Lunch in the garden on our last day in Cape Town


Babylonstoren

By Ambra Medda

On our last day in Cape Town, a little over a week ago now, I joined a group of guests that included the Haas Brothers, Evan and Zesty from R & Company, and some of my favorite journalists— Helen Chislet, Lucia Van Der Post, Janelle Zara and Emma O’Kelly—and headed out to Stellenbosch for the day to visit Karen Roos’s farm, Babylonstoren.

Babylonstoren - Cape Town - L’ArcoBaleno blog

This huge land now houses a massive farm, porcupines, ducks, a hotel, spa facilities, a coffee shop and a store. They use everything from the farm to make a variety of jams and bread, and they grow almost everything delicious you could think of: jerusalem artichokes, plums, every type of citrus fruit, a variety of grapes, pears, apples, figs . . . it goes on and on.

Babylonstoren - Cape Town - L’ArcoBaleno blog

The grounds themselves as well as the architecture spotted throughout the 200 hectares of greenery are done with incredible taste and attention to detail. Babylonstoren has one of the best preserved werfs (farm yards) in the Cape Dutch tradition, including the Manor house from 1777 and the pioneer structures that date back to when the farm was founded in 1960. Everything looks thoughtful and taken care of without feeling forced or too manicured.

After our tour of the grounds we sat down to an incredibly delicious lunch in one of the old barns. I’d like to extend the biggest Thank You to Karen; you were a spectacular host.

Babylonstoren - Cape Town - L’ArcoBaleno blog

Babylonstoren - Cape Town - L’ArcoBaleno blog

Babylonstoren - Cape Town - L’ArcoBaleno blog

Babylonstoren - Cape Town - L’ArcoBaleno blog

Babylonstoren - Cape Town - L’ArcoBaleno blog

Babylonstoren - Cape Town - L’ArcoBaleno blog

Babylonstoren - Cape Town - L’ArcoBaleno blog

Babylonstoren - Cape Town - L’ArcoBaleno blog Birdwatching!

Babylonstoren - Cape Town - L’ArcoBaleno blog

Babylonstoren - Cape Town - L’ArcoBaleno blog

Babylonstoren - Cape Town - L’ArcoBaleno blog

Babylonstoren - Cape Town - L’ArcoBaleno blog

Babylonstoren - Cape Town - L’ArcoBaleno blog

Babylonstoren - Cape Town - L’ArcoBaleno blog

Babylonstoren - Cape Town - L’ArcoBaleno blog Two little hedgehogs. One poked its nose out but I just missed it.

Babylonstoren - Cape Town - L’ArcoBaleno blog

Babylonstoren - Cape Town - L’ArcoBaleno blog

Babylonstoren - Cape Town - L’ArcoBaleno blog

Babylonstoren - Cape Town - L’ArcoBaleno blog Lucia Van Der Post.

Babylonstoren - Cape Town - L’ArcoBaleno blog

Babylonstoren - Cape Town - L’ArcoBaleno blog

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    • Ambra Medda

      Ambra Medda

      Ambra is a passionate, seasoned curator, who facilitates great design through innovative collaborations between designers, artists, brands, and institutions. Among many other things.

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