Set on the doorstep of Simonsberg in Franschhoek wine valley, Babylonstoren is a rambling farm oozing calm. Ideally situated for exploring the Cape’s Winelands, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch are less than a 30 minute drive away.
With some of its buildings dating back as far as the 1750s, Babylonstoren is one of the best-preserved examples of a Cape Dutch farm. The authentic historical exterior highlights the romance of rural Dutch Cape, but the insides have been considerately updated thanks to Afrikaans designer-owner Karen Roos, former editor of South African Elle Decor who purchased the property in 2005.
Set within eight acres of cultivated fruit and vegetable gardens, the cottages surround the big garden at Babylonstoren – the heart of the farm. Verdant gardens rich in biodiversity balance the clean and contemporary cottage interiors. Characterized by whitewashed walls, elegant gables and oak fireplaces, the accommodations emulate an authentic farm experience.