Barrydale Karoo Hotel

We were treated to a weekend in Barrydale a few weekends ago. It was peaceful, relaxing, fun and exciting all at the same time. We ate, we drank, we danced, we explored… and we left feeling like we had given Barrydale our all. We actually popped into Barrydale for a quick visit last year (read about our interesting adventure over here) but sadly didn’t get to see too much of the town as we were pressed for time. SO… we were very excited to be back. Quite a lot has changed in the little town since we were last there. There are more restaurants and b&bs along the main street and exciting new pit stops for people traveling through. One thing has not changed though – not even a little bit – and that’s the friendly Barrydalers. The locals are quick to help, always smiling and really, just so happy to have you visiting their town.

We arrived at the Barrydale Karoo Hotel on the Friday evening. There are 15 rooms in total, all with their own little quirks which add to the overall feel of the Hotel. Some are bigger than others, one has a gorgeous Victorian bath and some have private balconies overlooking the town. We stayed in one of the Groot Karoo Suites which came fully equipped with an en-suite bathroom, gas heater, DSTV, Wireless, Tea & Coffee facilities and private balcony. The room was lovely, clean, spacious and warm (carpets make all the difference in winter). It was freezing cold and pouring with rain outside so we decided to stay in our room for the night… cuddled up and warm next to the heater sipping on wine – the perfect winter’s night.

Barrydale Karoo Hotel

We woke up early the next morning, refreshed and ready to take on the day… but not before tucking into a delicious Karoo breakfast in the restaurant downstairs, which was warm and toasty – thanks to the indoor fireplace. We both ordered the resident inclusive breakfast, the Double-Barrel Shotgun Full Breakfast which included juice, fresh fruit, yoghurt, muesli and honey, eggs, bacon, boerewors, ostrich mince, tomato, onions, potato wedges with toast, butter, preserves and tea of coffee. It was the most delicious breakfast I’ve had in a long time. Everything was fresh and tasty and just what we needed to kick start our day.

Barrydale Karoo Hotel

After breakfast, we headed out for a day full of exploring and we made sure to visit all the hot spots like Ronnies Sex Shop, the Hot Springs, Diesel & Crème and the Blue Cow Cafe (a separate post will follow on what we got up to) and finally made our way back to the hotel later in the afternoon for a much needed little siesta – being out and about in the fresh Karoo air really takes it out of you haha.

The restaurant was in full swing when we arrived for dinner and we could literally feel the excitement in the air. The hotel was fully booked and buzzing with guests filling up their bellies before Tommy Dell was due to hit the stage in the bar area later that evening. We started with a portion of oxtail springrolls (R50) to share… first time we have come across this combination and I’m pleased to report back that they were very good. (I am an Oxtail machine so I reckon oxtail in anything is the bomb!). For mains, I ordered their speciality dish – Karoo Lamb Chops (R100) and Lop had the trio of ribs (Pork, Lamb and Beef ribs R90). The food was hearty, wintery goodness. The portions were huge and such good value for money and the service was excellent.

Barrydale Karoo Hotel

We were very happy to roll ourselves out of the restaurant and straight into the bar area where we grabbed a couple of front row seats and waited for the toe-tapping tunes to begin. The performance from Tommy Dell was fantastic and he got us singing along to some good ol’ classics like “the gambler” and “liewe lulu” – what fun!

Barrydale Karoo Hotel

I absolutely loved that we could walk down to the restaurant for a bite to eat, pop over to the bar area for drinks and live music and then toddle off upstairs back to our room for a nightcap and bedtime…. All in one awesome little hotel in the heart of the Karoo.

Thank you so much to the Barrydale Karoo Hotel team – we had such a fun and unforgettable weekend 🙂

Barrydale Karoo Hotel
30 Van Riebeeck Street, Barrydale, Western Cape
+27 28 572 1226
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