• A gracious country-style hotel, only 20 minutes from the city yet surrounded by lush and leafy Constantia, with contemporary classic rooms spread across two historic buildings, two swimming pools, an excellent spa, and nine acres of sprawling, award-winning gardens, redolent with scent.
  • The Cellars-Hohenort is located in “Cape Town’s Vineyard”, the historical Constantia Valley on the slopes of South Africa’s famed Table Mountain.
  • Facilities include a superb spa and two huge pools. The hotel’s nine-acre award-winning gardens are a destination in their own right, explored with a map you can pick up from reception.
  • Every one of the 51 rooms is individually decorated, making this a boutique country hotel in the true sense of the word.


We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.

  • Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
  • Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
  • Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
  • Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
  • Complimentary private airport transfers.
  • Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
  • Early check-in and late check-out.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.

A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.


Wine Tasting & Cellar Tours

Our wines are produced in a state-of-the-art winery and are made to showcase the soils and climate where their grapes are grown. The Tasting Room sits adjacent to the Wine Cellar, offering views of the conical Babylonstoren hill, Simonsberg and the Banghoek Mountains.

Garden Tours

Set within 3,5 hectares (8 acres) of cultivated fruit and vegetables, the big garden at Babylonstoren is at the heart of the farm. It was inspired by the historic Company’s Garden in Cape Town, which supplied sailing ships of the Dutch East India Company with fresh vegetables and fruit during the days when the Cape was a halfway station between Europe and Asia. But we also link back to the mythological hanging gardens of Babylon. Those were thought to have been created by Nebuchadnezzar in the sixth century BC, for his wife who longed for the mountains and valleys of her youth.

Espalier essentials: learning a bit of arbour

Be inspired by the different forms and patterns of our espaliered fruit trees – apples, pears, quince and nectarines grown in the Babylonstoren garden. Winter is the best time to admire the bare trees in their dormant simplicity, also to plant and prune for summer fruit. Pruning pro Anton Roux helps us to plan before planting and will also provide some tips on selecting the best trees for espaliering. Secateurs in hand, he’ll guide us through the different stages of shaping an espaliered tree from years one to ten. You’ll also start your own espaliered tree to take home as a souvenir.

Grafting & budding

We’ll take a stroll through our garden and visit some of the special trees planted there while Anton Roux shares their history with us. Admire our medlar on quince, rare apple varieties and heritage pears grafted on special rootstocks. Grafting is a very old technique – our grandparents often grafted trees so they could have different types of fruit growing on the same tree. The more modern technique of budding is such an easy skill that anyone can master it. With a bit of practice and a few special tricks up your sleeve, you will soon be growing all kinds of interesting combinations. Set a day aside and join our garden team to learn about the different techniques and try your hand at some of the basics!


Sift, roll, cut, fold, knead, punch, dust, brush, flour, taste – we’re baking bread! We will be using our own flour (stoneground from wheat sown and reaped on the farm). Jump on the waggon for a ride through the wheat fields where farmer Hannes Aucamp will show us how healthy wheat is grown. We then get our hands dirty with some kneading while master baker Tina Jewell shares her secret recipes. But not before we make our own sourdough starter for taking home and nurturing there. Join us for a dough-inspired lunch in the Bakery – included in the price.


We are joined by Bev Missing, brand founder of Rain and author of The Rain Book of Natural Soapmaking. She shares with us the artisanal art of soapmaking using natural ingredients that are readily available in the home kitchen. We will work with essential oils that are extracted on our farm – rosemary, lavender and rose geranium. As is the case with most of our workshops, we’ll take a leisurely walk through our formal garden. This time, we’ll take a look at where and how these three herbs grow in our garden. Then we’ll make our way to the distillery and watch how one of them is being distilled. You will be making your own individual soaps to take home, so please bring along an old hand towel.

All about asparagus

Celebrate spring with fresh young asparagus spears – from the garden to the table. We start with the essential basics of growing asparagus in the vegetable garden – from preparing the soil to planting and nurturing the crowns through the seasons. Young plants take up to three years before they are ready for harvest, but once established, they can be cut again and again for many years. Once you have mastered the art of cutting the delicate green tips, we’ll take the harvest to the kitchen where the chefs will demonstrate their skill and create a memorable lunch. Our lunch menu is inspired by the versatile asparagus and will be served in the Bakery – included in the price.

Clivia encounters

We have thousands of clivias growing in the shade of our wild olive trees, as well as the very special Mick Dower collection displayed in the Puff Adder. Enjoy a guided walk through the flowering clivias and learn more about the different species and their selected hybrids. Experienced clivia growers will share their wealth of knowledge on the subject of growing and maintaining clivias – they’ll give you tips on sowing, dividing old plants, potting mixes and fertilisers for clivias as well as on how to treat common clivia diseases. In the House of Shadows, we take a look at some of the best known clivia hybrids and the art of cross-pollination. Then it will be your turn to stick your hands in the soil and plant your very own clivia, a living souvenir to take home with you.

