The Karoo Art Hotel
I have only been to Barrydale once before and as it was part of a quick road trips stop I didn’t get too see a lot of this quirky town. I told myself I just had to go back there and finally two years later Michael and I hit the road to spend a night there.
Barrydale is on Route62 that takes you through the beautiful Klein Karoo region of the Cape. It’s quite a tourist attraction and a popular road trip route with gorgeous wine farms and epic landscapes.
Barrydale is like a rough around the edges gem that might look strange from the outside but has a heart of gold. Quirky restaurants and interesting people galore it really takes more than the day we had to really get to know this little town but we did what we could!
We stayed over at the Karoo Art Hotel and we absolutely loved the colourful, friendly place.
We stayed in the Magpie Room although we called it the Grrrr room because of the big sign against the wall. The bed was super comfy and I loved the fun bright decor. The room has been decorated by the Magpie Art Collective who are based quite close to the hotel.
We had a fan to keep us cool in the Summer Karoo heat and I was so happy to see some filter coffee and a plunger in the refreshment station!
After dinner we headed to the bar that has an outside area overlooking the street to cool off and relax and a very interesting inside area. We grabbed a drink and pretended to be old school DJ’s for the night with their epic collection of vinyls. I love places that make you feel at home and the turntable station had a sign that said feel free to play some music! We obviously did just that and continued our evening listening to The Beatles, Cat Stevens and more legends.
I wish I took a photo of the pool area but I was obviously having such a great time I completely forgot. In the spacious backyard there is a big deep and utterly delicious pool with some loungers and an outside shower. We must have spent more than an hour just floating around on pool noodles, drinking beer and chatting. It’s definitely the best way to beat the afternoon heat and a great way to relax after quite a long road trip. There is also a cool pool room with darts, chess and loungers in case you feel like spending the evening chilling with friends.
Obviously the decor is a very big part of the hotel and the whole experience and it didn’t disappoint. Loads of interesting art adorn the walls and around every corner there is something new to see. I could have happily posed all day long on all the couches and everything was so colourful and unique which I loved. Its a great place for art lovers or just anyone that can appreciate creativity!
We didn’t get to eat at their restaurant but we did have delicious french toast with bacon for breakfast the next morning. Next time we will definitely be sampling the traditional food like Karoo lamb bredie and having some delicious Karoo wine.
If you are ever in the area definitely go stop by The Karoo Art Hotel and I promise you wont want to leave!
Photos by myself and Michael.