Special Stays: Babylonstoren, Cape Winelands, South Africa

Last updated on January 22, 2024

Honeymoon hotel in Cape WinelandsI dreamt of Babylonstoren before I got there and I’ve been dreaming of it since I got back. It’s the kind of place that makes you want to pack up your life and move to the countryside, buy some chickens and grow all your own food. Everything at this special places to say in the Cape Winelands –from the gardens to the hotel rooms to the food on its plates – is presented with impeccable style. I was drawn to it from the moment I saw it, and it became one of the highlights of our honeymoon in South Africa.

(Update: Baylonstoren’s partner property The Newt is only about an hour from us in Bristol, and another amazing place to visit. It’s close to Frome and Bruton where we go every Christmas)

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Special Stays: Babylonstoren, Cape Winelands, South Africa

We arrived via Cape Town after a road trip full of wows. It seems that wine always grows in places of exceptional beauty, and South Africa is no different. The miles of farmland against a backdrop of mountains plants you firmly in rural life, and takes you a world away from Cape Town within one hour of the city.

Honeymoon in Cape Winelands, South Africa

Best vineyard Babylonstoren

Vineyard in Cape Winelands, South Africa

A special place to stay in the Cape Winelands, South Africa

The Cape Winelands are brimming with vineyards and farmstays, but Babylonstoren stands out for its style that plugs into the current hipster zeitgeist for all things homemade and natural. It’s one of the best vineyards in the Cape Winelands. The original farm buildings date back to the 18th Century, and have now been transformed into a hotel, restaurant and spa, as well as a working vineyard and farm. The current owner used to be the editor of an interior design magazine so it’s no wonder it’s all so beautifully designed.

Special palce to stay in Cape WInelands, South Africa

Babylonstoren farmstay in Winelands

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Babylonstoren gardens

The 8-acre gardens are the heart of the farm and exploring them and all their produce was a highlight of our stay at Babylonstoren. We even spotted a giant tortoise on our wanderings. Guests at the hotel are invited to pick whatever they like from the garden throughout their stay so you can create a handpicked feast. There’s a garden tour at 10am every day.

Babylonstoren, Cape WInelands, South Africa

Giant tortoise at Babylonstoren, South Africa

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Farm-to-table dining in Cape Winelands, South Africa

The gardens are the source of all Babylonstoren’s food and its restaurants excel at farm-to-table dining. We had breakfast in the greenhouse, surrounded by the produce that made up our plates, and later enjoyed lunch at Babel, a restaurant that’s worth visiting even if you don’t stay at Babylonstoren. The starter salads at Babel were named by colour and made up of an array of fresh yellows, greens or reds. In the evening, it was pizza night and we shared a communal meal with fellow guests in a barn – it looked like something from the pages of Kinfolk.

Greenhouse restaurant at Babylonstoren

Farm-to-table dining, South Africa

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Babel gourmet food in Cape WInelands

Beautiful hotel in Cape Winelands

For me, a highlight was the room itself. As you’ll know if you read this blog, I’m a geek for stylish details and this place was full of them. From a cosy open fire to deliciously high ceilings, a gorgeous roll-top bath, and a cloud-like bed, the whole suite oozed comfort and style. It’s the kind of space I dream of living in.

The spa was also stand-out splendid. Steve and I booked a couple’s hamam treatment and a full-body massage, which were both blissful experiences. If you had to choose one, I’d go with the hammam. It’s ideal for couples and the therapist was brilliant.

Stylish place to stay in Cape WInelands

Babylonstoren hotel review, South Africa

Babylonstoren boutique accommodation

Babylonstoren review, honeymoon, South Africa

Babylonstoren wine and produce

Babylonstoren produces seven wines – three reds, three whites, and one rosé. We did a guided tasting and especially loved the Chenin Blanc and Babel. There are complimentary bottles of wine in the rooms and there’s also a fully stocked bar in the guest lounge where you can help yourself to drinks or make your own cocktails. We liked the wine so much, we bought some all the way back to London with us, along with some olive oil and tea.

Vineyard farm stay in Cape Winelands

Babylonstoren, best vineyard in Cape Winelands

Babylonstoren oil tasting

Babylonstoren honeymoon

If you’re looking for somewhere special to stay in the Cape Winelands, then Babylonstoren is a perfect choice. Whether you want to go for a few hours or a few days, we wholeheartedly recommend it. Eat at one of the restaurants, take a walk around the gardens, indulge in the spa, and relax with some wine while basking in one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes. And if you’re not already convinced, here’s a few more photos to tempt you.

Special place to stay in Cape Winelands

Breakfast at Babylonstoren

Garden hotel in winelands, South Africa

Babel, farm-to-table dining, South Africa

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Gourmet food in Cape WInelands

Babylonstoren review, South Africa

Boutique accommodation in Cape WInelands

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6 thoughts on “Special Stays: Babylonstoren, Cape Winelands, South Africa”

  1. Hi Victoria,
    First off you’re food photography is on point. I’m getting hungry looking at this post and them pics! The hotel looks amazing and the scenery is what I expected you to see while visiting South Africa. I had some of the same impressions of the wineries and grapes out there while on a study abroad. Wine is everywhere and in particular South Africa.

    I can see why this would be one of the highlights of your trip! More to come I’m sure.


    • Lucky you getting to study abroad in South Africa. I bet that was amazing!

      And thank for the compliments 🙂 The food was particularly photogenic.

  2. My goodness, these places you visited look amazing and your pictures are stunning! The food shots look so professional!
    The human looking pot sculptures in Babylonstoren gardens would scare the *** out of me though!
    But apart from that it really makes me want to go to South Africa now


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