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Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse

  • Fodor's Choice

Pros

  • Separate house available for self-catering families
  • Very tranquil setting close to wine farms and small towns
  • Gobs of wildlife

Cons

  • May be a bit intimate for some, as all the rooms are in the manor house
  • This part of the Western Cape can get unbearably hot in summer

Published 03/07/2016

Fodor's Review

This Victorian guesthouse on a nature reserve and working farm offers luxurious accommodations and excellent food in the middle of 9,900 acres of rare renosterveld scrubland, home to the endangered geometric tortoise. There's also plenty of eland, zebra, wildebeest, springbok, rhebok, bontebok, bat-eared fox, Cape buffalo, and birdlife in and around the mountains, streams, and plains, and the farm runs a growing Cape buffalo breeding program. Watch sheep shearing in action, hike, mountain bike, swim, or paddle. The farmhouse is decorated in old African colonial style, with plenty of floral fabrics, antique silver, and botanical art. Rooms have thick comforters and crisp linens. Ask for one that opens onto the veranda, especially in summer. Wild Olive House (from R5,325 per night), a great self-catering option for families (though you can arrange to have your meals catered, too), is a five-minute walk from the farmhouse and has its own pool. High tea in the boathouse includes fabulous scones and cream and traditional melktert (cinnamon-sprinkled custard tart), a South African teatime institution.

Hotel Information

Address:

Off the R44, near Bo-Hermon, Paarl, Western Cape, 7308, South Africa

Phone:

082-829–4131; 022-448–1820

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed July
  • 4 rooms, 1 suite, 1 self-catering house
  • Rate includes: All-inclusive; No meals; All meals

Published 03/07/2016

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