About Barton Villas
Barton Farm, with its seven units (5 Tuscan style self-catering holiday villas and 2 cottages), is located near Botriver in the heart of the Kogelberg National Park. The farm is just one hours’ drive from Cape Town International Airport and twenty minutes drive from Hermanus. The views from the villas are of the surrounding mountains, our vineyards, olive groves and lavender fields to Walker Bay. The villas provide a perfect base from which to explore the Western Cape.
There are over 70 acres of vineyards situated on the south slopes of the Kogelberg, 760 metres above sea level, absorbing the cooling sea breezes from Walker Bay. Barton wines can be tasted and purchased from our Tasting Room.
Self Catering Accommodation
Choose from either our five stunning villas or our two self catering cottages all offered on a self catering basis.
Blue Crane Villa:
Blue Crane Villa has two en-suite double bedrooms (one with shower only) and one en-suite twin bedded room. The spacious living room leads to a well-equipped kitchen. The villa has its own Jacuzzi, pool and gazebo with views across the valley and the Kogelberg Nature Reserve.
This split-level three bedroom(en-suite with shower and bath) villa has a spacious open plan living room with DStv and log fire, dining area and well equipped open-plan kitchen that leads onto the dining veranda. Braai facilities provided on the verandas, its own Jacuzzi and swimming pool, which have views over the farm's vineyards, Walker Bay and the Kogel valley.
Heron Villa has three large double en-suite bedrooms and one twin bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. It has a spacious open-plan living room with DSTV and log fire, dining area and kitchen. Braai facilities are available outside. The villa has an entertainment / games room with a pool table and table tennis, as well as an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi with spectacular views.
Dove Villa can accommodate 6 people in total, in three large en-suite bedrooms. Two bedrooms have a door that leads to the front patio, overlooking the swimming pool, vineyards and mountains. There is a spacious open plan living area and fully equipped self catering kitchen. An undercover Jacuzzi is available for private use. Various braai areas are available as well as a fire place in the living area.
Hammerkop can accommodate 4 people, in two en-suite bedrooms, each with a door leading to the patio. The open plan, fully equipped self catering kitchen / dining room / lounge has DSTV, wifi and an indoor braai / fireplace. Situated a little bit further from the house is a large, private swimming pool with gazebo and braai facilities. Hammerkop does not have a Jacuzzi.
Swallow & Swift Cottages:
These two newly built semi-detached cottages can each accommodate 2 people, in one double room (sleeper couch and cot in lounge on request), en-suite bathroom (shower only), self catering kitchen equipped with microwave, oven & hob, fridge/freezer and washing machine (Swift only), lounge / dining area and a terrace overlooking a dam.
Guests can hike on the Kogelberg National Park’s trails a short distance from the farm and have use of the tennis court and adjoining golf chipping area. Guests of Blue Crane and Plover also have use of the par three-golf hole.
Barton Farm boasts world famous Fynbos and is home to variety of wildlife including the Blue Crane, South Africa’s most endangered bird species.
Attractions and Activities
Barton Farm offers a wide range of attractions and activities for the discerning visitor to the Western Cape:
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.
Other birds regularly seen on the farm include Egyptian geese, hadidas, hammerheads, bokmakeries, sugarbirds, sunbirds, plovers, herons and finches. 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.
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 take off into the Kogelberg Mountains behind the villas.
Barton Farm is just 5 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). The farm has its own short holes and putting greens.
Barton Farm’s hard court, with its mountain views, is available to all guests. Rackets and balls may be borrowed on request.
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.
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.
Barton Farm in the Walker Bay wine area, has its own vineyards, producing Chenin blanc, Sauvignon blanc, Shiraz , Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre and Malbec. While the majority of Barton wine is exported to the UK, a small quantity is retained for sale in South Africa and is available in restaurants in the locality and from the farm manager. A number of other local Walker Bay vineyards offer tasting and wine sales.
There are a number of world-class scenic drives within a short distance of Barton Farm, destinations include Greyton, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Swellendam, Gordon’s Bay, Betty’s Bay and Cape Aghulas (the southernmost point of Africa) .
The area has a number of excellent hotels and restaurants within short driving distance.
There are extensive uncrowded, sandy beaches around Onrus, Kleinmond and Hermanus.