Just 60 kms from Cape Town in the Groot Drakenstein Valley, Babylonstoren dates to 1692. The 8-acre formal French kitchen garden, 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 something fresh and surprising.
Overlooking the vineyards and garden, Babylonstoren’s 12 country guest suites echo Cape Dutch farm buildings. The outer walls are whitewashed and decorated with ornate gables and the interiors are pleasantly cool in summer and are heated by open hearths in winter. Guests are encouraged to pick their own produce to be prepared for delicious meals, and to enjoy the “natural dam” swimming pool and the spa.