Babylonstoren – In a class and a world of its own!
Once again I visited the original 17th century Cape Dutch homestead, and found it still to be one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Nestled in the heart of the Franschoek wine lands, Babylonstoren’s brand is what they pride themselves in, it is a modern sustainable approach on a working farm, delivering only the best in organic produce, which is used in their two eateries daily. There is day spa and even the possibility of a stopover for the night to enjoy the relaxing environment of the
Babylonstoren, which is on one of the oldest farms in the Western Cape.
Mother Nature’s mountains are the backdrops to this breathtaking view, which stands out as one of the best in Franchoek. The buildings on the farm are a perfect example of Cape Dutch architecture. Outhouse buildings with corrugated iron roofs, whitewashed stonewall; glass doors and windows used in the restaurant and the stay over rooms, have modernized the old structures with that of the new, pulling it all together naturally.
The atmosphere is peaceful, it is beautiful, and it is laid-back. The orchards and gardens are naturally perfect and when in season, the featured pagodas are covered in roses. The vegetable gardens and flowerbeds flourish with tiptop quality and healthy looking plants.
When I first visited the estate years ago, the gardens were in their infancy stage and the possibilities of staying over for the night was only in the pipeline. I could not have well imagined then, how this evolving estate would continue to fascinate me.
Babylonstoren today has grown in all proportion; and the buzz on the farm shows that it is truly a hive of activity. The two restaurants are diverse and cater to the locals and foreigners in a relaxed and friendly way. The experience is a mélange of lifestyle and fabulous mind bending food sensations which resonates with life.
It is the modern ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylonstoren’