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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 ...

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Authentic African farm wedding



Bartholomeus Klip offers a unique combination of an true African farm setting and top notch food and service.

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Located about one hour's drive from Cape Town, at a working sheep and wheat farm, in the middle of a 10,00 acre nature reserve, Bartholomeus Klip offers various venues at the farm, each with its very own atmosphere and facilities.

We offer the perfect setting near Cape Town for individually designed, intimate weddings, with a complete wedding package providing plenty of choice to make the occasion unique. Weddings have become a speciality at Bartholomeus Klip, and the Deckhouse makes a magical setting for groups of up to 50 guests enjoying drinks, dinner and the ceremony itself. For larger groups, the lawns around the farmhouse provide ample space to set up a marquee and have a party to remember for decades. Couples have chosen to marry in all sorts of unusual places around the farm or in the reserve, and we are happy to accommodate any wish wherever we can. 

Eight reasons to celebrate a mid-week winter engagement, wedding, or renewal of your wedding vows, at BK

1 April - 30 September 2018 (excluding July)

  1. FLEXIBLE OPTIONS: Choose one or all from these options at BK: the deckhouse, the farmhouse lawns, the nature reserve, the working sheep and wheat farm, the restaurant or the guesthouse. All options are flexible, and can be adjusted to your unique plans and wishes.
  2. INTIMATE & PRIVATE: BK is especially perfect for private, intimate and personalised celebrations, with medium to small groups of people
  3. CLOSE TO CAPE TOWN: BK is only one hour's drive from Cape Town, a perfect day out in the platteland for your city slicker friends and family members.
  4. AVAILABILITY & PRICES: Getting married on a weekday means that wedding professionals and suppliers offer better prices and availability.
  5. WEATHER: Showing off your love for fashion in your floral wedding dress or Italian-woven woollen suit is so much more enjoyable on a crisp sunny winter day then on a smouldering mid summer day.
  6. TOP-NOTCH KITCHEN & SERVICE: In its 20 years of operation, BK has built a solid reputation for its impeccable farm-style hospitality and deliciously fresh food.
  7. STAY & PLAY: Our 5 rooms and self-catering cottage allow you and your guests to stay the night. Keep an eye out for our annual winter specials!
  8. LOVE, GET MARRIED, LOVE, REPEAT: Getting married only once is, well, so last season. Today, we get married in the summer and repeat the fun in winter. We get married in Europe, and repeat the fun in Africa. We get married at 25, and repeat the fun at 45 (and 65, and ...)

 

1. The Deckhouse

The BK Deckhouse was built with the specific purpose of hosting celebrations for medium sized groups of guests. While the two-story deckhouse interior has an intimate and informal clubhouse kind of atmosphere, the balcony and stoep overlook the majestic Elandskloof Mountains, Elandsberg Nature Reserve and our dam - the perfect place to view sunsets. Food and drinks can be served from our deckhouse kitchen inside or outside the deckhouse, or at the lawn, where a big fire can be made in true African style.

Wedding Venue in the Cape Winelands on an African Farm : deckhouse

2. The Gardens

The sprawling lawns, manicured plants and shady trees of the BK Gardens offer a true, authentic farm setting for your wedding. There is enough space to set up a marquee, or kick off your shoes, gather around a long table and create unforgettable memories while chatting, eating and dancing the night away.

Wedding Venue in the Cape Winelands on an African Farm : garden

3. The Nature Reserve

The 10,000 acre Elandsberg Nature Reserve is a protected nature conservation area, boasting free roaming herds of zebra, quagga, eland, wildebees and an abundance of flowers and birds. We can organise private functions in the reserve.

Wedding Venue in the Cape Winelands on an African Farm : nature reserve

4. Sheep & Wheat Farm

The inhabitants of the working farm at which BK is located, including sheep, buffalo, tortoise and geese, never shy away from a great photo opportunity with the bride and groom. The old buildings and historic walls offer more great authentic locations to make your special wedding moments all the more memorable.

Wedding Venue in the Cape Winelands on an African Farm : sheep and wheat farm

5. The Guesthouse

There is a long history of hospitality at Bartholomeus Klip, which shows in the friendly smiles that greet our guests and the relaxed atmosphere of the homestead. You are welcome to make the house your own, perhaps in one of the reception 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. There are four double rooms with bathrooms in the beautifully furnished farmhouse and one separate suite outside, with its own secluded verandah looking over the veld and up to the mountains. Finishes everywhere are luxurious and stylish, with crisp cotton bedding and elegant fabrics. Our own toiletries add a special touch to the Victorian-style bathrooms.

