A Hamlet Stopped in Time

This small community of Baardkeerdersbos, in the Overberg region, is a place to visit when you really want to get away from it all. Known locally as B’bos, there are only 80 or so people in residency and it feels like a village from a by-gone era. Apart from the main road, which was only tarred last year, the roads are all sand and everywhere you look there are views over the fertile countryside.

There is a pub and grill that is the heart of the village, a petrol pump, small shop for necessities alongside a bottle store. The community boasts several artists who open up their houses twice a year to the public, otherwise it is a matter of walking, riding or relaxing over a bottle of locally made wine in the time honored style of doing nothing.

It is only a short way from the coast and the southern most tip of Africa, as well as being close to the Strandveld wine farms. The busier towns of Hermanus and Stanford are less than an hour’s drive away for whale watching (in season) and shopping if the need is too great!

Die Kloof

Hedonist Hippy recommends:

To stay:

Die Kloof – self-catering accommodation set on a farm. Lovely private house in amongst the trees which is well equipped and sleeps 4.

Baardies overnight accommodation – self catering house situated on the main road in the village. It is set back from the road and there is not a lot of passing traffic, so it’s quiet. Looking out over horses and the sweeping valley makes for a wonderful, relaxed stay.

LOKAL pop-up
To eat:

Marietjie’s – local pub and grill housed in a beautiful sandstone building. Very quaint inside and a favourite with visitors especially for breakfast and lunch over the weekends. If you want to hang out with the locals, this is the place to do it!

LOKAL – a pop-up restaurant that happens about once a month. A set menu that offers a lot of different tastes to delight the palette and the restaurant is in a beautiful glass and wooden building. Watch out for when they open as it’s a real treat!

To do:

Farmers’ market – this happens on the last Saturday morning of the month. A treasure trove of fresh produce, meat and local trout set inside the old school house building. It is extremely popular so get there early!

Art Route – visit artists in their studios at home. This happens twice a year (usually March & October) and showcases not only the local artists, but invited ones too. It has become increasingly popular and is a great way to spend the day or weekend.

Pearly Beach – walk on miles of unspoiled beach, a mere 7kms away from the village.

Bbos Riding School – they offer beautiful scenic outrides around the village and nearby.

Time Stands Still

The quiet and tranquility of the village forces you to stop awhile and unwind. There are lovely, lazy walks to be had, local friends to be made and great local wine to drink – what more could one ask of a time spent away?


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