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Set at the foot of the Elandskloof Mountains and close to the Cape Winelands, Bartholomeus Klip is a restored Victorian homestead offering romantic luxury and homeliness at a destination that is both a working wheat and sheep farm and an indigenous fynbos and renosterveld nature reserve. Rose-filled gardens and ancient oaks surround the house giving a classic sense of tranquillity while the deck of the saltwater swimming pool is an ideal spot for relaxing and sunbathing.

Embark on a game drive into the reserve - there are far more animals there than you might think and the list includes eland, springbok, jackal and leopard as well as many bird species, endemic and otherwise. The estate is also a declared natural heritage site and is one of the last major habitats of the rare geometric tortoise. Alternatively, explore the area on foot or by mountain bike, or go wind surfing or canoeing in the lake. And after all that activity, what better than to visit some of the local wine estates for a tour and some wine-tasting.


  • Superior Victorian guesthouse on a nature reserve
  • Situated at the foot of dramatic mountains
  • Fantastic, country-style cuisine
  • Wide range of nature & sporting activities
  • Game drives & guided walks in private reserve


  • Biking
  • Bird watching
  • Canoeing
  • Game drives
  • Hiking
  • Night drives
  • Fishing
  • Fly fishing
  • Guided walks
  • High tea on offer
  • Guided walking safaris


Luxury Room

Bartholomeus Klip has four luxurious bedrooms in the main house that are furnished with family antiques, fine fabrics and specially made, pure cotton bedding. There are three additional spacious and inviting cottage suites.

The four rooms in the main house are individually decorated and contain either a king-size bed or two twins, with a Victorian style bath and basins in the bathrooms. The Disa Room has the added feature of French doors that open onto a veranda.

Other room types

Opened in response to requests for a self-catering option, Wild Olive House offers a perfect option for small groups and families. The inside features a large open-plan sitting area, a dining room and a fully equipped kitchen. There are two double bedrooms and a single room along with two bathrooms. The house has its own garden, swimming pool and a large covered veranda.

Located in the garden of Wild Olive House, The Cottage is a separate accommodation with a double bedroom, bathroom and small sitting room. There is a private veranda which offers views of the reserve. The Cottage is a perfect option for grandparents or an extra set of friends.

Orchard Suite

Converted from an old farm outbuilding, the Orchid Suite is a spacious, separate accommodation consisting of a king-size bed and its own veranda overlooking the reserve and distant mountains.


Wander down to the lakeside Deckhouse to find a quiet spot to read or to make use of the in-house equipment for a bit of trout fishing, wind surfing or canoeing.

Relax with a refreshing drink in the gorgeous gardens which surround the main house or cool off in the converted farm dam that is now a saltwater swimming pool, surrounded by sun loungers on a wooden deck.


Meals at Bartholomeus Klip are a combination of French tradition and Cape flavours, using as many locally sourced ingredients as possible.

A delicious brunch is usually served after the morning game drive and features an array of fruit, cereals, cheeses and freshly baked pasteries along with a full English breakfast option.

Dinner is served in the conservatory with candles and sparkling silver to complement the gourmet four-course menu.

General facilities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Computer facilities
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Bartholomeus Klip

Lindsay Southgate

"A little haven of tranquillity! Beautiful house with the most lovely staff who make it their business to pamper you in every way. The food was fantastic too!"

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