Location: Situated between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, near the slopes of Simonsberg mountains.
Rooms: 13 spacious suites & cottages (6 one-bedroom suites, 3 one-bedroom cottages and 4 two-bedroom cottages). The guest suites echo Cape Dutch farm buildings. The style developed in the Cape Colony of the 17th and 18th Century: outer walls are whitewashed and decorated with ornate gables and thatched roofs. Interiors are pleasantly cool in summer (due to thick walls) and are heated by open hearths in winter.
Facilities: Restaurant, spa, gym, gardens.
Activities: A wide range of activities is on offer depending on how energetic you want to be. You can cycle, gym, jog, swim, hike or merely stroll through the beautiful gardens, or else sip wine and read in the tranquil surroundings. You are also invited to join in the harvesting, pruning, planting or picking of the many fruit, herbs, nuts, spices and vegetables. The swimming pool is a restored farm reservoir and perfect for those hot summer days.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Our Opinion: Babylonstoren is a beautifully restored Cape Dutch farm with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the dramatic mountains of the Drakenstein Valley. The farm has one of the best preserved werfs (farmyards) in the Cape Dutch tradition. A fruit and vegetable garden of botanical diversity supplies a remarkable restaurant converted from an old kraal.