Babylonstoren (Near Franschhoek)

Babylonstoren farm

Babylonstoren Farmhouse and Farm Hotel is a luxury farm stay in the heart of the Cape Winelands; at the foot of Simonsberg in the Franschhoek wine valley; between Paarl and Franschhoek. The hotel is on a working farm dating back to 1692; of incredible beauty offering guests not only a unique stay; but also a fruit and vegetable garden of beauty and diversity, fine food, and wine, and a Spa; that evokes a sense of wellbeing.

Babylonstoren places its emphasis on luxury, comfort, and a “farm-to-fork” approach to food.

The Babylonstoren Farmhouse offers 9 x suites; while the Farm Hotel offers a variety of 1 and 2-bedroom cottages and suites plus 2 x 5-bedroom exclusive use villas.

Cape Winelands Family Vacation

Families are most welcome at Babylonstoren and children under 2 stay for free in a cot if sharing a room with their parents. Families of a maximum of 3 or 4 guests (regardless of age) are to be accommodated in a two-bedroom cottage at standard rates.

Babylonstoren Accommodation

All accommodation at Babylonstoren is serviced daily and breakfast is included in the room rate; as well as a well-stocked personalized bar fridge. Bookshelves filled with a wonderful selection of books, underfloor heating, and free Wi-Fi are just a few of the things that await you.

Accommodation Types

Farmhouse Suite x 9

Comfort is key in the one-bedroom Farmhouse suites where a moody interior theme comprising swarthy four-poster king-size beds, dusted moss walls, luxurious en-suite marble bathrooms, and generous walk-in cupboards are paired with contemporary furniture and accessories such as extra-length MDF Italia sofas. In addition to the underfloor heating, each room is fitted with a cast-iron stove (sleeps 2). The Farmhouse is not child-friendly.

Franschhoek Winery
The Farmhouse
Farmhouse Suite
Farmhouse Suite

One-Bedroom Suite x 6

Each open-plan suite has a luxurious en-suite bathroom and lounge area with thick walls, elegant gables, and a hearty fireplace. The interiors take on an altogether contemporary feel when paired with the modern lines of furniture by international design brands such as Kartell, Magis, Philippe Starck, and the Bouroullec Bros. All the one-bedroom suites come with a king-size bed or twin beds (sleeps 2).

Wine farm stays
One Bedroom Suite exterior
The One Bedroom Suite Interior

One Bedroom Cottage x 3 and Two-Bedroom Cottage x 4

The pristine Cape Dutch style of the two-bedroom cottages emulates a farm stay experience; with a luxurious en-suite bathroom and lounge area with thick walls, elegant gables, and a hearty fireplace. A contemporary glass cube has been seamlessly added to the 18th-century structure to house a dining and kitchen area. The interiors continue this contemporary pairing with modern four-poster beds and furniture from international design brands such as Kartell, Magis, Philippe Starck, and the Bouroullec Bros.

Suites are either garden or vineyard facing, with access to the garden and the farm. All the one-bedroom cottages come with a king-size bed (sleeps 2). All the two-bedroom cottages come with a king-size bed, and a king or two single beds in the second bedroom (sleeps 4).

Two Bedroom Cottage bedroom
Babylonstoren accommodation
One Bedroom Cottage
Two Bedroom Cottage
Two Bedroom Cottage

Fynbos Cottages

There are 2 x one-bedroom (sleeps 2) and 4 x two-bedroom (sleeps 4) Fynbos Cottages; with thick walls, elegant gables, and a hearty fireplace, offer a unique farm stay experience. The cottages are newly built in the Cape Dutch style and adjoin vineyards and orchards; ideal for more adventurous guests. Guests can fully immerse themselves in the beauty of the natural plant habitat of the Western Cape’s mountains. A contemporary glass cube has been seamlessly added to house a dining and kitchen area.

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Fynbos Cottages exterior
Franschhoek cottage accommodation
Interior of Fynbos Cottages
luxury Franschhoek accommodation
Luxury bathrooms

Manor house (Exclusive use Villa)

The Cape Dutch Manor House dates back to 1777. This exclusive house has five bedrooms accommodating ten guests. All rooms have a king-size bed, with two of the rooms having the option of twin beds. The interior has been beautifully restored to its former glory, but with a definite contemporary touch. The traditional farm kitchen boasts a roaring old wood-burning stove. Guests have access to the garden at all times, with games set up on the private lawn. Curl up in front of the hearty fireplace and admire the architecture, or enjoy refreshments in the garden while savoring the exquisite views.

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Manor House

Fynbos Family House (Exclusive use Villa)

Nestled at the foot of the Simonsberg and Franschhoek mountains, the Fynbos Family House is an elegant, exclusive-use home in Cape Dutch-style in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Designed to offer families and friends an intimate shared space and the relaxed freedom to tailor-make their days any way they choose, this secluded spot is a peaceful retreat like no other.

