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Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse
Ranked #1 of 4 Hermon B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 3, 2011

cant fault our stay, we were pampered from the moment we stepped out of the car. Furnishings, service, food, ambiance, were all unbeatable. lovely walks, or there is the option of cycling, canoeing and of course a drive to see the game. looking forward to going back.
However, dont go if you are looking for nightlife, this is a place to totally switch off.

Room Tip: All the rooms were beautiful.
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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 27, 2011

Very beautiful but at almost £500 a night somebody is having the last laugh.
Way out of most budget's. Beautiful location, wonderful staff off the main tourist route but sadly not worth the huge price tag.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 28, 2011

We got married on November 6 2010 and after spending the first night in Cape Town, we headed up to Bartholomeus Klip near Riebeckasteel in the Western Cape.

I wasn't expecting to have the MOST amazing two days! Bartholomeus is a luxury guest house, working farm, gourmet eatery, and nature reserve all rolled into one! The amazing peace and tranquility in this beautiful part of SA is unbelievable; we cycled around the dam on the property, went mountain biking in the Elandsberg Reserve, enjoyed a few game drives with our own guide and ate the MOST amazing food. The guest house is part of the Good Cooks association, and trust me, their food and wine experiences are out of this world.

I never felt too full, the portion sizes were excellent, as was the unassuming, friendly service. We enjoyed staying in the romantic suite with our own private patio and lounge. Having coffee brought to our room in the morning in elegant silver coffee pots and enjoying it overlooking the farm was just amazing.

It is a wonderful spot for a honeymoon, romantic getaway or just a weekend break, although some guests stay for 2 weeks! There is also plenty to do, from lazing next to the pool, mountain biking, playing croquet, getting involved with the farm (if you want), enjoying high tea on the patio with a board game or enjoying an invigorating walk.

I highly recommend Bartholomeus Klip - it is an extraordinary place :). We will be back.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2011

We stayed for three nights but wished we could have stayed for much longer. It is a beautiful old farm house converted into 5 rooms in a lovely setting. The game drives were interesting and the staff went out of their way to make you feel welcome. The food (especially the scones!) was just delicious. It was such a good and relaxing break. We would definitely go back.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2010

How a 5 room "b&b" can provide food and service of this quality in the middle of nowhere is absolutely unbelieveable. The breakfast was the best I have had anywhere in the world and the fternoon tea and evening meals were none too shabby either. Couple this with the game drives and the idyllic setting and you have the perfect place for a chill out luxurious getaway at a surprisingly modest price. The orchid suite is recommended (it has its own terrace with great views, but the rooms in the main farmhouse are also delightful.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 1, 2010

We were the only people staying at the guest house during our two day mid-week winter visit; although we were joined at dinner by a couple staying with their young children at the nearby self-catering Wild Olive Cottage on the first night. On the second night a table was especially set up for us in front of the fire in the drawing room. With the lighting provided only by the crackling fire and the candles lit in three candelabra placed on the sideboard on which the sumptious teas are served every afternooon, it made for a most romantic ambiance and was a thoughtful initiative by the house-manager, Madeleine.
Our accommodation was in the top-priced Orchid Suite, which is positioned in a separate building (probably originally the servants' quarters). It was comfortably furnished in traditional country house style and commanded a stunning view over the adjoining private nature area to the prominent Baileys Peak in the Elandsberge Mountain range, which provides the most beautiful scenic backdrop to the 4000 ha farm.
Service was attentive but non-intrusive.
A particularly impressive feature was the subtle and unremarked noting by the staff of one's preferences during the stay, with the result that things happened the way you would prefer without your having to ask or say anything.
The food was superlative. Lots of choice and so much of it. Definitely not the place to go to lose weight!
Apart from the twice daily game drives, there are walks and bike rides and for warmer weather there is a salt water swimming pool set in a secluded corner of the lovely garden, characterised by old oaks and wild olive trees, and canoeing or swimming in the lake-like farm dam.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 15, 2010

Booked at Bart Klip for a relaxing weekend away. The place exceeded all of our expectations, on every level possible! if you are visiting here, do not doubt, you will be blown away.

