Monday, January 10, 2011

What's Hot...Announcing Babylonstoren

Introducing....Babylonstoren, Cape Winelands

Where is it: Between Franschhoek (17 kms) & Paarl (9 kms) in the Cape Winelands, on a farm of 200 hectares and surrounded by the dramatic Simonsberg and Franschhoek Mountains.

Tell us more: The farm dates back to 1690, with original farm structures still beautifully preserved, and a Manor House built in 1777. The 12 rooms (8 x 1 bedroom suites and 4 x 2 bedroom suites) reflect the simplified Cape Dutch architecture of the era, with thatched white washed free standing suites, adorned with simple gables. The interiors are a symphony in white and glass, lending the farmhouse features such as deep red brick fireplaces, deep shuttered windows and open-beamed roofs a stylized edge. The rooms have a charmingly simple Protestant approach typical of that time, which belies the high definition TV’s, ducted air conditioning and DVD players found in every suite. Some rooms have full stainless steel kitchens: there is a spa and a deep pool in a stylishly converted farm reservoir.

Best feature: This is a farm after all and the magnificent gardens
span 2.5 hectares, a veritable foodies Versailles! Organic citrus, vegetables, herbs and vines are used in the restaurant, Babel, which in itself is an experience. Tours are offered with the horticulturists and are recommended.

Hmmm aspect: In the dry summer months, the uncobbled walk to the rooms throws up dust; while the restaurant is excellent,
other dining opportunities are hard to reach without transportation.

Price: Towards the top end of the scale at R3400.00 ($485.00) per room per night rack B&B (this is calculated by a median rate between high and low season)

Good to combine with: Properties such as Kurland near Plettenberg Bay and the Farmhouse
at Morukuru in Madikwe.

Would suit best: Couples and honeymooners would feel at home here, but families would be won over by the 2 bedroom suites, the endless space, and the delightful farmyard feel, complete with a "pack" of snail hunting ducks!

Summary: The Cape Winelands has always done chic well – and now with an organic twist. It’s a property true to its pastoral origins, while competing with the best South Africa has to offer.

Contact New Frontiers Tours and Travel to book your clients into Babylonstoren in the Cape Winelands of South Africa.

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