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  • Charming, quirky, artsy design offers a fun atmosphere
  • Great food and wine, and frequent live music performances
  • A great stop along the wonderfully scenic Route 62

Karoo Art Hotel

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Barrydale


-33.9049, 20.7197


Oozing creativity at every turn, the Karoo Art Hotel is a unique celebration of all things arty.  The owners have roped in the likes of renowned art designers Magpie Collective to assist in creating a modern, quirky celebration of local artwork, with eye-catching works around every corner. Apart from being a delight to the senses, the hotel charms guests with warm Karoo hospitality, highly-acclaimed cuisine and comfortable accommodation.

Artistic flair enhances classic Karoo charm in the 15 guest rooms, which have been individually-decorated. Sleeping configurations range from Queen and King-size beds to single beds, all fitted with top quality mattresses and percale linen. Additional amenities such as hairdryers, tea and coffee facilities, telephones, wireless internet, fans, gas heaters and electric blankets assure comfort in either the hot summers or chilly winters.

Situated on the first floor, the nine Klein Karoo suites have charming in room bathrooms, two with baths and showers and the rest with showers only. Up a level in size, the five Groot Karoo rooms are also on the first floor and have indulgent King-size beds and flatscreen satellite televisions. Four of the rooms have spacious showers, while one has a cavernous Victorian bath to luxuriate in.

Guests staying for more than two nights may be allocated one of several rooms with balconies overlooking Barrydale and the surrounding hills. Deserving of a special mention, one of the rooms has been designed by artists from the Magpie Art Collective, who have been given the freedom to decorate in their colourfully distinctive style. Guests will be particularly enchanted by the light-fitting sculptures, which have been expertly crafted from recycled waste. Highlighting the hotel’s philosophy of supporting local artists, Magpie’s showroom is just across the road and well worth a visit.

Situated on the ground floor, the courtyard suite is the most spacious and modern of the rooms, holding plenty of allure for romantics and honeymooners. Guests can enjoy the privacy of their own patio and a shaded courtyard with water feature and comfy seating areas. The earthy-coloured bathroom is exceptionally modern and has twin basins, while the double outdoor shower is a special feature.

Artistic creativity has not only been used in the rooms, but also in the hotel’s exceptional cuisine. The restaurant creates signature Karoo dishes upheld to the highest standards of presentation and flavour, and has been awarded membership to the prestigious Chaîne des Rộtisseurs international gastronomic club. Featuring an extensive range of local, national and international wines and champagne, the accompanying wine list is regarded as one of the best in South Africa.

Apart from admiring and perhaps purchasing some of the artwork on show, you can relax in and around the swimming pool, play a game of pool or indulge in a massage treatment to be enjoyed in the treatment room, pretty garden or your private room. 

The hotel celebrates musical art too, inviting numerous iconic South African musicians and upcoming local talent to perform in its Belanti Theatre, which can also host film-screenings, art exhibitions and special celebrations.

The hotel is conveniently positioned to explore the attractions of Barrydale and the Route 62. Visits to the Warmwaterberg mineral hot springs and Barrydale Cellar come highly recommended, while other attractions include quad biking, hiking, 4x4 trails and farm stalls.

Rates & Summary

9 Klein Karoo Rooms

First floor rooms
Each sleeps 2 in Queen, King or twin beds
Two extra children accommodated on request
In-room bath and shower or shower only

5 Groot Karoo Rooms

First floor rooms
Each sleeps 2 King-size/twin beds
Two extra children accommodated on request
En-suite shower or Victorian bath
Some have private balcony with mountain views

Garden Suite

Spacious ground floor room
Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
Two extra children accommodated on request
En-suite bath, shower and outdoor shower
Private courtyard with pond


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Continental and English breakfast included
Restaurant serves lunch and dinner


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

The Karoo Art Hotel in the Route 62 town of Barrydale is a funky country hotel offering accommodation in 15 colourful, individually-decorated guest rooms. A vibrant hub of creativity, the hotel delights guests with its vivid colours and imaginative decorations, focused on celebrating the work of local artists. The traditional cuisine and wine list are up there with the best in South Africa, while the hotel has become arguably the most popular musical performance venue in the Klein Karoo, attracting renowned musicians and local talent.


  • Charming, quirky, artsy design offers a fun atmosphere
  • Great food and wine, and frequent live music performances
  • A great stop along the wonderfully scenic Route 62

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the hotel are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Film theatre
  • Beauty treatments
  • Nearby: brandy cellar, art galleries, farm stalls, quad biking, hiking trails, 4x4 routes, hot mineral springs, botanical garden, Bontebok National Park.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted





Western Cape


The Overberg is a region that’s easy on the senses and pleasing to the eye. Its landscape is a tapestry of colours and meandering patterns, both natural and manmade. 

