Babylonstoren

Babylonstoren: Information from the owner

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Type Guest House
No. of rooms 13
Last updated 17-Jun-2015

Main description of Babylonstoren

Babylonstoren: Facilities

Property facilities Gym (nearby)
Room facilities Air Conditioning, Mini Bar, Tea / Coffee, Internet, Disabled Rooms, Television, Satellite Television, Safe, Cooking Facilities, Fridge, Fan, Heater, Fireplace, Cooking Equipment, Shower, En-Suite, Lounge Area, Verandah, Deck, Outside Shower, Dressing Gowns, Clothes Press, Heated Towel Rails, Pure Cotton Linen, Underfloor Heating, Complementary Wi-Fi, Hair Dryer
Available services Room Service, Laundry Service, Airport Shuttles, Travel Desk, Foreign Exchange, Credit Card, Babysitting Service
Activities on site (some activities may be seasonal) Bird Watching, Boules, Kayaking, Walks, Cycling, Cooking Courses, Canoeing, Garden Tours, Catch-and-release Fishing, Fishing, Massages, Golf, Bowls, Kayaking / Paddling, Horse Riding, Sky Diving, Museums, Cultural Tours, Historical Tours, Wine Tasting, Child Friendly Activities, Health and Fitness Centre, Beach, Whale Watching, Fly Fishing, Adrenaline Activities, Boating, General Sightseeing, Mountain Biking

Room types at Babylonstoren

 En-suite Two Bedroomed Guest Cottages

En-suite Two Bedroomed Guest Cottages

4 en-suite two bedroomed guest cottages which are ideal for families and 4 guests travelling together • All the cottages have underfloor heating, fireplaces and air conditioners . • All cottages have either a garden or vineyard view with an area for alfresco dining • For families or guests travelling in a small group, Babylonstoren’s historic Cape Dutch home, the five-bedroomed Manor House is available on request only on an exclusive use basis.

En-suite One Bedroomed Guest Cottage

En-suite One Bedroomed Guest Cottage

3 en-suite one bedroomed guest cottages • All the cottages have under floor heating, fireplaces and air conditioners • All cottages have either a garden or vineyard view with an area for alfresco dining • For guests travelling in a small group, Babylonstoren’s historic Cape Dutch home, the five-bedroomed Manor House is available on request only on an exclusive use basis.

Suites

Suites

6 en-suite suites • All the cottages have under floor heating, fireplaces and air conditioners • All cottages have either a garden or vineyard view with an area for alfresco dining • For guests travelling in a small group, Babylonstoren’s historic Cape Dutch home, the five-bedroomed Manor House is available on request only on an exclusive use basis.

Activities at Babylonstoren

Babel Restaurant

Babel Restaurant

Our food leans towards simplicity – but with an edge. Meals are creative though always clear in structure. Vegetables and fruit gathered daily from the garden are often served with their skins on. Helpings are generous and meals may be taken either in the glass enclosed restaurant or under the Plane trees in the courtyard, depending on the weather.

No fuss

We don't like to tamper unduly with food or slash it to bits - pick, clean, serve is our approach. Food reflects the colours of the season: in summer we may serve you an Orange Salad of pumpkin, oranges, carrots and maybe a handful of pomegranate seeds; in winter there will perhaps be a slow-cooked leg of lamb to warm you up.

Bookings

- Babel is open Wednesday to Sunday.
- Booking is essential.
- Reservations open two months in advance.
- Hotel guests enjoy priority for restaurant bookings.
- Restrooms at Babel Restaurant are wheelchair friendly.
- Wheelchairs available on request.
- Kindly note that all pathways on the farm are gravel, and covered with peach pips in some areas of the garden.

Phone: + 27 (0) 84 275 1243
08h00 – 17h00 (GMT+2)

Email: enquiries@babylonstoren.com

Canoo on the Babylonstoren Farm Dam

Canoo on the Babylonstoren Farm Dam

Enjoy the surroundings and have some fun canoeing on the Babylonstoren farm dam.

Spa, Gym and Swimming Pool

Spa, Gym and Swimming Pool

After a workout in our gym overlooking the garden, guests can relax at our Garden Spa.

Our Garden Spa expresses the rhythm of the seasons on the farm, and in the Garden. Early every morning fresh herbs are picked for use in the Spa's daily rituals and the Spa Food Menu is shaped by what is ripe and delicious.

