Babylonstoren is one of the best preserved farm yards in the Cape Dutch tradition. The manor house from 1777, the Koornhuis (for storing wheat and hay) and the old cellar are all still in good condition.
The farm is however best known for its edible garden which was inspired by the company garden, where ships could replenish fruit and vegetables.
Every one of over 300 varieties of plants in the eight hectare garden is either edible or has a medicinal value and grown as biologically as possible.
The garden is divided into fifteen clusters spanning vegetable areas, berries, bees, indigenous plants, ducks and chickens and includes a prickly pear maze.
Gravity feeds water into waterways from stream into the garden as it was done for 300 years.
Pathways in the garden spans more than 3 kilometres and includes a secluded path where more than 7 000 clivias can be seen in full bloom during Spring.
Guest suites were built in the Cape Dutch style where outer walls are whitewashed and decorated with ornate gables and thatched roofs.
Interiors are pleasantly cool in summer (due to thick walls) and are heated by open hearths in winter.
All cottages have either a garden or vineyard view with an area for alfresco dining.
At Babel food leans towards simplicity and is made with the vegetables and fruit gathered daily from the garden.
Helpings are generous and meals may be taken either in the glass enclosed restaurant or under the Plain trees in the courtyard, depending on the weather.
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t: +27 21 863 3852
Directions to the farm from Cape Town
Take the N1 towards Paarl. Take Exit 47 – Klapmuts, Stellenbosch R44 off-ramp.
At the Stop street turn right (underneath the N1 towards Stellenbosch). Go over the next 4-way stop and over the bridge.
Take the next left on Franschhoek (R45). About 6km down that road on your right you'll see Babylonstoren.