Alicja McCarthy


with Alicja McCarthy
  • Where:Cape Town

  • Why:Design Tour

  • When:February 2013

  • Who:Me and a group of art & design journalists

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Highs & Lows

  • The location of the Winelands could not be more breathtaking. Allow at least three days, as you will not want to leave.

  • Babylonstoren is an eco/responsible farm hotel, which maintains one of the oldest Cape Dutch Farms in South Africa.

  • Take time to find the chamomile lawn, lay under the sun and take in all the aromas. Yum!

  • You will need a car or taxi to visit anywhere else in the region.

  • There is no form of entertainment. Not that you’ll need it really.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 40/45

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury Boutique Farm Hotel

  • Vibe

    Elegant, rustic, playful and serene. The kind of place where you can leave it all behind and enjoy nature.

  • Location

    In the glorious Winelands 45 minutes drive from Cape Town.

  • Rooms

    17 Suites

  • Music

    With birds singing and bees buzzing I doubt you'll need it.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Karen Roos & Partners

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes, plus spa!

  • Restaurant

    Babel Restaurant and Green House Cafe

  • Bar

    No, but Babylonstoren wine is served at both the café and restaurant. You can also purchase bottles from the Farm Shop.

  • Wifi


  • Children

    If you've got them they would love it here!

  • Price

    Expensive to stay but very worth it. Food and wine is very reasonable which balances things out.

Close by with many attractions.

Visit Stellenbosch


Close by with many attractions.

Stunning views and some err...'friendly' baboons.

Cape Point


Stunning views and some err...'friendly' baboons.

Visit the wine farms.


Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Peninsula, Cape Town, 7995, South Africa

Visit the wine farms.


R45, Simondium, 7670, South Africa

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