This is a delightful little country hotel that showcases and celebrates Art in a big way: for sale


This is a delightful little country hotel that showcases and celebrates Art in a big way

Barrydale, Western Cape, South Africa

NEGOTIABLE

14 900 000 ZAR

9 500 000 ZAR


Agent: Cliff Jacobs - Managing Principal Estate Agent
Agent Cellphone: 0844131071
Agent Office Number: 0617166951
Agent Email Address: cliff@exquisitehotelconsultants.co.za
Type: Investment Opportunity
Bedrooms: 15
Bathrooms: 15
Showers: 15
Parking: 8
Yield: Not Disclosed
TGCSA Rating: 3 Star


Just 2 ½ hours from Cape Town, off the scenic Route 62 in the farming village of Barrydale, you’ll find the best accommodation in Barrydale in the form of the quirky, relaxed and welcoming Karoo Art Hotel.

This is a little country hotel that showcases and celebrates Art in a big way. Every room in the hotel is individually decorated - room 13 by internationally-renowned design collective, Magpie Collective. Aside from the eye-catching interiors and artworks, much of it for sale, the art of winemaking is celebrated with one of the best wine lists in South Africa. If Karoo cuisine is an art (and it is!) then this is the studio where it is practised best, being a winner of the Klein Karoo Gourmand Restaurant Award, and a member of the international gastronomic guild Chaîne des Rộtisseurs. Executive Chef Derek Lowe blurs the lines between food and art.

But perhaps the art that is closest to the beating heart of this funky country hotel is music. In the past 4 years it has firmly established itself as the home of Klein Karoo’s best live music events. It showcases the talents of both locals from the area as well as top-notch musicians from the rest of the country including Dave Ferguson, Wendy Oldfield, Valiant Swart, Piet Botha + Akkedis, Nick Turner, to mention but a few.

Within easy reach of the famous Warmwaterberg hot water springs, and in the heart of the Cape’s longest wine route, this is the perfect stop on a road trip via the scenic R62 to Oudtshoorn and the Garden Route. A peaceful weekend bolthole from the city, and a fabulous, affordable exclusive-use party, conference or wedding venue.

Whatever your reason for visiting, plan a few days here. There’s plenty to do, but here’s the real 21st century challenge: rediscover the art of doing nothing. With caring, nurturing staff on hand to take care of you, the Karoo Art Hotel is a great place to start. Because the Cape’s funkiest country hotel still offers that most vital ingredient: warm, old-fashioned Karoo hospitality.

Take your pick from 15 en suite rooms, all completely individual in character but offering classic Karoo accommodation with a creative twist. Most are furnished with king- or queen-size double beds (with additional mattresses available if you are traveling with kids); various single-bed configurations are also available.

Whichever room you choose you get the extra luxuries that count: top quality mattresses, soft percale linen, piping hot showers. With the exception of the Garden Suite, all rooms are located on the first floor, some with views from balconies overlooking the village or garden. Note that access to this floor is by staircase – the only lift in the village of Barrydale is the one you’ll experience in spirit!

The Karoo Art Hotel offers secure off-street parking. Barrydale is quite safe and we have never had any damage to cars or break-ins over the last 7 years, even with cars parked in the on-street parking bays outside the hotel. However, for car clubs and motor cycle clubs that require additional peace of mind, we would be happy to appoint a night watchman for a small additional charge (or complimentary, should the whole hotel be booked). For cycle tour groups we offer a secure overnight locked storage facility in our historic Belanti Theatre and Bioscope for their bicycles.

Our award-winning restaurant, The Gallery, is proof that our love for all art and talented artists extends and embraces the kitchen! Over the last four years Karoo Art Hotel has established itself as a country hotel offering the most excellent food: Karoo Grill is a member of the international gastronomic guild Chaîne des Rộtisseurs and a winner of the Klein Karoo Gourmand Restaurant Award, and serves the best wine list in the Klein Karoo.

The emphasis is very much on South African traditional food, particularly on Karoo dishes such as Traditional Karoo Lamb Bredie (a delicious traditional casserole), Klein Karoo Ostrich Fillet (very tender, very delicious), or a Traditional Karoo Venison Pie, all designed to intrigue and please your taste buds. Karoo Grill serves the best Karoo lamb chops, and a variety of speciality signature dishes such as

  • Springbok shank
  • Traditional Style Karoo Lamb “Soutribbetjie” (Cured Salted Ribs)
  • Roast Pork Belly
  • Karoo Lamb Curry

In any great country Karoo hotel you’ll find the most authentic art in the warm and welcoming hospitality, best experienced in the hotel’s beating heart – the bar. The Karoo Art Hotel bar has been the informal central gathering spot for Barrydale’s locals for over 100 years, offering visitors a chance to exchange views with eclectic clientele and interact with the friendly bar staff. On live music weekends, when handpicked musos perform either in the bar or in the Belanti, the bar is the most happening spot in the Klein Karoo.

It’s a truly authentic Karoo experience and, thanks to the proprietor’s passion for wine, offers an exceptional selection for a small country hotel. The Karoo Art Hotel is a recipient of the Diners Club Wine List Diamond Award – the highest possible wine list award and the only establishment in the Klein Karoo to achieve this honour.

The hotel is an unpretentious space in which visitors can sample South Africa’s best wines, MCCs and ports, including those produced in the Klein Karoo region, or dip into the impressive list of single malt whiskeys, imported champagne, cognacs and cigars.

