Packtown is dedicated to providing customer focused service to the diverse hospitality industry located in the expansive Overberg region. We are pleased to welcome Karoo Art Hotel to the Packtown family.

The newly renovated Karoo Art Hotel in Barrydale reopened on 2 March 2022, with new owners Rick and Sue Melvill investing not only in the hotel, but also in the culture of Barrydale.

Visitors to the refurbished hotel can expect all things arty. With beautifully decorated rooms, each with an individual theme, selecting a room is only the start to a very creative experience.

Magnolia Room at Karoo Art Hotel

With The Bialanti Ballroom, Birrydale 365 the early morning swim club, the Map Room, the Roorkhee Coffee bar and bakery, the Hatters of Barrydale, Melvill & Moon’s Grand Picnics, Sputnik the hotel Rolls-Royce, the historic bar, the live music, the theatre, the art, the AGA in the breakfast room and the Arts of workshops, this hotel is not just a place to sleep, but warrants a few days of your holiday, to truly experience all it has to offer.

The Veranda and Sputnik the hotel Rolls-Royce

The Map Room celebrates the art of cartography and the joy of road tripping, be it by car, on bike or bicycle or on foot. It is filled with a world of road trips, dual-purpose motorbike routes, mountain bike routes, trail running and hiking routes.

This coming winter 2022, the hotel will host artists, writers, artisans and alternative thinkers in residence who will focus on the various arts of the Karoo Art Hotel, starting with The Art of the Memoir.

At the restaurant Chef Derek Louw, treats visitors to honest Karoo food, with a number of Karoo lamb dishes. With a passion for food the menu also offers fish and vegetarian options. More informal meals are available in the pub and the bakery provides fresh bread and bagels daily.

Dining Room at Karoo Art Hotel

In the early stages of the renovation project, Rick reflected on the opening of Charles Dickens Tale of Two Cities: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness…’ Rick and Sue realised that’s how it was as they went through a lot more than they paid for to make bring this hotel back to life. Packtown salutes them for a job well done, and we look forward to seeing this new venture go from strength to strength.

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Image courtesy of Karoo Art Hotel

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13-05-2022 01:23 PM
Wow this looks amazing