Babylonstoren is an original 'werf' or farmyard, with a history dating back to 1690. The present manor house was built in 1777 and is a fine example of Cape Dutch architecture. Today the farm hosts guests from around the world, providing a glimpse into present day life on the farm and an insight into traditions of the area.
You are welcome to walk around the farm to witness everyday tasks such as pruning vines and picking fruit, joining in if you wish. You can go for leisurely strolls in the garden, doze in a hammock, enjoy a swim in the reservoir-pool, have a soothing massage or hammam in the spa or take it easy in the lounge. Simply make yourself at home.
Accommodation is in cottages and suites which incorporate traditional architectural features such as thick stone walls, wooden doors and large fireplaces, with modern touches like air conditioning, state of the art bathrooms and kitchens, cable TV and free Wi-Fi. All rooms are exquisitely styled.
You'll be served a delicious breakfast each morning with fresh fruits and products made on the farm including yoghurt, bread and honey, supplemented by cooked eggs and bacon if you wish. Dinner is served in a former kraal, now the restaurant, four evenings a week, and in the bakery on other nights, and is complimented, of course, by wine from the farm's vineyards.
Open: Babylonstoren is open all year.
Location: The farm in in the Cape Winelands region, and is a working farm with 240 hectares of land, including 3 hectares of landscaped gardens. It is about a 45 minute (60kms) drive from Cape Town, and 23kms from Franshhoek and 25kms from Stellenbosch. Paarl is just 5kms away.
Rooms: There are 21 guest rooms in total. These comprise 6 1-bedroom suites, 8 1-bedroom farmhouse suites, 3 cottages with 1 bedroom each, and 4 cottages with 2 bedrooms each, which can sleep up to 4 people each. All are en-suite, have underfloor heating, minibars and a patio with a view of the vineyard or garden. Many cottages have fireplaces.
Activities: You can walk in the formal gardens, stroll through the orchards, take a guided tour of the farm, cycle round the farm, take a cellar tour, swim in the farm reservoir, do some birdwatching, go rowing or canoeing on the dams, lend a hand to the gardeners or help the duck herder guide the 250 ducks. All these are included in your stay. In additional you can relax with a spa treatment. From Babylonstoren you can visit Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, tour a local winery, go walking or hiking in the hills, play golf at a local course, explore the Cape Peninsula and go sightseeing in Cape Town.
Facilities: These include a lounge-bar, the restaurant, Babel, the greenhouse used for meals, deli and shop where you can buy farm fresh produce including dairy produce and fruit, a spa with a massage room, hammam, steam room, sauna and plunge pool, and a gym with weights and cardiovascular exercise machines. Yoga classes can be arranged. There are 3 hectares of formal gardens with walking trails, bee gardens and human-sized hanging â€˜nestsâ€™ where you can sit and rest. There is a free laundry service.
Dining: Guests are booked on a bed and breakfast basis, with breakfast served in Babel Restaurant between 8 and 10 each morning. It is also open from 12 till 4 from Wednesday to Sunday for lunch, and from 7 till 9 for a 3-course dinner on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Advance booking is advised. On Monday and Wednesday pizza dinners are served in the Bakery. The tea room is open from 08:30 till 4 all week, serving hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, cheese or meat platters, cakes and scones. Meals are eaten at separate tables. Hotel staff are happy to make reservations at nearby restaurants for dinner, and can also arrange transport.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The 2 bedroom cottages provide good family accommodation (maximum occupancy 4 people). Babysitting can be arranged.
Health: This is a non-malarial area.
Communication: There is internet access.