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welcome to bartholomeus klip

TEL +27 (0)741 599 906 | TEL +27 (0)22 448 1087 | TEL +27(0)82 829 4131

Bartholomeus Klip is an exclusive destination in the Riebeek Valley { 25 minutes' drive from Riebeek Kasteel } in the Cape Winelands, located on a working sheep and wheat farm at the Elandsberg Nature Reserve. 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 Cape Winelands and West Coast area ...

Our story in 22 pictures ...


Plan Ahead for Winter 2018


Book 2 nights between 1 April 2018 and 30 June 2018, pay 50% deposit now and receive 25% off your stay.The rates are subject to seasonality and are fully inclusive of accomodation,all meals and activities.For Direct bookings only,valid for the Farmhouse and Wild Olive House and subject to availability.

Contact us to make a booking info@bartholomeusklip.com

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Early Booking Low Season Deal

Get 10% off your stay when you book your holiday  in advance at Bartholomeus Klip. Enjoy a cozy farmhouse getaway with the roaring fireplace along with gourmet meals and award winning wines.The 7000ha Reserve and farm makes it ideal for long walks after brunch and enjoying  the peaceful farm atmosphere.

Whether you are looking for a peaceful weekend away from the bustle of the city,a romantic getaway or a family break Bartholomeus Klip is the  perfect  retreat this winter. Valid dates 1 April -31 August 2018. Subject to availability and may not be used in conjunction with any other specials.Valid for Booking upto 1 month in advance and for Direct bookings only.

Contact us to make your reservation. info@bartholomeusklip.com

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Long Weekend Deals

Enjoy the long weekends with us in the countryside. Feast on  delicious meals from our farm kitchen and some of the best Swartland wines on offer. There are also nature drives and farm excursions included and you are able to enjoy mountain biking , canoeing and fishing if you are feeling more active.To make it even more relaxing we are including a free in-house spa treatment pp per booking made.

Included is 2 nights accomodation with all meals and activities.Guests can choose from 1 of 2 options for a 1/2 hour, in-house treatment during their stay with us (this is per couple /per room).Valid for 2 nights minumum stay only.Bookings valid for any of these dates : 30th April -2 May 2017 / 26th April- 30 April 2017

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Weekly Lunch Special

OPEN DAILY FOR LUNCH Join us Monday to Saturday for a 3 course gourmet lunch. The cost is R385.00pp and includes snacks and a welcome drink, three course set lunch menu, tea and coffee. Any dietary requirements can be catered for if notified in advance. Rates exclude bar purchases not listed below. Minimum 4 persons and booked a day in advance. No children under 15 years unless a group of 10 or more. Valid from 20 October until 20 December 2017. Contact us to make a booking info@bartholomeusklip.com

Set Menu Choice Below: Choose 1 Menu per booking

Menu 1:


Confit Norwegian salmon, prawn butter toast, lemon aioli, cucumber brunoise, cucumber gel, micro herbs


Menu 2:


Slow cooked suckling pig, sauce dijonnaisse, garden pea, crisp pork flour , homemade pancetta, oxalis

Menu 3:

Green Risotto:

Fresh green garlic, carnaroli rice, local goats cheese, hazelnut crumb


36 hour lamb neck, sweetcorn sauce, rosemary jus, confit potatoes, semi dried tomatoes, dukkah


Free range farm venison, smoked potato, sauce Robert, blackberries, buffalo yoghurt, wild sorrel

Free range beef:

Char grilled fillet, buffalo milk curds, beef drippings, pumpkin fitters, beer foam,mushroom powder



Yeast, farm cream, , milk chocolate and sea salt ice cream, milk chips

Milk and Honey:

Jersey milk ice cream, honey comb, white chocolate meringue, honey syrup


Strawberry Biscuit:

White chocolate creameux, almond shortbread, strawberry sorbet, crystalised mint, toffee snap


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rates & bookings

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Price breakdown | Click rates to view price breakdown

  • All inclusive: Luxury, from R 4,375 pp pn sharing
    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).
  • All inclusive: Suite, from R 4,995 pp pn sharing
    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).
  • Self catering: Wild Olive House, from R 7,020 unit pn (sleeps 6-8)
    The self-catering rate includes accommodation (sleeps 6-8,1 x bunk bed room), a daily service, and all unaccompanied activities (mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking). Meals and guided activities available on request and must be booked in advance and confirmed before arrival.
  • Exclusive Use: Rent The Farmhouse, R 40,419 for 10 guests pn all inclusive
    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).

