Utilizing the original Cape Dutch worker’s cottages from the 17th century, and delightfully renovated in 2010, this working farm and vineyard is a delight. From the outside, the cottages look very traditional, but inside, they are crisp, fresh, white and thoroughly modern.
In addition to great wine, lovely cheeses and meats are for sale, along with a plethora of other goodies.
Kids can get involved in the daily activities of the farm, such as collecting eggs and harvesting (seasonal) if they wish.
The name Babylonstoren derives from the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and the gardens are large, gorgeous and are a tourist attraction in their own right.
You can opt for simple sandwich lunches or partake in their gourmet restaurant for more serious dining. There is a fabulous spa, pool and even a “beach” (sandy area with sun loungers near the pool) if you wish to chill out, and a small lake for kayaking if you feel like being more active.
The farm is located about 30 minutes outside Franschhoek, but nearby is Butterfly World which, in addition to butterflies, has snakes, spiders, monkeys, birds, and iguanas so if your children are into animals, they will love this.
Franschhoek is a charming small town in the Western Cape Province and one of the oldest towns of the Republic of South Africa. It is about 50 miles (75 kilometres) from Cape Town and has a population of slightly over 15,000 people. It is widely regarded as the gourmet capital of South Africa, and the wines are world class.