Fresh Picks: Babylonstoren

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

Fresh Picks features the latest luxury properties admitted into the Kiwi Collection. This week, we explore the beauty of Babylonstoren.

Where: In South Africa’s Drakenstein Valley, between the towns of Franschhoek and Paarl. Here, you’re firmly planted on Cape Winelands terra firma.

What: A well-preserved Cape Dutch-style “werf” (farm yard) with late 17th century origins, the winery-cum-farm now takes guests. There are 12 suites, either private or in the Manor House, swimming pool and spa. When it comes to feasting, let the on-site Babel restaurant prepare a meal for you, or whip up your own salad from the goodies you picked from their gardens—either way, don’t forget a bottle of Babylonstoren wine, or two.

Who: Lovers of wine, locally-grown nosh and easy living.

Why: They’re at the end of their winter there which means low-season rates, but the coming spring and summer season (all those blossoms, followed by fruit) is equally tempting.

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