Barton Villas

Overberg

Rooms: 5 villas: Heron, 3 dbls, 1 twin (+ new entertainment area: pool table, table tennis, darts); Blue Crane, 2 dbls, 1 twin; Plover, 2 dbls, 1 twin; Dove, 2 dbls, 1 twin; Hammerkop, 2 dbls; all have en-s bathrooms, outdoor pools, outdoor spa baths (except Hammerkop), DSTV & wifi.

Prices: 15th Dec - 15th Jan R4,500 per villa per night; Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, March, April R3,250; May, Sept & Oct R2,750; June, July & Aug R2,200.
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Meals: Self-catering.

Directions: From Cape Town take N2 to Somerset West and Caledon. Follow exit 90 for Hermanus, Barton Vineyards is on R43 Botriver to Hermanus Rd, some 100 metres after and on the same side as the Shell petrol station.

GPS: 34.26176° South 19.17467° East

Peter Neill
Barton Villas, R43 Hermanus Rd, Bot River, Overberg, Western Cape

Tel: (0)K +44 (0) 1489-878-673; SA +27 (0) 28-284-9283
Cell: (0)84-231-8930
Fax: (0)K +44 (0) 1489-878-715; SA +27 (0) 28-284-9776
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In the middle of the Kogel National Park, up a winding avenue of pine trees, I finally found five modern Tuscan-style villas scattered across the raised valley of a working vineyard. As we climbed the track and stood under the arches the beam of my gaze shot straight out of the window, and spread across the vineyards and over the sprawling mountains beyond. The views are spectacular, a rolling canvas of working fields, rows of lavender and fynbos-clad mountains which wraps right around you. Built into and around the rocks the villas all have wide verandahs on which to conduct your feasts and to soak up the views. It’s no secret Peter built them to stay in himself and consequently no expense has been spared. Notably the bedding, shipped straight in from The White Company because no other duvets would do! With huge sweeping lounges, open-plan kitchens, long tables, big fireplaces and an emphasis on natural materials, the villas are immaculately finished throughout. Peter has a soft spot for Persian carpets bringing colour and warmth to the airy rooms and I’m told a new one sneaks in on his every visit. With spa baths and swimming pools built into the rocks it’s easy to forget this is a working farm abundant with wildlife. Don’t miss the opportunity to get involved, especially with the wine grown on the farm. I imagined inviting everyone I knew to come for a week of long sunset dinners, lazy days of swimming, riding, tennis, golf, hiking and landscape painting….

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What to Do in the Area

Attractions

Working farm
Barton's 200 hectares comprise vineyards, plum orchards, olive groves, lavender and geranium fields from which wines, olive oil and essential oil products are produced under the Barton label.
Bird watching
The elegant Blue Crane, South Africa's national bird, and Africa's most endangered bird species, breeds on the farm, and you can frequently watch their courting dance in the farm's vineyards and fields. Pelicans and flamingos can be viewed at the Botriver lagoon, just 5 kilometres from the farm. The famous South African penguin colony at Betty's Bay is just half an hour's drive from the farm. Click to view the Bird List.
Walking and trekking
Visitors can hike through the Kogelberg National Eco Park's many well-maintained trails, which are within a short driving distance of the farm. Alternatively guests can simply explore the farm or take off into the Kogelberg mountains behind the villas.
Whale watching
Guests can watch whales from several beaches and headlands in the vicinity, or take a whale watching boat trip from Hermanus in the June to December months.
Diving
Instruction, hire of equipment and diving trips are available at Hermanus. White shark cage diving – for those with a sense of adventure – can be arranged at Gansbaai.
Scenic drives
There are a number of world-class scenic drives within a short distance of Barton. Destinations include Greyton, Stellenbosch, Franchoek, Swellendam, Gordon's Bay, Betty's Bay and Cape Aghulas (the southernmost point of Africa).
Beaches
There are extensive uncrowded, sandy beaches around Onrus, Kleinmond and Hermanus.
Fly-fishing
Barton's dams are stocked with rainbow trout, and guests are more than welcome to cast a fly.
Tennis
Barton's hard court, with its mountain views, is available to all guests. Racquets and balls are available on request.
Golf
Barton is just five minutes' drive from the Arabella championship golf course. There are also golf courses in Hermanus (a thirty minute drive) and Kleinmond (a twenty minute drive). Barton has its own short hole and putting green.
Fynbos
In the heart of Kogel National Eco Park, Barton hosts a world famous heritage site for fynbos.
Horse riding
There are two local equestrian facilities and arrangements can be made for riding on the Kleinmond beaches to see the wild horses.