- Boutique farm hotel
- Pool, kayaking & cycling
- Kitchen Gardens
Babylonstoren is an incredibly stylish boutique farm hotel on a 200 Hectares working farm in the heart of the winelands. You’ll enjoy access to the entire farm and can choose to canoe on the farm dam and cycle through the vineyards and orchards. There is also a garden spa and gorgeous swimming pool crafted from a restored farm reservoir.
The 13 suites and one and 2 bedroom cottages are straight off the set of a design magazine, lots of white, eclectic furniture and big glass windows with views of the vineyards. There are 6 one bedroom suites, 3 one bedroom cottages and 4 two bedroom cottages (perfect for families). All the cottages have under?oor heating, most have fireplaces and a garden or vineyard view with an area for alfresco dining.
The cottages (not suites) have gorgeous kitchens and are stocked on arrival with a box of fresh produce (vegetables, fruit and herbs) and essentials (olive oil, salt, pepper, …). You are also welcome to help yourself to one of the over 300 different varieties of vegetables, fruit and edible plants in the garden. The farm shop sells deli food (cheeses, dried meats, bread etc.) and there is a superb restaurant and café on site. The entrance fee to Babylonstoren (R10 per person) is not included in the room rate and is payable on entry, 100% of this fees goes to the Babylonstoren trust for education in the local community.
For Families: Families of three or more stay in the 2 bedroom cottages , which come with open plan kitchens plus an extra double/twin bedroom. All have gorgeous garden or vineyard views.
- Historic wine estate, beautiful setting
- Ideally located for Cape Winelands
- Various accommodation options
- Luxurious, tranquil Cape Dutch farmhouse
- Extensive grounds, lovely swimming pool
- Wine cellar and tastings
- Great location for Winelands and Cape Town
- Historic hotel in picturesque Stellenbosch
- Heart of the Cape Winelands
- Tranquil gardens and pool
- Gourmet restaurant
- Chic, upmarket boutique hotel
- Stylish, bespoke accommodation
- Two pools, spa, gourmet restaurant
- Great Winelands location
- Exquisite property on working vineyard
- Short walk from town centre
- Excellent food, wine tasting
- Cycling, pool, tennis court
- Top choice for wine lovers
- Peaceful setting with mountainous scenery
- Historic, upmarket and stylish property
- Close to nature reserves
- 14 contemporary suites
- Magnificent scenery: mountain & fields
- Close to Franschhoek’s restaurants & boutiques
- Restored Manor House
- Outskirts of Franschhoek
- 14 Rooms & 12 Villas
- Two Swimming Pools
- Working wine estate with cellar tours
- Lovely rooms overlooking the valley
- Cycling tours, hiking
- In-room spa treatments
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019