Seasonal vegetables

Want to grow your own fresh, organic vegetables? Join us for a walk through the vegetable garden to harvest a variety of seasonal leaves and edible flowers. We will share growing tips and tell you more about crop rotation, soil preparation, compost, mulches, propagation and planting. You will have the opportunity to sow salads and get some inspiration to plant sweet potatoes, carrots, beetroot, beans, eggplants and fennel in your patch this summer. Lunch will be served at the Greenhouse Restaurant and is included in the price.

The secret life of bees

Warmer weather brings more buzz to our garden. Cape honeybees are VIP residents at Babylonstoren and in spring they are hard at work foraging for pollen and nectar. Not only do they produce sweet honey for the Babel Restaurant, but they also play a key role in pollinating many of our garden fruits, herbs and vegetables. On our walk through the garden we’ll take a look at the plants favoured by bees, from nectar-filled annual flowers to pollen-rich trees. Discover the garden collection of differently shaped beehives – from the traditional woven skep, the practical Langstroth with moveable frames to the much talked about flow hives. Learn more about the local indigenous Cape honeybee and the basics of beekeeping. Inspect the hives with us while we parade in our beekeeping suits. Indulge in a refreshing lunch served in the Greenhouse Restaurant – included in the price.

Healing herbs

We welcome you into the sanctuary of our Healing Garden. Here Gundula, the guardian of this garden, inspires us to look with new eyes at familiar herbs and will provide some guidelines for approaching unfamiliar herbs. Sonia is the medical consultant for this garden. She shares her understanding of how herbs may support and guide the body to health. We will discuss a few simple remedies that are safe to use at home. Indulge in a refreshing lunch in our Healing Garden – included in the price.

Fragrant herbs

Scent takes a short-cut to the brain. We promise a fun day of celebrating the fragrances found in the garden. Explore the different ways to capture memories of the season and how to share these with our loved ones. Constance, our décor diva, will demonstrate how to make a tussie-mussie and Gundula, our Healing Garden guardian, will help you make a wreath to celebrate seasonal festivities. Lunch will be served at the Greenhouse Restaurant and is included in the price.

Building garden structures

Together with architect Patrice Taravella, Gilles was responsible for creating a most exceptional garden at Prieuré d’Orsan in France – a true architectural gem inspired by medieval tapestries and illuminations and noted for its wooden structures. He joins us every year to work alongside our gardeners and initiate us into the art of building different wooden garden structures: climbing frames for beans, tomatoes and squashes, woven edges and delightful screens. Gilles will demonstrate how he plans and builds some of his favourite structures and we’ll join in the fun with wood, hammer and string, building basic structures to take home. Lunch will be served in the Greenhouse Restaurant and is included in the price.

Indigenous succulents

The succulent wealth of South Africa is world renowned: 35 plant families, varying from dwarf stone-plants a few centimetres tall to the gigantic baobab, the largest on earth. Take a walk with us to look at various succulent plants for your garden. Ernst will dish out many tips picked up over the years and tell us all about the succulents of Southern Africa and their various propagation techniques. We then get down and dirty, planting our own succulents. Lunch will be served at the Greenhouse Restaurant and is included in the price.

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The Cellars Hohenort Hotel Cape Town

Five-Star luxury surrounded by nine acres of perfectly manicured and award-winning gardens, located in Constantia, also known as ‘Cape Town’s Vineyard’ – the historical Constantia Valley, only 15 minutes’ drive from Cape Town’s city centre. The hotel’s 51 guest rooms and suites boast breathtaking views of Table Mountain and the property’s award-winning gardens. Greenhouse restaurant is renowned as one of South Africa’s top restaurants. Offering guests an experience beyond expectation, here luxury accommodation options abound, culinary journeys are crafted and memorable moments shine through.

At the heart of our food philosophy lies the continuous exploration and reimagination of South African food. Each carefully crafted dish is matched with the finest Cape wines, as well as the charming service we have become synonymous with. The Spa’s Five Senses Signature Massage is the choice recommendation of our therapists – Avo-Shea body butter, volcanic stones, tropical bamboo sticks and unique massage techniques create a bespoke treatment that is sure to rejuvenate body, mind and soul. In line with our breathtaking surroundings, Fresh Wellness Spa seeks to embrace all senses, by using authentic spa techniques, natural elements and indigenous ingredients. We believe that your every journey with us will be a delightful one.

Babylonstoren accommodation consists of 22 rooms in converted Cape Dutch farm buildings. There are three en-suite one-bedroom guest cottages and four en-suite two bedroom guest cottages which are ideal for families. All the cottages have under-floor heating and most have fireplaces. There are nine one-bedroom farmhouse suites, each offering plush four-poster beds, spacious bathrooms and a cast-iron stove. The farmhouse suites have access to a swimming pool, as well as a rejuvenating spa area. For families or guests travelling in a small group, Babylonstoren’s historic Cape Dutch home, the six-bedroom Manor House is available on request only on an exclusive use basis.


