verandah, which overlooks the green gardens, and is decorated using an innovative blend of antique furniture and fashionable fabrics.
The fact that there are only four bedrooms and a suite creates a hospitable, homely feel for guests of Bartholomeus Klip. The three lounges also offer private retreats for guests needing some privacy. The Deckhouse is also a secluded spot, situated next to the lake. Bartholomeus Klip does not allow children under 16 years of age, another measure to ensure quiet, serene surrounds.
Staff members are dedicated to providing friendly and efficient service to guests. Some of the staff was born in Bartholomeus Klip, and feel proud of the surrounding area, determined to create a memorable experience, topped by their Western Cape charm. Guests have commented that staff has made them feel spoilt and catered for in every sphere of the accommodation, and have enjoyed the "loving" attention to detail.
Each bedroom is appointed, using customised and specially-made bed linen and boasting views onto the beautiful gardens. Such is the unique appeal of each room that guests often request that they be accommodated in their personal favourite.
The suite was converted from old farm buildings and, as such, is large and homely. The private verandah overlooks the reserve and offers spectacular views of the imposing mountains. Taking in the ambience from the comfort of the verandah offers an authentic South African experience.
This suite also enjoys the luxury of en-suite bathrooms and is outfitted with Victoria-style baths and basins. One bathroom displays a trompe l'oeil mural, done by one of the local artists. Toiletries are specially-made for Bartholomeus Klip, and are scented using herbs from the iconic fynbos.
The Orchid Suite and the Disa room both have a king-sized bed and private verandah. The Nerina, Arum and Agapanthus rooms are al equipped with double or twin beds. The Nerina is situated on the cooler side of the house, which is great for the hot African summers. The Arum is close to the refreshing swimming pool and the Agapanthus has the trompe l'oeil wall in the bathroom.
Wild Olive Suite
The Wild Olive Suite is a response to the need for self-catering accommodation for a family, or a group of friends in Bartholomeus Klip. Children are welcome in this suite, and facilities in the house include a private garden, swimming pool, verandah and outdoor facilities for a true South African braai (barbecue).
The Wild Olive Suite has a roomy open-plan lounge, a luxurious dining room, well-equipped kitchen, three bedrooms (two doubles and one single with the option of bunk-beds) and two bathrooms.
Adults are welcome to enjoy the dining experience of Bartholomeus Klip, while special meals and babysitters are made available for the children at the suite.
The Suite's garden is also home to a garden flat with a double bedroom, bathroom, small lounge and private verandah. This cottage is ideal for older family members or those who require a more private setting during their holiday.
The Bartholomeus Klip restaurant is a feature of the accommodation, and boasts a conservatory theme. The sunlit, air-conditioned ambience of the restaurant offers a welcome environment where guests can enjoy morning brunch or a four-course dinner in the evenings.
French cuisine is offset by a South Africa twist, and is a major part of the Bartholomeus Klip experience. The chefs ensure that as many fresh ingredients are locally sourced as possible, including the locally-produced salmon trout and lamb.
Brunch is a selection of fruits, cereals, cold meats, cheeses and fresh pastries, and is served after the morning game drives. Bartholomeus Klip's famous muesli pie is a recommended must. A hearty English breakfast, together with hot toast and muffins and a selection of home-made preserves is also available to guests.
An occasion is made of tea in the sitting room. Scones with cream and jam or grated cheese, miniature quiches, sandwiches and wraps, tarts and pastries, and a spectacular cake are served next to the cosy fireplace for those chilly winters.
After a day spent sightseeing, game viewing, shopping, or wine-tasting, a dinner in the conservatory is the ideal way to unwind. All items on the varied dinner menu are complimented by a specifically appointed wine list. Each wine is from a local cellar with which we enjoy a close relationship. Guests are encouraged to discuss wine choice with the restaurant host, and we will be more than happy to advise.
Activities are as varied as they are fun and informative. Mountain bike trails through the reserve or along farm roads, through wheatfields, are an interesting alternative to the many walking routes available to guests. Canoes are available at the dam. Other sports in the area include windsurfing, trout fishing or birdwatching.
Morning and evening game drives are an irresistible attraction and the reserve offers a wide variety of animal life with which to enjoy the spectacular environment of the nature reserve. Certainly, Bartholomeus Klip offers the most discerning guests an oasis in the midst of the South African bush.