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Babylonstoren (circa 1690), Franschoek

Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the dramatic mountains of the Drakenstein Valley. It has an exceptionally well–preserved werf dating from 1690. A fruit and vegetable garden of botanical diversity supplies a remarkable restaurant (called Babel) Guests staying at an exclusive farm hotel enjoy access to the entire farm, plus facilities like a spa and gym. Spanning eight acres, the Babylonstoren garden is formal in structure. Every one of over 300 varieties of plants in the garden is edible and it is grown as biologically possible. Fruit and veg are harvested year round for use in the restaurant. The garden is divided into fifteen clusters spanning vegetable areas, berries, bees, indigenous plants, ducks and chickens and includes a prickly pear maze. Gravity feeds water into waterways from stream into the garden as it was done for 300 years.

Just fourteen cottages strung out along the garden and vineyards offer the functional simplicity of farm structures combined with considerable style.

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LOCATION: From Klapmuts on route to Franschoek, 1 hour from Cape Town

ACCOMMODATION: Boutique hotel from R2970.00 per room per night (including breakfast)

OPEN: 9am to 4pm

ENQUIRIES: +27(0)21 863 3852 | |

FEATURES: Large Country garden, Walking trails, Restaurant, Accommodation.

GARDEN OPEN: to public (R10 donation)

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