Babylonstoren: one of the oldest farms in Cape Town

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Babylonstoren: one of the oldest farms in Cape Town

A stylish day in the country, between fruit picking and colourful food tasting.

Karen Roos is rarely absent from the pages of interior-design magazines. Once editor of Elle Decoration South Africa, she and her husband used her talents in their renovation of a 17th-century Dutch farm, transformed into a trendy hotel. Artfully restored, the farm was quickly displayed in the pages of the thoroughly subjugated press.

And for good reason. The white buildings with nine rooms and six cottages, planted in the middle of an impressive 200-hectare garden, are decorated with perfectly chosen designer furniture and antiques.

Guests are invited to pick their own fruit and vegetables if they like. The Babel restaurant serves menus of different colours (green, yellow, and red) with ingredients from the gardens here and from neighbouring farms. At teatime inside the aptly named Greenhouse restaurant, you can taste homemade buttermilk scones and infusions made from plants grown on the premises. Stay at the Farm Hotel to also enjoy the Spa and swimming pool, and enjoy a canoe outing.

Babylonstoren
Drakenstein Valley
R45 Simondium
7670 Cape Town

+27 (0)21 863 3852

www.babylonstoren.com