We often get asked what the best time of year is to visit our garden. To answer we like to quote Gilles Guillot, the head gardener at Prieuré d’ Orsan: “a garden is like someone you love, it is beautiful in every season.” Winter at Babylonstoren certainly has its own charm…

Beautiful view of Babylonstoren

The animals and plants may be taking it slow in the cooler months, but our gardeners certainly do not lose any speed. It’s the time of the year when we do most of our pruning and planting in the garden and on the farm. In late July the first of our fruit trees start to blossom, and fills the air with a sweet perfume. The highlights of the guided farm walks in winter include arum lilies, king proteas and a Boland native, waterblommetjies, that flourish in the vlei. After their summer siesta, the dormant fynbos bulbs on the Babylonstoren koppie reappear with fresh green leaves and flowers, a feast for birds and bees.

Babylonstoren tea and a bucket for the Babylonstoren Spa saunaView of one of the hotel rooms at Babylonstoren

Once indoors, rug up and enjoy the warm glow of the open wood fire, get lost in the pages of a book from the well-stocked library, or sip on a spicy, peppery Shiraz. The hot pool or hammam in our Garden Spa also offers an escape from the frosty chills, and the soul-warming meals at Babel restaurant is the perfect cure for a big winter appetite.

Babel restaurant food and the Babylonstoren Rustic studio

Sounds tempting? Then make use of our hot winter rates: visit us during the week and choose between two complimentary dinners; or two back, neck & shoulder massages per stay. Alternatively, stay four nights and pay for three. Book here.