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welcome to bartholomeus klip

TEL +27 (0)22 448 1087 | +27(0)82 829 4131

Bartholomeus Klip is an exclusive destination in the Cape Winelands, located on a working farm and game reserve in the Riebeek Valley. Discerning travellers will appreciate the peace and quiet in the exclusive five-bedroomed farmhouse, while families with children can enjoy privacy in the Wild Olive House & Cottage.

An easy drive of just over an hour from Cape Town, our romantic and supremely comfortable farmhouse is set beneath a spectacular mountain range, and surrounded by well-kept farmland and a 10,000 acre nature reserve. We offer a range of activities on the farm as well as in the surrounding Cape Winelands and West Coast area ...


Here are some guest reviews from our recent survey ...

  • Lying on loungers in the shade of a large oak, with glasses of iced orange or rooibos tea, birds singing all around, the Elandsberg mountains shimmering in the heat, and a Cockerel calling across the farmyard; and it’s forty minutes to cream tea and fresh scones!
  • BK has a really wecoming atmosphere due to exceptional management andc staff and careful attention to detail
  • The bliss of knowing everything is done for you perfectly
  • The relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff along with the beautiful scenery and delicious food makes it worth a visit.
  • We think BK is exceptional and a very special place and can't think of anything that should be changed.
  • We have been coming to BK regularly since 2002 - so something must be right!
  • Our stay was incredible and I will remember it forever. The surroundings, Wild Olive Cottage, you guys, everything made a true impression on us. Living in Sweden, it will be difficult to revisit, but if we lived in S-A, we would come back guaranteed. Extremely special. Keep it up
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Midweek Special 1 May - 30 June 2016

* MIDWEEK SPECIAL * From 1 May to 30 June 2016, Monday - Thursday (4 nights) R1,495 per person per night full board. Includes brunch, tea and dinner, nature drives and a range of on-site activities. Winter is a time for recreation, not hibernation. Bookings at info@bartholomeusklip.com or http://goo.gl/0M6cW4


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rates & bookings

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All inclusive: Luxury from R 3585.00 pp pn sharing
All inclusive: Suite from R 4095.00 pp pn sharing
Self catering: Wild Olive House from R 5750.00 per night (sleeps 6-8)
Exclusive Use: Rent The Farmhouse R 36870.00 for 10 guests per night all inclusive

   Main House:Half Board Rates on Request

The all inclusive rate includes accommodation, all meals (afternoon tea, snacks and sundowners, four-course dinner, early morning coffee and pastries, mid-morning brunch), twice-daily activities and all unaccompanied activities(mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking).

The self-catering rate includes accommodation (sleeps 6-8), a daily service, and all unaccompanied activities (mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking). Meals and guided activities available on request.

Rate for meals:

R580.00pp per night for breakfast, afternoon tea and family dinner, children under 15 years are half price.

Or Reserve a table at the main house for dinner for R385.00pp(no children under 16 years)

Rates for activities:

Nature Drives- R 250.00pp and children under 15 years R100.00pp per drive.

Archery- R100pp for an hour session


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Postal PO Box 36 Hermon 7308 Western Cape South Africa

Telephone Tel: +27 (0)22 448 1087

Fax +27 (0)86 604 4321

Lesley +27 (0)82 829 4131

GPS 33°28'18" S, 19°2'19" E (click to view in Google maps)

Directions to Bartholomeus Klip

Directions to Bartholomeus Klip

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Directions Travel out on the N1 and take exit 47, sign-posted as the R44 to Stellenbosch, Klapmuts and Wellington. On leaving the N1, turn left and follow the R44 for 20km until you reach a four-way stop. Proceed across the four-way stop and 2km later turn left at the road marked Distillery Street/ Wellington/ Porterville/ Ceres (still on the R44). Travel for approximately 26km until you reach the turn-off on the left to Hermon/Riebeek Kasteel. DO NOT TAKE THIS ONE but be on the lookout as our turn-off is 1KM LATER on the right, sign-posted BO HERMON. Follow the gravel road for about 2km until it curves to the left and then sharply to the right (at this point there will be farm workers' houses on your left and large sheds on your right). As you come out of the second bend you will see two white concave walls on your left. Turn down between the two walls and follow the road that heads towards the mountain until it reaches a cement drift, which you cross over. You then take the right-hand fork and follow the road for about 3.5km until you reach the farmyard. As you arrive (PLEASE BEWARE OF SPEED HUMPS) you will see on your left some small buildings under the trees, and then you will pass Wild Olive House and a private home. The road then splits and you take the left-hand fork, towards the white-washed wall with the Bartholomeus Klip sign on it. Follow the road up through the gardens under the oaks, and around to the parking area at the back of the house.

latest ranger updates

Drought shrinks BK dam to a fraction of its normal size

Recent aerial photos by Lee Krawczyk-Brown show how the current absence of rainfall is affecting the dam at Bartholomeus Klip.

