Fodor's Expert Review Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse

Off the R44, near Bo-Hermon, Paarl, Western Cape, 7308, South Africa Fodor's Choice

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.


  • separate house available for self-catering families
  • very tranquil setting close to wine farms and small towns
  • gobs of wildlife


  • 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




Phones: 082-829–4131 | 022-448–1820


4 rooms, 1 suite, 1 self-catering house
Rate Includes: Closed July, All-inclusive; No meals; All meals

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