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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 8 November 2016

A unique and beautiful place to visit if you are interested in historic places, and gardens. These gardens are a marvel to behold. The idea is to showcase what gardens in the Cape looked like in the 1700's. It has everything from lavender fields, espaliered fruit trees, flowers, historic tripods and fencing utilising natural elements, animal husbandry and even historic...

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Hi Helene Thank you for taking the time to share your Babylonstoren experience with us as well as your appreciation for the history we love so dearly on the farm. The garden’s design was inspired by the original Company’s Garden in Cape Town, which supplied sailing ships of the Dutch East India Company with fresh fruit and vegetables during the...

Reviewed 3 November 2016

The grounds and gardens at Babylonstoren must be seen to be believed. Every vegetable and fruit you could think of is grown there, in the most beautifully manicured terraces. The chickens and ducks that roam the grounds have accommodation that would be the envy of every bird on the planet. And they're only there to lay eggs. Apparently, guests can...

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Hi Nicholas Thank you so much for taking the time to share your Babylonstoren experience with us. We appreciate your kind words and value that you appreciate the heart of the farm which is history and heritage. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Bath, England
Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

We only had one day in Franschoek and very glad we spent it here. The property is fantastic- very stylish and lovely. There is a good Spa and pool area for relaxing in the sun and bikes for when feeling more energetic. The greenhouse restaurant serves fantastic lunches and the main restaurant is superb for the evening (but make sure...

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Hi Scott We are delighted that you had a fantastic and memorable time in the hotel and that you enjoyed the variety of activities the farm offers. We hope to welcome you back during your next South African visit. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Marlborough, Massachusetts
Reviewed 28 October 2016

This is truly a unique place. An epic series of gardens that - alone - make this a destination visit is combined with wonderful guest cottages and a "to die for" restaurant with the ingredients sourced from the garden. Just an unbelievable combination in a setting Hawequas mountains in the background. There is a reason the reputation of this property...

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Hi Frazier Thank you so much for taking the time to share your Babylonstoren experience with us. It brings us great joy when we live up to the expectations of our guests and when they enjoy all the farm has to offer. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We went for dinner as a wedding anniversary. Such friendly staff. We got the table under the ox head, but the table was so low and close to the chair, my husband could not get his legs in under the table when seated, and he is not a huge man. We got to move luckily. Our overall feeling was that...

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Hi Adri We are truly sad to hear that we have not lived up to your expectations and apologise for your disappointing experience at Babel restaurant. Best wishes, Lize and the Babel team

Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Babylonstoren's celebrated gardens, hotel rooms, food and setting just seem to get better every year. We have visited a few times, and remember when the herb garden outside Babel restaurant was a sketch in the sand. On this trip, two people stood out from the amazing team that work at Babylonstoren. Jerome and Bronwin - went the extra mile, each...

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Hi Craig Our hearts are filled with joy when we get to welcome back return guests! Your kind words will be communicated to Jerome and Bronwin and we look forward to welcome you back many more times in the future. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

New York City, New York
Reviewed 19 October 2016

We stayed here for two nights on our honeymoon and regretted not staying longer. We wished we had more time to explore the property! Everything about this hotel was top. We were greeted upon arrival by name by Warren who was fantastic. Our cottage was gorgeous and homey. It was a bit cold when we were there so we lit...

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Thank you for choosing to spend this special time at Babylonstoren. Having our guests leave with a memorable experience is of the highest importance to every member of the team and we hope to welcome you back in the near future. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Hong Kong, China
Reviewed 18 October 2016

During our autumn break we stayed for 4 nights at Babylonstoren but I could have lasted much longer. We booked a 2-bedroom cottage which has a large living with huge fireplace, a kitchen set in a glass box in your own private garden and 2 bedrooms ensuite. Cottage is decorated in neutral colors, bed and bathrooms all in white. Everything...

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Hi Mariken Your review brings joy to our hearts and smiles to our faces! Ensuring our guests say goodbye with a memorable experience is of the highest importance to us. Farm greetings, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Stayed for three nights in Suite 3 and all I can say is wow!! This was a special birthday trip for my partner's birthday and the staff just made our stay so very special. The gardens are fantastic and the property really does feel like a retreat and exactly what is needed should you just want to get away and...

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Hi Amroid Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We feel privileged to be counted as one of your best hotel stays ever and will surely share your kind words with our team. Best wishes from the farm, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

The Cape is blessed with so many awesome wine farms that you can't really go wrong when picking where to spend your day however if you want something a bit special with a unique concept you have to try Babylonstoren. Make sure to do the garden tour which starts before 10am. A passionate lady took us through her garden where...

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Hi Andy Thank you for sharing your world class experience with us! I'm assuming you had lunch at Babel restaurant,if so I hope this might help you remember the deliciousness you had for dessert... sweet, sour & bitter for 2 warm oozing chocolate fondant, macerated green strawberries and lavender meringue chards, served with fennel sherbet, lavender ice-cream and fresh custard...

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  • Pool
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  • Free Parking
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  • Breakfast included
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Just 60 kms from Cape Town in the Groot Drakenstein Valley, Babylonstoren - named after the small hill on the farm named by early Dutch settlers in honor of the Bible's Hanging Gardens of Babylon - dates to 1692. 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 be something fresh and surprising. Overlooking the vineyards and garden with the historic farm buildings forming a backdrop, Babylonstoren's 13 guest cottages 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 (due to thick walls) and are heated by open hearths in winter. In these cottages we see 18th century-style exteriors boldly yet seamlessly married to the 21st century. Hotel guests are encouraged to pick fruit and veggies from the garden, explore the farm on bicycle, join our daily garden tour, enjoy our signature hammam treatment in the garden spa, or simply unwind with a glass of wine in the hotel's green room. The abundant harvest table breakfast is served from 8h00 - 10h00 in the garden's beautiful greenhouse. Guests can also enjoy dinner on the farm, either in Babel restaurant four nights a week, or in the farm bakery (Sun, Mo & Wed). ... more   less 

Additional Information about Babylonstoren

Address: R45, Simondium 7670, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Simondium
Price Range: ₹ 20,747 - ₹ 61,353 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Babylonstoren 5*
Number of rooms: 12
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“The farmhouse rooms have their own swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room and salt room.”
  • The beds are so comfortable they offer a wonderful nights sleep
  • The wet room showers are huge
  • The bathrooms are large with decor to fit the surroundings.
 of 5 bubbles marionc292, 7 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Families should check out the two room guest houses with living room and kitchen.”
 of 5 bubbles TyE403, 28 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Cottages offer privacy and a kitchen - specifically the 2 bedroom ones are stand alone cottages”
  • Bathroom 2 bedroom cottage
  • Our 2bedroom cottage private garden
  • 2 bedroom cottages
  • 2 bedroom cottage garden and kitchen
  • Bathroom 2 bedroom cottage
  • 2 bedroom cottages
  • Kitchentable with fresh fruit and flowers
  • Citrus from the farm
 of 5 bubbles MM1908, 17 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Try the Vionier White wine or the Babel Red”
 of 5 bubbles Frequenttraveler031, 29 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Book the refurbished guest houses over the newer guest rooms. The newer part has a pool, sauna etc, the common areas are for everyone.”
 of 5 bubbles goodtimes1950, 20 Sep 2016 | Read review
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