Babylonstoren Farm Hotel

Babylonstoren Farm Hotel

Babylonstoren Road, Simondium, Franschhoek 7670 South Africa
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Babylonstoren is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms. It has a fruit and vegetable garden of beauty and diversity, unique accommodation, fine food and wine, and a sense of wellbeing. With the Simonsberg, Du Toitskloof and Franschhoek mountains as backdrop, Babylonstoren's garden is majestic. Dating back to 1692, the fortunes of this historic fruit and wine farm took a turn ten years ago when it fell under the gaze of former magazine editor Karen Roos. Her passion for historic Cape Dutch style led to an authentic yet contemporary restoration that projects the farm into the future.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Spa
Secured parking
Wifi
Hot bath
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
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Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
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Wine / champagne
Facial treatments
Full body massage
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allygirl60 wrote a review Feb 2020
Rochester, Minnesota407 contributions89 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Babylonstoren was everything we thought it would be, and more!

This was a three night relaxation in the winelands at the end of a nearly three week safari trip to Namibia. We stayed in the Fynbos cottages with another couple. The Cottage was gorgeous – beautifully designed, super comfortable, full of giant glass windows with the views to the surrounding farmland and mountains. We were amazed. The bedroom was wonderful, super comfy bed, great patio with swing and seating area, and a fireplace to enjoy on a cool evening. The bathroom was gigantic and included a large soaking tub. The bathroom amenities were locally made on site and we only wish we could’ve purchased the scents to take home with us so we could still enjoy!
The breakfast at Babel was probably the best we have enjoyed at any property we have stayed at worldwide. Local, organic, fresh – what more could you want!? Night time brought lovely dinners on property and although we did rent a car we did not feel like we ever wanted to leave the wine farm, ever. The selections at Babel were delicious, and dinner at the Italian restaurant was great fun (of course tasty also!)
The pool area at the cottages was lovely, private, and staffed by a full-time Butler. In fact, if you ever had any issues, someone was there within a minute to help you out. We had a golf cart and bicycles to enjoy the property, and feel like we only explored a tiny amount. The gardens are lovely. On the final day we enjoy the spa before we hopped on a long international flight-don’t miss this. It is lovely and the massages were perfect.

Babylonstoren is a place that you will dream about returning to as soon as you leave – we cannot wait to go back. It is everything we expected, and as I said, more!
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Date of stay: October 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Fynbos cottages! Exceptional design and comfort
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Response from Babylonstoren F, Guest Relations Manager at Babylonstoren Farm Hotel
Responded 03 Feb 2020
Thank you soo much for your lovely review. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you could experience all the farm has to offer! We hope to welcoming you back soon! Farm greetings, Babylonstoren team
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RunningOnMT wrote a review Oct 2020
Cape Town, South Africa14 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Babylonstoren is one of our favourite destinations in the Western Cape. We go for the magnificent formal gardens and to dream about the hotel which is sadly out of our budget at this time. The working farm and charming and beautiful hotel go without saying, but this review is specifically about the Green House Restaurant. After a stroll through the vibrant spring gardens, one bright, sunny, Monday, we took lunch at the Green House. What a fabulous experience. Very efficient and non onerous Covid compliance was in place, with good spacing between the patrons. The restaurant is fabulous for being located inside an old Victorian green house. So the light and ambiance is amazing, and no, no green house effect, so don't worry about that. There are big shady trees all around and some tactically well placed blinds above the dining space to prevent global guest warming.

The staff are charming, well trained and efficient. Take note, this is not a fine dining venue. I would call the food classy, rustic, country style. The menu is small, which does not bother me. I would prefer 10 well made options to 40 mediocre ones, any day of the week. It is well thought out, with obvious use of the many farm fresh ingredients literally on the restaurant's doorstep. What a pleasure to see happy cooks meandering through the gardens with baskets and basins of fresh produce. Clearly someone with a good food brain is driving the show.

