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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 area ...

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Winter Special - Stay 3 pay 2

Three nights for the price of two: Weekend or  Midweek break for two persons sharing, including all accommodation, all meals (high tea, sundowners, 4-course dinner, early morning coffee and pastries, and mid-morning brunch), two daily game drives, all activities (cycling, canoeing, fly-fishing, walking).

All this at a special rate of R10300.00, for two persons sharing, all inclusive. Valid from the 1 May 2015- 30 August 2015.Excludes  the Orchid Suite and Wild Olive House and direct bookings only

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Easter Special

Enjoy the last of the Summer with a special of upto 20% off the rates for April for all room types- Luxury, Suite and Wild Olive House.Direct Bookings only

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Last Minute Special

Looking for a last minute break,  close to Cape Town? Contact us for our last minute accomodation special.Book within 48 Hours of the departure date and we will check availability and specials for you.Come and enjoy a tranquil setting with  exceptional food and warm hospitality.Direct Bookings only

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rates & bookings

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All inclusive: Luxury from R 3315.00 pp pn sharing
All inclusive: Suite from R 3795.00 pp pn sharing
Self catering: Wild Olive House from R 5325.00 per night (sleeps 6-8) Weekend rates apply
Exclusive Use: Rent The Farmhouse R 34,110.00 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:

R535.00pp 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 R125.00pp 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)

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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

Seen in our Reserve

Armed with their new camera the BK field guides have been able to photograph more of the wonderful sightings of animals, plants and birds seen on the nature drives.It has been a busy season and we are pleased to say the sightings of the Geometric Tortoises has increased  this season and the game have been moving around the Reserve with more sightings of Bontebok and Cape Mountain Zebra closer the the dam.

Newly hatched Geometric Tortoises found

Its been a great end to the week with the discovery of four newly hatched Geometric Tortoises in our  Reserve. Jackie our tortoise keeper who  was surveying  the Reserve,came across the nest with the newly hatched tortoises. They were in good health and will be monitored very closely.

Large Geometric Spotted

Heading off on the nature drives, you are never quite certian what you will see. Our guests were in for a treat yesterday with Daniel spotting a very large female Geometric Tortoise in the Road. A huge thanks to Mr Gamble for the lovley pictures.These critically endangered tortoises  are solitary and are confined to a small corner of the Western Cape in lowland fynbos. Their lifespan is estimated to be around 20-35 years.Elandsberg Private Nature Reserve has the largest known population of the Geometric Tortoises.


We send out seasonal newsletters with updates on the nature reserve, game farm and guesthouse.
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sustainability | Environmental Responsibility

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 events calendar

> March

  • 8 March - Bird Walk and Lunch:Enjoy a a walk through The Elandsberg Nature Reserve to see some of the common aswell as rare bird species found in our pristine fynbos, and surrounding farmlands with Trevor Hardaker. Time:07:00-15:00 - Price :R485pp includes walk,snack pack and 3 course lunch,tea and coffee/R225pp for walk and snacks only
  • 21 March   - Astronomy Dinner:Enjoy a sunset dinner with us and before joining the astronomy experts in the garden to learn all about the celestial wonders.  Time:19:00 - Price:R505pp includes water and stargazing
  • 28 March 2015- Cooking Class:Easter egg making: Join Louise and the team in the kitchen for a 3 hour Easter eggs and hot cross bun making class.Time:11:30-14:30 - Price :R550pp includes recipe,refreshment and samples to take home

> April

  • 5 April -Easter Picnic ad Easter egg hunt:Spoil the family with a picnic in the Elandsberg Reserve followed by a spectacular Easter egg hunt.Time:12:00-16:00 - Price :R325pp/R160pp per child under 12 years
  • 18 April- Wine Dinner with Groote Post Wines:Join us for an evening of gourmet food and pairing with our local vineyards. Enjoy a four course menu prepared by Louise and the team and matching wines.Time:19:00 - Price :R485pp includes water and paired wines
  • 24 April - Cooking Class: Cooking from our Recipe Book:Join Louise and the team in the kitchen for a 3 hour class with recipe featured in our cookbook, Life on a Cape Farm.Time:11:30- 14:30 - Price :R780pp includes signed cookbook and refreshments

> May

  • 9 May  - Cooking Class: Pasta making class:Join Louise and the team in the kitchen for a 3 hour pasta and sauce making class Time:11:30 -14:30 Price :R550pp includes recipe,refreshment and samples to take home
  • 17 May- Mothers Day Lunch: Spoil your mom with a special mothers day lunch and one mom stands the chance to win a treatment hamper in our lucky draw.Time:12:30 - Price:R295pp
  • 27 May - Aromatherapy workshop and Brunch:Join Margaret Phillips of Headpeace for a practical aromoatherapy workshop, where you will be given the tools to start working with essential oils and find out more about the wonders of aromatherapy.The workshop will be followed by mid-morning brunch.Time:09:00-12:00 Price :R350pp includes workshops and brunch and gift bag to take home
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