#TravelChatSA Experiences: Barthomoleus Klip Farmhouse – impeccable farm-style hospitality in idyllic location
Our June #TravelChatSA Experiences took place in the beautiful Riebeek Valley. The area “incorporating the towns and areas of Riebeek West, Riebeek Kasteel, Riebeeksrivier and Hermon. Nestling on the slopes of its own mountain, the dramatic Kasteelberg, the surrounds are wheatlands, vineyards and olive groves, creating a distinctive touch of the Mediterranean in Africa. Only an hour from Cape Town, you will love the rural atmoshere of these quaint villages with a wide range of choice in accommodation, places to eat and drink, opportunities to do a bit of retail therapy or taste the delicious local wine, olives and other products.”(source Riebeek Valley Info)
Our transfer sponsor for a day was MLT Shuttle and Tours – an official #TravelChatSA Experiences sponsor and partner. “MLT knows that price and quality are critical. They listen to their clients and have the perfect deal to suit all tastes. Their shuttle service will delight you with punctual and reliable pick-ups and deliveries supported by experienced drivers.” (source MLT)
One of our stops in the valley was Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse (BK) “this wonderfully restored Victorian homestead on an operational wheat and sheep farm amid the 10,000 acres Elandsberg Nature Reserve in the Cape Winelands, just outside Riebeek and a mere 15 minutes’ drive from Wellington. In just under 20 years of operation, the guesthouse has built a solid reputation for its impeccable farm-style hospitality, idyllic location in a peaceful country atmosphere and deliciously fresh food. Ten thousand acres of private nature reserve with over 500 head of game, a working farm, wheatlands, flocks of sheep and a buffalo and tortoise breeding project invite no more than ten guests at a time to enjoy walking, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and birdwatching, or just to switch off and relax. Bartholomeus Klip is located in the senic Riebeek Valley near Cape Town, and is an excellent base for exploring the Cape Winelands.” (Source Bartholomeus Klip Farm House)
We were welcomed with a glass of wine and the most delicious roasted nuts (recipe still a secret of BK) perfect treat in the rainy, cosy winter weather.
Tour around the Farmhouse included beautifully appointed and decorated guest rooms, lounge area with fireplace, little bar and dining/restaurant area. Ideal farmhouse setting.
We were invited to a nature drive through through the 10 000 acre nature reserve, where there is always something different to discover: from thousands of wild flowers, streams of running water in spring, endless fields of fynbos to black wildebeest, springbok and even a zebra.
“Perhaps the most important inhabitant of the reserve is a far smaller creature: the endangered geometric tortoise, one of the world’s rarest reptiles, safe here in its last remaining viable habitat near Cape Town.”*
After rainy nature drive (Not complaining! Western Cape needed lot’s of rain) we were invited for lunch in Bartholomeus Klip lovely dining area. 3-course set menu with welcome drink was absolutely amazing.
NOTE: Their menu changes weekly, based on produce available. Booking essential.
What others are saying?
Marlize Stander | Twitter: @Winelands
My first visit to Bartholomeus Klip was unforgettable and hit the spot in terms of sensory pleasure in every way. Set within the Riebeeck Valley and Elandsberg Nature Reserve, the location is close enough for a day visit from Cape Town, yet most ideal for a weekend breakaway. We visited the cutest babies at the Geometric Tortoise enclosure and ooh’d and aah’d over the little new born lambs on the farm. In some windy and rainy conditions we still headed out with great excitement on a game drive with our very knowledgeable guide who shared his passion for conservation of the wildlife, renosterveld and fynbos. Coming back into the cosy warmth of the farmhouse and restaurant, we feasted on a three course lunch which I more or less ‘inhaled’, it was so delicious! The ravioli starter and lamb main course were done to perfection. Warm hospitality. Beautiful location. Well worth a visit!
Megan Richards | Twitter: @blogauthentic
Located on Elandsberg Nature Reserve, Bartholomeus Klip is a treasure for any nature lover or anyone seeking privacy away from the city life. It was my first visit to Bartholomeus Klip, and I instantly fell in love with the Victorian style décor and landscape. After a short tour of the house, we went on a game drive with the most knowledgeable guide. He could answer every question and provided us with great insight about the surrounding area, the flora and fauna and animals breeding on the farm.
