Babylonstoren Est. 2010

Babylonstoren, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa

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A garden spa, an outdoor restaurant, and a celebrated wine list all await you at these stylish classic-meets-modern suites.
Founded in the late 1600s, this historical gem is one of Cape Dutch's oldest and most well-preserved.
The Lowdown
Boutique Hotel
Historic Building
Restaurant / Private Dining
Winery / Vineyard
Historical Monument
Art Deco
Garden Party
Birthday Party
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Family Reunion
Group Getaway
Holiday Party
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Wedding Reception
Workshops: Creative, Photo, Etc.
Product Launch

Venue Setting

Seats up to a 100 guests
Enjoy the use of all three rustic, chic style venues, which includes the Klapmuts Stoor, seating up to 100 guests to enjoy your family feast dining experience, the White Studio for your surprise dessert installation and the Rustic Studio to dance the night away.
Seats up to 50 guests
For smaller weddings for up to 50 guests, the Studio Wedding package is the ideal choice with its intimate family feast dinner and surprise dessert installation hosted in the White and Rustic Studios.
Dine in style in our original and historic barn-style building with its white walls and thatch ceiling.
Capacity: 100 guests seated at one long table
Characterized by its white floor, white roof and white walls the light and airy White Studio is generally used for smaller, intimate weddings or for the secret dessert installation. Surprise your guests with an incredible array of white desserts and cheeses in this all-white space.
Capacity: 38 guests seated at one long table
The Rustic Studio allows for a darker mood set by wooden floors, exposed stone walls and exposed thatch ceiling. Perfect for dancing the night away or enjoying their decadent chocolate dessert installation in old world charm.
Capacity: 50 guests seated at one long table
Included in the function/wedding package:
❖ Two nights’ accommodation in Koornhuis, a 2 bedroom cottage, conveniently located next to the Studios
❖ Two on site meetings with their dedicated event coordinator
❖ Tables and chairs for pre-drinks
❖ Seating for ceremony
❖ Crisp white table linen, crockery, cutlery and glassware for dinner
❖ Décor – basic table décor, candles, buttonholes, confetti
❖ Flowers – Bride’s bouquet, carefully selected seasonal flowers, fruits, vegetables and blossoms from their garden Think Savoy cabbages, artichoke flowers or fresh branches of pear blossoms in season
❖ PA sound system in all 3 venues, used for background music during reception 
❖ Microphone for speeches
❖ Under floor heating in White and Rustic Studio for chilly evenings
❖ Bar setup outside (weather permitting)
❖ Fire pit for ambience
❖ Coffee and tea service
❖ Service provider list
❖ Their wedding venues are reserved for one function at a time, thus giving you the exclusive use of the areas around our venues
❖ Their superb gardens offering a wide range of photographic opportunities
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?


Estimated Price Per Head

from $30 to $40

Additional Charges

Additional Hotel Rooms
Service Charges
Overtime after 12pm


Additional Insurance Is Not Required To Host An Event Here


Celebrations Hosted Here Since
1 AM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Corkage/Bottle Fee – You Can Bring Your Own Alcohol For A Fee
Indoors Only
Designated Smoking Areas Only



· 6 suites (have one bedroom each)

· 8 farmhouse suites (have one bedroom each)

· 3 cottages (have one bedroom each)

· 4 cottages (offer two bedrooms for up to 4 guests sharing)

  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Valet Parking
  • Wifi
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:

Babylonstoren, a Cape Dutch farm, lies at the foot of the dramatic Simonsberg mountain, between Paarl and Franschhoek. Simplicity, style and a celebration of nature’s abundance are the hallmarks of any event at Babylonstoren.

Enjoy our exceptional garden, surrounded by original and historic Cape Dutch farm buildings, where you will be framed by a backdrop of magnificent trees and dappled sunlight dancing on the vineyards.

With a range of superb venues to choose from, elegant five star accommodation and tantalising cuisine, Babylonstoren offers you an exceptional canvas upon which to paint your memories of an unforgettable occasion.

Whatever your choice, our experienced and friendly event coordinators will ensure that your function runs smoothly and hitch-free.


The Babylonstoren garden is at the heart of the farm. It was inspired by the Company's Gardens of the Cape, where for centuries ships would replenish with sweet water, vegetables and fruit at the halfway station between Europe and Asia. It also hales back to the mythical garden of Babylon.

Spanning eight acres, the Babylonstoren garden is formal in structure. Every one of over 300 varieties of plants in the garden is edible and it is grown as biologically as we can. Fruit and veg are harvested year round for use in our restaurant. The garden is divided into fifteen clusters spanning vegetable areas, berries, bees, indigenous plants, ducks and chickens and includes a prickly pear maze. Gravity feeds water into waterways from a stream into the garden as it was done for 300 years.

Following the bell tower axis, the old cellar axis or the Babylonstoren hill axis, walks span over three kilometres in the garden. During spring, 7 000 clivias bloom down by the stream, where a secluded path runs in the shade of wild olives and oaks.

Standout Venue Features:

Whatever the season, there is always something happening in our garden. Guests are invited to join in the harvesting, pruning, planting or picking of our many fruit, herbs, nuts, spices and vegetables. Walks span over three kilometres in the garden and the gardeners would love to give you a guided tour every day at 10h00. Bookings essential.


