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Reviews of Babylonstoren

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5 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Babylonstoren and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa

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Texas Don & Cindy
USA

"Babylonstoren review"

1 night Arrived 11 Jul 2019
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Mr R & Mrs M
UK

"Babylonstoren review"

2 nights Arrived 18 Mar 2018
"Everything about Babylonstoren lived up to expectation except the food. Starters were light and delicious, but a lamb main course was tough and sinewy. After choosing pannacotta for dessert, a plate was placed in front of me with three scoops of ice cream decorated clumsily with shards of meringue. No explanation was offered and when I pointed out it was not pannacotta, the waitress agreed and removed it. A more senior waitress returned and again placed it in front of me saying that pannacotta was not available. I refused it. The attitude was that I should be appreciative of whatever was put in front of me.

I know that this sounds petty after the event and we did not complain to the management at the time, but it gave the impression that the demand for a table was so high that they didn’t have to bother. The restaurant was not full. The suggestion that one has to book 6 weeks in advance for a table in the restaurant may be wishful thinking. We successfully self-catered the second night with food bought in their farm shop !

Having said all that, our cottage was amazing with a huge bedroom, bathroom, sitting room and kitchen. We must also mention the amazing bookcase in our accommodation which was stocked with excellent books many by South African writers and this added to our enjoyment of Babylonstoren. The gardens were delightful, the buildings picturesque, and apart from dinner, we had a wonderful stay." See all these reviews: 21n in South Africa
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Average
Ms E
Richmond

"Beautiful venue and great service, food, spa"

2 nights Arrived 15 Oct 2017
"- lovely rooms

- not a lot of pressure on the showers, probably due to the drought

- we were not lucky with the weather, it rained all the time...

- so we spent time in the spa and walked through the garden in Wellies :)" See all these reviews: 11n in South Africa
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Mr P
Ascoli Piceno

"Hanging around the garden in Babylorenstoren"

2 nights Arrived 5 Nov 2015
"This much talked about operation in Stellenbosch has taken the concept of 'agri-turismo' to another level. No expense has been spared to provide all that one might want from a retreat into the lovely countryside of the Winelands of Stellenbosch.

Surrounded by vineyards and orchards, the hub of the property is the magnificent garden, from which all manner of produce is harvested for use in the kitchens. This garden-to-table freshness ensures that the fare on offer at the restaurant looks and tastes fantastic.

The accommodation is in Cape Dutch style cottages and is of a very high standard, although the interiors may be a little stark for some tastes. It includes a well-equipped kitchen should you be inspired to create your own culinary masterpieces from the raw materials on offer.

The food is of high quality and the wines complement the dishes perfectly. Our only slight disappointment was that the restaurant was closed for refurbishment but we had our meals in a charming Edwardian style greenhouse that was a fine alternative.

Franschoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch are all nearby and Babylonstoren provided something I always look for, a wonderful oasis of calm and tranquility at the end of our stay in the Cape, before the trek back to the UK." See all these reviews: 6n in Botswana; 6n in South Africa; 2n in Zimbabwe
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Mr & Mrs R
Chertsey

"A great concept but rather 'commercial'"

3 nights Arrived 11 Apr 2012
"Very difficult to summarise as so much happens here! There's the winery and vineyards, the really amazing formal kitchen garden, the farm animals and associated products to buy and eat in the restaurant; the fabulous scenery and great facilities.

Staff and Management were very helpful and friendly. The rooms were a mixture of traditional and very high tech and some of the gadgets definitely placed style over practicality. We never did work out the light switches or the taps in the kitchen!

The concept of a room overlooking the garden sounded idyllic. However in reality the two were separated by the main footpath from the car park to the tea rooms. Consequently there was little privacy and we were stared at, photographed, videoed, pointed at and even asked for directions by passers by. Definitely not what we were expecting and, as a result we went out during the day and enjoyed sitting out in the evenings, when the coachloads of visitors had gone. This is undoubtedly an extremely popular local attraction." See all these reviews: 11n in South Africa
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
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