You can't miss the so-called purple hotel in the middle of this charming olde-world village. The warmth of a wood fire greets you the moment you step in from the chilly winter. This is echoed by the interior of the downstairs living area, stocked with ample coffee table books on art and travel. Oversized chairs and sofas invite you to relax and put your feet up. It is evident that a very creative hand touched this hotel. Interesting art, soft furnishings and mirrors meet you around every corner.
Our room was spacious, with a private balcony overlooking the farm-like town of Barrydale, and an en-suite bathroom offering a shower only. Our king-size bed was fitted with crisp white linen and we could fix ourselves a proper cup of filter coffee in the room every morning - a much appreciated touch.
Unfortunately the dining room was under construction and we enjoyed breakfast at Fezz, an adjacent restaurant. Apparently one of the best restaurants in the region, Clarke's of the Karoo, is going to take over the hotel restaurant soon. Something to look forward to...
Our overall impression of this hotel and the town in general was that a day probably had a couple more hours to spend on things that really matter - like beauty and detail. We would recommend the Barrydale Karoo Hotel to anyone who needs a weekend away from the rat race. We left with a smug smile that said we knew something many others didn't :).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is the best country hotel in the whole of the Klein Karoo! An ideal stop-over between Cape Town and the Garden Route, a must-stay for any visitor! Best food and most comprehensive wine list in the whole of the Klein Karoo! ( Wine list has just been awarded a Diners Club Wine List Diamond Award - the highest award possible) ! Restaurant has just won the Klein Karoo Gourmand Award ! Loads of historic character. Most friendly staff. Rooms with balconies and views available. Character bar and great restaurant. Huge swimming pool for hot summer days. Many open fireplaces for the winter nights! Karoo hospitality. The hotel is an art gallery with many paintings by local artists on display and for sale .Some rooms with cable TV available. Staff are keen to share local things to do and to see with guests.We even have a private 40 seater private cinema for use by our guests! ... more less
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