Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm and manor house in South Africa with vineyards, orchards and a large garden. Guests are invited to join in and pick their own produce, which is used in the restaurant or can be cooked in a self-catering kitchen.
This experience helps consumers find and seek produce, reconnect with nature, and enjoy a wide range of fresh foods. The garden spans eight acres and has over 300 varieties of edible plants. It is divided into fifteen clusters spanning vegetable areas, berries, bees, indigenous plants, ducks and chickens and includes a prickly pear maze. The garden is naturally irrigated from a stream and connecting waterways, as it has been for the past 300 years.
Fruit and vegetables are harvested all year round for use in the retreat’s Babel restaurant. The fresh, organic produce is chosen daily by gardeners and cooks, and guests are invited to join in the harvesting, pruning, planting or picking of the many fruit, herbs, nuts, spices and vegetables. They are welcome to pick and prepare their own meals as six cottages boast state-of-the-art self-catering kitchen, or they can sit back and enjoy the inventive meals in the restaurant.