In this Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse review we viewed the four bedrooms located inside the main house, and one spacious suite situated outside which has been converted from farm outbuildings. The rooms each have their own distinctive Victorian-style and offer views onto the garden. All rooms are en-suite. The bathrooms are cosey (just the right size) complete with replica Victorian baths and basins, and are supplied with specially-made Bartholomeus Klip herbal-scented toiletries from the fynbos.
The main areas:
There are several areas where one can just sit back and relax with a book; sun-loungers and umbrellas in the perfectly manicured gardens, lounge areas outside the rooms on the patio which wrap around the main building, as well as a very cosy sitting room inside complete with fireplace (for those chilly winter evenings), and not forgetting the Deck House situated about 100 metres away from the main building which overlooks their dam. The Deck House also makes for an unforgettable wedding or special celebration.
This was one of my favourite places to relax. The circular salt-water swimming pool is an old converted farm reservoir and is 2m deep throughout (the perfect place to try and work off the 1-2 kg’s you will probably pick up during your stay – the food is amazing!!). There is also a large wooden deck with sun-loungers, which also offer views over the reserve below.
When you’re not too busy relaxing and just taking in the peaceful surroundings you can join your ranger on morning and evening game drives through the 10,000 acre nature reserve, or if you’re looking for something more adventurous Bartholomeus Klip provide mountain bikes (you can cycle through the reserve or along the farm roads), or you can head to the dam and try out one of their canoes or even go windsurfing. The dam is stocked with trout and if you don’t want to haul your fly rods with you, they do provide some basic equipment. There are also several routes if you’d rather opt for a peaceful walk. Or if you would like to broaden your horizons you can head over to one of the many wine and olive farms in the area (Bartholomeus Klip looks out over the Riebeek Valley), or maybe even the charming little village of Tulbagh (about a half hour drive away). The very well-known winelands towns of FranschHoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch are also just a short drive away.
Something else very special about this place is their “Quagga Project” which is aimed at the re-breeding of the extinct Quagga (for those who don’t know they look like Zebras, but have no stripes on their behinds and legs). The project has generated a lot of interest from all around the world.
If you’re looking for completely relaxed bare-foot luxury, with absolutely amazing food (their chef is first-class), and without breaking the bank, this is the place for you. Absolutely ideal for a romantic weekend away or Honeymooners, even small families after something a bit different and looking for a place to unwind. For me, Bartholomeus Klip is one of the most down-to-earth places I have ever had the pleasure of staying at. Every aspect of this very unique and special farm is just top-class and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
By Nicky Searle