Babylonstoren Farmhouse
Babylonstoren Farmhouse Pool

Farmhouse Suite

A botanical theme combines with moody interiors, incorporating swarthy four-poster king-size beds, dusted moss walls, luxurious en-suite marble bathrooms and generous walk-in cupboards. Each room is fitted with a cast-iron stove, contemporary accessories and furniture such as an extra-length MDF Italia sofa.

Babylonstoren Fynbos Cottages
Babylonstoren Farm Fynbos Cottage Suite

Fynbos Cottages

At Fynbos Cottages guests can fully immerge themselves in the beauty of the natural plant habitat of the Western Cape’s mountains. The cottages are newly built in the Cape Dutch style and adjoin vineyards and orchards – ideal for our more adventurous guests.

Babylonstoren Garden Cottages
Babylonstoren Farm Garden Cottage Suite

Garden Cottages

At Babylonstoren, the overall effect is relaxed yet well heeled with some of the existing farm buildings transformed into sophisticated guest accommodation. Set adjacent to a 3,5 hectare cultivated fruit and vegetable garden, the cottages are characterised by thick whitewashed walls, elegant gables and hearty fireplaces that emulate an authentic farm stay experience. The interiors take on an altogether contemporary feel when paired with the modern lines of furniture by international design brands such as Kartell, Magis, Philippe Starck and the Bourellec Bros. There are six one-bedroom suites, as well as three one-bedroom cottages and four two-bedroomed cottages.

Babylonstoren Manor House

Manor House

Our Cape Dutch Manor House dates back to 1777. This exclusive house has five bedrooms accommodating ten guests. The interior has been beautifully restored to its former glory, but with a definite contemporary touch. Bookshelves are filled with a wonderful selection of books and the traditional farm kitchen boasts a roaring old wood-burning stove.

Almost everything on your plate will be grown in the garden; it’s a classic fork-to-table story but the variety produced by this eight-acre ‘pantry garden’ is quite astonishing. Salads are, understandably, a highlight, combining flavours and species to offer three seasonal ‘red’, ‘green’ and ‘yellow’ salads. Meat portions are generous, much of it served on the bone in the simple country style favours. Greenhouse is an excellent alternate luncheon spot if you can’t find a table at Babel. Breakfasts are enormous – the spread includes everything from a variety of handmade granolas, honeycomb, eggs and fresh fruit from the garden, delicious yoghurts and a hot breakfast menu that will have you wondering whether you’ll ever feel hungry again.

Babylonstoren Babel


Housed in the old cow shed, Babel Restaurant is a wonderful mix of Cape Dutch architecture and contemporary glass walls that makes for a simple yet edgy environment in which to try our tasty yet often unconventional combinations. We have a farm-to-fork philosophy which means we like to serve food that is seasonal and that reflects our “pick, clean and serve” approach.

Babylonstoren Greenhouse


At the rear of the garden, tucked away between the oak trees, our Greenhouse offers guests a wonderful refreshment station after their walk through the garden. All our food is served picnic-style in wooden crates with the preserves, jams and salads served in weck jars, while fresh bread from our wood-fired oven come wrapped in the iconic blue-and-white Babylonstoren paper.

Babylonstoren Tea Ceremony

Tea Ceremony

Enjoy the Healing Garden as a quiet space, where you can slow down and blend herbal teas as guided by our gardener. Guests are seated on the floor of the shaded bamboo structure, where a selection of savoury and sweet confections are served to complement the infusions created by each one. Only seasonal fresh ingredients are used and great care is taken in the preparation.

Babylonstoren Tasting Cellar

Tasting & Cellar

Our wines are produced in a state-of-the-art winery and are made to showcase the soils and climate where their grapes are grown. The Tasting Room sits adjacent to the Wine Cellar, offering views of the conical Babylonstoren hill, Simonsberg and the Banghoek Mountains.

Babylonstoren offers complimentary guided vineyard and garden walks, and use of the spa facilities and gym. There are complimentary guided cellar tours and wine tastings every day, a beautiful farm dam to canoe on, and a stroll up the Babylonstoren koppie is always worth the effort for the views. There is also a gym on site if you want to keep up a fitness routine during your stay. Alternatively, you could do a few laps in the swimming pool which is very refreshing in the heat of the day.

Babylonstoren Farmhouse Pool
Babylonstoren Farm Pool


Like everything here, the newly extended Garden Spa, with its lap pool and jacuzzi is linked to nature, set in sunlight-dappled greenery and with fresh rosemary, lavender and lemon thyme picked fresh for use that day.

Babylonstoren Spa
Babylonstoren Farmhouse Pool


Like everything else at Babylonstoren, the Garden Spa is inextricably linked to the garden and the ever-changing seasons. We like to think of it as a living spa, set within a forest of bamboo with tranquil greenery and a myriad leiwater channels to set the tone. Housed in our pavilion constructed of bamboo, it comprises a hammam, chill room, hot spa and gym.

Babylonstoren Gym


There is also a gym on site if you want to keep up a fitness routine during your stay.

Area & Location

Area, Country
Constantia, South Africa
Nearest Airport
Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town
Local Currency
South African Rand (ZAR)
Time Change
GMT +2:00
Afrikaans, English
Best time to go
September to May

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