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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

I had heard a few mumblings about this pretty new wine estate. Tasted some of the wines at wine faires - we are from Johannesburg. So decided to visit when staying in Franschoek only to discover the owner is Koos Bakker from media 24 fame. This surely now makes the cape wine region something of a hobby horse for South...

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are delighted that you had a memorable time and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

This vineyard is simply a nature Lovers dream! Magnificent grounds with fruit and vegetables and vineyard. Wow! What a relaxing escape and such a treat. This was my second visit and I have to recommend buying their candles, they smell incredibly and last for hours. Had lunch at the greenhouse which made both my husband and myself feel very healthy...

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Hi Lara The waterblommetjie candle is definitely my favorite and we are just delighted that you took a little bit of Babylonstoren home with you. Remember to take a peek at our online shop for some beautiful and delicious Babylonstoren goodies - We deliver to your doorstep. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 8 December 2016

How to feel like all of your needs are catered for, without any effort. The staff are charming and welcoming, they appear to blend into the back ground, however if you need them they seem to readily appear. The rooms hold all of the items you require, including wellington boots in case it rains.

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Hi Marion We are delighted that we managed to cater for all your needs and hope to welcome you back for an even more luxurious experience in the near future. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

The scenery is nice, but you will be truly amazed eating the delicious food! Everything you eat grows in their garden (also worth a visit) and the chef makes colorfull and tastefull plates, he really knows how to impress you! You pay a more than decent price for this special experience. If you are looking for a place for a...

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Hi Libertien Thank you for sharing your your wonderful experience with us. Babel has a unique new style of menu, which focuses on fresh produce from the garden and the region. Like so much else at Babylonstoren, a meal at Babel promises to be both an adventure and a rediscovery of the honest essence of things. Babel’s food is directed...

Stellenbosch
Reviewed 1 December 2016

This is really heaven! Such a lovely place to visit. Babylonstoren is set at the foothills of magnificent mountains. At each angle of the farm you have a view of the mountains. And the best thing yet - you can walk freely in their beautiful well maintained gardens. Every space and corner provides so much inspiration. From the wine tasting...

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Hi Madniek How lovely to hear that you have tried out our online shop. Each box is packed with the uttermost care and we are delighted that you find it the perfect gift for any occasion. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Geneva, Switzerland
Reviewed 29 November 2016

This comment will not take long as this is one of the best experience in my life! The hotel is amazing, well decorated, everything is linked to the nature environment! The farm is beautiful and the rooms are heaven! The food is sophisticated and in the mean time simple. The taste of each product is fresh! Everything was such an...

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Wow! We feel very honorer to be counted as one of the best experiences in your life. Your kind words will definitely be communicated to our team who absolutely live to make sure our guests leave with a memorable experience. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

London
Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Babylonstoren is as close to paradise on earth as you can get. It is stunningly beautiful both in its setting and in the gardens and landscape that comprise the hotel, vineyard, farm and restaurant. I was hospitalised during our stay (unconnected to the hotel!) and so my wife and child ended up staying for a whole week, and myself just...

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Hi Chancer Thank you for this wonderful review and for every single recommendation. We hope you had a speedy recovery and that we will have the privilege of welcoming you back for some family time in the winelands. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 November 2016

have visited babylonstoren before for lunch and enjoyed it very much. was very much looking forward to staying at babylonstoren on my next visit to south africa in march. however when i booked two single rooms for 4 adults I was informed by cindy in reception I would be charged 1800 rand for a cot for my 3 year old....

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Hi Jason Thank you for taking the time to share your booking experience with us. We are happy to confirm that the misunderstanding of your online booking has been resolved and we look forward to welcoming you and your family in March 2017 as per your confirmed reservation correspondence. We hope you enjoy every minute of your visit and wish...

Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 22 November 2016

You will absolutely love the wine tasting room - it is modern and overlooks the vineyards and Franschhoek mountains (large windows). No matter what the weather, you will sit in the perfect climate controlled room. You can order the most divine platters and it has friendly service. Get there early because they dont take bookings. It is literally wine tasting...

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Hi Wine Girl Thank you for taking the time to share your Babylonstoren experience with us. We are delighted that you enjoyed our range of wines and some snack platters. Best wishes, Lize and the Tasting Room team

Milnerton, South Africa
Reviewed 21 November 2016

A friend and I had a pedicure at the spa, wandered around the gardens and then had lunch at Babel. Stunning fresh salads, good wine, lovely bread and a relaxed atmosphere. We also had a lovely time shopping in their 2 shops.

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Hi Sally Indeed the perfect way to spend a day! We hope to welcome you back soon. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Just 60 kms from Cape Town in the Groot Drakenstein Valley, Babylonstoren - named after the small hill on the farm named by early Dutch settlers in honor of the Bible's Hanging Gardens of Babylon - dates to 1692. The 8-acre formal French kitchen garden at Babylonstoren, inspired by Cape Town's famous 17th-century Company Gardens of the Dutch East India Company, is the central focus of the farm. Today, cultivation of the freshest fruit, herbs and vegetables is paramount and the menu at the farm's restaurant, Babel, is driven by the seasons and what nature dictates. With over 300 fruits, vegetables and herbs to choose from, there is always be something fresh and surprising. Overlooking the vineyards and garden with the historic farm buildings forming a backdrop, Babylonstoren's 13 guest cottages echo Cape Dutch farm buildings. This style was developed in the Cape Colony in the 17th and 18th centuries: the outer walls are whitewashed and decorated with ornate gables and the interiors are pleasantly cool in summer (due to thick walls) and are heated by open hearths in winter. In these cottages we see 18th century-style exteriors boldly yet seamlessly married to the 21st century. Hotel guests are encouraged to pick fruit and veggies from the garden, explore the farm on bicycle, join our daily garden tour, enjoy our signature hammam treatment in the garden spa, or simply unwind with a glass of wine in the hotel's green room. The abundant harvest table breakfast is served from 8h00 - 10h00 in the garden's beautiful greenhouse. Guests can also enjoy dinner on the farm, either in Babel restaurant four nights a week, or in the farm bakery (Sun, Mo & Wed). ... more   less 

Additional Information about Babylonstoren

Address: R45, Simondium 7670, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Simondium
Price Range: RM1,368 - RM4,074 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Babylonstoren 5*
Number of rooms: 12
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“Book several months ahead. I booked at least three months early and was still unable to book a one bedroom cottage.”
 of 5 bubbles ashleyfosterpinnock, 10 Feb 2017 | Read review
“All rooms are in excellent locations, book early as it is busy.”
 of 5 bubbles 274DavidZ, 28 Jan 2017 | Read review
“The farmhouse rooms have their own swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room and salt room.”
  • The beds are so comfortable they offer a wonderful nights sleep
  • The wet room showers are huge
  • The bathrooms are large with decor to fit the surroundings.
 of 5 bubbles marionc292, 7 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Families should check out the two room guest houses with living room and kitchen.”
 of 5 bubbles TyE403, 28 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Cottages offer privacy and a kitchen - specifically the 2 bedroom ones are stand alone cottages”
  • Bathroom 2 bedroom cottage
  • Our 2bedroom cottage private garden
  • 2 bedroom cottages
  • 2 bedroom cottage garden and kitchen
  • Bathroom 2 bedroom cottage
  • 2 bedroom cottages
  • Kitchentable with fresh fruit and flowers
  • Citrus from the farm
 of 5 bubbles MM1908, 17 Oct 2016 | Read review
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