Fodor's Expert Review Babylonstoren

45 Klapmuts Rd., Klapmuts, Western Cape, 7670, South Africa Fodor's Choice

Set on a 500-acre working farm that is one of the Cape's oldest, Babylonstoren is a bucolic vision in white. Flanking an oak and pepper tree–lined lane, a dozen lovingly renovated laborers' cottages retain their thatch roofs and whitewashed purity outside. Inside, a farmhouse-chic style is created by mixing sleek modern furniture with farm antiques, and framed botanical illustrations. Cottages look out over 8 acres of lush fruit and vegetable gardens (containing more than 300 edible species), set against the dramatic Drakenstein Mountains. Guests can harvest and prepare their own meals—six cottages boast state-of-the-art kitchens—or enjoy the brilliant and inventive meals at Babel Restaurant. Positioned under an oak tree canopy in the gardens, the Greenhouse—a greenhouse-cum-tearoom—serves fresh fruit and vegetable juices and homemade buttermilk scones, as well as delectable cheeses and smoked/cured meats served on different breads. With a fabulous location between the legendary wine estates of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, a full spa, and a dam with canoes for guest use, this gorgeous oasis of organic calm will both delight and restore.


  • option to harvest your own organic produce and enlist the help of a chef to prepare
  • five additional rooms in the 17th-century manor house
  • 8 acres of organic landscaped gardens to wander


  • in-cottage book selection dominated by Afrikaans titles


Historical, New, Service


Phones: 021-863–3852


6 suites, 7 cottages
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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