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Franschhoek, South Africa

Gold price level

Mango Opinion

One of the Cape’s oldest working farms, Babylonstoren offers a bit everything: a stylish farm hotel, organic gardens, an excellent vineyard on site, butcher shop, bakery, loads of activities, and more. We love this option as a more interesting and active alternative to standard wine lands hotels.

Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the dramatic mountains of the Drakenstein Valley. It has an exceptionally well–preserved werf dating from 1690. A fruit and vegetable garden of botanical diversity supplies a remarkable restaurant, Babel. Guests staying at Babylonstoren enjoy access to the entire farm, plus facilities like the spa and gym.

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. One of the biggest treats when staying over at Babylonstoren, is that you get to begin the day with an abundant harvest table breakfast served in our greenhouse. The breakfast menu is devised according to what's ready for picking in the garden. On our breakfast menu: the freshest of just-blended juices, seasonal fruit, homemade muesli with a twist, freshly baked bread from our bakery, thick yoghurts and farm honey. Our farm breakfast includes a choice of something delicious and hot, maybe Babylonstoren eggs and plum-wood smoked bacon, made on the farm.

There are lots of fun activities to help you enjoy your stay including wine and olive oil tasting, rowing and fishing at the dam, garden tour, indulgences at the sap, biking tours and much more.