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Babylonstoren: Our full report

Babylonstoren is located on a working wine farm between Franschhoek and Paarl and is surrounded by vineyards ...

... and the Drakenstein Mountains.

The 20 thatched whitewashed cottages all have views either over the formal gardens or the surrounding vineyards. They are built in the style of old farm cottages, however, inside the interiors are spacious and modern. Some have a separate living room with open fireplace. The old manor house dates back to 1690 and is ideal for families travelling together. It has 5 bedrooms and is available on a sole-use basis.

Babylonstoren has a very good restaurant, Babel, serving food grown on the property.

Our view

We have yet to stay overnight but have visited a few times over the years, and have always had a very enjoyable time. The property oozes the Cape Dutch heritage, but with a touch of modern and more contemporary design. You could quite easily spend half a day here walking through the fruit and vegetable gardens, and enjoying their food and wine. Restaurant bookings really are essential during the summer months, particularly over the weekends.

Lucy Copson

Lucy Copson

South Africa expert


Winelands, South Africa
Ideal length of stay
2 - 3 nights
Accessible by

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Bed & Breakfast

Special interests

Once a farmhouse, now a luxury hotel; Babylonstoren’s sprawling grounds are beautifully manicured offering an abundance of impressive gardens and vineyards. From contemporary, modern décor to inspired, fresh food from their own gardens, this hotel is unique and full of character.
See ideas for Luxury


Attitude towards children
Families with children are most welcome
Property’s age restrictions
There is no age restriction


Water supply

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
Medical care

Quadbike warning: quad-biking is sometimes available as an activity from Babylonstoren. As with any potentially dangerous activity, it’s vital that you take responsibility for ensuring that you have adequate travel insurance prior to getting involved. Be aware that some insurances cover quad-bike activities only for bikes with lower engine ratings: check such clauses particularly carefully before you get on a bike.
Dangerous animals
Low Risk
Fire safety


Disabled access
Laundry facilities
Full Laundry Service - Included
Each room is fitted with an electronic safe.
Accepted payment on location
MasterCard and Visa credit cards are accepted methods of payment. Cash payment in South African Rand is also accepted.

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