Bartholomeus Klip

Location: Winelands | South Africa

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Our favourite centrepiece in the Riebeek Valley - a dramatic tapestry of purple mountains capped with snow and vast plains lined with wheat fields, olive groves and vineyards - the Bartholomeus Klip is a beautiful Victorian homestead set on a working estate in the heart of South Africa’s countryside. Surrounded by 10,000 acres of nature reserve, the luxurious farmhouse has just 5 bedrooms, pretty much guaranteeing exclusivity during your stay – that is unless you count the resident zebra, buffalo and wildebeest as guests.
Perfect forGoing back to basics without compromising on quality.
In the know
  • Part working farm, part luxury guesthouse set on the Elandsberg Nature Reserve.
  • Well off the beaten track just north of the Cape Winelands. 
  • Is famous for its heavenly country cuisine.
  • Only five bedrooms in the renovated farmhouse.

Recommended for...

  • Family-friendly
  • Food & Wine
  • Lodge
  • Peace & Quiet

Hotel Overview

sense of place

Situated just outside of the peaceful town, Hermon, bordering the Elandsberg Nature Reserve and Elandskloof Mountains.

Rooms at Bartholomeus Klip

The farmhouse has four luxurious rooms and one separate suite. They are elegant cream canvases, with light-wooden floors, crisp white linens and high ceilings, splashed with vibrant colours, from the red pillows, blue trimmings and scene-depicting headboards. The free standing bathtubs and French doors add a chic twist to the en suite rooms, while the original family antiques and paintings make them feel very homely.
Great for families, Wild Olive House is the farm’s self-catering lodge, with its own exclusive pool, veranda and outdoor cooking facilities perfect for sunset braais and quality time together.

Food and drink

We’ve fallen in love with the sumptuous French food whipped up by chef Louise Gillett. Taking a huge helping of inspiration from the local area, dishes are made up of sustainably-farmed this and locally-sourced that. The butter, milk and cream come straight from the farm itself, while the lamb (poured over with sweetcorn sauce, rosemary jus, confit potatoes and semi-dried tomaotes) and kabeljou (on a bed of cauliflower pure, poached baby vegetables and vanilla jus) come from the Riebeek Valley.
A late brunch is served after your morning nature drives and is a massive spread of fruit, cereals, cold meats, cheeses and freshly baked pastries. A full English breakfast can be ordered, along with hot toast and muffins; however, make sure to leave room for the delicious high tea, companied by scones with whipped cream and homemade jam, miniature quiches, exotic sandwiches, melt-in-the-mouth tarts and a spectacular array of cakes.


There’s a rack of mountain bikes at your disposal if you are the adventurous type, otherwise we’d recommend taking a dip in the swimming pool for a relaxing afternoon.  

Activities at Bartholomeus Klip

Though there isn’t much ‘big game’ in the reserve, the guided walks and game drives are great for discovering the rare and unique fynbos as well as for spotting Cape mountain zebra, tortoises, wildebeest, eland, buffalo and springbok, as well as over 300 species of bird. You can go on a tour of the farm, to watch the sheep being mustered and cows being milked, or join Louis and her team in the kitchen for a cooking demonstration. Fly-fishing and clay pigeon shooting can also be arranged but if you’d prefer to tone the activity done, consider floating along the nearby lake in a canoe or kayak, with fish eagles and a bottle of local wine keeping you company. 

Best time to go

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Travel is possible (but it’s not the best time)

Travel is not recommended

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Hotel location

1.5 hour drive north east of Cape Town International Airport – just under 70km from wine towns, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

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