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Discover Babylonstoren

Discover Babylonstoren

Babylonstoren is arguably one of the most exciting and interesting destinations in the Western Cape.

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Established in the 1692, the farm sank into a gentle, neglected slumber until bought by businessman Koos Bekker for his wife Karen Roos. It couldn’t have landed in more creative or innovative hands.

The eight-acre garden created by French architect Patrice Taravella for Karen is the anchor around which she built a stylish hotel of authentic-looking, Cape Dutch, self-catering cottages, a spa, three restaurants and a wine-tasting room and cellar.

The garden contains more than 300 edible plants, and daily tours fund a special education trust for the farm workers’ children. A must for hotel guests is a farm tour that takes in a hike up the Babel koppie, around the dam, along a river boardwalk and across lands cultivated with 39 varieties of prickly pears, fields of herbs for essential oil, and orchards and vineyards.

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Water is abundant at Babylonstoren and trickles in gravity-fed channels through the farm from the top dams.

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The early morning sun through the oaks at the beginning of the gravelled road that leads past the self-catering farm cottages.

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The hotel swimming pool, built like a farm dam.

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The bathroom at one of the self-catering cottages, with reclaimed marble tiles on the floor.

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Double four-poster beds dressed with dreamy white linen.

This fearsome cockerel rules the roost and leads the foraging through the salad and berry gardens.
The ducks are lead daily into the vineyards to keep the snail population down.
Bamboo hedges and deck walkways lead to the secluded spa.
A healthy salad lunch to accompany the bamboo massage treatment at the spa.
Umbrellas, boots and a log basket welcome guest to the cottages.

Words and Pictures: Di Wemyss

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