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Farm Hotel

At Babylonstoren’s Farm Hotel, the overall effect is relaxed yet well heeled with some of the existing farm buildings transformed into sophisticated guest accommodation. Set adjacent to a 3,5 hectare (8 acre) cultivated fruit and vegetable garden, the hotel is characterised by thick whitewashed walls, elegant gables and hearty fireplaces that emulate an authentic farmstay experience. There are six one-bedroom suites, as well as three one-bedroom cottages and four two-bedroomed cottages. The one- and two-bedroom cottages have a lounge area and basic kitchen.

New accommodation options on the farm are the Farmhouse suites, which include nine new one-bedroom suites. All the Farmhouse suites have access to an outdoor swimming pool and a hot spa area that includes a salt room, sauna and vitality pool as well as a lounge area.

Room Types

One-bedroom suite – sleeps 2

R5 850 for 2 guests | R4 400 for single occupancy

Each open-plan suite has a luxurious en-suite bathroom and lounge area with thick walls, elegant gables and a hearty fireplace. The interiors take on an altogether contemporary feel when paired with the modern lines of furniture by international design brands such as Kartell, Magis, Philippe Starck and the Bourellec Bros. Bookshelves are filled with a wonderful selection of books while underfloor heating and free Wi-Fi are just a few of the things that await you. A well-stocked personalised bar fridge as well as breakfast are included in the room rate. All our one-bedroom suites come with a king-size bed or twin beds and are serviced daily.

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One-bedroom cottage – sleeps 2

R6 400 for 2 guests | R4 850 for single occupancy

Each of the slightly larger open-plan cottages has a luxurious en-suite bathroom and lounge area with thick walls, elegant gables and a hearty fireplace. Into this pristine Cape Dutch style, a contemporary glass cube has been seamlessly added to house a kitchen area. The interiors continue this pairing with modern four-poster beds and furniture from international design brands such as Kartell, Magis, Philippe Starck and the Bourellec Bros. Bookshelves filled with carefully selected books, underfloor heating and free Wi-Fi are just a few of the things that await you. Suites are either garden or vineyard facing, with access to the garden and the farm. A well-stocked personalised bar fridge as well as breakfast are included in the room rate. All our one-bedroom cottages come with a king-size bed and are serviced daily.

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Two-bedroom cottage – sleeps 4

R8 800 for 3 guests | R9 600 for 4 guests

The pristine Cape Dutch style of our two-bedroom cottages emulate a farm stay experience with thick walls, elegant gables and a hearty fireplace. A contemporary glass cube has been seamlessly added to the 18th-century structure to house a dining and kitchen area. The interiors continue this contemporary pairing with modern four-poster beds and furniture from international design brands such as Kartell, Magis, Philippe Starck and the Bourellec Bros. Each bedroom also has a luxurious en-suite bathroom. Bookshelves filled with carefully selected books, underfloor heating and free Wi-Fi are just a few of the things that await you. Our cottages are either garden or vineyard facing. A well-stocked personalised bar fridge as well as breakfast are included in the room rate. All our two-bedroom cottages are serviced daily and come with a king-size bed, and a king or two single beds in the second bedroom.

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Farmhouse suite – sleeps 2

R5 150 for 2 guests | R3 800 for single occupancy

Comfort is key in the one-bedroom Farmhouse suites where a moody interior theme comprising swarthy four-poster king-size beds, dusted moss walls, luxurious en-suite marble bathrooms and generous walk-in cupboards are paired with contemporary furniture and accessories such as extra-length MDF Italia sofas. In addition to the underfloor heating, each room is fitted with a cast-iron stove. Bookshelves filled with a wonderful selection of books and free Wi-Fi are just a few of the things that await you. A well-stocked personalised bar fridge as well as breakfast are included in the room rate. All our suites are serviced daily.