New Buffalo Bull Arrives

Its been a long wait for our new buffalo bull but Virgil has arrived and is settling in very nicely with his new herd.The cows have been very accomodating and Virgil is relaxed and adjusting to his new home.

Its a Leopard!

At last we have captured an image of a leopard in our Reserve. Our Reserve manager believes it to be a new male not recorded before on Elandsberg Nature Reserve. The images will be sent through to the Cape Leopard Trust who can hopefully identify him.There were other images of the leopard spraying  the bushes around the camera, hence our assumption that he is a male.We will keep you updated.


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sustainability | Environmental Responsibility

Bartholomeus Klip was awarded Silver in the Best for Conservation category in the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2015.

Rondeheuwel Primary School, our local school for children from the farms in the area, is in need of help to try to provide the children with opportunities for enrichment, as well as the best education possible. Most of the ladies working at Bartholomeus Klip have children who attend the school, and they are always working at fundraising to help the local community’s children who are less fortunate than their own. The limited government resources available make their task more of a challenge.

Since the opening of Bartholomeus Klip in 1997, we have always tried to help the workers & their families living here in whatever way we can. Social responsibility has always been important to us, & by becoming Fair Trade accredited, we have confirmed our values & commitment to our community.

We invite you to share our vision for the children & donate any spare coins you may have rattling around in your purse. The money will be used to fund a very important project: the hiring of a school bus, which we plan to use to take the children on educational excursions & sports days to schools in other areas. We hope this will expand their horizons as well as give them the chance to meet and interact with children at other schools.

The coins will also be used to help with the feeding scheme set up by the school, which provides all pupils with a cooked meal. For many of the children, it is the only meal they get for the day. 



The Ikusasa School of Cooking www.ikusasa.co.za began as a small project of St. Martin's Diocesan Home for Children who wanted to create a program that would help school going youth within children's Homes to acquire skills in catering and hospitality. It was joined by two employees of the Three Cities Hotel Group who expanded on the original vision and spread the word amongst the Durban Food and catering Industry. 

The project attracted the attention of the Chaine Des Rotisseurs, a French Food and Wine Society who were on the lookout for a worthy project to support in the field of hospitality and catering.

With the backing of Chaine Des Rotisseurs and its newly formed Chaine Foundation Trust, more interest was sparked! The International Hotel School were the next on board to get behind the project, bringing serious recognition, putting Ikusasa on an entirely new level.

From its humble beginnings, Ikusasa has grown into a project that offers its graduates Internationally recognized qualifications and opportunities. The Ikusasa School in Riebeek West was opened in 2013 with great success. The students were picked from the Riebeek West Special School and surrounding community after completing an application to attend. The enrolled students fulfil their practical training at the school and at some of the local restaurants and hotels in the immediate area. We had a total of 4 students over the last year, who joined the BK team three days a week and we are so glad to be part of such an initiative where young adults are given opportunities to further themselves and develop a passion for cooking from our chefs who mentored them. 


events at and around bartholomeus klip

The Cape Winelands around Bartholomeus Klip, including Riebeek Valley, Wellington and Tulbagh - are buzzing with activity, throughout the year. Harvest festivals, art exhibitions, concerts, magnificent wine estates and excellent restaurants are very popular with the locals, so why not immerse yourself in some local folklore and have your finger right on the pulse of what's happening in our communities.Here are some of the events taking place at the farmhouse for the next few months

View pictures of our Spring Day Lunch at the Deck House

View the "Winter at Bartholomeus Klip" photo gallery

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015 LUX Awards: Best Country Lodge, Best Farm Hotel South Africa Birder Friendly Establishment (BFE) member of BirdLife South Africa Eco-Atlas Miles for Style iEscape