My wife and I tried this restaurant on the advice of a friend and it surpassed all our expectations. Magnificent food, outstanding service, great atmosphere and very reasonable prices. A beautiful estate to visit and one of the relatively unkown great finds in the winelands. All local and international guests will be pleasantly surprised. Highly recommended. Kenneth and Petra Fisher.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With a glorious historical heritage dating back to 1692, no-one could have predicted Babylonstoren's exhuberant rebirth after its restoration - or the fact that the experiential traveller would respond so emotively to its holistic ethos, which has very little to do with wine tasting, and more to do with soothing the soul, healing the mind and feeding the senses. It's this mindfulness and intelligent vision that has redefined and rebranded the Cape wine estate experience forever, by celebrating the simple pleasures of farm life but with designer cred that is layered through and through. The interiors of the hotel - thirteen restored labourer's cottages - were conceptualised by Karen Roos, former editor South African ELLE Decoration, with an elegant mix of antiques and designer pieces. Seven of these have glass-walled kitchens leading into the kitchen gardens, designed by French architect Patrice Taravella and featuring traditional hanging gardens, chamomile lawns, a walled bee garden, surprise stepping-stone fountains, and even outsize bird nests to retreat to. Guests and visitors mingle, exploring the estate's many delights, whether it's a meal in the old cow shed - now the award-winning Babel restaurant with its farm-to-table menu of freshly plucked ingredients from the garden, or a taste of charcuterie, cheese and wine in the gabled farm shop. Here, tea after stroll through the Puff Adder Walkway in the elegant Conservatory at the top of the gardens is as much a ritual as the ancient cleansing treatment in the marble hammam or a refreshing swim in the reservoir-style pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Babylonstoren Hotel Franschhoek