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Meals

Breakfast

Breakfast is included in your stay and we feel that there can be no better start to the day than sitting down to an abundant breakfast table. Devised according to what’s in season and ready for picking in the garden, you can expect the freshest of just-blended juices, seasonal fruit, homemade muesli with a twist, freshly baked bread from our bakery, thick farm-style yoghurts and our own farm honey. Our signature farm breakfast also includes a choice of something delicious and hot, maybe Babylonstoren eggs and plum-smoked bacon, or smoked trout, all produced on the farm or sourced from local producers.

Lunch

Babel restaurant
Our flagship restaurant Babel is open from Wednesday to Sunday for lunch, and serves up food that is seasonal and that reflects the "pick, clean and serve" approach in keeping with Babylonstoren’s farm-to-fork philosophy. The menu changes four times a year and is directed by what the garden gives us. Fresh seasonal produce – fruit, herbs and edible flowers – form the heart of every dish. This we combine with protein sourced from surrounding farms. Booking is essential.

The Greenhouse
Our custom-built greenhouse is open seven days a week from 10h00 to 16h00 and serves tea and other liquid infusions as well as light lunches of fresh salads, breads from our wood-fired oven, dressed with meats and cheeses. Also on offer are delicious freshly baked buttermilk scones, cake and other seasonal delectables. There is no need to make a reservation, unless you are a group of 13 or more.

Dinner

Our flagship restaurant Babel is open from Monday to Sunday from 19h00 to 21h00. Booking is essential. 

Things to do

The garden

The days are intentionally unscripted at Babylonstoren, and for our hotel guests there’s much to do. In addition to exploring our 200 hectares of farm, in season you can take part in the harvesting of fruit in the orchards or the pruning of our vines. Whatever the season, our garden is an ever-changing tapestry of fruit and vegetable plantings. Hotel guests are invited to join in the harvesting, pruning, planting or picking of our many fruits, herbs, nuts, spices and vegetables. We have maps for five different walks on the farm (available from Reception) and if you’re interested to learn more about the provenance of the garden, do join one of our garden tours that starts daily at 10h00. Booking is essential, so please enquire in advance at Reception.

Our spa, gym and swimming pool

After a workout in our gym overlooking the garden, guests can relax at our Garden Spa. The swimming pool is a restored farm reservoir and perfect for hot summer days.

Wine cellar

Please join us on one of our daily guided cellar tours, which will take you through the whole winemaking process, past the vineyards, through the olive press, production cellar and maturation cellar, and includes a wine tasting. The tour starts at the Tasting Room. Our range of wines and our newly launched sparkling wine are also available for tasting at the Tasting Room, nestled between a sample block of our 13 grape varieties.

Out and about on the farm

Whatever your predilection, we’re certain you’ll find an outlet at Babylonstoren. Every morning at 8h00, there is a guided walk around the farm with one of the gardeners, who takes guests up to the koppie (hill), through the fynbos area and the vlei (wetland), on to the citrus orchards and back past the dam. Or at sunset you could go for a run up to the Babylonstoren Hill or koppie yourself, or walk up to the dam to row in one of our canoes. There’s no better place to sample some of the excellent wines grown on our farm than at our Tasting Room, overlooking the Babylonstoren koppie. And every Friday morning we have a yoga class at the spa (booking for this class in advance is essential). In the heat of summer, we encourage you to lounge in a hammock in the cool of the trees and read a book from our well-stocked library, or if you’re visiting in winter, curl up in front of a fire with a glass of red in hand.

Parent friendly

The farm is a paradise for children with our resident geese, chickens (where they can collect eggs) and our beloved donkeys, Meisiekind and Lulu. The donkeys live near to the Farm Shop and love nothing better than a snack of bread. We invite our young guests to help feed the donkeys and to help harvest fruit and vegetables from our gardens, especially for the breakfast table. We also provide provide complimentary mountain bikes for all our hotel guests. They are located in the old pigsty near the entrance to the guest cottages. We recommend the use of helmets, and these are provided at Reception.

