Bartholomeus Klip is an exclusive destination in the Cape Winelands, located on a working farm and game reserve in the Riebeek Valley. We welcome discerning travellers, as well as families with children.
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 area ...
Winter Special- Valid from 1 May 2014- 31 August 2014
With the farm and reserve on our doorstep, Bartholomeus Klip is the perfect getaway to the countryside for families.The Wild Olive House is a fully contained house sleeping up to 6 adults and 2 children.
Children enjoy exploring and parents love relaxing so come and enjoy the best of both with us. Book to stay with us between 1 May 2014- 31 August 2014 and we will include 1 free activity per child per stay. Your child will be able to choose from a variety of expertly guided excursions such as a nature drive,archery,tracking,cooking class or canoeing while you enjoy some well deserved down time with a complimentary bottle of wine.
Winter Special - Valid from the 1 May 2014- 31 August 2014
There is nothing nicer than the aroma of dishes cooking in our farm kitchen. Join us for a midweek break of gourmet delights this winter in the beautiful Cape countryside.
Book to stay with us between 1 May 2014- 30 August 2014 and we will include our award winning cookbook- Life on a Cape Farm, and a cooking class with Louise and her team. This offer is valid Monday- Friday per couple per stay, minimum 2 nights. Valued at R1200
|All inclusive: Luxury||from R 2,960.00 pp pn sharing|
|All inclusive: Suite||from R 3,450.00 pp pn sharing|
|Self catering: Wild Olive House||from R 4,750.00 per night (sleeps 6-8)|
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
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.
Its been a busy time for our guides who have attended a snake handling course with Dr Tony Phelps, assisting with the Geometric tortoise surveys and finding some small tortoise hatchlings and showing our guests the wonderful plants in our Reserve while on the drives.
We have had some wonderful pictures from our camera trap this month, including another picture of the leopard who has been identified as Doc Martin and one of the shy and elusive aardvark. There are some beautiful March flowers out, and we have also a found a nest of a Water thick knee.
After a few years of not seeing the leopards, we were so excited to find this male leopard captured on the camera trap. The picture was taken at 08:00am. The Cape Leopard Trust will help in the identification of this wonderful animal.
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 (naturalisto.wix.com/ikusasa) 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.