Babylonstoren, named after the small hill on the farm, dates back to 1692 and is located just 60kms from Cape Town in the Groot Drakenstein Valley in South Africa. The hill was named by the early Dutch settlers in honor of the Bible’s Hanging Gardens of Babylon – which truly describes today’s gardens.
The 8-acre formal French kitchen garden at Babylonstoren, inspired by Cape Town’s famous 17th-century Company Gardens of the Dutch East India Company, is the central focus of the farm. Today, cultivation of the freshest fruit, herbs and vegetables is paramount and the menu at the farm’s restaurant, Babel, is driven by the seasons and what nature dictates. With over 300 fruits, vegetables and herbs to choose from, there is always something fresh and surprising.
Overlooking the vineyards and garden with the historic farm buildings forming a backdrop, Babylonstoren’s Farm Hotel with 13 guest cottages as well as its Farmhouse with 9 luxurious suites and the Koornhuis and Owner's House echo Cape Dutch farm buildings. This style was developed in the Cape Colony in the 17th and 18th centuries: the outer walls are whitewashed and decorated with ornate gables and the interiors are pleasantly cool in summer and are heated by open hearths in winter.
Guests are encouraged to pick their own produce to be prepared for delicious meals, and to enjoy the “natural dam” swimming pool and the spa. Babylonstoren truly offers an authentic farm experience where guests experience a way of life that has largely been forgotten. It is a lifestyle in tune with nature, a more natural way of living where the focus is on simple pleasures – an exceptional way to enjoy the art of wining and dining.