TWENTY FOUR HOURS AT BABYLONSTOREN

What has only been a week since our overnight stay at one of our country’s most renowned farms, now feels like a distant memory; a memory that I’ve clung to since we arrived back to our flat some 60+km away from Babylonstoren’s charming yet vast expanse. My husband and I were gifted an overnight stay to commemorate what some have termed a “babymoon” (our last little holiday as just the two of us before our little one arrives). It should be noted, my being 37 weeks pregnant during our stay did not (and, quite frankly, could not) stop me from enjoying most of the farm’s delights. We swam, ate too many of the seasonal fresh fruits, walked for several kilometres to escape to a green house unlike any we’ve experienced before, laughing under slight deliriousness from the harsh summer sun; all the while truly indulging in the serenity and natural wonders that only farm life can offer.

Our arrival was marked by a brief overview of the farm, it’s offerings, and the current seasonal harvest. This, whilst being transported in a golf cart, along with our luggage, to our beautiful accommodation (lé fynbos cottage, no. 34). After bidding farewell to our introductory host, we stepped in to an air-conditioned sanctuary – decked with a fresh fruit basket, Nespresso pods, refrigerated waters, and Babylon’s very own green juices. Once settled, we ventured out in our very own golf cart to explore the latest addition to the farm, the spice house; a green house garden growing all imaginable spices and herbs (like cinnamon and nutmeg). The spice house sits alongside the farm’s spice garden, and tells the tale of the ancient spice trade with the East. Host to several workshops already, the spice garden is a must-see for greenhouse fanatics and plant lovers alike. The remainder of our afternoon was spent in the fynbos cottage private pools, I opted to cool down in the bigger pool while the husband opted for the warm bubbly comforts of the warm pool. Thereafter we enjoyed a 3 course dinner at the iconic Babel restaurant (where we reconvened the next morning for breakfast before checkout), leaving too full for our own good, but one cannot leave a morsel leftover – the food is just that tasty. For light meals and refreshments, the GREEN HOUSE GARDEN also located on the farm is another must-try; we ordered several smaller dishes that composed a lunch of delicious potato crisps, warm scones, and a chocolate lava cake of sorts. If the farm’s freshly baked assorted breads have you as enraptured as they did me, you can also join one of their bread baking classes which happens on sight with their experts in the field – the outcome of which you get to keep after it bakes in their kilns, to later enjoy with any of your purchases from the farm shop’s deli meats and cheeses.

While there is certainly no end to the compliments one can pay to Babylonstoren and the exceptional team running it, I’ve opted to let the visuals from our stay transport you to the endless delicacies of life on this renowned farm – or at least 24 hours of it.

You can book your stay at Babylonstoren’s hotel and spa, shop their online assortment of pantry, artisanal homeware, and deli assortments, or book your meal at BABEL restaurant HERE.

“We swam, ate too many of the seasonal fresh fruits, walked for several kilometres to escape to a green house unlike any we’ve experienced before, laughing under slight deliriousness from the harsh summer sun; all the while truly indulging in the serenity and natural wonders that only farm life can offer.”

Wijdan, 2021

GREEN HOUSE GARDEN