Alicja McCarthy


  • Where:Cape Town
  • Why:Design Tour
  • When:February 2013
  • Who:Me and a group of art & design journalists
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Golden tree lined walkways separate each building.

Farm Hotel: Open plan glass fronted dining area overlooking the gardens.

Bathroom with free-standing bath with simple yet luxurious features.

Look at the sky! For acres around the blue skies compliment the lush green vistas under Simonsberg Mountain.

Quite literally a green house, here you can enjoy light home made snacks. Everything that comes from the garden ends up at the Green House Café, seasonal salads and freshly baked cupcakes are a delight!

Here is the beautifully decorated Rosewater Cupcake!

I would strongly recommend a tour of their wonderful gardens. The garden keepers are knowledgeable and will make you fall in love with the place.

The shared outdoor pool is right next to the spa, so does make for some excellent relaxi-time.

Their Babel restaurant is only two years old and is already decorated with awards. A restored ‘werf’ it now has glass walls, a feature ceramic wall, Philippe Stack chairs and a mish-mash of cutlery. The food is always seasonal and mostly organic.

Old Dutch Houses dating back from the 17th & 18th Centuries have been wonderfully restored. Pleasantly cool in the summer, the ‘werf’ buildings including restaurants, suites, shop and restaurant.

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

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

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.

  • 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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