Bartholomeus Klip is the perfect place to unwind, with its marvellous old farmhouse, beautiful surrounds (a lovely mix of farmland and fynbos, and different from the winelands, dams etc), and absolutely fantastic food. It is also all very relaxed. The room was extremely comfortable but nothing special. There are lovely touches such as sherry and port in the rooms and a good selection of wellington boots to use - useful in the winter. While we would undoubtedly return - hopefully to the Wild Olive House which welcomes children and possibly in another season - there were a few small things that made it good but not great.
One is shown the set dinner menu with suggested wine pairings during the fabulous high tea. We both said the menu sounded great and indicated that my husband would have the wine pairing but that I wouldn't. When the first course arrived the wine was duly poured and the waitress then asked if she should leave the bottle with us or put it in the fridge. My husband reminded her that he was just having the one glass and she said that they only sold that wine by the bottle. We found this extraordinary. My husband wanted to have a glass of the suggested red with his main and thought best to clarify only to find the same story: that wine only available by the bottle. Were we really expected to drink two bottles of wine over dinner and in this case, just one person? Perhaps guests put the remainder of the bottle in the fridge for their next dinner but is the same wine likely to be suggested as the next pairing?
During dessert (wonderful) one is asked if one would like a hot water bottle or electric blanket in bed, which is a lovely thought and the idea of climbing into a warm bed was very appealing. Unfortunately the water bottle was not checked and was leaking. I climbed into bed to find a hot wet puddle surrounding the bottle! The staff were quick to change the bedlinen but it was an unwanted interruption.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bartholomeus Klip is a charming small hotel for only 16 guests on a working wheat and sheep farm just over an hour away from Cape Town – ideally situated for exploring the famous winelands. There is a 4,000 hectare fynbos nature reserve, with a spectacular backdrop of mountains, to be explored on game drives or by mountain bike, and beautiful gardens with a unique swimming pool. The food is renowned, with lavish brunches and high teas, and a gourmet three-course dinner. The separate Wild Olive House, with its own swimming pool, can be hired on a self-catering or full-board basis. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bartholomeus Klip Hermon
- Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse South Africa/Hermon