The Winelands, South Africa
Babylonstoren is a beautiful and unique boutique hotel located within vineyards and orchards in the Drakenstein Valley. There are just 14 cottages strung out along the garden and vineyards, in converted Cape Dutch farm buildings.
At a Glance
Beautifully restored Cape Dutch buildings
Delicious food specializing in home-made produce
Take a tour of their incredible wine cellar
Have a delicious food platter delivered to your door and enjoy a relaxing dinner in the privacy of your cottage.Camilla Whitworth
Make sure you visit the farm shop, they make their own biltong and cheeses on site as well as all manner of preserves, chutneys and other goodies. Don’t go home without some biltong!Dominic Atterton
Try one of the fresh fruit or vegetable juices – each day there are three colors to choose from!Anna Hearn
Children will love to go out and collect eggs from the hens in the mornings!Anna Hearn
Take a hike up to the boat house and borrow one of the canoes for a paddle around on the lakeAnna Hearn
Enjoy a light lunch in the Greenhouse - the menu is seasonal and most of the ingredients are grown on the Babylonstoren Estate.Louisa Ross-Taylor
Enjoy the unique salt room at Babylonstoren - one 45 minute session is equivalent to 8 hours at the ocean and the salt air provides many mental and health benefits!Meg Shepro
Meet our specialists
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Babylonstoren or take a look at our itineraries to The Winelands
Babylonstoren is a perfect boutique farm hotel within vineyards and orchards in the Drakenstein Valley, between Franschhoek and Stellenbosh. Every way you look the beautiful gardens and vineyards stretch out before you in the most impressive example ever of a working farm.
The 14 cottages are found in stunningly converted 17th and 18th century Cape Dutch farm buildings. This small personalized property is ideal for either families or couples. Children can run free and explore the gardens, ride on the tractors, walk with the working ducks and collect their eggs. It’s a treasure chest of surprises; a maze, a lake with boats and a surprise water fountain. Couples meanwhile will enjoy the peace and privacy of their own cottage and sampling the delicious wine from Babylonstoren's vineyard whilst cosying up in front of their fire on chilly evenings.
Babylonstoren is also great for those with green fingers, there are eight acres of gardens with over 300 varieties of plants, creatively designed. Guests can even help with the harvesting should they so desire and gardeners can take guests on a guided visit of the garden. As well as this, it is perfect for those who are keen on organically diverse menus – the seasonal fruit and vegetables are the foundation of the menu at their renowned restaurant Babel.
From Babylonstoren wander through the farm’s extensive fruit orchards and vineyards or accompany the duck herd as they wander through the farm harvesting snails. There are seven different hiking trails extending across the property. Alternatively, borrow a bike and cycle through the vineyards, around the dams and koppie.
The spa at Babylonstoren is like no other, with fresh herbs picked each morning for us in the Spa's daily rituals, and a steam room, sauna, heated jet pool and cold plunge pool to relax in before having a nibble on some ripe and delicious food and sipping fresh juices in the bamboo garden. Enjoy the quintessential Babylonstoren Garden Spa treatment is the Private Hamman Water Ritual in the marble hamman to come away feeling replenished and refreshed.
Babylonstoren accommodation consists of 14 cottages in converted Cape Dutch farm buildings. There are eight en-suite one-bedroom guest cottages and four en-suite two bedroom guest cottages which are ideal for families. All the cottages have under-floor heating and most have fireplaces.
There are nine one-bedroom farmhouse suites, each offering plush four-poster beds, spacious bathrooms and a cast-iron stove. The farmhouse suites have access to a swimming pool, as well as a rejuvenating spa area.
For families or guests traveling in a small group, Babylonstoren’s historic Cape Dutch home, the five-bedroom Manor House is available on request only on an exclusive use basis.
