There are few things that are as blissful as spending a day in seemingly untouched nature, surrounded by seasonal gardens while meandering along tree-lined, gravel pathways with the kids, hearing them laughing with, believe it or not, the gobble of turkeys and the hee-haw of donkeys in the distance.
Surrounded by the majestic Drakenstein mountains, Babylonstoren is truly a magical place with an authentic, farm-style ambience. Our family and friends met there for a special occasion and it was the perfect location to celebrate health, happiness and the beauty of life.
Here, the children are free to explore all the corners of their imaginations as they roam the beautiful Cape Dutch farm. An Eden-like paradise, where the girls especially enjoy playing around the beautiful potager gardens, filled with everything from olive trees to lotus flowers. Throughout the farm, all the plants are labelled, so the entire family can learn about the different plants and flowers that grow seasonally on the farm. With benches and stools tucked away in hidden corners, parents can enjoy moments of bliss while the kids can get lost in their own world.
If you’d prefer something a bit more structured, there’s an arranged garden tour every morning at 10am, after which you can pop in at the Greenhouse for some refreshments and a spot of repose in a beautiful setting. Otherwise, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at Babel Restaurant and Bakery (booking essential). No matter which way you approach it, at Babylonstoren, there’s always an elegant adventure on the menu.
Their delicatessen also allows for some delicious browsing but definitely speaks more to the hearts of the husbands.Babylonstoren, a stunning breakaway in the direction of Klapmuts, is driven by their essence to keep things simple and as true to the earth as possible. And that’s exactly why it’s a firm favourite of ours. It is sustainable and seasonal and truly an authentic experience and rightly deserves our Stamp of Approval.
- Sustainable and environmentally-friendly – Babylonstoren’s approach to sustainability filters through to everything they do. The farm, in collaboration with Cape Nature, has established a stewardship programme on the farm to ensure the conservation of this last-remaining jewel of biodiversity. Furthermore, each and every one of over 300 varieties of plants growing in their garden is edible and is grown organically, where possible. Fruit and vegetables are also harvested on the farm all-year round for use in the Babel restaurant that is situated on the premises. Organic matter is recycled, and compost is produced for their own use. The farm also collects all the bars of soap that were used in their hotel during their guests’ stay, which will eventually be reused when they start producing their own soap. They also have solar panels installed on top of their guest suites to minimise the use of electricity.
- Safe for children – There is no specifically-allocated play area for children but the entire 3,5 hectares/8-acre garden serves as the playground. That’s why it’s a venue where adults are encouraged to explore with their children and enjoy the breath-taking natural environment together as a family.
- Socially responsible – Babylonstoren has a volunteer program and hosts workshops where they welcome fellow gardeners, horticulturists, botanists and other avid gardeners who are interested in learning more about gardening.
- Soulful – The big garden is the heart of the farm and one can’t help but feel a sense of health and happiness from the moment you arrive. The personal service from the staff is also generous and friendly.
Nice to know:
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