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South Africa / Babylonstoren

Conveniently located between Franschhoek and Paarl, Babylonstoren offers a unique opportunity to experience life at the heart of a three hundred year old working wine and fruit farm. Surrounded by vineyards and orchards, and overseen by majestic mountains, it’s a relaxed and welcoming place with a distinct village feel with Cape Dutch style cottages and new Farmers House suites. Central to the farm is the formally designed kitchen garden, brimming with seasonal herbs, fruits and vegetables – guests are free to wander through the gardens, perhaps in the company of the chef or on a guided tour with the gardeners each morning – wellington boots are thoughtfully provided. Menus, naturally, are based on the farm’s own produce and change to reflect the seasons. Dining options include the bright and airy Greenhouse, the renowned Babel restaurant or on selected evenings, join with other guests for gourmet pizzas or an Italian-inspired meal in the sociable and informal surroundings of the bakery. Freshly baked breads, locally sourced meats, cheeses and of course the farm’s own excellent wines, are available to purchase in the farm shop.

from £205pppn

Prices are per night including breakfast.

Children of all ages are welcome.

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Our pricing aims to give an indication of the price range from low to high season. Low season for South Africa is generally between the months of May to September, high season runs from mid December to Easter. Supplements may apply to peak periods such as Christmas and Easter. Prices are per person per night based on 2 sharing (unless otherwise indicated) and itinerary prices include return economy flights from London. Regional departures and single supplements are available on request. Accommodation only prices do not include flights. Where prices for our hotels, lodges and camps are shown as fully inclusive this generally includes all food and drinks but in most cases will exclude certain premium branded spirits, premium wines and Champagne. Date restrictions, terms and conditions apply to our special offers, please call for details.

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Join the harvest on a working fruit farm

Whatever the season, you are encouraged to join in the harvesting, pruning or planting at one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms. Spread with vineyards and orchards, it features an exceptionally well-preserved werf, or farm yard, and an eight acre fruit and vegetable garden inspired by those of the Dutch East India Company, which in turn harked back to the mythical gardens of Babylon. Many guests visit simply to explore the gardens - an incredible confection of foliage, flowers and fruit patrolled by the farm's friendly safe of ducks.

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Fly Fishing

Hotel guests who love the great outdoors can now try their hand at fly fishing in Babylonstoren's private trout dam. Each trip will take place at 2pm and will be led by an experienced guide. Due to popularity, booking is essential. 

Guided Tour of the Gardens

In addition to the daily garden tour, hotel guests can now also take part in a guided walk to discover the special collections hidden away. Depending on the time of year, gardeners may take guests to see the succulent collection, the cycads alongside the stream, or for a tour through the Healing Garden.

Afternoon Drive

Guests are invited to join a guided afternoon drive up the slopes of Simonsberg Mountain for a splendid view of the farm. Wine and delicious nibbles will be served along the way.

When is the best time to visit South Africa?

A year round destination, but expect cooler weather in the Eastern and Western Capes during winter, between June and August. Mpumalanga stays warm year round with temperatures, humidity and rainfall all increasing in the summer months between October and March. The whales return to the waters around Hermanus from July to November, and the spring months of August and September are particularly colourful along the Garden Route. The prime time for game viewing is generally the drier winter and spring months from April to September when animals frequent the waterholes. During the wetter summer months between October and March, animals can still be viewed but are more widely dispersed – from December to February there may be more sightings of newborn animals.

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