Half-Board | Half-Board Rates at The Farmhouse on Request


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Address Elandsberg Nature Reserve, Riebeek Valley

Directions 25 minutes' drive from Riebeek Kasteel | Click here for directions

Postal PO Box 36 Hermon 7308 Western Cape South Africa

Telephone TEL +27 (0)741 599 906

Telephone TEL +27 (0)22 448 1087

Telephone TEL +27(0)82 829 4131

Fax +27 (0)86 604 4321

latest ranger updates

Dagger Leaf Protea Blooming

We know that with the abundance of rain, comes the Spring flowers which are always wonderful to see but as the streams dry and the days become hotter there is always another flower we are hoping to see, the Dagger-leaf Sugarbush

It is a Redlist plant species with populations found in small areas in the Western Cape.It is one of the smaller species with quite petite creamy-white flowers.The name, mucronifolia means sharp-pointed leaves (Latin) and in Afrikaans it is called the kasteelskloofsuikerbos

The bracts (modified leaves on the outside of the flower) are sometimes lightly tinted with pink; they are also pinkish on the edges. There are about four or five rows of these bracts. Shortly after it opens it has an attractive cup shape, but the bracts continue to open more widely into an almost horizontal position. This exposes the inner, vital parts of the flower, the anthers and pollen presenters, that are bunched in the centre. When the flower-head dries out, the involucral bracts tend to close again, protecting the developing seeds. Several insects and birds serve as pollinators.  The seed-heads retain the seeds for a long time, releasing them after a fire .

Farm News in November

Its been a while since our last story but there has been so much happening on the farm we thought we would add one big story to tell you all.We have had a real mixed season of weather with some late rain with the harvest  being held up slightly but still  proving to be successful. 325 ha of wheat still needs to be collected with 826 ha already been collected. Our yield for the wheat is roughly 3 tons a hectare, which is good considering the lack of rain we recieved leading up to the harvest. All of our canola has been collected and the triticale,barley and oats still to be harvested.

Three weeks ago the sheep shearing took place to great success with many of our guests being able to witness the excercise.The A.I. of the sheep has also taken place with great success, but only a few guests with a iron constitution were able to witness the operation!

The Wagyu project is also  doing well with some new calves expected in the new year. The embryo transplant was also very successfull. During this year Wagyu has really taken off with the official membership doubling. as a ressult we have been able to sell six of our bulls for breeding and we shall in the next few months be able to purchase 25 embryos from the States. In turn we hope to be using our own females for breeding. With the bonsmara females still being used as surrrogate mothers.

The Quagga project is also seen allot of changes this last year after the game aunction, with the core herd animals being brought to Elandsberg and 2 other peoperties.It has been decided that these will be the main breeding animals and their offspring will be sold off in the future to other reserves. We had a few relocations to manage and the Reserve team was on hand to assist with the moving of the animals to Elandsberg.

We do hope to welcome you in the near future,  to see some of our breeding projects and see our working farm in action.


Silage Bailing

They have bailed around 400 bales these last few weeks with 14He of oat hay harvest while still green,the wrapped in plastic. In an anaerobic environment the bale ferments breaking donw ligning and cellulose and improves palatability for the cattle on the farm.It provides them with good nutrients content over the dry periods of summer.


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sustainability | Environmental Responsibility

Bartholomeus Klip was awarded Silver in the Best for Conservation category in the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2015.

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 | View events calendar

To view what's happening on the farm and in the Elandsberg nature reserve, have a look at our ranger diaries

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day trips


There are so many things to do at Bartholomeus Klip, although plenty of our guests love to spend their time with us just switching off. However, if you want to do something more strenuous, we provide mountain bikes for cycling through the reserve or along the farm roads through the wheatfields, and there are plenty of wonderful routes to choose for walks. We also now offer archery, which is proving very popular. Down at the dam guests can take to the water in canoes and kayaks, or go windsurfing, freshwater fishing or bird watching. Even the most relaxed guest will want to join our rangers on the morning and evening nature drives through the reserve, where there is always something different to discover. And of course we are well situated for visits to the attractions of Riebeek Kasteel and Tulbagh, as well as the up and coming wineries of the Swartland or, farther afield, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

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