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Simonsberg, South Africa
Named after a nearby mountain which was thought to look like the biblical tower of Babel, Babylonstoren provides all the freshness and virility of a working farm with uncompromised luxury. For the most stylish farm stay, look no further.
Daily guided cellar tours, lush vineyards and exclusive wine tastings – make sure you sample their ruling Nebukadneser grape
Fascinating seasonal workshops on how in-house chefs gain inspiration from asparagus, or how to fuse tea herbs and flowers to rejuvenate the body
Take an exciting excursion on the Franschhoek wine tram, covering eight wine luxury wine estates in the Franschhoek Winelands valley
Beautiful interiors designed by Karen Roos; majestic garden reconstructed from 12th-century monastery by Patrice Taravella
Set on the doorstep of Simonsberg in Franschhoek wine valley, Babylonstoren is a boutique farm excelling in local produce. With some of its buildings dating back as far as the 1750s, Babylonstoren is one of the best-preserved examples of a Cape Dutch farm. The authentic historical exterior highlights the romance of rural Dutch Cape. Cosy cottages are elevated to spacious and light-filled spaces. Refreshingly simple elegance of thick, white-washed walls are complemented by rich oak features of hearty fireplaces. Verdant gardens rich in biodiversity balance the clean-line and contemporary cottage interiors.
Outside, the garden was inspired by The Company’s Garden in Cape Town (South Africa’s oldest). Boasting eight acres of cultivated gardens, every single one of the 300 plants is edible or can be used for medicinal purposes. But it’s the kitchen garden that is at the heart of Babylonstoren, with the abundance of produce celebrated at every turn.
Housing and restoring 10 critically endangered vegetation
Collaborating with Cape Nature, Babylonstoren has established a stewardship programme to ensure the conservation of biodiversity
Grown organically as possible in a biologically sustainable manner, including being watered from a running stream
Seasonal menus meticulously developed on fork-to-table philosophy
Why we love it
Karen Roos’s design touch has elevated this traditional farmhouse to something truly magnificent. Contrasting the historic, rough outbuildings with clean, contemporary elements, she’s brought the cottages into the 21st century in style. But her influence doesn’t end here: this juxtaposition between old and new extends to the restaurant, the spa, and the main hotel building.
The restaurants operate with a “farm-to-fork” philosophy, creating delicious dishes using their own produce. Their main outlet, Babel, is a triumph. Housed in the old cow shed, it’s a beautiful blend of Cape Dutch architecture and contemporary glass walls. From the enormous breakfast spread to the salads, it sets the bar for sustainable gastronomy.
Planning your experience
Contact our Travel Designers to find out more about Babylonstoren and to start planning your own bespoke experience to South Africa.
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