As a touring company we’d like to think we know every estate in the region but since there are between 800 and 1000 of them, with new ones popping up all the time, we can barely keep up! However, not having yet paid a proper, leisurely, visit to Babylonstoren was definitely remiss on our part. This was remedied a few days ago and we loved it!
Inspired by the Company’s Garden in the centre of Cape Town (planted centuries ago as a replenishing station for passing ships, and the original raison d’être for Cape Town) the gardens at Babylonstoren are worthy of more than passing visit.
You need to make a full day of it because several acres of formally laid out gardens and over 300 varieties of plants await you, and that’s just the garden. You can either stroll by yourself using the handy map provided at the gate or you can take a guided tour starting at 10:00am. Once you’ve explored every corner, you can have lunch at Babel restaurant (booking in advance is recommended) or a casual lunch at the Green House Restaurant. Before leaving, visit the lovely shop, buy some wine, and make a point of stocking up on cheese, charcuterie, bread and wine. Babylonstoren produces its own wines and also stocks a selection from other estates in the region. In fact, we were pleasantly surprised to see that other estates’ wines were included in the wine tasting.
This is a great place to bring children – they can play and run around at leisure, there are chickens and turkeys in the farmyard, a few donkeys in a nearby field, a labyrinth and water features … no child can resist water features!
This garden is a marvel and we can’t wait to visit again in a different season, especially to see the famous clivias.