Wedding Venue in the Cape Winelands on an African Farm : farmhouse

6. The Restaurant

The BK Restaurant is where our celebrated and published resident chef Louise Gillett pulls the strings. Louise prides herself on a fusion of traditional South African farm-style recipes with the latest techniques and trends, always with fresh and locally sourced produce.

Wedding Venue in the Cape Winelands on an African Farm : restaurant



Mid-Week More Package


  1. 30 guests
  2. Canapés (2 types)
  3. Sparkling wine (2 glasses pp)
  4. 3 course set menu dinner
  5. Venue
  6. Flower
  7. Tables, chairs, table linen, crockery and cutlery
  8. Rate: R450.00pp excludes bar purchases and other décor items not listed.

 

Mid-Week Less Package


  1. 30 guests
  2. Canapés (2 types)
  3. 3 course set menu dinner
  4. Venue
  5. Tables, chairs, crockery and cutlery
  6. Rate:R395.00pp excludes bar purchases and other décor items not listed

 

+ Add On

  1. Flowers: R500 (Locally grown heirloom roses)
  2. Musicians: From R2000.00
  3. Accomodation:R900.00pp

Venue available from 14:00-12:00pm, Monday to Friday, from 1 April - 30 September 2018, excluding July 2018. Packages exclude all bar purchases not listed. All other décor not listed is for your own account. We do allow live music. Bartholomeus Klip employs a total of 20 staff members, including a manager, chefs, waiters/waitresses and housekeepers.

 
Bookings & Enquiries

Email info@bartholomeusklip.com Address Elandsberg Nature Reserve, Riebeek Valley Directions 25 minutes' drive from Riebeek Kasteel | Click here for directions Telephone +27(0)741 599 906 Telephone +27(0)22 448 1087 Telephone +27(0)82 829 4131 Fax +27(0)86 604 4321

Conferences, corporate celebrations, team building and brain storming at an authentic farm in the Cape Winelands



Beat the city traffic and head to the countryside to plan and strategize your next big idea in a tranquil farm setting

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Located about one hour's drive from Cape Town, at a working sheep and wheat farm, in the middle of a 10,000 acre nature reserve, Bartholomeus Klip offers the perfect venue for conferencing, corporate celebrations, team building or brain storming sessions.

Plan a mid-week conference at BK from R590.00pp for a full day (details below)

Email info@bartholomeusklip.com Address Elandsberg Nature Reserve, Riebeek Valley Directions 25 minutes' drive from Riebeek Kasteel | Click here for directions Telephone +27(0)741 599 906 Telephone +27(0)22 448 1087 Telephone +27(0)82 829 4131 Fax +27(0)86 604 4321


Our deckhouse right on the water's edge offers a private space perfect for up to 30 people. Conferences are individually designed, with an air-conditioned conference room, an upstairs break-away room and an outside area overlooking the dam, the Elandsberg Nature Reserve and the Elandskloof Mountains.

Conference Venue in the Cape Winelands on a Farm : deckhouse

We have overnight accommodation for executive groups of eight people, or sixteen sharing, and our resident restaurant team offers delicious food.

Conference Venue in the Cape Winelands on a Farm : food and accommodation

(*) Mid-week conference packages at BK

valid from Monday to Friday from 1 April to 30 September 2018 (excluding July)

Mid-Week Full Day Package


  1. Arrival: Light country breakfast
  2. Mid-morning: Filter coffee, tea and snack
  3. Lunch: Pre-agreed 2 course set menu
  4. Afternoon: Filter coffee, tea and snack
  5. R590 pp/day for 1 to 30 guests



Mid-Week Half Day Package


  1. Arrival: Coffee/tea and home-made rusks
  2. Mid-morning: Filter coffee, tea
  3. Lunch: Pre-agreed 2 course set menu
  4. R310 pp/day for 1 to 30 guests

Bartholomeus Klip employs a total of 20 staff members, including a manager, chefs, waiters/waitresses and housekeepers.



