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Babylonstoren

About Babylonstoren Farm Hotel, Paarl

Based in one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in South Africa, Babylonstoren Farm Hotel is nestled amidst the vineyards and orchards of the Drakenstein Valley. The hotels  renovated farm cottages are minimalistic in style, with whitewashed walls and cozy fireplaces, and are surrounded by 8 acres of working farmland. The original farmhouse has also been converted into nine comfortable suites with a modern, botanical-themed design.

Established in 1692, this charming farm is the ideal base for exploring South Africa’s famous winelands.

Lodge Details

Style

A historic Cape Dutch farmhouse that has been renovated to combine traditional elements with contemporary décor. 

Setting

The hotel is surrounded by 8 acres of farmland and vineyards in the heart of the winelands, close to the town of Paarl and a short drive from both Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. 

Accommodation & Facilities

13 traditional Cape Dutch farm cottages line the avenue leading to the restaurant, comprising six one bedroom suites, three one bedroom cottages and four two bedroom cottages. Cottages are traditional in appearance, with whitewashed walls, thatched roofs and wooden gables, but the interiors are modern and minimalist in design. The renovated farmhouse contains nine suites, including a honeymoon loft suite, as well as a private spa and swimming pool. 

Dining

There are two restaurants at Babylonstoren, Babel and Greenhouse, as well as a bakery. The farm has a ‘farm-to-fork’ philosophy, using seasonal ingredients which are almost all grown on the farm itself. Babel is located in a former cow shed and is very popular, often requiring booking far in advance, and the Greenhouse is in a vintage conservatory. The farm also has a wine cellar and tasting room where guests can sample the farms own selection of wines.

Activities

There are plenty of opportunities to explore this authentic working farm, from guided vineyard and garden walks, harvesting with the farmers and wine tasting sessions. Guests can also go canoeing on the farms dam or hiking up the Babylonstoren koppie, or simply relax in the hotel spa. Other activities in the area include horse riding, golf and hot air ballooning. 

Child Policy

Children welcome.

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