One of the oldest and best preserved farm houses in South Africa, Babylonstoren lies in the Drakenstein Valley in the heart of the Cape Wine-lands, just a 45 minute drive from Cape Town International Airport. While the farm itself was founded in 1960, the manor house turned African getaway is designed in traditional Cape Dutch style and built in 1777, is beautifully modern and sophisticated – giving us a whole new outlook on farm stays as a concept for our future holiday planning.
Surrounded by the Simonsberg, Du Toitskloof and Franschhoek Mountains, Babylonstoren from the outlook is a picture to behold with white geese flocking on green velvet lawns – beautifully complimenting the white washed walls and thatched roofs of the manor. Animals that colour co-ordinate. What is not to love about that?
Beds swathed in white linen, timber floors and sea grass rugs underfoot and white linen sofas to kick back on, guests are free to loll around in their oversized rooms or take to the extensive rolling gardens to take in the vistas of the valley. Take a walk through the large working garden that sees plenty of activity from both kitchen staff and gardeners alike, while the day spa is left for more restful, languid pursuits.
The Babel restaurant is fuss free yet beautifully considered. The food here reflects the season. Always. Vegetables and fruit gathered daily from the garden are often served with their skins on, the helpings are generous and the presentation is best described as beautiful rustic.
Perhaps what we love most is the way in which you start your day. Watching the African sun rise about the mountains, while you sit with your home grown and made muesli, yoghurt and fruit as you plan just what part of the farm you may wonder out and discover – or what time you’ll hit the pool and soak up some rays. We can think of no more beautiful way to spend time in the country…can you?