Birdwatching

In addition to our domestic fowls, pigeons and more than 100 snail-harvesting ducks, Babylonstoren is also home to a myriad species of birds. So arm yourself with a pair of binoculars and spend some gentle hours in the garden. If in doubt, download the Sasol eBirds of Southern Africa mobile app, that with its detailed text, beautiful visuals and ability to play individual calls and songs is a great help in identifying different species.

In the area

Cape Winelands

South Africa’s world-famous wines are produced mostly in the Cape Winelands – a region of great beauty, fertile soil and historic towns surrounded by impressive mountains. One of the country’s most visited destinations, the Cape Winelands is close to Cape Town and the international airport.

Franschhoek

Franschhoek lies in an impressive valley between the Franschhoek Mountains and is arguably one of the country’s best-loved towns. It has a proud tradition as the wine and gourmet capital of the region. The town was founded 300 years ago when French Huguenots fleeing religious persecution in France were granted land in the area. They brought their traditions – and their expertise in the production of wine – and the town still boasts a strong French character today, as well as many of the country’s top restaurants. The Franschhoek area has 42 wine farms.

Unique features
Huguenot Memorial Museum – a wonderful way to spend a few hours and learn about the French Huguenots who first came to Africa from France. Franschhoek means ‘French Corner’ in Dutch and the town is like no other in South Africa when it comes to its Francophile tendencies. And although French is no longer spoken by the townsfolk, the street names still bear the names of the first settlers and other French towns and authors. The town has a number of festivals every year including a Literary Festival, a Food & Wine Festival as well as Bastille Day.

Stellenbosch

One of South Africa’s loveliest towns dating back to 1679, Stellenbosch was named after Simon van der Stel, father of the South African wine industry and the first governor of the Cape. The town is just 20 minutes' drive from Babylonstoren and has over the years become home to one of the top universities in the country. The Dutch settlers quickly realised that the fertile soil and agricultural conditions were well suited to viticulture and today Stellenbosch still produces internationally acclaimed wines. Stellenbosch was the first region in South Africa to establish an official wine route, with close to 150 farms.

Unique features
The Dutch Reformed Moedergemeente Church with its neo-Gothic tower is a must-see in the town of Stellenbosch. Completed in 1863, it was designed by Carl Otto Hager from Dresden, Germany.
Dorp Street is one of the oldest streets in the Cape and was originally the old wagon road to the city. Thanks to the well-preserved Cape Dutch buildings that remain on it to this day, the entire street is a national heritage site.
Don’t miss Schoon Bakery - Fritz Schoon’s artisan bakery situated in an old bank in the town’s Church Street. The rustic bakery is an enchanting place where delicious bread and pastries, excellent coffee and all the associated accoutrements are found in plentiful supply.

Cape Town

It is the Dutch-born first governor of the Cape Colony, Simon van der Stel, who is credited with founding the Cape wine industry. He recognised that the soil, Mediterranean climate and geography were well suited to winemaking. In fact, some of South Africa’s oldest wine farms are situated in and around Cape Town, the beautiful city at the southernmost tip of the African continent. The first vineyards were planted shortly after the Dutch settlers arrived in 1652 to set up a halfway supply station for ships going to India. That historic vegetable and fruit garden, the Company's Gardens in Cape Town, inspired the garden at Babylonstoren.

Unique features
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Stroll amongst the 7 000 indigenous unique plant species at the world-renowned Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.
www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch

Table Mountain
One of the new Seven Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain dates back some 600 million years, making it six times older than the Himalayas and five times older than the Rocky Mountains. Originally called Hoerikwagga by the Khoi Khoi, you can walk up Table Mountain via Platteklip Gorge – it’s the simplest (but steepest) route up that will have you there in an hour. Have a sundowner in the café and then get the cable car down. Or get the cable car both ways.
www.tablemountain.net

Cape Point
Cape Point falls within the southern section of Table Mountain National Park and forms part of the Cape Floral Region, one of UNESCO's world heritage sites. Not only does Cape Point offer exquisite natural beauty, but many visitors are drawn to the area because of its rich maritime history.
www.capepoint.co.za

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