After a workout in our gym overlooking the garden, guests can relax at our GardenSpa. The swimming pool is a restored farm reservoir and perfect for hot summer days.


Join our daily guided cellar tour at 12h00. The tour will take guests through the whole winemaking process, past the vineyards, through the olive press, cellar and maturation cellar and includes the wine tasting. Tour starts at the hotel reception. R50 per person. Our range of 7 wines are also available for tasting at the Wineshed. Open Monday to Sunday 09h00-17h00 at R25pp plus R10 per wine extra for our flagship wines.


Go for a run or stroll up the Babylonstoren koppie - the views and fynbos vegetation are worth the effort. Guests may also choose to canoe on the farm dam, cycle through the vineyards and orchards or amble down the spruit which is lined with 7000 clivias. There are 200 hectares of this working farm to explore.


Come and enjoy superb cuisine in our restaurant called Babel, or enjoy a cup of tea and other various liquids and infusions in our Greenhouse while nibbling on fresh salads being cultivated inside and also from the garden, breads from the old wood-fired oven along with a variety of dressed meats and handcrafted cheeses.


Discover Babylonstoren’s 320 year old Cape Dutch werf. The Manor House dates from 1777 and pioneer structures go all the way back to the founding of the farm in 1690. The Koornhuis (for storing wheat), old cellar, ornate fowl house, pigeon loft, leaning bell tower and historic gates all embellish a traditional courtyard surrounded by a low, whitewashed wall.


Over and above the variety of domestic farm fowls and pigeons in the historic Fowl House and the 100 snail-harvesting ducks, Babylonstoren is home to a myriad of bird species. Armed with binoculars, guests spend gentle hours ticking off birds from the farm’s list.


Follow the light and let your camera capture the beauty of the historical buildings, the vineyards, the garden and the surrounding amphitheatre of mountains.


Babylonstoren provides easy access to the wine farms of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek also Cape Town, Cape Point, whale watching and shark diving are all close enough for a day’s adventure. Golf courses within easy reach.

Extra Perks:

Included in your function package:

Two nights accommodation in Koornhuis, our 2 bedroom cottage, conveniently located next to the Studios.

❖ Two on site meetings with our dedicated event coordinator

❖ Tables and chairs for pre-drinks

❖ Seating

❖ Crisp white table linen, crockery, cutlery and glassware for dinner

❖ Décor – basic table décor, candles

❖ Flowers – carefully selected seasonal flowers, fruits, vegetables and blossoms from our garden Think Savoy cabbages, artichoke flowers or fresh branches of pear blossoms in season.

❖ PA sound system in all 3 venues, used for background music during reception (If you would like to use your own personal iPod song selection, please bring it one day prior to your function date to do a sound check.)

❖ Microphone for speeches

❖ Under floor heating in White and Rustic Studio for chilly evenings

❖ Bar setup outside (weather permitting)

❖ Fire pit for ambience

❖ Coffee and tea service

❖ Service provider list

❖ Our function venues are reserved for one function at a time, thus giving you the exclusive use of the areas around our venues.

❖ Our superb gardens

Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
Babel Restaurant:

Our food leans towards simplicity – but with an edge.  Meals are creative though always clear in structure.  Vegetables and fruit gathered daily from the garden are often served with their skins on.  Helpings are generous and meals may be taken either in the glass enclosed restaurant or under the Plane trees in the courtyard, depending on the weather.No fuss

We don't like to tamper unduly with food or slash it to bits - pick, clean, serve is our approach.  Food reflects the colours of the season: in summer we may serve you an Orange Salad of pumpkin, oranges, carrots and maybe a handful of pomegranate seeds; in winter there will perhaps be a slow-cooked leg of lamb to warm you up.

The Greenhouse restaurant:

The Greenhouse is open 7 days a week from 10h00 until 16h00. Positioned under recently planted medium sized oak trees at the back of the garden, with a collection of tables and colourful Luxembourg chairs – the classic park chair design (both inside and outside the conservatory) – the greenhouse-cum-tearoom is a surprising though perfectly logical refreshment station for guests who have completed the garden tour.

This 26m-long eye-opener made of dark green steel and 4mm hardened glass allows us to experiment with varietals that have struggled or flopped – largely due to the Western Cape's winter rainfall and lack of humidity in summer – in our breathtaking formal fruit and vegetable garden. Exotic granadillas, ginger, cardamom, pineapples, dragonfruit, vanilla, guavadellas and much more – even a baobab tree – now have a new and happier home.

Come and enjoy a cup of tea and other various liquids and infusions while nibbling on fresh salads being cultivated inside and also from the garden, breads from the old wood-fired oven along with a variety of dressed meats and handcrafted cheeses. And to top it all – everything that you eat or taste here you can go and buy in our Farm Shop!

Barn / Farm / Ranch
A South African Farm Fresh Garden Getaway
Cortnie Fausner
byCortnie Fausner
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Babylonstoren, Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa

Inspired by the mythical gardens of Babylon, this farm hotel spanning eight acres, would make even Adam and Eve feel right at home. With over 300 plants, the fruit and vegetables are harvested for guests to munch on in the restaurant (there will be absolutely no need to count calories here.) You will find yourself meandering around the farm and discovering berries, bees, ducks, chickens, a prickly pear maze, a HUMAN size bird nest and even gravity fed waterways. Yep, the gardens are watered the same way they would have been 300 years ago. There is no need to reinvent the wheel right?!



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