Guest suites at Babylonstoren echo Cape Dutch farm buildings. Outer walls are whitewashed and decorated with ornate gables and thatched roofs. Interiors are pleasantly cool in summer (due to thick walls) and are heated by open hearths in winter. Babylonstoren consists of a main residence, old cellar, koornhuis (where wheat and hay were stored) a row of service buildings, bell tower, ornate fowl pen and dove cote surrounded by the traditional low whitewashed walls. Some of these have been converted into guest accommodation, while a disused kraal was turned into a restaurant, Babel. Limited guest accommodation is available adjacent to the garden. You will love the original architecture of the Drakenstein Valley and its sympathetic blending with landscape and climate.
Babel Restaurant is open for lunch Wednesdays to Sundays and for dinner Friday and Saturday evenings. The food leans towards simplicity but with an edge. Meals are creative though always clear in structure. Vegetables and fruit gathered daily from the garden are often served with their skins on. Helpings are generous and meals may be taken either in the glass enclosed restaurant or under the Plain trees in the courtyard, depending on the weather.
The days are intentionally unscripted at Babylonstoren, leaving guests free to do as they please. Stroll out onto the farm of 200 hectares and see fruit being picked in the orchards or vines being pruned depending on the season. Enjoy a walk in the remarkable fruit and vegetable garden (guided if you feel like learning, or unguided for relaxation). Pick your own salad or enjoy a meal in the superb restaurant. Perhaps a massage in the spa after lunch, or a stroll along a clivia lined stream. Then a swim in the farm dam or a bout in the gym, before sundowners at a picnic spot. Or rather sample some of the excellent wines grown on the slopes all around the Simonsberg, possibly the finest terroir for wine in Africa. You can choose. Or simply lounge and read, in summer in a hammock strung among tree trunks, in winter curled up before a fire.