The region forms a relatively small part of the Western Cape; it is mostly rural, and is blessed with stunning scenery and unique highlights. Its largest town, Hermanus, is said to provide the best land-based whale watching in the world. It also has exquisite beaches, including the blue flag Grotto Beach, and the nearby Hemel-en-Aarde Valley epitomises the majestic beauty of the region.

Across Walker Bay, the towns of Gansbaai and Kleinbaai are best known for shark cage diving to see great whites at the hotspot near Dyer Island.

L’Agulhas stands at the southernmost point on the African continent, and is the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

The Overberg fauna and flora is protected in the Bontebok National Park, and its nature reserves include De Hoop, De Mond, Salmons Dam, Marloth, and the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Staying with wildlife, the penguin colony at Stony Point in Betty’s Bay is also a tourist favourite.

Swellendam and the small mission towns of Genadendal and Elim are amongst the Overberg’s historic icons. Others that are popular with visitors are Greyton, Stanford, and Napier.

In summer the farmlands are dominated by shimmering shades of brown, the fields stripped of their winter crops and the bare earth ploughed into meandering combed patterns dotted with tightly compressed wheels of straw awaiting collection. Labourers’ cottages hunker down beneath old blue gums and on a cold day smoke drifts from their chimneys.

Throughout the year the early morning and late afternoon sun accentuates the sensual curves of the ridges wreathed in fynbos. When the winter rains return, the undulating, sometimes tiered fields shrug off their brown and slip into the vibrant greens of wheat, barley, and oats, and the brilliant yellow of the iconic canola. On still, sultry mornings, blue cranes, South Africa’s national bird, float overhead craaaaaaking as they go.

The coastline is punctuated by long sweeping bays and rocky outcrops that fringe the southern boundary of this landscape. Here one can spend hours sitting on the white sand, being mesmerised by the eternal activity of the sea.

Add to this a scattering of charming inland villages; locally produced beer, cheese, and wine; lighthouses, bird watching, and wonderful food, and it becomes evident why one needs plenty of time here.

Look out for

Southern-most tip of Africa - at L’Agulhas, which is also the official meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. 

Shark cage diving - near Gansbaai there are several operators who do trips daily out to the Great Whites’ favourite hunting grounds near Dyer Island. 

Whale watching - the Overberg offers great land-based and boat-based whale watching (best between July and November). 

Beaches - the Overberg beaches are amongst the finest in South Africa. They include the longest beach in the southern hemisphere - at 14km - which curves along the coast at Struisbaai. 

Swellendam - is the third-oldest magisterial district in South Africa. At the base of the Langeberg Mountains on the N2 highway the town has an array of historic buildings including the Drostdy Museum.

Hermanus - On the coast in the west of the region. It is the largest town in the Overberg and popular with visitors all year round. It’s especially well known for its superb land-based whale watching.

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley - near Hermanus - this scenic area produces a range of wines and is known for its Pinot Noir.

Bontebok National Park - The smallest of South Africa’s National Parks, it not only protects the fauna within its boundaries but also endangered flora in the fynbos biome. In addition to the bontebok, the park is also home to Cape mountain zebra, red hartebeest, grey rhebuck, and Cape grysbok as well as 200 bird species. There are hiking and mountain-biking trails and fishing and swimming in the Breede River. The accommodation and campsite are situated at Lang Elsie’s Kraal amongst a riverine thicket of trees and aloes near the banks of the Breede River. This consists of 10 self-catering chalets with wheel chair access, and caravan and camping sites. There are also picnic spots with braai and ablution facilities for day visitors.

De Hoop Nature Reserve - Each year between June and November whales return to the rugged coastline of this 34 000 hectare reserve near Bredasdorp to breed. During this time the marine reserve supports 40% of the world’s Southern Right whale population. Although these may be the drawcard for many visitors there is much more in the line of nature-based activities for the visitor. Lowland fynbos is the dominant vegetation throughout the reserve and this supports bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, grey rhebuck, eland, and baboon, as well as many smaller mammals. It’s a great destination for ‘twitchers’, with the De Hoop vlei attracting a large number of water birds and pushing the recorded species to an impressive total of 260. Besides being able to walk anywhere in the reserve there are several day hikes and the popular 5-day whale trail. Accommodation options are varied from cottages and rondawels to restored houses and neat camping and caravan sites amongst the milkwood trees. Most accommodation is around what is known as Die Opstal near the fresh water vlei and park reception.

Wines - The region has some top class wineries that offer tasting and sales.

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