Babylonstoren is arguably one of the most exciting and interesting destinations in the Western Cape.
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.
Words and Pictures: Di Wemyss