The Farm

Bartholomeus Klip is a beautifully restored Victorian-style homestead on an working wheat and sheep farm in the 10,000 acres Elandsberg Nature Reserve. The Elandsberg Reserve is located in the Cape Winelands, just outside Riebeek Kasteel in the Swartland Wine Region.

In close to 20 years of operation, the guesthouse has become well-known for its warm farm-style hospitality, idyllic location and delicious food. The property's nature reserve boasts over 500 head of game (including the mountain zebra and quagga) and an impressive backdrop of roaring mountains and rolling hills. The working farm has wheat fields, flocks of sheep and disease-free herd of Cape buffalo used to populate game reserves throughout Southern Africa. One of the several wildlife projects Bartholomeus' Klip has taken on is the geometric tortoise breeding project - a highly endangered species found only in this area. Guests on the farm can enjoy walking, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and birdwatching, or just to switch off and relax. Bartholomeus Klip is located in the scenic Riebeek Valley near Cape Town, and is an excellent base for exploring the Cape Winelands and the up-and-coming Swartland Wine Region.

The Farmhouse

The staff at the Farmhouse ask that you make the house your own. Relax in one of the sitting rooms where an open fire crackles in the winter months, or on the broad verandah that winds around the house and catches the late afternoon sun, take a dip in the sparking swimming pool to cool off on a warm summers' day. In the historic farmhouse, there are four double rooms with en suite bathrooms, and one separate suite outside, with its own secluded verandah overlooking the farmlands and the mountains. Finishings throughout the house are luxurious and stylish, with crisp cotton bedding and elegant fabrics. Bathrooms feature claw-footed tubs and showers, luxury bath amenities and robes and slippers. Each suite is named for local flora, and retains the atmosphere and spirit of the original homestead, while featuring the convenience of modern amenities.

The Restaurant

Bartholomeus Klip is known for its cuisine, which is generous, imaginative and created, as much as possible, from a variety of local produce. The conservatory dining room is full of morning sunshine at breakfast time, and at night soft candlelight creates a romantic atmosphere for diners during evening meal. High tea, with its delicious array of sweet and savoury choices, is a specialty of the farmhouse and local wines are served during sundowners. Louise Gillett is Bartholomeus Klip's resident head chef, and has honed her skills in some of the top restaurants in South Africa and England. "Life on a Cape Farm" is her first cookbook. Guests have the opportunity to venture into the kitchen with Louise and learn some of the tricks of the trade with the best local ingredients. Many visitors comment that the cooking class with Louise is a highlight of their stay on the farm.

Bartholomeus Klip


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