Up to ten guests are accommodated in five individual bedrooms, each comprising a fireplace and spacious en-suite with marbled tile floors and luxurious freestanding baths to soak away your worries. Leading off the spacious lounge is a contemporary glass cube, seamlessly encompassing a fully equipped kitchen. The heart of the house is the private central courtyard, offering a gathering space for friends and family to share. A crystal pool in the center of the courtyard is fed by a shallow channel, emulating the streams on the rest of the property and providing the tranquil sound of gently trickling water.

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Fynbos Family House Kitchen and pool

Things to do on Babylonstoren

Activities

Hotel guests will be able to take part in most of the farm’s activities.

Babylonstoren Garden

Hotel guests are free to explore 200 hectares (almost 500 acres) of the property. At its heart lies the 3,5 hectares (8 acres) garden of cultivated fruit and vegetables. The garden structure divides into 15 sections that include fruit, berries, bees for pollinating, indigenous plants, fragrant lawns, a prickly pear maze, a clivia tunnel, and a plethora of trees of historical and botanical import.

On both sides of the formal garden, there are some majestic old oaks and beautiful indigenous wild olive trees; that are still growing as they were found; between the hotel cottages and along the natural stream.

In addition to exploring the farm, in season, you can take part in the harvesting of fruit in the orchards or the pruning of our vines. Whatever the season, our garden is an ever-changing tapestry of fruit and vegetable plantings. Hotel guests are invited to join in the harvesting, pruning, planting or picking of our many fruits, herbs, nuts, spices, and vegetables.

The is a daily guided garden tour that starts at the Farm Shop at 10 am. One of the experienced gardeners will be your guide on this tour, during which we encourage guests to pick, taste, smell, and touch while walking through our garden. Each of the 300 plant varieties is edible or has medicinal value. The beautiful garden is not only pleasing to the eye but also provides the restaurants with fresh produce, harvested daily. Enthusiastic guides will share some of the garden’s special stories with you and give practical gardening tips.

Cellar Tour & Wine Tasting

Babylonstoren has about 94 hectares (232 acres) under vine and produces 13 different grape varieties, with our highest vines; pinot noir and chardonnay; lying against Simonsberg at some 600 meters above sea level.

The Tasting Room sits adjacent to the Wine Cellar, offering views of the conical Babylonstoren hill, Simonsberg, and the Banghoek Mountains. The eye-catching steel-and-glass creation is a modern link between the two Cape Dutch-style wings of the wine cellar and a perfect reflection of Babylonstoren’s philosophy of embracing both heritage and innovation. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer breathtaking views over the vineyards towards the small rocky koppie from which the farm derives its name, while indoors the striking central bar bedecked in vivid green tiles mirrors the lush vineyards beyond. A range of tantalizing snack platters with charcuterie, cheese, pâté, and fresh fruit and vegetables from the garden are on offer. The platters are an ideal light bite while tasting the Babylonstoren range of wines.

The Tasting Room is accessed via a maturation cellar revamped into a retail space, with exposed brick walls, lofty ceilings, and a statuesque curving wall; a display of antique farming implements and packing crates creates a gentle farm motif in the triple-volume space. For guests with a little more time to spare, informative cellar tours offer an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how the estate’s wines are crafted. The tour includes a walk through the vineyards and a visit to the olive oil production plant; where you are shown how extra virgin olive oil is made.

The Tasting Room is open daily – from 10 am to 5 pm in winter and 10 am to 6 pm in summer.
Daily cellar tours start at the Tasting Room, every hour on the hour, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Wine tasting
Wine tasting

Animals

You may come across resident tortoises, donkeys, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, and squirrels that all roam happily, or maybe even a wild steenbok. Keep your eyes and ears open – you may be lucky enough to see or hear the fish eagle. 58 bird species have been spotted on Babylonstoren. Binoculars are available at Reception.

Activities For The Kids

The farm is a paradise for children! The beloved donkeys, Meisiekind and Lulu, live opposite the Farm Shop. Young guests are invited to help feed the donkeys, collect eggs, and to help harvest fruit and vegetables from the garden, especially for the breakfast table. Kids are also welcome to help the bakers knead and bake delicious farm loaves of bread. And don’t forget to go on the scavenger hunt.

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Kids

Exercise

The gym, open from 6 am to 9 pm, is for the exclusive use of adults. There is a great selection of machines to keep you fit. Private yoga sessions are also available on request.

The map in your room suggests six trails for walking or running. These vary in length, the shortest being a mere 5-minute walk. A backpack with water, sun lotion, and a small first-aid kit is available. Enjoy the abundance of fresh air and country views!

Babylonstoren Spa

Like everything else at Babylonstoren, the Garden Spa is inextricably linked to the garden and the ever-changing seasons. We like to think of it as a living spa; set within a forest of bamboo with tranquil greenery and a myriad lei water channels to set the tone. Housed in the pavilion constructed of bamboo, it comprises a hammam, chill room, hot spa, and gym.

The Garden Spa has a garden-inspired food menu to replenish, revive and delight you.

