Introducing Babylonstoren, South Africa
A working farm, garden and winery in the heart of South Africa’s winelands celebrates a decade of innovation, horticulture and hospitality this year.
April 7thSouth Africa
Babylonstoren, a working farm, garden and winery in the heart of South Africa’s winelands celebrates a decade of innovation, horticulture and hospitality this year. Located in Franschhoek, this is one of South Africa’s oldest Cape Dutch Farms and has been transformed by Owner, Karen Roos, Former Editor of Elle Decoration to offer 28 charming guest cottages as well as the 1777 historic Manor House to rent, clustered around a farm dam-style swimming pool, deep within the vineyards. Recent additions are the six, new Cape Dutch-style Fynbos Cottages, with views over vines and stone-fruit orchards. Later this year, the new Fynbos Villa will open with spectacular views of the craggy Simonsberg mountains, rolling vineyards and orchards of the Cape estate. The hotel has been designed by Roos with a fresh contemporary detailing to complement the historic Cape Dutch architecture. Babylonstoren offers the only RHS-partnered garden in the country, comprising 300 types of edible plants, spanning vegetables, stone and pome fruits, nuts, citrus orchids, berries and herbs. The farm is home to ducks and chickens, fish ponds, a prickly pear maze, bees and much more. In addition, visitors will find a Garden Spa with treatment rooms built from living bamboo. There is also an extensive Farm Shop and Bakery, a Cellar and Tasting Room, an Olive Press and Spice Garden hothouse, as well as a converted Wheat Barn available for parties and weddings. The farmstead is also home to the internationally-acclaimed, fork-to-table concept restaurant, Babel as well as picnic-style restaurant, The Greenhouse. At Babylonstoren, all paths lead to conservation and the guest experience is unlike any other. Visitors can enjoy the mountains, pick their own fruit and vegetables, play petanque, swim in the farm dam, escape to the spa, feast on fresh produce in the restaurant, walk up the Babylonstoren hill and admire the sunset with a glass of award-winning wine.