Booking/ reservation:
Making the booking was slick and painless, the reservations lady, Vicky was professional and helpful (in typical rural SA fashion). The website is user friendly and the photos accurately portray the place.

Getting there:
The drive is a comfortable one hour drive from Cape Town central, with a 7.2km stretch of good gravel road just before the property's gate. if travelling in Summer, Hermon can get blisteringly hot. We experience 36 degrees.....

The setting:
The property, a refurbished farmhouse is set on large fynbos reserve in Hermon, near Wellington in the Western Cape. The property also boasts a working farm. Game drives are complimentary to guests in the mornings and evenings, dont expect big five here, it is a calm drive where you can explore fynbos and some antelope and possibly spy a rare geometric tortoise, of which we are told, some 8000 remain worldwide! The house is set among lush gardens with ample space to lounge outside and escape the world. We stayed in the outside Orchid suite, which was exquisitely appointed. The property also has a large, did I say large, fresh water dam that you can swim, kayak or fish in. The pool, which appared to be a converted old farm resevoir definitely ranks as one of the best pools I have ever enjoyed. Make sure to try it out.

Service:
All staff are friendly and efficient and willing to help no matter what the request. Service was flawless without being obtrusive. As I have learnt most of the staff have been at the establishment since inception (some twelve years ago). Look out for the twin sisters that manage the property, they are probably the reason this place is such a gem.

Food, glorious food:
This is by far the best attribute of this truly memorable place. Honestly, they feed you to an inch of spilling your innards! the food was sensational. Bookings are inlcusive of three meals (actually four): early mini breakfast for early risers, comprising fresh fruit, freshly baked muffins (one of the best chocolate muffins I have ever enjoyed) and tea/ coffee. Then, brunch at 10am, which is stately feast, homemade mueslis, homemade preserved fruits (inlcuding a first for us, preserved prickly pears), tarts, pastries, delicious smoked salmon.....the list goes on, oh and if you prefer a hot breakfast.....simply place your order with Sanna, the ever obliging hostess. ps you cannot visit Bart Klip without sampling the insanely sublime haddock rosti. I had three!!!The debauchery continues at high tea which is served at 3pm.expect once again a feast of well executed home made cakes and pastries......and when you thought it was finished, expect a Michelin-star class three course dinner which is served at 7.30pm. ABSOLUTELY SUBLIME.

Facilities:
All the facilties one would require are avaible at Bart Klip...if you want to gym hit the pool or dam for a swim or mountain bike out in the reserve.

Value:
Not that cheap at first glance, although once you tally all the food the rates become more palatable. Try to steer clear of high seasons as their rates favour European tourists, and cause pain to us SA locals! But once you experinec it, the rate is worth it.

Overall impression:
This is a unique setting which is relatively close to Cape town, so you do not have to schlep for several hours to get away from it all. It manages to deliver a truly relaxing and calming stay combined with great service and extremely good food. If you're looking for a great two nighter close to Cape town, look no further than Bart Klip. In my view it can go head-to-head with the best in the world.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse

Address: | Elandsberg Farms, Hermon 7308, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Hermon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Hermon
Price Range: $480 - $658 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bartholomeus Klip is a charming small hotel for only 16 guests on a working wheat and sheep farm just over an hour away from Cape Town – ideally situated for exploring the famous winelands. There is a 4,000 hectare fynbos nature reserve, with a spectacular backdrop of mountains, to be explored on game drives or by mountain bike, and beautiful gardens with a unique swimming pool. The food is renowned, with lavish brunches and high teas, and a gourmet three-course dinner. The separate Wild Olive House, with its own swimming pool, can be hired on a self-catering or full-board basis. ... more   less 
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