Babylonstoren has become a firm favorite for locals and internationals alike. This working farm dates back to 1696 but about ten years ago it got transformed into what it is today by the new owner.
It boasts a gorgeous garden, vineyards, a dam, 3 restaurants, accommodation, a spa and loads more. Only 40 min from Cape Town its a great place to spend the day and even better to sleep over as we recently found out.
Our home for the night was a luxurious suite in the Farmhouse. There are nine one bedroomed suites that all share a gorgeous library and bar as well as an outdoor pool and spa area. We didn’t waste too much time or sunshine and immediately decided some rose and pool time was needed. The Babylonstoren Rose is my favorite and we always buy some bottles to take home after a visit.
The farmhouse isn’t the only accommodation that they have. They also boast six one-bedroom suites, as well as three one-bedroom cottages and four two-bedroomed cottages.
There are definitely a lot of perks when staying over at Babylonstoren. Grab a bicycle and explore the farm if you feel like it. You can also go to the top of the koppie on the estate or go rowing in the dam.
Babylonstoren is a working farm with gardens, vineyards, greenhouses and more. Just coming for a walk is an experience for your senses. Two donkeys “guard” the area outside the farm shop luring visitors with their shy demeanour. There is a resident turkey that gets into heated discussions with its own reflection and chickens scratching around adding to the farm feel.
Juicy lemons hang ripe from the trees and the prickly pear maze transports you into another world. We took a sunset walk around and ended up not having enough daylight to shoot all the delights of the farm. A two night stay should be a prerequisite! The weather was just right as we stood on the edge of the dam overlooking the the mountains, red with the last rays of sun. Its definitely a place that makes you happy, the kind of happy that bubbles up into a smile without warning.
Babylonstoren has three amazing and very different restaurants. The main one is Babel, an old cow shed turned contemporary restaurant. With their fork to farm philosophy they serve seasonal food fresh from the farm wherever possible. Colour seems to be the name of the game and the dishes are visual feasts. We have had lunch there before and it was probably my favorite lunch ever. This time around we enjoyed breakfast outside in the sunshine and it was equally memorable.
We had dinner at their rustic Italian restaurant called The Bakery. It has a family feel to it and you dish up yourself onto big wooden plates. For our starter we shared a massive plate of antipast0 and salad. This could have been a main meal by itself. Especially with the delicious bread, which they make from wheat grown on the property. After that we were served a bowl of the freshest most delicious pasta I have ever had. Trout and asparagus with a silky sauce that I could easily eat for the rest of my life. It was bottomless pizza night so after our pasta the waiters started making their way around the restaurant with sizzling pizza. The pizza oven was right by our table and the kids were encouraged to make and bring their own. The vibe was really awesome and the pizza like everything else was insanely good. I ended off with delicious cheesecake and I don’t even know how I was able to actually eat anymore!
The last restaurant is called The Greenhouse. This is where you can relax with coffee and home baked treats as well as cheese and wine or even fresh juices. We didn’t go there so thats a must for next time we head out to Babylonstoren.
What else can you do at Babylonstoren
- Enjoy some relaxation at their spa
- Go on a cellar tour and do a wine tasting
- Learn more about the estate with a garden tour
- Visit the healing garden for a tea ritual
- Buy olive oil, honey, fresh bread and lots more at the beautiful farm store.
- Book the owners house for a private function
- Take part in one of their monthly workshops.