Bookings & Enquiries

Email info@bartholomeusklip.com Address Elandsberg Nature Reserve, Riebeek Valley Directions 25 minutes' drive from Riebeek Kasteel | Click here for directions Telephone +27(0)741 599 906 Telephone +27(0)22 448 1087 Telephone +27(0)82 829 4131 Fax +27(0)86 604 4321

specials

Spring Special

Spring is here so come out an enjoy the spring flowers with us .Stay for less and enjoy luxurious accommodation aswell as a scrumptious brunch at Bartholomeus Klip.The rest of your schedule is upto you ......

Enjoy a traditional high tea and our famous  BK scones or book an afternoon nature drive exploring the 4000he fynbos reserve. Finish the day with drinks and canapes  at a crackling fire before tucking into a delicious 3 course dinner prepared by our farm kitchen. After a good nights rest you can enjoy the fresh country air with a morning farm excursion to see the inner workings of a farm followed by a generous brunch before departure.

R1750.00 pppn B&B .Valid from 1 August -30 September 2018 - Direct Bookings only. Rates exclude high tea, natures drives(morning and evening) , canapes and dinner and all bar purchases. All extras must be booked in advance .Rates include accomodation, activities(bikes,walks,canoes and fishing) and full country brunch.

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Come see the Spring Flowers!

Book a day trip with us to enjoy the spectacular flowers during Springtime.  Arrive from 10:00 and head off on a nature drive,through our 4000hec private nature reserve.Fynbos surrounds you with its rich and varied plant life full of interest, where at any moment you might spot a zebra from the quagga project, a rare plant or perhaps even a strikingly patterned geometric tortoise. Arrive back and enjoy a welcome drink and snack before lunch. Sit down in the air-conditioned conservatory or in the lush gardens(weather depending).Delight in a three course set menu prepared by the kitchen and choose from our great selections of wine from the Swartland area. Any eating requirements can be cater for if notified in advance, and rate excludes bar purchases not listed below.

Rate R550.00pp Includes ,welcome drink and snacks,3 course set lunch, tea and coffee, 2 hour drive into the Private Nature Reserve with qualified guide, activities booklet, bottle of water. No children under 12 years.Minimum 4 guests

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Stay 3 pay 2

Enjoy a 3 nights at BK full board and all activities for the price of 2. 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 autumn. Valid dates 1 April -30 September  2018. Subject to availability and may not be used in conjunction with any other specials. Valid for Farmhouse and Wild Olive House Bookings. Direct bookings only.Contact us for more information  info@bartholomeusklip.com

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Sunday Family Lunch Special 12:00-16:00

JOIN US FOR LUNCH Join us  for a family lunch every Sunday. Enjoy a delicious seasonal menu, family style at the deckhouse and kids of all ages welcome The cost is R280.00pp-Kids under 12 half price.Includes buffet lunch, tea and coffee. Any dietary requirements can be can be catered for . Valid from 5 August -28 October  2018. Only on Sundays and must be booked in advance/subject to availability. Excludes bar purchases.  Contact us to make a booking 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 free selected house wines and minerals during your stay

Included is 2 nights accomodation with all meals and activities,selected beverages as specified.Valid for 2 nights minumum stay only. Direct Bookings Only .Bookings valid for any of these dates : 10-13 August 2018  // 22-24 September 2018 // 15-17 December 2018 //19-22 April 2019 //15-17 June 2019

