• The Bioscope in the beams above the ballroom

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All The Arts Of The Karoo Art Hotel

Yes it's an art hotel. South Africa's most celebrated. But then there are all the other arts; The art of the welcome, the art of the bar, the dining room, the bedrooms, the beautiful public spaces, the secluded getaway spots, the wood fired ovens, the coffee, the conversation, the To Do list and more.

Latest News and Events

Embrace Autumn's Splendor: Stay three nights and only pay for two

Autumn is the perhaps the best time to explore the natural and historic beauty of Barrydale and as most of our guests will confess - two days are simply not long enough to enjoy everything this quaint town has to offer.

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Reflections on 'owning the hotel'. Jacques and Tara show the way re the Art of a Barrydale wedding

It was our first proper wedding since taking over this fine establishment, but the wait was definitely worthwhile. Jacques Du Plessis from Mr Cat & the Jackal and Tara Bakkes, creative at Jumpin' the Gun, hosted the most incredible wedding with the liveliest crowd ever. They definitely owned the space.

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The night Beezy Bailey blew in

We have the luck of hosting a celebrated avant garde artist out of the blue - correction, out of the dead of night. And Angel the hotel cat gets herself immortalised on the hotel 'quote of the day' sandwich board.

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The Barrydale Cycle Loop

A chilled ride through 6 glorious farms with many an out

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Make a date for the hotel's program of workshop and event highlights ahead for 2024

The Conductors of the Karoo Art was a new idea for 2024. The concept ? To hand the hotel over to a leading creative or else event for a weekend of very specific focus. It started with a bang with a Cathy Milner art weekend and that was followed by an extraordinary program put together by writer Rian Malan, photographer Guy Tillim, Dance instructor Hannah Loewenthal and film maker Lloyd Ross. More...

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2nd Birthday reflections

March 2024. It's only our 2nd birthday. Thinking back on the journey we went through with the building and the impact of Sue as a decorator

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Anais Ninn wrote the brief for the bar

It's an Art hotel. But is it an Art bar ? The thoughts of Anais Ninn the famous mid 19th century writer and author of an outrageously erotic personal diary that shocked society gave us some direction

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Marianne Palmer to host a workshop on the art of a gourmet Karoo farm kitchen

If the idea is to celebrate the art of Karoo cooking what better way to anchor it than with the cookbooks of iconic Karoo farming families ? In a forthcoming workshop weekend the author of Prickly Pears & Pomegranates will lead guests of the hotel through the 'how to's' of her brilliant recipes

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A Culinary Odyssey: Chef Derek Lowe's Journey From Cape to Karoo

Up close and personal with our executive who just loves presenting the best the Karoo has to offer

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