May I introduce Bartholomeus Klip? Five years ago, my man and I went for a picnic at this beautiful Victorian country house, and we’ve never forgotten it… So when I found out they do weddings, I had to get all the details for you – it’s the ideal place if you’re looking for country charm and a personal touch. Take a day trip to check it out and I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it too…
Here’s what you need to know:
Venue: The most popular ceremony spots are the beautiful Deck House on the edge of the lake or the lawn under the trees, with the reception also at the Deck House (indoors and out) or a marquee on the lawn, or in the airy dining room.
Style: This is country charm at its finest, a luxurious Victorian Cape farmhouse with beautifully chosen details (like silver water jugs and gorgeous linen) and really stunning surrounds, both the gardens and the countryside.
Capacity: Up to 60 sitting down at the Deck House, 100 standing for canapes and cocktails. A marquee on the lawn can fit up to 100 people, and for smaller weddings 30 can be comfortably seated in the dining room.
Food: Choose between a buffet or set menu of simply fabulous country fare. The chef has a French background but focuses on local, fresh, great-tasting food. Our dinner was quite incredible – beef fillet tempura, a coq au vin unlike any other I’ve ever tasted (with bacon biltong!) and a delicious pineapple carpaccio and ginger ice cream dessert. The breakfast was also one of the best I’ve ever had – and that’s saying something. This is memorable food: hearty and fresh and wonderful.
Distance from Cape Town: It takes about an hour and a quarter on the winding R44, a lovely drive.
Accommodation options: The main house has 5 charming bedrooms, each sleeping two people, and the Wild Olive House can sleep 6 adults and 2 kids, so a total of 18 on the property. Riebeek Kasteel is only 20 minutes away, though, and there are plenty of accommodation options there.
What’s included: There is no extra venue hire charge if you hold your wedding at Bartholomeus Klip, just the room charge, which includes all meals and activities. The activities are varied and will happily keep your guests entertained the day before and the morning of the wedding – everything from game drives to cycling, boats and fishing. High tea is also included, a sumptuous affair, as well as dinner and brunch. And then there are all the necessaries, like cutlery, crockery and glasses. Tables and chairs aren’t included if you need enough for 100 people, but chat to Lesley (the very organised manager) and she’ll fill you in on all the details.
You also get the larger suite, with sparkling wine and sarmies for the ladies getting ready, and of course for the wedding night.
What you’ll love about it: It feels special, and personal. It’s all the beauty of a country setting, but with all kinds of luxury. You’re surrounded by birdsong, beautiful views and that special kind of peace that comes from being in the country.
?What’s missing: The suite is in the same house as the other guests (the main house), so you won’t feel very secluded or private on your wedding night.
I’ll be honest – I didn’t think Bartholomeus Klip could live up to my memory of it. But it was actually better than I remembered – I am now even more in love with this place than I have been for the last five years!
Until next time!