Franschhoek Spa
Hammam treatment

In addition, the outdoor pool is not just another infinity pool! Take a plunge or relax afloat the tractor tube. Enjoy bass fishing at the farm dam. Fishing rods are available from Reception. Bicycles are available for adults as well as children to explore the farm. Bottled still water and helmets are available from Reception, and in your room, you’ll find a map. You can walk or cycle to the dam – it is about 1,5 km. The view from the dam is spectacular and you will be amazed by the abundant birdlife. Get a backpack from Reception (see above). There are three canoes and life jackets for your rowing expedition – make sure you wear a life jacket. Please note that children have to be accompanied by an adult.

Dining at Babylonstoren

Babel Restaurant

Housed in the old cowshed, Babel Restaurant is a wonderful mix of Cape Dutch architecture and contemporary glass walls; that makes for a simple yet edgy environment in which to try their tasty yet often unconventional combinations. A farm-to-fork philosophy; meaning Babel Restaurant likes to serve food that is seasonal and that reflects a “pick, clean, and serve” approach.

Therefore; the style of food leans towards simplicity but with an edge. Meals are creative though always clear in structure. Vegetables and fruit gathered daily from the garden are often served with their skins on. Helpings are generous and meals may be taken either in the glass-enclosed restaurant or; under the Plane trees in the courtyard, depending on the weather.

Fine dining at Babel Restaurant
Babel Restaurant – Menu on the Wall

Greenhouse Restaurant

At the rear of the garden, tucked away between the oak trees; the Greenhouse offers guests a wonderful refreshment station after their walk through the garden. All the food is served picnic-style in wooden crates with the preserves, jams and salads served in weck jars; while fresh bread from the wood-fired oven comes wrapped in the iconic blue-and-white Babylonstoren paper.

Greenhouse Restaurant at Babylonstoren
Greenhouse Restaurant at night

Bakery

By day, the Bakery supplies the Farm Shop and restaurants with freshly baked bread but by night; this space is transformed into a true celebration of La Dolce Vita! For dinners in the Bakery, the food is served family-style; guests dish up for themselves from wooden boards placed on their table; while sipping on wine and enjoying the lively atmosphere.

Scrumptious Italian-inspired meals are served in the Bakery on Monday and Friday evenings. The four-course set menu starts with a salad and antipasti offering; homemade pasta followed by moreish wood-fired pizza, to be enjoyed to your heart’s content. The meal is rounded off with a delicious dolce and the famous coffee. Dinner is served from 6 pm and reservations are essential.

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Italian evening at the Bakery at Babylonstoren

On Wednesdays, a five-course Carnivore Evening is available. The best meat in the world comes from Chianina cattle, an age-old Italian breed. Babylonstoren’s herd of Chianina is entirely farm-reared and grass-fed, and their steaks reach the rarefied levels of the best Bistecca Fiorentina; one of the most popular dishes of Tuscan cuisine. With braai masters Jaco and Eddie, you celebrate the best meat in Africa. Enjoy a glass of wine and live accordion music while the coals are glowing.

Babylonstoren Accommodation Rates

Rates sharing1st May – 31st August 20221st September – 31st December 2022
Farmhouse Suite2 guestsR8 700R11 500
SingleR6 400R8 700
One-Bedroom Suite2 guestsR9 700R13 000
SingleR7 400R9 700
One-Bedroom Cottage2 guestsR11 200R15 000
SingleR8 500R11 200
Two-bedroom Cottage3 guestsR16 000R20 500
4 guestsR17 000R22 500
Manor HousePer VillaR66 000R73 000
Fynbos Family HousePer VillaR66 000R73 000
Rates sharing1st January – 30th April 2023
and
1st September – 31st December 2023
1st May – 31st August 2023
Farmhouse Suite2 guestsR12 600R9 400
SingleR9 600R6 900
One-Bedroom Suite2 guestsR14 300R10 500
SingleR10 700R8 000
One-Bedroom Cottage2 guestsR16 500R12 300
SingleR12 300R9 200
Two-bedroom Cottage3 guestsR23 000R17 600
4 guestsR25 200R18 700
Manor HousePer VillaR81 800R72 600
Fynbos Family HousePer VillaR81 800R72 600

Rates Include:

A Babylonstoren breakfast
Full access to the garden at all times
Guided garden tour and farm walk
Cycling and canoeing/rowing on the farm dam
Fishing
Afternoon mountain drive (for a 2-night stay and longer)
Harvest tour
Bread baking with bakers
Cellar tour and wine tasting
Guest laundry – 6 items per day
Personalized larder in the rooms
15% VAT (subject to change)

Not included in the nightly rate

Meals other than breakfast. All drinks; other than from the personal bars in the rooms; Spa treatments, 1% tourism levy per room per night, and all transfers.

Babylonstoren Accommodation Special Offers

Stay 4, pay 3 at Babylonstoren until 31st August 2022 and from 1st May – 31st August 2023.

Babylonstoren (Near Franschhoek)
Babylonstoren Farm Hotel
Simondium Road
Simondium South Africa

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