The food was fantastic. The lentil chicken pie was fantastically flavorsome. I don't know what beast was lurking within the gourmet boerie roll, but clearly it led a happy free range life. The salad we ordered was great and plenty to eat. In fact the salad alone was a hearty meal. With a delicious chakalaka dressing, moist smoked chicken and many other tasty bits. See picture below, it was whimsically served in a bamboo steamer basket. The fried potato wedges served in little preserve jars were great and the pecan pie lasted all of 60 seconds. All of this was washed down with a CBC Amber Weiss and a home made ginger beer that took me straight back to my country town child hood and made me somewhat emotional i have to report. Oh, and a fabulous flat white also. So, for a measly 500 - ish ZAR we had a world class, wonderful meal. We left, feeling happy and satisfied and trundled slowly back through the gardens.

I highly recommend this place. Leave your preconceptions at the door and you will have a great time.
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Date of stay: October 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Babylonstoren Farm, Other at Babylonstoren Farm Hotel
Responded 12 Oct 2020
Good day, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed every detail of you day here at Babylonstoren. We would love to welcome you back to the farm soon! Have a great day. Warm farm greetings, Babylonstoren
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Alissa T wrote a review Dec 2021
New Canaan, Connecticut151 contributions35 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We started our trip to South Africa at Babylonstoren and found it to be one of the most special places we have visited in the 37+ countries we have travelled.

We loved our farmhouse room, it was plenty roomy with a stocked fully included minibar. Only these rooms have access to lovely plunge pool and a mini spa area with a salt cave, sauna, steam room, etc. There is a lovely library shared by these rooms with several seating areas and a bar with Babylonstoren wine, their fresh juices, soft drinks, etc all free.

The other amenities included in the room are top notch. We loved exploring the ground on bikes, we took many tours (the garden tour, olive oil tasting, cellar tasting, mountain drive, baking class, etc), and loved the animals! Staying on property is truly something special.

The breakfasts included in your stay were out of this world fresh and delicious - most of it coming straight from the farm!

We found the staff very helpful and kind. You could tell they wanted you to have a relaxing and wonderful experience.

Overall - a must visit!
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Date of stay: November 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Babylonstoren Farm, Other at Babylonstoren Farm Hotel
Responded 01 Feb 2022
Good day We are delighted you enjoyed your time and could experience so much of what we have to offer guests. Hope to welcome you back to the farm soon! Farm greetings, The Babylonstoren team
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Natalie wrote a review Sept 2020
4 contributions2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We Stayed in the farm cottages for a weekend, booked the Fynbos cottages and throughout the telecomunication and email there was no communication that it was fully booked and we would instead have to stay in the garden cottages which is cosy but NOT private at all. The way the gross oversight in my opinion was responded to by the reservations team was enough to rate them 2stars based on this alone. A very halfhearted email apology was sent two days after our departure even though I communicated on the same day of my arrival. We were placed in the garden cottage adjacent to all the dayvisitors traffic for the Greenhouse restaurant on the one side and spa traffic on the other side. NO PRIVACY very busy. The breakfast was good. The restaurant hostess Adele and staff are exceptional. The menu for children lunch and dinner to order to the cottage or sit down in the restaurant is very limited. they offer only pasta as an alternative and then it seems like the biggest mission to request this of the Chef. kid food is sandwich and chips. I was quite shocked that a farm that has its own bakery, on a Friday night, knowing how busy they were for the weekend, put me in a flat panic when i was informed there was only wheat bread no ciabatta, for the kids. After going back and forth with the kitchen requests they found ciabatta. Wenzel went over and above to deliver our requests promptly.
Spa treatments are excellent had a facial, full body and deluxe pedicure. Chanel and Jo-anne are excellent therapists.
A weekend is a short time to take a break and this was a much needed one as we are city dwellers and love the peace and quiet farm life offers. Babylonstoren offered this on the website but after going through all the necessary telephonic and email confirmation to be told sorry they missed that and then to ignore ones request as to why the oversight was made for my written request for Fynbos Cottage, they could have rectified it on the day of arrival, this very slack and sloppy for an establishment of this standard.
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Date of stay: August 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Garden cottages high traffic from day visitors and spa guests.
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Response from Babylonstoren Farm, Other at Babylonstoren Farm Hotel
Responded 03 Sept 2020
Thank you for your valuable feedback and taking the time to share your visit with us. We're very sad to hear it was not the memorable experience we are known for. We hope one day we can welcome you back to the lovely hotel experience that we are known for. Farm greetings, Babylonstoren team
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K P wrote a review Feb 2020
Marlow, United Kingdom126 contributions94 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
First of all, we like Babylonstoren very much. The hotel has a very relaxed vibe, and works on the basis of farm to fork principles. The gardens are simply beautiful and the extra trips for guests are very interesting and enjoyable. We did the morning hike, garden tour (private for guests), evening drive up the hill, and wine cellar tour. All excellent! Our room was lovely and very well air-conditioned. We found the staff to be universally pleasant and very happy to be working on the farm/hotel. A few things that could improve the experience:

