It’s not hard to fall in love with an incy-wincy village in South Africa’s Little Karoo. Take Barrydale, for example. Its sits poised and pretty in a fertile farming area smack-bang on famous Route 62. Cute country cottages, life in the slow lane and lovely artsy people creating interesting things are part of the appeal. It’s the perfect detox from the frenzy of city life, with Cape Town 3 hours away. These are some of the places to see:
Barrydale Hand Weavers
Gorgeous handwoven products are on sale here, and some are still in the making. From small items such as dish towels to large rugs, there is a lovely collection of items to view.
Diesel and Creme
Think roadside vintage diner, good belly-friendly food and a touch of nostalgia. Once here, you could be back in the 60s and 70s. Rough brickwork, old relics of yesteryear, and quirky smile-worthy bits and pieces make this a treat. Fun and unfussy dining.
Take some time to browse the exquisite hand-crafted jewellery on display here, which combines all manner of interesting natural materials. You will find it at The Mud Centre on the R62.
Karoo Art Hotel (previously Karoo Barrydale Hotel)
The recipe for a great country hotel goes something like this: mix together an old, character-hotel and a heaped measure of imagination and art, add an eye for the fresh and funky, along with a kaleidoscope of colours, stir the magical ingredients creatively in all directions, and abracadabra there you have it – an old-made-new hotel (graded 3-star), meeting-and-eating place and watering hole that has pride of place in pretty Van Riebeeck Street. Ask for a room with a verandah and gaze out across the town over a cup of tea. Also consider a Thai massage in the privacy of your room. Adjoining the hotel is The Belanti, Barrydale’s old cinema now used for live music events and large private functions.
Magpie Art Collective
the Magpie Art Collective is situated diagonally opposite the Barrydale Karoo Hotel and produces the most incredible functional art. The chandeliers made by Magpie are pieces to be coveted! For the most part, discards and unwanted bits and pieces are used in ingenious ways to create beautiful items of functional home art. You may even want to commission your own creation.
Ronnie’s Sex Shop
A harmless pub boldly dressed up with sex shop signage by Ronnie’s prankster pals. Great marketing it turned out to be, because this remains a popular watering hole and pitstop. It’s on Route 62 outside Barrydale towards Ladismith – you can’t miss the signage!
Of course there are many more wonderful places to visit in Barrydale. The spectacularly scenic Tradouw Pass is a must; the hot springs at Warmwaterberg Spa are worthy of a visit; and for walkers, the walking trails are great. And do eat at Mez in Van Riebeeck Street if you visit Barrydale during their opening season.
Mail us for accommodation bookings, or call us on 0860 102 907 (local) or +27 21 797-7122 (international).