Dating back to 1692, Babylonstoren is a historic Cape Dutch farm that boasts one of the best preserved werwe (farmyards) in the Cape. Beloved for its magnificent garden that is laid out over 3,5 hectares (8 acres), the garden is divided into 15 sections that comprise fruit, vegetables, berries, bees for pollinating, indigenous plants, fragrant lawns, a prickly pear maze, ducks and chickens, and more. A secluded path runs along the stream where thousands of clivias flower in spring. The garden also boasts a plethora of trees of historical and botanical import. Every aspect of Babylonstoren – including the contemporary Farm Hotel & Spa, the Farm Shop and Bakery – are led by the everchanging tapestry and botanical diversity of the garden. During our autumn break we stayed for 4 nights at Babylonstoren but I could have lasted much longer.
“We booked a 2-bedroom cottage which has a large living with huge fireplace, a kitchen set in a glass box in your own private garden and 2 bedrooms ensuite. Cottage is decorated in neutral colors, bed and bathrooms all in white. Everything is very spacious. Fresh fruit and flowers from the garden were in the room, fresh herbs for your bath in the bathroom, wine in the fridge, wood for the fire. Wellies for when it rains. Kitchen has everything you need (except for a frying pan); olive oil from the farm, pepper and salt, coffee and tea. Each night a sundowner is brought to your room – glass of wine and a small snack. Then your bed is set for the night with a bottle of water and fresh lavender on your cushion.
Farm is a brilliant place to walk around, there are trails to follow, crops to pick, animals to see and feed (hedgehogs, donkeys, turtles, chickens). Each day a garden and/or farm tour is done where a lovely guide will walk with you over the grounds and explain about the crops and plants, history of the farm. You can climb the small Babylonstoren hill which will provide you with a magnificient view over the farm and surrounding area.
At the spa is a heated outdoor pool – made of the historic reservoir – ideal for a nice morning or afternoon swim. We also took the bicycles out to the boathouse and reservoir for a canoe trip or a drink on the terrace of the boathouse enjoying the views and the sounds of nature.
Each morning breakfast is served at the restaurant with fresh produce from the garden. Everything is fresh and healthy ranging from fruits, nuts, sprouts, homemade yoghurt, homemade bread, homemade jams, cheeses and cold cuts from neighboring farms and a pick from the hot breakfast menu – eggs from the farm chickens. Brilliant.
Staff is amazing, they are so friendly. Each day they came to check what we were planning, if we needed anything, if the minibar needed anything else, if we would have dinner at the restaurant, if not, they provided a tray full of fresh veggies and herbs for our own cooking, how amazing is that.
This is a must-do and must-return for us. I loved everything about this place. The beautiful setting combined with tasteful decoration and that on a farm where you can hang-out in your wellies or flipflops which means it has a very down-to-earth, relaxed atmosphere.” tripadvisor