1. Sometimes the service can be a bit haphazard..... at breakfast, the offer of a hot breakfast can take quite awhile. Another example was that our room service tray was not collected promptly despite 2 phone calls. In the end, we left it outside... available for the animals!

2. Although the staff were very helpful in sorting out anything to do with the hotel, we found that we struggled to get advice for outside activities such as hiking guides/wine tours etc.

Overall this is a lovely peaceful hotel and we very much enjoyed staying here. The principles employed by the hotel are something to be admired!
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Older exec rooms close to the main hotel have a good location (Fynbos rooms are further away and...
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Response from Babylonstoren F, Guest Relations Manager at Babylonstoren Farm Hotel
Responded 09 Mar 2020
Thank you for your lovely review. We're absolutely delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and could experience all the farm has to offer! We hope to welcoming you back soon! Farm greetings, Babylonstoren team
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MarvBlonde wrote a review Jul 2021
Camps Bay, South Africa236 contributions176 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have just had the most outstanding weekend at Babylonstoren and that is even with the wine lounge closed and no wine sales! We stayed in the two bedroom Farm cottages and enjoyed the proximity to the farm and restaurants. Having the farm to ourselves before the public come in was an absolute treat and it was wonderful to do the early morning educational tours. We also did long walks and cycles (loved the bikes outsides everyones rooms!) We enjoyed our breakfasts and dinners at Babel... absolutely love the farm to table vibe. The service at reception can be a bit touch and go but that probably was the only small gripe. I loved sleeping on all their beautiful crisp linen. Will definitely be back soon. TIP if staying at FARM COTTAGE ask for a COTTAGE with view of the farm.... views are to die for.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Babylonstoren Farm, Other at Babylonstoren Farm Hotel
Responded 04 Aug 2021
We are thrilled to read your five-star review of our farm hotel! Looking forward to welcoming you back someday to experience even more of our farm. Warm Regards The Babylonstoren Team
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Johann J wrote a review Jun 2021
Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa57 contributions11 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
So sorry that such a lovely place employ a manager at Babel Restaurant with such bad attitude. 6 of us for breakfast, Saturday 12th June 8:50 to be asked whether I can’t see that they are full yet at least 6 open tables. The lady , told, to be the manager eventually asked us to leave in such a manner that I could not get her name. Shocking attitude.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Babylonstoren Farm, Other at Babylonstoren Farm Hotel
Responded 14 Jun 2021
Best Johann We are sorry to hear that you had a disappointing experience, as this is not the service we are known for at Babel restaurant. We have notified our management team who will take your feedback into great consideration. Hope we can welcome you back in the future for the great dining experience we are known for. Warmest greetings from the farm, The Babylonstoren team
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tasmanianblue wrote a review Apr 2022
Suider Paarl, South Africa14 contributions18 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Met friends from USA who were guests at the Hotel. Tables were so small and cramped food was put on chair at the side of a table for 4. Service was shocking and you could flag down a New York taxi easier than the waitress, even though glasses, knives, forks etc were not all supplied. Beef pot pie was mostly lentil with a hint of meat and an absolutely soggy crust and finally found the “ tomato salad” cunningly hidden in a small glass jar the size of an expresso cup. Our friends had the Summer Harvest Salad. Served in a Chinese bamboo steamer it consisted of chunks of fruits and veg that were difficult to eat , and certainly there more for affect than flavour. I can’t bake cake but can do better than the gluten free chocolate cake, which was plain and dry. Good copywriting around each dish could not save the food. We actually felt sorry for all the tourists sitting around us.
Previous bad experience at Babylon Restaurant should have prepared me for this sadly.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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David T wrote a review Oct 2022
Sydney, Australia144 contributions78 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Babylonstoren is an interesting place to stay – it is a working farm, with a large garden and restaurant open to the general public during the day as well as having accommodation and additional activities for those staying at the property.

