About Babylonstoren

Cape Dutch Architecture

Babylonstoren is one of the best preserved werfs (farm yards) in the Cape Dutch tradition. Not only the manor house from 1777, but pioneer structures all the way back to the founding of the farm in 1690. The Koornhuis (for storing wheat and hay) and the old cellar are exceptionally fine. An ornate fowl house, pigeon loft, leaning bell tower and historic gates embellish a traditional courtyard surrounded by a low, whitewashed wall.

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    Yesterday at Babylonstoren

    Die Drakensteinvallei is oor die eeue bewoon deur nomadiese Khoisan-gemeenskappe. In 1692, toe die grense van die Kaapkolonie uitgebrei is met die aankoms van die Franse Hugenote, is die plaas deur Goewerneur Simon van der Stel aan burger Pieter van der Byl toegeken. Hy het die eerste wingerde aangelê en het waterlope aangepas om leibesproeiing te bewerkstellig. Die oudste geboue op die plaas is in hierdie tydperk gebou. Kort hierna het Pieter en sy vrou 'n rol gespeel in die val van Simon se seun, die ongewilde Goewerneur Willem Adriaan van der Stel.

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    Today at Babylonstoren

    The days are intentionally unscripted at Babylonstoren, leaving our hotel guests free to do as they please. Stroll out onto the farm of 200 hectares and see fruit being picked in the orchards or vines being pruned – depending on the season. Enjoy a walk in the remarkable fruit and vegetable garden (guided if you feel like learning, or unguided for relaxation). Pick your own salad or enjoy a meal in the superb restaurant. Perhaps a massage in the spa after lunch? Or a stroll along a clivia lined stream? Then a swim in the farm dam or a bout in the gym, before sundowners? Or rather sample some of the excellent wines grown on the slopes all around the Simonsberg, possibly the finest terroir for wine in Africa? You can choose. Or simply lounge and read, in summer in a hammock strung among tree trunks, in winter curled up before a fire.

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    Where we are

    Babylonstoren lies in the Drakenstein Valley between Franschhoek and Paarl. Surrounded by the Simonsberg, Du Toitskloof and Franschhoek Mountains, Babylonstoren is in the heart of the Cape Winelands. It is some 60km from the city of Cape Town and an easy 45 min drive from Cape Town International Airport.