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Babylonstoren

Cape Winelands
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Located in the premier wine-growing region of the Cape Winelands against the backdrop of the Simonsberg Mountains, Babylonstoren has become a popular destination for visitors from around the world. Dating back to 1692, the historic fruit and wine farm was skilfully reimagined by its current owners ten years ago.
Beloved for its garden that is laid out over 3,5 magnificent hectares (8 acres), the structure divides into 15 sections that include fruit, berries, bees for pollinating, indigenous plants, fragrant lawns, a prickly pear maze, a clivia tunnel and a plethora of trees of historical and botanical import. The design was inspired by the historic Company's Garden in Cape Town, which for centuries supplied ships sailing between Europe and Asia with vegetables and fruit. It also makes a playful nod to the mythological Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Those were (possibly erroneously) thought to have been created by Nebuchadnezzar in the sixth century BC, for his wife who longed for the mountains and valleys of her youth. Together with the main garden, there is a Healing Garden with species said to cure an array of ailments (not all medically guaranteed, like those for a pining heart!), a splendid succulent collection and the Spice Garden – which tells the story of the spice trade with the East, and exhibits the main spices. Along the edge of the garden, a natural stream flows from the Simonsberg mountain to the Berg River. In the shade of wild olives, a collection of more than 7000 Clivia lilies bloom spectacularly every spring. In early summer the chamomile lawn becomes a soft and aromatic carpet, while 41 rose towers are covered with fragrant heritage varieties. Diversity is a trademark of the garden, which is the only Royal Horticultural Society Partner in Africa. It features over 300 varieties of trees alone, thousands of plant species. Curiously, everything planted in the formal section has edible or has medicinal value. Every aspect of Babylonstoren is informed by the ever-changing tapestry and botanical diversity of the garden – this includes the contemporary Farm Hotel and Garden Spa, the Farm Shop, Barn, farm-to-fork restaurants and function venues.
OPENING TIMES
Monday - Sunday | 9h00–17h00 (last entry 16h00)

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Klapmuts Simondium Road Cape Winelands ZA 7670

Areas of Babylonstoren

  • Garden

    Set within 3,5 hectares (8 acres) of cultivated fruit and vegetables, the big garden at Babylonstoren is at the heart of the farm. It was inspired by the historic Company’s Garden in Cape Town, which supplied sailing ships of the Dutch East India Company with fresh vegetables and fruit during the days when the Cape was a halfway station between Europe and Asia. GARDEN TOURS Daily Garden Tour: Starts at 10h00 in front of the Farm Shop. One of our experienced gardeners will be your guide on this tour, during which we encourage guests to pick, taste, smell and touch while walking through our garden. Special Collections Tour: Come on the daily guided walk from Monday to Friday at 11h30, to discover our special collections. Depending on the time of year, guests will be taken to see the succulent collection, the cycads next to the stream or for a walk through the Healing Garden. *NB: Booking is essential.
  • Healing Garden

    The Healing Garden, just beyond the Greenhouse, is intended as a quiet space, where guests can slow down and connect with nature. It blossoms with a range of beautiful herb species – some more powerful, aromatic, rare or even dangerous than others, but all with an interesting story worth discovering. With herbs said to heal head, heart, lungs, digestive system, organs, skin, bones and feet, the central layout of the garden follows the form of the human body. Trees planted in this garden include “giants” in African healing traditions, like the sausage tree, African flame tree and stinkwoods. NB: Booking is essential.
  • Spice Garden

    Our newly acquired Spice Garden near the Greenhouse tells the tale of the ancient spice trade with the East. This tranquil green space houses various aromatic plants, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, greater galangal, ginger and turmeric. The Spice Garden is now open for group bookings and boasts with a menu inspired by fragrant spices from the garden. Bookings can be made online.
  • Babel

    Housed in the old cowshed, Babel Restaurant is a wonderful mix of Cape Dutch architecture and contemporary glass walls that makes for a simple yet edgy environment in which to try our tasty yet often unconventional combinations. We have a farm-to-fork philosophy which means we like to serve food that is seasonal and that reflects our “pick, clean and serve” approach. Breakfast: Monday to Sunday, 8h00-9h30 Lunch: Wednesday to Sunday, 12h00-15h30 Dinner: Monday to Sunday, 18h00-20h30 (Restaurant closes at 22h00) Booking is essential. Online bookings for Babel Restaurant open nine months in advance. Alternatively, telephone and email bookings open two months in advance, to the day. Breakfast is R290 per person and includes coffee or tea, as well as our cold-pressed fresh juices. Bookings can be made online.
  • Greenhouse Restaurant

    At the rear of the garden, tucked away between the oak trees, our Greenhouse offers guests the perfect place to rest and enjoy delicious home-baked treats, coffee, tea and fresh garden juices. We also offer more substantial meals of artisanal breads with handcrafted cheeses and dressed meats, served with our homemade herb oils, chutneys, preserves and relishes, as well as delicious, fresh garden salads. Monday–Sunday: 10h00–16h00
  • Workshops

    We hold regular workshops at Babylonstoren as we see it as an ideal opportunity to share what we’ve learned and to also learn from our community. Experts in their fields host these workshops in collaboration with our team. They’re quite hands-on so you will get to try out the skills, technique or discipline that we’re learning about. Starting with a walk through the garden, it is usually a full-day affair with lunch included. Hotel guests are invited to take part in any of our workshops during their stay at no extra cost – it’s on us. Please have a look at our website to make your booking.

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