Cape Winelands
Babylonstoren

Babylonstoren is a unique South African farm and vineyard experience only 40 minutes from Cape Town, dating back to 1692 and renowned for their dining  experiences generated from the fresh produce on the estate and charming yet luxurious suites and cottages.

Activities at the farm range from wine tasting to more child-friendly options such as feeding the donkeys their favourite snack, guavas, or collecting eggs for breakfast. For those with more energy to expend, cycle to the dam for canoeing or climb Babel, the kopje (small hill) overlooking the Farm to be rewarded by stunning views and perhaps an encounter with a rock dassie.

Facilities & Activities

This well-preserved and charming werf, is home to a Cape Dutch Manor House residence, old cellar, koornhuis (where wheat and hay was stored), bell tower, ornate fowl pen and dove cote surrounded by the traditional low whitewashed walls. The farm buildings have been converted into guest accommodation, while a disused kraal has been turned into the award-winning restaurant, Babel.

Babylonstoren is well known for its diverse and beautifully tended gardens, where guests are able to join in the harvesting, pruning and planting of herbs, nuts, spices and vegetables. Set off on a walk that can span over three kilometres in the garden either alone or join the guided tour each morning. Further afield you can explore the Vineyards, go boating on the dam, or stay close to home (depending on which rooms you are staying in) and swim in the converted reservoir or indulge in a treatment at the Garden Spa.

Guests staying in the Farmhouse Suites enjoy access to a communal swimming pool and hot spa area located at the Farmhouse, those staying in the Garden Rooms can enjoy the main swimming pool with Garden Spa and those staying in the Fynbos Cottages have their own pool area.

As of 2024 Babylonstoren has introduced hands on complimentary Workshops for their guests – parents / adults enjoy trying your hand at pasta or Rosé making, and for the children – garden drawing or critter and bug exploration! https://babylonstoren.com/workshops 

 

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Dining

One of the biggest treats when staying at Babylonstoren is that you get to begin the day with an abundant ‘harvest to table’ breakfast. The breakfast menu is devised according to what’s ready for picking in the garden!

The Greenhouse is open every day for lunch, with meals influenced by seasonal ingredients and local delights, such as ‘boerewors’ (farmer sausage).
Babel is open for lunch from Wednesday to Sunday and dinner daily, offering a seasonal three course menu that has fast become the talk of the town (booking essential!).

Rooms

The spacious and sophisticated guest suites and cottages echo original Cape Dutch farm buildings, a style which developed around the 17th and 18th century, with thick whitewashed walls, elegant gables and hearty fireplaces. Interiors are pleasantly cool in summer (due to thick walls) and are heated by open hearths and underfloor heating in winter.

The Garden Cottages have 6 One-Bedroom Suites, as well as 3 One-Bedroom Cottages and 4 Two-Bedroom Cottages. The Cottages feature a lounge area and a contemporary style kitchenette/dining area with views to the gardens and mountains beyond.

The Farmhouse Suites offer 9 one-bedroom suites and are located near the Farm shop with access to a communal outdoor swimming pool and hot spa area – exclusive to Farmhouse Suite guests.

The Fynbos Cottages are located in a private area up beyond the Dam and comprises of 4 two-bedroom cottages and 2 one-bedroom cottages with its own pool area with stunning views of the mountains.

The Manor House part of which was the original farm house has 5 bedrooms for up to 10 guests sharing.

The New Fynbos Family House opened in 2021 at Babylonstoren. Nestled at the foot of the Simonsberg and Franschhoek mountains, the Fynbos Family House is an elegant, exclusive-use home, accommodating up to ten guests with private swimming pool. It offers a welcome sense of privacy and glorious views of the mountains, the farm and across acres of vineyards. It is a luxurious country house and an ideal space for family and friends to rest, reset and restore.

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Family

The hotel has taken the time to create unique and fun ways for families to enjoy this South African farm. Take your little guests to feed the donkeys, visit the hedgehogs and traverse the prickly pear maze! Select your breakfast eggs (note the territorial cockerel!) or cycle up to the dam and jump into a canoe for the afternoon. For the more adventurous, you can climb Babel to be rewarded with spectacular views.

If you are travelling with children whose taste buds are still maturing, the restaurant can prepare a simpler menu, yet still incorporating produce from the gardens.

One and Two-Bedroom Cottages offer a spacious lounge with fireplace, en-suite bedrooms and fully stocked kitchenette.

Sustainability

Babylonstoren, in collaboration with Cape Nature, has established a stewardship programme on the farm to ensure the future of this last remaining biodiversity jewel will be conserved.
Babylonstoren is also a member of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI).

Another feature of Babylonstoren is their incredible 8 acre vegetable garden. Every one of over 300 varieties of plants in the garden is edible and it is grown organic where possible. Fruit and vegetables are harvested year round for use in their restaurants. Organic matter is recycled and compost is produced for use.

Babylonstoren also recollects all soap bars being used in their hotel during guests’ stay which will be used when starting to produce their own soap. Solar panels are also installed on top of the guest suites in order to minimize electricity usage.

Location

Babylonstoren lies in the Drakenstein Valley between Franschhoek and Paarl, 40 minutes from Cape Town Airport, in the heart of the Winelands. Whilst a destination in itself, it is also a perfect base for nearby sightseeing and wine tasting, so great if you have a full day in your itinerary to do this.

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