The restaurant serves mouthwatering dishes! We indulged in a 3-course meal which I still dream about, especially the slow-cooked lamb. I would highly recommend visiting Bartholomeus Klip for a break from the busy city life. Surround yourself with the beautiful landscape, breath the clean air and indulge in the delicious food!
Read detailed post written by Megan here.
Antonia Krauss | Twitter: @traveltonia
I´ve always wanted to visit Bartholomeus Klip and jumped with joy when I heard that the next #TravelChatSA Experience will take us there. The time at Bartholomeus Klip exceeded my expectations. If you are looking for a luxury retreat in the countryside, then this is for you. Lush green lawns, relaxing areas, beautifully appointed rooms and a warm hospitality await you at Bartholomeus Klip. I loved the country feel of the estate and it was very cosy to sit in the lounge by the crackling fire with a glass of wine. Not forgetting the outstanding cuisine here. I´m vegan and the plant-based meals served at Bartholomeus Klip were excellent. Even though it was winter, I absolutely enjoyed the game drive in the reserve. Our guide made it fun and very informative and had a great knowledge on flora and fauna. I can´t wait to be back.
Letishia Charles | Twitter: @QueenBee_Mktg
This is Riebeek Kasteel, one of the oldest towns in South Africa. Bartholomeus Klip is a gorgeous and exclusive destination in this area and is located on a working sheep and wheat farm. Here you can enjoy a game drive through the vast nature reserve and farm. On our trip, wrapped in warm ponchos provided by Bartholomeus Klip, we got to see day-old lambs, buffalo and adorable baby Geometric Tortoises which are endangered. The beauty of the Swartland fynbos is absolutely striking, and more so when it receives much-needed rain. Incidentally, we experienced a downpour while we were on our game drive, and so, with the prospect of the cosy fireplace and red wine to warm us up, we made our way back to the farmhouse. We enjoyed a delicious 3-course lunch with paired wines in their conservatory warmed by the winter sun, an absolutely decadent experience.
Do yourself a favour and take the family to Bartholomeus Klip – there are a myriad of exciting activities for everyone to enjoy. While you’re there, ask for a taste of their more-ish roasted nuts! You’ll thank me for this tip.
Stephanie Marthinus | Twitter: @StephanieMarthi
Batholomeus Klip is such an unknown gem; hidden from the busy civilisation we known too. The place has everything to offer in you really looking to escape. Quaint accommodations amongst nature, a lovely restaurant not to mention going on an actual game drive! Now that was a real highlight; especially since it was my first.
I highly recommend Batholomeus Klip because it has so much to offer and there’s no way one can get bored. From the vast animals in the distance with landscapes you can stare at for days, there’s nowhere else you’ll want to be.
Jules Kynaston | Twitter: @heartmamablog
Stepping onto ‘the set’ of The Crown was surreal (I’m such a fan girl) and Bartholomeus Klip was even more lush and beautiful in real life – I can see why the Queen chose to stay there in Season 1, Episode 2! Our morning spent exploring the farmhouse and grounds felt as if we’d been transported to another era especially when we collapsed in front of the fire after our rainy game drive in the Elandsberg Nature Reserve and were treated to a glass of red wine and some warm roasted nuts. Bartholomeus Klip looks like a great spot for a family getaway – kids will love the fresh air and wide open spaces and, if they’re lucky, there may be some lambs to visit. I’d love to visit again with the family and book the self-catering family unit for a weekend of good, old-fashioned fun!
Gaynor van Rooyen | Twitter: @tulipandphoenix
A mere hour’s drive from Cape Town, you’ll find Bartholomeus Klip – a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Our visit was on a rainy Cape Town winters day but the dewy weather just made its countryside background appear even more beautiful. Bartholomeus Klip is a working sheep farm and we were rewarded with sight of cute little lambs which were born the night before in the adverse weather conditions. The rain also made for an interesting game drive but luckily we were provided with warm raincoats as it started pouring as soon as the game drive turned into Elandsberg Nature Reserve! The farmhouse is both charming and elegant with tastefully decorated accommodation. Our delicious 3-course lunch was thoroughly enjoyed in their stunning dining area. The farm is conveniently situated 20 minutes from Riebeek Kasteel which makes it the ideal base for a weekend getaway.
Written by Patrycja @ travel opulent box. Featuring South African Bloggers and Writers. Images travel opulent box.
We have been hosted at Bartholomeus Klip a part of #TravelChatSA Experieces / Opinions are ours and based on personal experiences.
*Source: Bartholomeus Klip Website