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
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. 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.
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.