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Checkendon, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I didn't stay at the hotel - but visited the property for lunch. Unbelievable experience: superb location and a highly imaginative lunch. We spent the morning wondering around the fields and gardens in near perfect conditions in a location that was truly memorable. After a short visit to the farm shops (well worth a visit) we sat down to a...

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lizelazarus, General Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Dear Andy Housed in the old cow shed, Babel Restaurant is a wonderful mix of Cape Dutch architecture and contemporary glass walls that makes for a simple yet edgy environment in which to try our tasty yet often unconventional combinations. We have a farm-to-fork philosophy which means we like to serve food that is seasonal and that reflects our “pick,...

Pretoria
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were taken to Babylonstoren for a brief visit, wine tasting and a snack lunch, only to discover that it has so much to offer and deserves at least two days visit in its own right! Next time it will be upwards on our list of places to stay and visit.

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lizelazarus, General Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Dear Les Well we can't wait and look forward to welcome you back for at least 2 days! Farm greetings, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Cuckfield
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There aren't really words to describe how much We enjoyed our meal at Babylonstoren. The setting is exquisite, so calm and relaxing and food is out of this world. Nothing was too much trouble and I'm not sure much will match up to this. Definitely worth being organised and booking well in advance (a couple of months in high season)...

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lizelazarus, General Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Dear Vicky May we never stop to leave you out of words! Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed in the farmhouse. Room was large comfortable and well designed. However we were very disappointed with the customer service. We simply felt that the whole place feels too commercial. We were paying a lot for our rooms and we needed to feel more special and not just that we were a money making opportunity! They simply don't seem to...

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lizelazarus, General Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Dear Bea It saddens us to that you did not experience the warm welcome our team is know for; please accept our sincere apology. We will immediately follow up on this situation and ensure communication with our guests to always be clear. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

New York City, New York
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You should not look anywhere else if you are planning a trip to the wine lands in the South African Western Cape. This place is a working farm, and it's absolutely gorgeous. You feel like you are in another world walking around there. After staying there I realize it's worth a trip to the area just to stay in this...

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lizelazarus, General Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Dear Alex Thank you for choosing to spend such a special time with us at Babylonstoren. Families are most welcome at Babylonstoren, and we like to think of the hotel as parent friendly. Although there is no separate play area for children, they love the animals and space outside. We offer a farm and garden experience – kids enjoy feeding...

apricale
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was invited as a guest for a spectacular wedding which was organized to perfection by the couple. The moment I arrived at Babylonstoren it brought tears to my eyes of seeing the pure beauty of this place. A warm welcome by Candice and Warren. I stayed in one of the farmhouse rooms. Absolutely beautiful. Spacious room and huge bathroom...

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lizelazarus, General Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Dear Apricus Wow, you bring tears to our eyes! We are delighted to have been apart of this special celebration. Your kind words will be shared with our team and we truly hope to welcome you back for many years to come. Farm greetings, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Kempton Park, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The entrance is an understatement, blink and you will miss it. I went to see the gardens, the drought has taken its toll but the garden is still spectacular! The gardeners are friendly and keen to chat. I did not take my baby with but one can certainly push a Pram on the pathways, even a wheelchair in my opinion....

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lizelazarus, General Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Dear Bern We look forward to welcoming you entire family with your next visit. We offer a farm and garden experience; children love the animals and space outside. We however have to mention to parents with prams and guests in wheelchairs, all pathways in the garden are gravel and in some areas covered with peach pips. Best wishes, Lize and...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've been coming to Cape Town for a few years now, and every time you think you have seen the best it has to offer, something comes along that amazes. Babylonstoren is a place where great design, meticulous attention to detail, great food and service combine to create an experience that will fill your vacation with the best kind of...

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lizelazarus, General Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Dear David We are happy to have offered something new with your recent Cape Town trip and hope to inspire and amaze you even more with each returning visit. Farm greetings, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

London
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for four nights in January and it was blissful. One of the oldest vineyards on the Cape with a beautiful organic farm and fabulous gardens - the only RHS gardens in Africa! - which many people come to visit daily. As guests you're free to wander and pick the produce at will. Our 'room' was a wonderful...

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lizelazarus, General Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Dear Laz We greatly appreciate the time you took to share your experience with us and helping us to maintain the high standards we have at Babylonstoren. Our management team will pay immediate attention to the areas you have mention since we would love to ensure that your next visit truly is perfect. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I visited this wonderful place of tranquility late February 2017 It is without doubt a very charming and equally exciting and relaxing venue. With its own vineyard, the most fabulous garden, which we just adored. Walks, that can be as long or short as you wish. Two restaurants that serve the food that grows and is picked...

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lizelazarus, General Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Dear Peter Making you feel welcome and special is of the highest importance to us. Thank you so much for sharing your special experience with us. Farm greetings, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Just 60 kms from Cape Town in the Groot Drakenstein Valley, Babylonstoren - named after the small hill on the farm named by early Dutch settlers in honor of the Bible's Hanging Gardens of Babylon - dates to 1692. The 8-acre formal French kitchen garden at Babylonstoren, inspired by Cape Town's famous 17th-century Company Gardens of the Dutch East India Company, is the central focus of the farm. Today, cultivation of the freshest fruit, herbs and vegetables is paramount and the menu at the farm's restaurant, Babel, is driven by the seasons and what nature dictates. With over 300 fruits, vegetables and herbs to choose from, there is always be something fresh and surprising. Overlooking the vineyards and garden with the historic farm buildings forming a backdrop, Babylonstoren's 13 guest cottages echo Cape Dutch farm buildings. This style was developed in the Cape Colony in the 17th and 18th centuries: the outer walls are whitewashed and decorated with ornate gables and the interiors are pleasantly cool in summer (due to thick walls) and are heated by open hearths in winter. In these cottages we see 18th century-style exteriors boldly yet seamlessly married to the 21st century. Hotel guests are encouraged to pick fruit and veggies from the garden, explore the farm on bicycle, join our daily garden tour, enjoy our signature hammam treatment in the garden spa, or simply unwind with a glass of wine in the hotel's green room. The abundant harvest table breakfast is served from 8h00 - 10h00 in the garden's beautiful greenhouse. Guests can also enjoy dinner on the farm, either in Babel restaurant four nights a week, or in the farm bakery (Sun, Mo & Wed). ... more   less 

Additional Information about Babylonstoren

Address: R45, Simondium 7670, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Simondium
Price Range: $444 - $981 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Babylonstoren 5*
Number of rooms: 12
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“Didn't stay at the hotel - this a rating only of the restaurant”
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