The classic Barrydale Karoo bar is equipped with a piano, CD, DVD and turntable, with a great selection of vinyl – or bring your own. Get comfortable, get down, and feel right at home.

The Karoo Art Hotel is both exhibition space and showcase for the artists of the Karoo and beyond. It is a welcoming home for creative artists in cuisine, wine and music, but also for sculptors, writers, designers, painters. For some, the hotel is literally their canvas!

Guests are welcome to wander through the hotel to examine the owner’s permanent collection, discover the thought-provoking and playful work of graffiti artists, or browse and select an artwork souvenir from the walls or grounds of the hotel. Exhibitions are regularly updated, and the aim is to delight and challenge in equal measure. The work is curated, but we are always looking for new talent. We urge artists and dealers looking for a funky interactive exhibition space to apply by sending their portfolios to theo@karooarthotel.co.za.

We celebrate the artistic spirit in all its manifestations, but the Karoo Art Hotel has a particularly strong relationship with the music muse! In the past four years the hotel has become known as the best Klein Karoo music venue, putting on regular and sensational live entertainment. Our shows attract a small, diverse and friendly crowd of people – young and old, Afrikaans and English, local and international. The gigs generally take place on weekends, mostly Saturday nights, usually using the small stage in our welcoming hotel bar.

Our music shows cover the different genres from great Afrikaans music to country, jazz, funk, rock, blues and pop, to stand-up comedy shows, cabaret and festivals. We are well connected with various artists and entertainers, with well-known local bands, international musicians and classical musos. We feature traditional, speciality and novelty acts. Being situated in the heart of the Klein Karoo, we try to support Afrikaans music and talented Afrikaans artists that know how to express and showcase the beauty and variety of the Afrikaans language.

In the past we have had stars like Dave Ferguson, Valiant Swart, Gert Koevert, Natasha Meister, Wendy Oldfield, Tommy Dell, Errol Dyers and Gert Vlok Nel perform at the hotel.

We are always on the lookout for funky new acts, new talents and good South African artists to rock the Klein Karoo so contact us if you are an entertainer or know of someone who is interested in performing at the Karoo Art Hotel.

Take a break from your day’s activities exploring the beauty of the Klein Karoo and spend some time relaxing at the large Karoo Art Hotel swimming pool – an absolute boon in the summer. After your dip; enjoy the gardens; sip on a cocktail; read a book; gaze at the huge blue sky. The loungers provide guests with the perfect place to relax.

Route 62 is set to become the most popular tourism route – excellent country road with little traffic and trucks, situated between  Cape Town and the Garden Route . Most tourists coming to Cape Town stay here for 7 – 10 days, explore the city and the Winelands, then they rent a car / get in a bus and go on a road trip. Most of them want to go to the Garden Route /Knysna, for understandable reasons. WHY take the terrible N2?  Riversdal? Hundreds of trucks?  Either on the way out, or back in, R62 and Klein Karoo with scenic mountains on both sides, small villages, restaurants and wine estates, offers SO much more. And we are the best little hotel on that route.





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Key features

THE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

  • To purchase or to lease / rent the property.
  • Large Hall plus 4 smaller conference rooms plus a 40 seater movie theatre - all ideal for lecturing and training.
  • Ideally situated to become the primary training centre in the Klein Karoo - only two and a half hours drive from Cape Town and George.
  • Huge training needs in the Klein Karoo: Barrydale and surrounding towns such as Swellendam, Suurbraak, Montagu, Ladismith, Carlitzdorp and Oudtshoorn are all within easy driving distance.
  • 15 double rooms.
  • Staff / lecturer quarters.
  • Own kitchen and dining room.
  • Recreational facilities.
  • Swimming pool.
  • On-site parking and ample off-site parking.
  • Erf 194, Barrydale.
  • Extent of property: 2974 square metres.

CURRENTLY AN UPMARKET HOTEL

This is a little country hotel that showcases and celebrates Art in a big way. Every room in the hotel is individually decorated - room 13 by internationally renowned design collective, Magpie Collective. Aside from the eye-catching interiors and artworks, much of it for sale, the art of winemaking is celebrated with one of the best wine lists in South Africa. If Karoo cuisine is an art (and it is!) then this is the studio where it is practised best, being a winner of the Klein Karoo Gourmand Restaurant Award, and a member of the international gastronomic guild Chaîne des Rộtisseurs. Executive Chef Derek Lowe blurs the lines between food and art.

But perhaps the art that is closest to the beating heart of this funky country hotel is music. In the past 4 years it has firmly established itself as the home of Klein Karoo’s best live music events. It showcases the talents of both locals from the area as well as top-notch musicians from the rest of the country including Dave Ferguson, Wendy Oldfield, Valiant Swart, Piet Botha + Akkedis, Nick Turner, to mention but a few.

URGENT SALE
Exterior
Exterior 1
Great Karoo Room
Klein Karoo Room
Klein Karoo Room 1
Garden Suite
Magpie Room
Bathroom
Dining
Restaurant
Restaurant 1
Food
Bar
Pool
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Cliff Jacobs

Managing Principal / CEO

Exquisite Hotel Consultants (Pty) Ltd

Mobile: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951
Landline: +27 (0) 21 554 0283
Emailcliff@exquisitehotelconsultants.com
Skype: cliff.jacobs

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