Babylonstoren

Location: Winelands | South Africa

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Babylonstoren is the South African Winelands delight. A rustic yet modern working farm and vineyard dating back to the 17th century, here you will find beautiful gardens, a fabulous farm shop, and charming rooms in the old barns.

Perfect forGardeners, wine lovers, and anyone seeking some peace.
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With over 300 edible plants grown in the 8 acres of garden and a never-ending supply of sublime wine and food, make sure your clothes have an expandable waistline. 

Recommended for...

  • Food & Wine
  • History & Heritage
  • Luxury Hotel
  • Setting & Views

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Nestled in the Winelands of Cape Dutch, just outside the historic town of Paarl, Babylonstoren is the perfect countryside escape. 

Rooms at Babylonstoren

The rooms are in converted barns, looking out over the gardens or towards the farm’s vineyards. Rustic wooden floors and beams blend seamlessly with chic modern furniture. Floor to ceiling windows and gleaming white décor make the cottages feel incredibly light and airy, and each has its own little bit of outside space.
With a walk-in cupboard, under floor heating, a cast-iron stove and a bathroom covered in chessboard cheques with a Victorian bath – perfect for wallowing with a glass of wine- consider the Farmhouse Suite for its canopied four-poster bed and high ceilings.

Food and drink

Much of your grub comes straight from the gardens, cut just a few hours before your meal. There are over 300 fresh seasonal vegetables and herbs planted on the estate, many of which end up on the delicious menu served in the original cow shed, which has been lovingly transformed into the Babel Restaurant. Here, the ‘from farm to fork’ philosophy ensures your dishes are super fresh, with the red jus, which is poured over the succulent duck, and the glazed pear sticky with honey all sourced from the outdoor maze. 

Facilities

There’s a pool (stylishly converted from the old farm reservoir), a gym in case all of that delicious food gets on top of you, and a spa for that well-earned massage. If you’re travelling with someone with a sense of humour, take a wander outside the restaurant where the maze is growing up. The “wobbly” cobbles are pressure pads for the trick fountains hidden amongst the plants.

Activities at Babylonstoren

Even if you’re not a gardener, be sure to take a wander around the gardens as they are truly charming. Breathe in the lavender, bite into the apricots and learn how the 8 acre garden produces a selection of fruit and vegetables by touring the estate with a knowledgeable gardener.

There’s a lake that you can fish or canoe on, bicycles to explore the estate with, and the farm to discover. If you’re the curious type, don’t be afraid to ask - previous guests have gotten involved with everything from picking their own vegetables for dinner to helping with the plum harvest.

If bending over the rows of produce has you aching for a stretch, head to the bamboo pavilion and Garden Spa for a deep-tissue massage. After your spa treatment there is only one thing left to do, enjoy a chilled glass of Chardonnay or a hearty Babel Red for the perfect evening in the Winelands.

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Hotel location

Paarl is a 10-minute drive away, while Cape Town airport is 31 miles away.

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