Finding Bliss at Babylonstoren {Darling Day Out}

by Monique on August 28, 2013 · 2 comments

“It’s like heaven on earth!” uttered my Mr the first time we visited Babylonstoren, an organic farm yard in the Drakenstein Valley.

Darling Day Out: Babylonstoren on www.ohdarlingdays.co.za Photography by Monique Warner

I don’t know about you but I love getting out over the weekends and discovering something new, something darling – whether it’s a arty market, a beautiful garden or a quaint coffee shop. And every time I visited Babylonstoren it feels like I’m walking through another time, another world… a world in which the loud, busyness of 21st century life is so blissfully absent.

If that sounds good to you, here are some photos from my latest visit and details about the garden so you can start planning a day out to Babylonstoren…

Darling Day Out: Babylonstoren on www.ohdarlingdays.co.za/category/darling-journeys Photography by Monique Warner

Darling Day Out: Babylonstoren on www.ohdarlingdays.co.za/category/darling-journeys Photography by Monique Warner

Darling Day Out: Babylonstoren on www.ohdarlingdays.co.za/category/darling-journeys Photography by Monique Warner

Darling Day Out: Babylonstoren on www.ohdarlingdays.co.za Photography by Monique Warner

Darling Day Out: Babylonstoren on www.ohdarlingdays.co.za Photography by Monique Warner

Darling Day Out: Babylonstoren on www.ohdarlingdays.co.za Photography by Monique Warner

Darling Day Out: Babylonstoren on www.ohdarlingdays.co.za Photography by Monique Warner

Darling Day Out: Babylonstoren on www.ohdarlingdays.co.za Photography by Monique Warner

Darling Day Out: Babylonstoren on www.ohdarlingdays.co.za Photography by Monique Warner

Darling Day Out: Babylonstoren on www.ohdarlingdays.co.za Photography by Monique Warner

Darling Day Out: Babylonstoren on www.ohdarlingdays.co.za Photography by Monique Warner

Darling Day Out: Babylonstoren on www.ohdarlingdays.co.za Photography by Monique Warner

A Sense of History 

Nestled in the Drakenstein Valley between Franschhoek and Paarl, the garden has been designed to replicate that of the Cape Companies Garden, a farm that provided fresh food to ships travelling from Europe to Asia over 300 years ago.

The Farm Yard & Restaurant 

Divided into 15 planted sections, the garden is home to 300 varieties of edible plants which are harvested and used in Babylonstoren’s acclaimed restaurant, Babel.

A Darling Afternoon Exploration 

A walk through through this beautiful garden is a darling way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. My Mr and I have visited the garden three times and with every visit we discovered more – from new ripening fruit to unusual beautiful blossoms.

Recently we took my parents to the garden, on one of those beautifully clear winter days in June, and the garden was as beautiful as ever!

The garden is a delight no matter what the season so whether you’re planning a romantic weekend away in the Drakenstein Valley or a day out in the area, make sure you take a walk through Babylonstoren.

The Details

The garden is open seven days a week from 9am – 5pm, the entrance fee is R10 per person and if you want to, you could join the daily garden tour at 10am (booking essential). Click here for a map and for more information, visit www.babylonstoren.com

Darling Day Out: Babylonstoren on www.ohdarlingdays.co.za Photography by Monique Warner

{Photography} Monique Warner

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lana August 30, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Lovely photos Monique! It’s one of my absolute favorite places to visit, every time the experience is unique and just incredible!

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2 Monique September 3, 2013 at 8:22 am

Hi Lana,

Thanks so much. I’m also in love with Babylonstoren – if I could I’d move in :)

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