The rooms are large and comfortable, though practical rather than luxurious – they had all the facilities you need, including fruit, juices and wine from the farm in the fridge (at no extra cost). Our cottage had a lovely outdoor area at the back, which was a nice spot to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. In the restaurant breakfast was good, while dinner was a bit varied – at times feeling like they just served a pile of what was fresh from the garden without a lot of thought or design.

The gardens are quite amazing to walk through – and a tour helps to understand them. However in the middle of the day on a weekend they will be very busy, so aim to look at them at a different time. We also enjoyed the evening mountain drive and the cellar tour and wine tasting as well as walking the grounds. The pool looked great but we ran out of time!
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Date of stay: October 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Travelking997 wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom104 contributions183 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We had visited Babylonstoren last year and loved the grounds and decided this year we would stay for a few days. We stayed in a one bedroom cottage which to be honest was very rustic rather than luxurious and a little on the sparse side when it came to towels and toiletries . The fresh fruit however was excellent and replenished daily. The pool situation is not great with the use of the wooden tub pool which has very fews chairs and the spa pool which was indeed very crowded. The grounds and gardens are spectacular , and being able to pick fruit off a tree was fantastic . As a guest staying there , during the day it is over run with visitors which kind of takes the exclusivity away as it really does turn into a tourist attraction- fair enough as i was one of those visitors last year ! No doubt Soho Farmhouse must have taken their inspiration from here , where in my opinion i feel they have got the accommodation right but maybe not the rest of it in terms of an actual working farm with stunning grounds, scenery and really good food. Really enjoyed the wine tasting, which was free for guests and perhaps one of the best food platters i have ever had . If you havent been , i would definitely recommend it .
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Date of stay: December 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Babylonstoren F, Guest Relations Manager at Babylonstoren Farm Hotel
Responded 16 Jan 2020
Thank you so much for your lovely review and recommendation. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and could experience all the farm has to offer! We hope to welcoming you back soon! Farm greetings, Babylonstoren team
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R 9,834 - R 13,547 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
South AfricaWestern CapeFranschhoekSimondium
NUMBER OF ROOMS
28
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Frequently Asked Questions about Babylonstoren Farm Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Babylonstoren Farm Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Boschendal (7.7 km), Afrikaans Language Monument (6.0 km), and Drakenstein Lion Park (6.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Babylonstoren Farm Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Babylonstoren Farm Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Babylonstoren Farm Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Babylonstoren Farm Hotel?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Babylonstoren Farm Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lust Bistro & Bakery, Cosecha Restaurant, and Restaurant @ Glen Carlou.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Babylonstoren Farm Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Babylonstoren Farm Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Boschendal (7.7 km).
Does Babylonstoren Farm Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Babylonstoren Farm Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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