Babylonstoren – A Farm to Table to Bed Eden in South Africa
Within the last three years, South African media executive Koos Bekker and his wife, Karen Roos (former editor of Elle Décor in South Africa) have transformed their 500 acre historic Cape Dutch farm into a farm to table eden. Only a 45-minute drive from Cape Town International airport, nestled in the Drakenstein Valley with views to the mountain peaks of the Franschhoek Mountains, sits a magnificent assemblage of accommodation, restaurant, spa, garden and vineyard woven within the fabric of a werf (farm yard) with roots dating to 1690.
At the heart of the property is a unique 8-acre fruit and vegetable garden (designed by French architect and landscape designer, Patricia Taravella) with more than 300 varieties of edible plants that provide an ever-changing palette for the property’s restaurant, Babel. Chef and restaurant founder Maranda Engelbrecht sources from Babylonstoren’s garden and neighboring farms and she describes the restaurant as “farm to fork.”
The 14 guest suites (some within the 1777 manor house and others adjacent to the gardens) pay homage to the vernacular of 17th and 18th century Cape Dutch farm buildings.