Hg2 : The Hedonist

Babylonstoren

This ‘Tower of Babel’-a 200-hectare working farm with vineyards, a handful of white stucco guest cottages, a chic spa, and all kinds of ideas merging whimsy and opulence-is surely amongst the most refreshing places to stay in Cape Town, effortlessly laid down in the verdant Drakenstein Valley between bewitching, craggy mountains in the Cape Winelands. And worth discovering in its own right is the farm’s astonishing eight-acre formal garden, with over 300 edible plant varieties. It’s fed by gravity-powered waterways and kept pest-free by a cheerful mob of ducks. Sit down to lunch at the innovative Babel restaurant, and you’ll be plied with choices (including vegetables you’ve never seen before) that were probably plucked moments before your arrival. Wonder through the tailored grounds, or bike along farm roads that twist between the vines, and you’re left with an aching sense that all is well with the world-or, if you prefer to loaf, you can do it on the edges of the reservoir-turned-swimming pool, or simply plop down on your own designer sofa alongside a well-stocked personal library. While this is pure, unadulterated country living, you’ll be eeking out this superlative farm fantasy with every imaginable convenience at your fingertips, no comfort far from reach. With interiors overseen by style maven and former magazine editor Karen Roos (who owns Babylonstoren along with her media mogul husband), the look is 100% original, a zestful contemporary update on the rusticated, homey comforts that a farm instinctively implies. Glass box eat-in kitchens were grafted to the sides of the whitewashed, thatch-topped cottages (ask for one of the large units nearest the gardens), while bathrooms have an exhilarating monastic beauty that continues the theme of the fantastical realised through sharp-witted, edgy design. Here you are truly in your element, left to your own devices, honoured with that rare and unexpected pleasure: The power to do as you please and the space to rediscover your soul. Make every effort to get here.

Address
Klapmuts/Simondium Road, Franschhoek,
Winelands
Telephone
+27 21 863 3852
Price
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