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From its stunning gardens to its indulgent spa, this high-end retreat boasts a fascinating history and oozes rustic charm. Pick fruit and vegetables from the eight acres of Gardens surrounding the hotel or simply enjoy a freshly prepared meal at the impressive Babel restaurant or a lighter meal in the Tea Garden. Nestled in South Africa’s Cape Winelands and overlooked by the Franschhoek Mountains, Babylonstoren is the ideal location for those in search of a relaxing getaway. Granted to the first owners in 1692, Babylonstoren prides itself on being one of the best preserved werfs (farm yards) in the Cape Dutch tradition. A cluster of refurbished cottages provide unique and intimate accommodation for guests and you will feel as though you’ve been transported back in time.
With only 12 cottages making up the hotel’s accommodation, you will be able to enjoy a quiet and more personal stay at Babylonstoren. Echoing 17th and 18th century Cape Dutch farm buildings, the cottages’ white-washed exteriors create a great first impression.
All accommodation includes a Babel breakfast, guest laundry, personal bars in the suites, full access to the hotel garden and have under floor heating and open fireplaces to keep you warm during winter evenings
Each of the 6 suites located on Babylonstoren’s grounds are elegant and welcoming, featuring large double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. You will be able to enjoy either a garden or vineyard view, with an area for al fresco dining.
One Bedroom Cottages
Situated next to the herb garden are 2 one bedroom cottages. Featuring large double bedrooms with en suites, the cottage boasts an impressive kitchen area with floor-to-ceiling windows.
Two Bedroom Cottages
The selection of 4 two bedroom cottages are calm and inviting, boasting spacious double bedrooms, with an extra double/twin bedroom, ideal for families. Tranquil and airy kitchen areas provide the perfect place for enjoying breakfast in the mornings.
Those of you occupying the one or two bedroom cottages will be able to enjoy a kitchen and dining area, ideal for breakfasting in.
Babylonstoren strives to provide a fresh menu, giving you the option to either pick your own produce from its gardens or dine at its impressive Babel restaurant. Crisp and colourful salads are perfect for those sunny afternoons, or if you’re in need of a more hearty meal than perhaps a slow-cooked leg of lamb is more to your taste. Accompanying the delicious food is a selection of fine wines, made from Babylonstoren’s own vineyards and sourced from the area.
Babel prides itself on using ingredients sourced from the Babylonstoren’s gardens and surrounding areas. Their menu is simple but delicious, consisting of salads, stews and well-cooked meats. You will also be able to experience the famed Babel breakfast, containing a mixture of fruits, breads and juices, guaranteed to get your day off to the right start. Babel is open for lunch Wednesdays to Sundays and open for dinner Friday and Saturday evenings. Enjoy the pizza evenings in the Tasting Area on Mondays and Thursdays.
Babylonstoren’s garden is the focal point of the hotel. Covering eight acres of land, there are over 300 varieties of plants, all of which are edible. Ask for a guided tour of the garden, where one of the staff will educate you about the nutritional and medical values of the produce they grow. Alternatively, you can roam the gardens privately for a more relaxing experience.
The Glass House
Situated at the back of the garden, The Glass House is overlooked by recently-planted oak trees and enjoys beautiful sceneries. It doubles up as a tearoom, providing the ideal place for you to sit and unwind whilst looking out into the garden. The Green House is open from Wednesdays to Sundays, from 10 o’clock in the morning until 4 o’clock in the afternoon. [7 days a week from 1 October 2012]
The Farm Shop
If you’re a fan of good food and good wine then The Farm Shop is just the place to visit. Offering wine tastings from Babylonstoren’s own cellars and surrounding vineyards situated around the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains, The Farm Shop also has a wonderful delicatessen selling meats, cheeses and breads. The Farm Shop is open from Wednesdays to Sundays, from 10 o’clock in the morning until 4 o’clock in the afternoon.
If you are in need of extra relaxation and pampering, Babylonstoren’s spa will do just the trick. Offering an array of professional treatments, you will be able to unwind in one of the treatment rooms.
Swimming pool, converted from a farm reservoir, Gym, Guided Cellar Tours, hosted wine tasting, Canoeing on the farm dam or cycling
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