Each open-plan suite has a luxurious en-suite bathroom and lounge area with thick walls, elegant gables and a hearty fireplace. The interiors take on an altogether contemporary feel when paired with the modern lines of furniture by international design brands such as Kartell, Magis, Philippe Starck and the Bourellec Bros. Bookshelves are filled with a wonderful selection of books while underfloor heating and free Wi-Fi are just a few of the things that await you. A well-stocked personalized bar fridge as well as breakfast are included in the room rate.
Each of the slightly larger open-plan cottages has a luxurious en-suite bathroom and lounge area with thick walls, elegant gables and a hearty fireplace. Into this pristine Cape Dutch style, a contemporary glass cube has been seamlessly added to house a kitchen area. The interiors continue this pairing with modern four-poster beds and furniture from international design brands such as Kartell, Magis, Philippe Starck and the Bourellec Bros. Bookshelves filled with carefully selected books, underfloor heating and free Wi-Fi are just a few of the things that await you. Suites are either garden or vineyard facing, with access to the garden and the farm. A well-stocked personalized bar fridge as well as breakfast are included in the room rate.
The pristine Cape Dutch style of our two-bedroom cottages emulate a farm stay experience with thick walls, elegant gables and a hearty fireplace. A contemporary glass cube has been seamlessly added to the 18th-century structure to house a dining and kitchen area. The interiors continue this contemporary pairing with modern four-poster beds and furniture from international design brands such as Kartell, Magis, Philippe Starck and the Bourellec Bros. Each bedroom also has a luxurious en-suite bathroom. Bookshelves filled with carefully selected books, underfloor heating and free Wi-Fi are just a few of the things that await you. Our cottages are either garden or vineyard facing. A well-stocked personalized bar fridge as well as breakfast are included in the room rate. All our two-bedroom cottages are serviced daily and come with a king-size bed, and a king or two single beds in the second bedroom.
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Our Cape Dutch homestead dates back to 1777. This exclusive house is available on request. It has five bedrooms accommodating ten guests. All rooms have a king-size bed, with two of the rooms having the option of twin beds. Rooms are serviced daily and breakfast is included in the room rate, as well as a well-stocked personalized bar fridge. The interior has been beautifully restored to its former glory, but with a definite contemporary touch. Bookshelves are filled with a wonderful selection of books and the traditional farm kitchen boasts a roaring old wood-burning stove. Guests have access to the garden at all times, with games set up on the private lawn. Curl up in front of the hearty fireplace and admire the architecture, or enjoy refreshments in the garden whilst savouring the exquisite views.
Children are welcome but there are no specific facilities except babysitting which is available on request.
Attractions kids will love in the Winelands area include Bugz Play Park, the Franschhoek Motor Museum, Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens, the Stellenbosch Toy and Miniature Museum. For a chance to see some of South Africa's abundant wildlife, the Giraffe House, the Cheetah Outreach Facility and Eagle Encounters all offer excellent days out for the little explorers.
Babylonstoren features a Spa, gym and swimming pool.
Babylonstoren offers complimentary guided vineyard and garden walks, and use of the spa facilities and gym. Spa treatments are charged additionally. There are complimentary guided cellar tours and wine tastings every day, a beautiful farm dam to canoe on, and a stroll up the Babylonstoren koppie is always worth the effort for the views.Other activities in the local area include golf, walking and hiking in the surrounding mountains, fly fishing, horse riding and hot air ballooning (only in the summer).
There is also a gym on site if you want to keep up a fitness routine during your stay. Alternatively, you could do a few laps in the swimming pool which is very refreshing in the heat of the day.
Location & Directions
The Winelands, South Africa
Babylonstoren lies in the Drakenstein Valley between Franschhoek and Paarl. Surrounded by the Simonsberg, Du Toitskloof and Franschhoek Mountains, Babylonstoren is in the heart of the Cape Winelands.
When to go
This is a wonderful year-round destination, although bear in mind the reverse seasons in the southern hemisphere - you won’t be lying by the pool in June and July, though it will still be warm. Things can get extremely hot during their summer (December-March), with temperatures hovering around 40C.