The quintessential Babylonstoren Garden Spa experience is the Private Hammam Water Ritual in the marble hammam. Choose between the full hour water ritual with traditional scrub, dynamic stretching and massage or the intense Babylonstoren honey and salt scrub.

There is also a wonderful selection of classic treatments to be enjoyed in our light and spacious spa rooms. Visit the steam room, sauna, heated jet pool or cold plunge pool and then unfurl and relax in our chill room or bamboo garden and select something wonderful to eat. Sip fresh juices and enjoy whole fruits from unusual varietals as well as mouthwatering salads and exquisite bowls of lentils or soba noodles. You'll leave our spa feeling refreshed and replenished!

Our Garden Spa is open 7 days a week from 08:00 - 17:00

For bookings, enquiries or gift vouchers:
Phone: + 27 (0) 84 275 1243
08h00 - 17h00 (GMT+2)

Email: spa@babylonstoren.com

The Garden

The Garden

The Babylonstoren garden is at the heart of the farm. It was inspired by the Company's Gardens of the Cape, where for centuries ships would replenish with sweet water, vegetables and fruit at the halfway station between Europe and Asia. It also hales back to the mythical garden of Babylon.

Inspirational

Spanning eight acres, the Babylonstoren garden is formal in structure. Every one of over 300 varieties of plants in the garden is edible and it is grown as biologically as we can. Fruit and veg are harvested year round for use in our restaurant. 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 a stream into the garden as it was done for 300 years.

Meandering

Following the bell tower axis, the old cellar axis or the Babylonstoren hill axis, walks span over three kilometres in the garden. During spring, 7 000 clivias bloom down by the stream, where a secluded path runs in the shade of wild olives and oaks.

Daily Garden Tour starts at the Farm Shop at 10h00.

- Booking essential
- Remember to wear comfortable shoes, bring a hat in summer and wellies and an umbrella in winter.
- Entrance fee to the farm of R10.00 pp payable at the gate.
- All entrance fees are donated to the Babylonstoren Trust
- No dogs allowed
- Wheelchairs available on request.
- Kindly take note that all pathways in the garden are gravel and covered with peach pips in some areas.

The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse is open 7 days a week from 10h00 until 16h00. Positioned under recently planted medium sized oak trees at the back of the garden, with a collection of tables and colourful Luxembourg chairs – the classic park chair design (both inside and outside the conservatory) – the greenhouse-cum-tearoom is a surprising though perfectly logical refreshment station for guests who have completed the garden tour.

This 26m-long eye-opener made of dark green steel and 4mm hardened glass allows us to experiment with varietals that have struggled or flopped – largely due to the Western Cape's winter rainfall and lack of humidity in summer – in our breathtaking formal fruit and vegetable garden. Exotic granadillas, ginger, cardamom, pineapples, dragonfruit, vanilla, guavadellas and much more – even a baobab tree – now have a new and happier home.

Come and enjoy a cup of tea and other various liquids and infusions while nibbling on fresh salads being cultivated inside and also from the garden, breads from the old wood-fired oven along with a variety of dressed meats and handcrafted cheeses. And to top it all – everything that you eat or taste here you can go and buy in our Farm Shop!

Bookings

- No need to make a reservation for The Greenhouse. Guests are seated on a first come, first served basis.
- Should you wish to bring a group of more than 13 guests, kindly make a reservation.
- Reservations open two months in advance.

Opening Times

- The Greenhouse restaurant is open Monday to Sunday from 10h00-16h00

Wine Tasting at Babylonstoren

Wine Tasting at Babylonstoren

The Babylonstoren logo, which consists of the pipe, representing the farm, the flower, representing the garden and the bird, representing nature, combines the very essence of Babylonstoren and that is keeping things simple and as true to the earth as possible.

This is exactly what we aim to achieve in our wines – truth and simplicity. True to the area we are situated in, the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, and simplicity, by making it as natural as possible.

Wineshed open for tastings 7 days a week from
08h30 – 17h00 (last entry at 16h00)

Cellar tour daily at 12h00. Bookings essential.

Restaurants at Babylonstoren

Babel Restaurant

Babel, our flagship restaurant , has a plated a la carte menu that reflects the changing seasons in the garden