We stayed for three nights at Bartholomeus Klip in November 2013. As it was a special trip we upgraded to the Orchard Suite which was located in a separate building yards from the main farmhouse but we had our own private patio overlooking the reserve. The suite was fabulous with a lounge area and bedroom with it's own facilities including a big walk-in shower, victorian-style bath and a toilet room.
A normal day was tea/coffee and snack followed by a morning Nature Drive in the private reserve. Brunch was served on return then the time was ours own till High Tea then another Nature Drive at 5pm. Dinner was served at 8pm.
All meals were taken in the farmhouse and the quality of food was delicious. The dining room was quite formal but enjoyable.
The resident Nature Guide was Daniel who, although recently new to the role (having previously worked in the Dining Room) was keen and quite knowledgeable. He made the drives interesting. The reserve wildlife includes the endangered Geometric Tortoise and Quagga (a type of Zebra) and there are disease-free Buffalo.
The thing that struck us was the family atmosphere and the friendliness of the staff.
We had a wonderful time and would recommend Bartholomeus Klip
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bartholomeus Klip Hermon