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Babylonstoren

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14/05/2017 15/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Babylonstoren is as close to paradise on earth as you can get. It is stunningly beautiful both in its setting and in the gardens and landscape that comprise the hotel, vineyard, farm and restaurant. I was hospitalised during our stay (unconnected to the hotel!) and so my wife and child ended up staying for a whole week, and myself just...

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Hi Chancer Thank you for this wonderful review and for every single recommendation. We hope you had a speedy recovery and that we will have the privilege of welcoming you back for some family time in the winelands. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 November 2016

have visited babylonstoren before for lunch and enjoyed it very much. was very much looking forward to staying at babylonstoren on my next visit to south africa in march. however when i booked two single rooms for 4 adults I was informed by cindy in reception I would be charged 1800 rand for a cot for my 3 year old....

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Hi Jason Thank you for taking the time to share your booking experience with us. We are happy to confirm that the misunderstanding of your online booking has been resolved and we look forward to welcoming you and your family in March 2017 as per your confirmed reservation correspondence. We hope you enjoy every minute of your visit and wish...

Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 22 November 2016

You will absolutely love the wine tasting room - it is modern and overlooks the vineyards and Franschhoek mountains (large windows). No matter what the weather, you will sit in the perfect climate controlled room. You can order the most divine platters and it has friendly service. Get there early because they dont take bookings. It is literally wine tasting...

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Hi Wine Girl Thank you for taking the time to share your Babylonstoren experience with us. We are delighted that you enjoyed our range of wines and some snack platters. Best wishes, Lize and the Tasting Room team

Milnerton, South Africa
Reviewed 21 November 2016

A friend and I had a pedicure at the spa, wandered around the gardens and then had lunch at Babel. Stunning fresh salads, good wine, lovely bread and a relaxed atmosphere. We also had a lovely time shopping in their 2 shops.

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Hi Sally Indeed the perfect way to spend a day! We hope to welcome you back soon. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

I thought that it would look like the garden of Eden, but it does not. I am not impressed with the food which are served in bottles. It is very difficult to eat a salad out of a bottle and R75 for soup is just too much. The service is poor. I ordered an Americano to be served after I...

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Hi Helena Please accept our sincere apology for not receiving the efficient service we are know for. We are sad that the garden and what the farm has to offer did not live up to your expectations. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Zug, Switzerland
Reviewed 15 November 2016

This is my second time to the Farm, and it was just as lovely as I remembered it! We were not able to secure a booking at Babel, but The Greenhouse was fantastic! I loved how the menu not only have some true SA dishes (boerewors, biltong, waterblommetjes etc) bu that many of the ingredients were grown on the farm....

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Hi Julie Thank you for sharing this lovely experience with us! We look forward to welcoming you back in December. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 15 November 2016

I didnt stay at this property, but had a wine tasting and site inspection as part of a travel agent group. The property is nothing short of picturesque and is packed full of things to do like make your own bread and help the chef pick herbs and vegetables for dinner. The mountainous backdrop is just divine and this property...

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Hi Hannah We are so happy you could experienced a little bit of what the farm has to offer and hope to welcome you to also enjoy the hotel in the near future. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Paarl, South Africa
Reviewed 15 November 2016

My kids love visiting here, the gardens are diverse & ever changing. We also visit the walk in restaurant (although in Summer the waiting times can be long). From ducks & chickens through to hanging bird baskets and walks through the forests - all the while people are working on this beautiful farm. It's a must do.

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Hi Candice Nothing brings us more joy than knowing families love to spend their time together on the farm. Children love the animals and space outside with the farm and garden experience. We look forward to welcoming you for many more memories. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

I attended this venue for the first time in December 2014 on a work lunch and it was really fantastic. The main restaurant has a great variety of fresh platters and mains where the produce is mostly raw and served as is and salmon delightfully prepared as a main. Dessert is fantastic and the ambiance is very relaxing garden set...

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Hi Somaya It always gladdens our hearts to hear from our return guests. May Babylonstoren always live up to your expectations and be the place where you can relax and ground yourselves again. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

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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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...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Breakfast included
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  • Multilingual Staff
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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: ₹ 20,005 - ₹ 42,712 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Babylonstoren 5*
Number of rooms: 12
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