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rates & bookings

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  • 1. THE FARMHOUSE / FULL BOARD + ALL ACTIVITIES
  • * Rates are per person per night sharing
  • APR - SEP
    R 3,299
    Luxury Room
    R 3,939
    Orchid Suite
  • OCT - MAR
    R 4,596
    Luxury Room
    R 5,247
    Orchid Suite
  • PLEASE NOTE Bartholomeus Klip is closed yearly during July. Rates are per person per night sharing, full board, including activities, and may be subject to change RATES INCLUDE Full country brunch and 3 course dinner / generous afternoon tea / Snacks and sundowners / Early morning coffee and pastries / two daily activities / Use of mountain bikes, canoes & other facilities / free Wi-Fi RATES EXCLUDE All beverages including wine, spirits, minerals and beers / Telephone calls / Gratuities / Laundry and valet services / Shop purchases / Extra Activities such as Archery GENERAL NOTES Check in time is 3.00 p.m. and check out time 12.00 p.m. | No guests under the age of 16 years | Transfer rates available on request | View full Terms & Conditions >
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  • 2. THE FARMHOUSE / BED & BREAKFAST
  • * Rates are per person per night sharing
  • APR - SEP
    R 1,750
  • OCT - MAR
    R 3,181
  • PLEASE NOTE Bartholomeus Klip is closed yearly during July. Rates are per person per night sharing, full board, including activities, and may be subject to change RATES INCLUDE Full country brunch / Use of mountain bikes, canoes & other facilities / free Wi-Fi / All extras to be booked in advanceRATES EXCLUDE Dinner / Afternoon tea / Snacks and sundowners / Early morning coffee and pastries / Guided activities / All beverages including wine, spirits, minerals and beers / Telephone calls / Gratuities / Laundry and valet services / Shop purchases / Extra Activities such as Archery GENERAL NOTES Check in time is 3.00 p.m. and check out time 12.00 p.m. | No guests under the age of 16 years | Transfer rates available on request | View full Terms & Conditions >
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  • 3. WILD OLIVE HOUSE / SELF CATERING
  • * Rates are per unit per night
  • APR - SEP
    R 2,626
  • OCT - MAR
    R 7,373
  • PLEASE NOTE Bartholomeus Klip is closed yearly during July. Rates are per unit, not per person. RATES INCLUDE Accommodation (sleeps 6-8), Use of mountain bikes, canoes & other facilities on the property, one daily servicing. RATES EXCLUDE All meals and nature drives. These can be booked in advance with the reservation office. All beverages including wine, spirits, minerals and beers / Telephone calls / Gratuities / Laundry and valet services / Shop purchases / Extra Activities such as Archery GENERAL NOTES Check in time is 3.00 p.m. and check out time 12.00 p.m. | Transfer rates available on request | View full Terms & Conditions
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Contact Bartholomeus Klip

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Email INFO@BARTHOLOMEUSKLIP.COM


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 farmer and ranger updates

This page is specially for our farmers and rangers, who are constantly coming across interesting things on their drives across our farmlands and through the Elandsberg Nature Reserve, keeping you up to date with the latest news and intriguing discoveries from Bartholomeus Klip.

 

Our commitment to the environment is at the heart of everything we do. Read more about the Elandsberg Nature Reserve here

 

Merino Sheep Auction

Today was a big day at BK. Farmers from all over the region came to inspect, size up and offer money for BK's prize-winning Merino sheep, under the watchful eyes and rattling roars of seasoned auctioneers. A Merino sheep's worth is determined by a fine balance between the size and the quality of the wool they produce. For many years, BK's sheep have been bred with the aim of establishing that perfect balance. [View more pictures here]

Welcome Quagga Rachel

While 12 August 1883 marks the day the last Quagga died in an Amsterdam zoo, 12 August 2018 – 135 years later – is a day for celebration! Our latest Quagga foal “Rachel” was born and is in excellent health. Rachel is a welcome addition to the Quagga Project and a valuable contribution to growing numbers of Rau Quagga. Rachel is pictured here with her mother, Sonja, at the Elandsberg Nature Reserve at Bartholomeus Klip.


Beware, Air Tractors

This is the time of year when we thrill to the daring antics of the brave pilots flying the 'air tractors', ensuring that the crops grow well and remain healthy.


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sustainability | Environmental Responsibility

At the heart of our business is our commitment to the environment.

The Elandsberg Nature Reserve was formally declared a provincial nature reserve in 2008 in recognition of its importance to conservation. Its botanical value is incalculable since it preserves the largest remaining portions of two highly threatened renosterveld and fynbos plant communities. Bartholomeus Klip has signed up with Cape Nature's Stewardship programme to safeguard the reserve in perpetuity, and has played a central rol in the Quagga revival project. Besides doing educational nature drives for our guests, our rangers are also involved in the reserves Geometric Tortoise headstart project - a means of providing protection and ensuring the survival of this critically endangered tortoise after the devastating fires of 2012. For fun they also get to help with the feeding and care of our disease free buffalo herd.

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. 

 

iKusasa

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. 

 

DESTINATION BARTOLOMEUS KLIP

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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.

DESTINATION BARTOLOMEUS KLIP