Bartholomeus Klip is an exclusive country lodge located on a working grain and sheep farm in the Riebeek Valley, an hour’s drive from Cape Town. A 4 000 hectare section of the farm has been converted into a game reserve. Offering luxurious full board farmhouse accommodation as well as self-catering facilities, Bartholomeus Klip is an exceptional getaway in the countryside, ideally located for exploring the Cape Winelands.
Romantic and supremely comfortable, Bartholomeus Klip has a long history of hospitality in the Cape Winelands and is renowned for its cuisine. A fascinating range of activities is available on the farm and in the surrounding area. Children are welcome and separate meals, with babysitters, as well as a host of special children's activities are offered.
An easy drive of just over an hour from Cape Town, Bartholomeus Klip is set beneath a spectacular mountain range, and surrounded by well-kept farmland and a 4 000 hectare reserve in the Cape Floristic Region. The reserve has abundant herds of eland, springbuck, black wildebeest, zebra and bontebok, as well as baboons, bat-eared foxes, lynxes, and smaller species of antelope. Leopards have been photographed by trail camera, usually at night. The endangered geometric tortoise, one of the world’s rarest reptiles, is protected here. Bird species seen in the reserve include ostrich, clapper lark, secretary bird, and large flocks of the blue crane, South Africa's national bird. The farmhouse dam has a spectacular array of water birds, such as fish eagles, kingfishers, pelicans and spoonbills, while flamingos have been seen in some of Bartholomeus Klip's smaller dams.
Bartholomeus Klip offers four luxurious en-suite rooms in the beautifully furnished farmhouse, and a separate suite outside with its own secluded veranda looking over the veld and up to the mountains. Finishes are luxurious and stylish, with crisp cotton bedding and elegant fabrics. Bespoke, own-brand toiletries add a special touch to the Victorian-style bathrooms.
Self-catering accommodation at Wild Olive House, popular with groups of friends and families, features a beautifully equipped kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, its own garden, swimming pool, large shady veranda and outdoor barbecue facilities.
With its warm hospitality and relaxed atmosphere, you are welcome to make the farmhouse your own, perhaps in one of the reception rooms where an open fire crackles in the winter months, on the broad veranda that winds around the house and catches the late afternoon sun, or outside at the large saltwater pool.
Bartholomeus Klip is famous for its cuisine, which is generous, imaginative and uses a variety of local produce. The conservatory is filled with morning sunshine at breakfast time. At night, soft candlelight creates a romantic atmosphere for diners enjoying the gourmet evening meal with a specially chosen wine. High tea, with its delicious array of sweet and savoury choices, is a speciality of the farmhouse.
Join the rangers on morning and evening drives through the fynbos reserve, where there is always something different to discover.
On the farm, you can explore the unique blend of agriculture and conservation, and learn about projects such as the breeding of disease-free buffalo and re-breeding the extinct quagga.