How to spend your day on this amazing farm.
Whether you’re a Stellenbosch local or a tourist – you would’ve heard about Babylonstoren by now. Situated between Paarl and Franschhoek, this farm, dating from 1692, is a mixture of heritage, luxury, and earthiness.
You might think visiting the farm once is enough, but that’s not the case. The team at Babylonstoren has recently created more innovative and exciting things, such as the Scented Room and the Spice Garden.
So what’s there to do at Babylonstoren? It all depends on your taste and budget.
- First, the clivias are now in full bloom. Walk through the python (similar to the boomslang at Kirstenbosch) or experience a burst of pink with the peach blossoms announcing their presence.
- Indulge in a visit to the spa – try the Hammam; an ancient Turkish cleansing treatment that relieves stress and helps you to relax.
- Move on to the farm shop for some delicious cheese, fresh bread, and delectable cinnabuns. You can buy some gifts from the gift shop – think homemade jams, rooibos tea, and wine.
- If you are hungrier than that – have lunch at the Greenhouse or spoil yourself with a breakfast at Babel (Babylonstoren’s fancy restaurant – their breakfast was voted one of the world’s best by Conde Nast Traveler! Remember to book in advance.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, try out the new editions on the farm.
The Spice Garden is housed in a hot greenhouse. Here fragrant aromas meet you in full force and guests can learn how these spices travelled the world over to arrive on our plates.
In the Scented Room you can be captivated by different scents, such as roses, waterblommetjies, and fynbos. If smelling is not enough for you – try your hand at making your own body scrub, soap or candle.
Whichever option tickles your fancy, remember to look around at all the different plants, flowers and trees in bloom, and be mesmerised by nature’s bountiful beauty.
Written by Crystelle Knoesen