Franschhoek & The Winelands
A 300-year-old Cape Dutch farm spread over 250 hectares and soaked in history, Babylonstoren is a memorable taste of the region’s traditional culture. Thick whitewashed walls, simple four-poster beds and neutral tones create a sophisticated retreat and a genuine farmstay experience – think Daylesford Organic gone colonial. Bookshelves filled with carefully curated books, underfloor heating and free Wi-Fi are all welcome touches.
We highly recommend the private hammam water ritual and the deep-tissue bamboo massage at the Garden Spa for a true wellness treat.
Babel restaurant, housed in an old cow shed, offers seasonal delights such as slow-cooked leg of lamb in red wine and has an extensive drinks menu. Sit in the courtyard under the Plane trees in clement weather and have a sundowner while listening to local birdsong.
Babylonstoren also hosts regular gardening and wine-making workshops which are an ideal day trip if staying elsewhere in the area.
Features in the following itineraries
- Anonymous, India
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Leslie Siben, India
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India