Trout & Nature Retreat

If an eagle were to fly over the Witwatersberg with the mighty Magaliesberg to the West, it would see an old English blockhouse defending the break in the mountains which de la Rey and his men named ‘Hekpoort’.

Bartons Folly is an English Blockhouse built during the Boer War (1899 – 1902) referred to by the locals as the ‘English War of Aggression’. Barton’s instruction was to build a fort to separate the Boer Commandos in the Brits area from the Witwatersrand. There is some confusion relating to the name: firstly it is argued that the fort did not succeed in its aim – a folly; but more likely because it differed from the typical two storeyed blockhouses of the time and was therefore something ‘foolish in design’ or something other than what it appeared to be.

Barton was a career soldier who served in the Gold Coast, the Zulu War of 1876, Egypt and China. Having been wounded at the Tugela River, he was transferred to Krugersdorp and had to face the military genius of de Wet and de la Rey.

Far from the cool meadows of England, he built the fort and one can easily imagine him standing on top of the hill staring at the distant Magaliesburg and thinking of home.

This is his monument – BARTON’S FOLLY.

  • Self Catering
  • Manor House sleeps 8
  • Rose Cottage sleeps 2
  • Sparkling Pool
  • Hiking trails
  • Forest Walks
  • Game viewing

Last year at Bartons Folly

Guests Stayed
Fish Caught and Released
Returning guests
Trees Planted

Message from the Owner

Joy Alberts

Owner and Manager


Barton's Folly was a fine dining restaurant comparable to any in the country. It was my dream, and the beauty of the place astounded all of my guests, many of whom became personal friends.

However, life moves on and we are now a self-catering manor house and cottage. Thank you to all of you who made the restaurant such a success. Thank you to my children who assisted me in every way and to my lovely waitresses who are like my own!

I believe that we will create a new type of magic here between my beloved mountains. This is a special place. This is my new dream ...