Babylonstoren

45 Klapmuts Rd., Klapmuts, Western Cape, 7670, South Africa

Set on a 500-acre working farm that is one of the Cape's oldest, Babylonstoren is a bucolic farmhouse-chic lodging with a dozen lovingly renovated thatched roof cottages. Inside sleek modern furniture is mixed 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. One of the newer additions is the Farmhouse, which has nine suites centered around a courtyard with a glimmering swimming pool, sauna, and salt room. Guests also have access to The Butterfly Room, a lounge and library, which has a selection of books and board games—perfect for a wintery day. Positioned under an oak tree canopy in the gardens, the Greenhouse tearoom serves fresh fruit and vegetable juices and delectable cheeses and smoked/cured meats served on different breads, and the newly opened bakery offers Italian-inspired meals. 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.

PROS

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

CONS

  • in-cottage book selection dominated by Afrikaans titles

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical, New, Service
Sophisticated
Near the mountain
Luxurious Retreat

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 021-863–3852

HOTEL DETAILS

22 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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