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Babylonstoren

2.9 km from Simondium centre
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  • Breakfast included
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R45, Simondium 7670, South Africa
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New York City, New York
Reviewed 19 October 2016

We stayed here for two nights on our honeymoon and regretted not staying longer. We wished we had more time to explore the property! Everything about this hotel was top. We were greeted upon arrival by name by Warren who was fantastic. Our cottage was gorgeous and homey. It was a bit cold when we were there so we lit...

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing to spend this special time at Babylonstoren. Having our guests leave with a memorable experience is of the highest importance to every member of the team and we hope to welcome you back in the near future. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Hong Kong, China
Reviewed 18 October 2016

During our autumn break we stayed for 4 nights at Babylonstoren but I could have lasted much longer. We booked a 2-bedroom cottage which has a large living with huge fireplace, a kitchen set in a glass box in your own private garden and 2 bedrooms ensuite. Cottage is decorated in neutral colors, bed and bathrooms all in white. Everything...

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Hi Mariken Your review brings joy to our hearts and smiles to our faces! Ensuring our guests say goodbye with a memorable experience is of the highest importance to us. Farm greetings, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Stayed for three nights in Suite 3 and all I can say is wow!! This was a special birthday trip for my partner's birthday and the staff just made our stay so very special. The gardens are fantastic and the property really does feel like a retreat and exactly what is needed should you just want to get away and...

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Hi Amroid Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We feel privileged to be counted as one of your best hotel stays ever and will surely share your kind words with our team. Best wishes from the farm, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

The Cape is blessed with so many awesome wine farms that you can't really go wrong when picking where to spend your day however if you want something a bit special with a unique concept you have to try Babylonstoren. Make sure to do the garden tour which starts before 10am. A passionate lady took us through her garden where...

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Hi Andy Thank you for sharing your world class experience with us! I'm assuming you had lunch at Babel restaurant,if so I hope this might help you remember the deliciousness you had for dessert... sweet, sour & bitter for 2 warm oozing chocolate fondant, macerated green strawberries and lavender meringue chards, served with fennel sherbet, lavender ice-cream and fresh custard...

Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

This is probably one of the best gastronomic experience I've ever had, the service is close to perfect, the food is ridiculous good and I can't find words to discribe the wine...please, when ever you are in the neighborhood go and checkout yourself!

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Hi Kees Nothing makes us happier than knowing our guests had an absolute fantastic experience. Farm greetings, Lize and the Babylonstren team

Switzerland
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Not only one of the finest wines of South Africa I’ve ever tasted, but also an outstand experience of senses and smells. The extensive gardens are most exquisite, filled with scented flowers and fruit trees. The lunch served at the Greenhouse Restaurant is fresh and innovative. All in all a great afternoon out. I can highly recommend this Estate to...

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share this lovely review with us. From the scented flowers in the garden to the finest wines you have taste, it brings our hearts much joy knowing you had such a wonderful experience. Our wine range is internationally available from our online shop. With delivery to your door, you may now sip on...

Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed 22 September 2016

I must confess that I went to Babylonstoren already saturated with the hype - I found the marketing almost overwhelming, but, as all and sunder seemed to gush, I though that we should go. I loved the farm, the buildings, the setting and understand the entrance fee. We loved walking around, finding the Serpent, the chickens, the goose, the different...

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

We are really sad that your visit to the farm did not live up to your expectations and hope that a future visit will be more pleasant. We are delighted that you enjoyed your lunch and loved the garden experience! Best wishes from the farm, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Crowborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Arrived here for one nights stay, accommodation was absolutely amazing, complimentary water wine and a bar located in the green room where you could help yourself to anything you wanted, extremely peaceful location. Arrive here early as there is lots to do wine tasting, wine cellar tour, garden tour. Bikes available to cycle around the farm. We ate in the...

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Hi Tina Thank you for choosing to spend this special time with us on the farm. From the bikes to the food - we are delighted that you enjoyed it all! Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Breakfast was fresh, healthy and delicious. Service was warm and prompt. Gardens and tour were informative and beautiful. Cheese and bread shop made me want to move in permanently. All staff were extremely helpful. Our 2 bedroom guest house provided turn down with evening snacks, and complimentary nuts, wines and fruit. Loved the ducks, chooks, donkeys and turkeys, birds and...

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lizelazarus, Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

We would love to welcome you back permanently for fresh bread and cheese every! Thank you for taking the time to share every detail that played apart of your stay - this feedback is of great value to us and we will use it to maintain the high standard we have for our hotel. Best wishes from the farm, Lize...

Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We've visited the two restaurants, Babel and Greenhouse a few times and dreamt of staying at the cottages. Best thing we've done in years! This is a wonderful place to be looked after, the cottages are fantastic, the grounds are breathtaking. 5 out of 5 for everything, from service to accommodation, the food and wine (best Shiraz ever!) and attention...

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lizelazarus, Public Relations Manager at Babylonstoren, responded to this review

Hi Drew What a delight reading your review! And yes the Shiraz! It won gold at the International Wine Challenge in London, and was voted in the Top 20 Shiraz at the Shiraz SA Challenge. Should you wish to sip on some more Shiraz, remember our Online shop delivers at your doorstep! Best wishes, 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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  • Smoking rooms available
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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: $436 - $1,298 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Babylonstoren 5*
Number of rooms: 12
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