Babylonstoren: A Blissful South African Bouquet

Published on: March 19, 2015

Filled Under: Africa, South Africa, Winelands

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The garden at Babylonstoren, a labor of love
Photo courtesy of Babylonstoren
Mere steps from turf to table
Photo by: Michael Henry
The chef's palette
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Visitors are free to forage
Photo by: Michael Henry
Contented clivias
Photo by: Michael Henry
A visitor takes his time
Photo by: Michael Henry
A free ranging duck
Photo by: Michael Henry
The harvest-driven menu board at Babel
Photo by: Michael Henry
Photo by: Michael Henry
Invited to idle
Photo by: Michael Henry
A Babylonstoren guest cottage: garden harmony
Photo courtesy of Babylonstoren
Serendipitous sleep
Photo courtesy of Babylonstoren
A teetotalling turkey
Photo courtesy of Babylonstoren
Tasteful temptations at the Babylonstoren Farm Shop
Photo by: Michael Henry
Really, where else can you buy Beetroot Bread?
Photo by: Michael Henry

Babylonstoren began with a vision.  The vision was of a farm that would provide nourishment for the spirit, as well as for the body; a farm that would be a wellspring of enlightenment and contentment, both for those who labor there, and for the casual visitor.

The vision took form in a 300-year old South African werf, or farmyard, nestled at the foot of a mountain range about an hour’s drive northeast of Cape Town.  At the heart of Babylonstoren is the garden, modeled after Cape Town’s Company’s Garden, established in the 1600’s to supply food for the crews of sailing ships plying the trade route between Europe and Asia.   Babylonstoren’s eight acre garden, together with the surrounding vineyard and fruit orchards, have been creatively cultivated into a comforting, insightful sanctuary.  The garden is a quiet haven which invites a leisurely stroll, an Eden-like oasis where free ranging turkeys, ducks, and the occasional tortoise wander among vines, fruit trees, herbs and flowers.

The garden at Babylonstoren is the inspiration behind the farm’s restaurant, Babel.  With an open kitchen and glass exterior walls, Babel is virtually one with the garden; a place where the distance between farm and fork is reduced to intimacy. Babel’s culinary creations honor the honesty and variety of the farm’s raw ingredients.  Meals are simple, colorful, wholesome offerings, served in generous proportions.  The dining experience at Babel is delightfully rewarding to the palate, yet astoundingly gentle on the wallet.

Understandably, many visitors want to prolong the utopian Babylonstoren experience.  So the farmstead has evolved to include fourteen guest cottages.  Bastions of coddling serenity, the guest cottages are artfully appointed to reflect the Babylonstoren themes of sophisticated simplicity and natural connection.  Equally unsurprising, is the fact that many guests want to take a piece of Babylonstoren home with them.  Accordingly, the estate now includes a farm shop, where visitors can taste wines from Babylonstoren’s own cellar, and purchase breads, cheeses, meats and other tasty bits of the farm’s flavorful bounty.

Babylonstoren continues to evolve, but, remarkably, the original vision has been realized.  Babylonstoren bundles life’s most elemental pleasures together into a blissful bouquet; an artful, original assemblage of natural goodness.



2 Comments on Babylonstoren: A Blissful South African Bouquet

  1. Patsy Flora says:

    WOW…..this place is a dream come true. Beetroot Bread ? And just look at the finished product !
    This garden of delight and the pristine, yet comfortable looking guest rooms so inviting.
    Werf is a word I cannot forget after looking at the photos. Your pictures are so clear and sharp that they almost have dimension. Great travel destination – again. This Babel appears to be a foodie’s delight.

    Thank you for sharing so many unique places to go.

  2. Susan says:

    Indeed, Babylonstoren has reinvented the farm and the dining experience. Who would have thought it possible?

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