Karoo Art Ho­tel

Getaway (South Africa) - - THE FINAL CUT BARRYDALE -


Au­then­tic hos­pi­tal­ity is a hall­mark of this town, but this quirky 15-room ho­tel takes the prize, with ev­ery mem­ber of staff fully en­gaged in mak­ing sure guests are 100 per cent com­fort­able. It’s a down-to-earth and very homely ex­pe­ri­ence, with a spirit of gen­eros­ity spilling over into the breadth of fa­cil­i­ties. These in­clude the Be­lanti Theatre & Bio­scope (Fri­days are movie nights), vin­tage Dutch bikes lined up on the stoep, a fes­tive dress-up rail at re­cep­tion, DJ turntable and vinyls set up in the bar, and live mu­sic oc­ca­sion­ally. For a do­na­tion, a riel­d­ans per­for­mance can be ar­ranged. Decor is eclec­tic, with ev­ery room com­pletely dif­fer­ent in char­ac­ter, and the ho­tel’s walls are cov­ered in art (most of it for sale). Chef Derek Lowe serves de­li­cious Karoo com­fort food – the res­tau­rant is a mem­ber of the in­ter­na­tional gas­tro­nomic guild Chaîne des Rôtis­seurs and win­ner of the Klein Karoo Gour­mand Award for two con­sec­u­tive years – and the ho­tel bar is a lo­cal in­sti­tu­tion.

ROOM TIP The Klein Karoo rooms are great value but most have a shower cu­bi­cle within the bed­room. If you pre­fer an en-suite, shell out for a Groot Karoo room. Of these, Mag­pie (dec­o­rated by the ac­claimed Mag­pie Art Col­lec­tive, across the road) is gor­geous, but I thor­oughly en­joyed stay­ing in Room 2, open­ing onto a pri­vate bal­cony with mar­vel­lous views over the vil­lage.

COST Klein Karoo room from R995 pp shar­ing B&B; Groot Karoo room from

R1 300 pp shar­ing B&B.

CON­TACT 028-572-1226, ka­rooartho­tel.co.za

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