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Babylon's Tower Cottage

125km from Cape Town
Private farm cottage with open views over the Hemel en Aarde valley - 15km from Hermanus
  • Patio
  • The setting
  • Cottage exterior
  • Living room
  • Living room with fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchen
  • Main Bedroom
  • En suite bathroom
  • Twin bedroom
  • Pet-friendly (on request)
  • Babylon's Tower
  • Orchards
  • Mountain road to dams
  • Horse paddock

Rate Guide

From R950 - R1200 nightly for the cottage for the first 2 guest and R375pp thereafter. Seasonal rates apply. Winter Midweek Special: R950 nightly for the cottage from Monday - Friday, excluding public holidays. Discounted rates for children 5-16 years, children under 5 years free. Pets charged at R100 per pet.

Budget Getaways Review

With a long voorstoep spilling gentle Hemel en Aarde vistas, and an elegant understated interior of muted tones, exposed beams and screed floors, this one will have you in it's grip in no time.

Big on farm vibe, a weekend at Babylons Tower Cottage is centered around a spacious living room and cozy open-plan kitchen - cement counter tops, open shelves, a scattering of couches, a wood-burning stove for those chilly winter eves, oil lamps and candles (no electricity), double doors leading onto the stoep…

Flanking the chill zone are two bedrooms: an ensuite double and a twin with shared bathroom. With an extra single bed in the living room, five guests can be comfortably accommodated.  

The stoep is built for late afternoon bottomless G&Ts, followed by a sizzling chop or five on the braai.

Time now to peel yourself away from this feathered nest and take in the surrounds. There's plenty to do.

Keep the heart rate down with a slow amble through the apple and pear orchards and fynbos, before upping the pace with a summit assault on Babylon’s Tower - the views over the Overberg are said to be unbeatable. The farm dam is filled with trout and swimming potential. Down the track there’s a feast of whale watching and sea kayaking, as well as some tough mountain biking and trail running routes a few clicks away.

If this all sounds way too demanding, do like the Budget team and stick to the nearby wine farms and restaurants.

The guestbook sings a good tune: “We just loved staying here! The scenery is amazing and the atmosphere relaxing,” but one of many glowing comments.

A failsafe option for couples and families within easy striking distance of the city.

Quick Facts

15km from Hermanus
S 34°22'40''
E 19°14'10''
By request and many restaurants nearby
By request
birdwatching, fishing, fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, restaurants, stargazing, swimming, walking, whale watching, wine routes
Guest Reviews
Overall Rating (based on 13 reviews)
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"Was a great weekend away and so close to all the wine farms. I will be back for sure! Appeared on budget getaways last minute booking section. The place is really amazing situated on top a hill with incredible views."

"My Mom, girl dog and I had a comfortable and memorable stay at the cottage and I can recommend it as a cozy abode with great scenic appeal."

"Simply astonishing surroundings and beautifully and comfortably furnished. Made living off the grid feel very do-able!"

"I took my parents and hound to this beautiful spot for two nights to celebrate my birthday. We all absolutely loved it. The cottage has everything you need - comfy, clean beds and couches, well-equipped kitchen. I wasn't brave enough to try the slightly exposed outside hot shower, but my dad loved it. The trails within spitting distance of the cottage are heaven for trail runners and trail-running hounds. We liked the idea of top wine farms on our doorstep but opted not to leave the farm at all - between the walks, runs, braais and lazing on the sunny stoep, the time flew by. I'll definitely be back."

"I cannot gush enough about this magical, secluded and stunning cottage in the most amazing location. I was blown away by this place and the experience...from the first enquiry to the last sms received from the host. This will definitely not be my last visit. I can't wait for winter next year to relax with a bottle of Creation wine next to the fire!"

"Amazing location and a lovely cottage. The views are just spectacular and the setting can't be beat. We enjoyed the walks around the area and the privacy of the cottage, as well as the ability to bring our dogs with us for the weekend, which was appreciated."

"A lovely setting and the views are fantastic. The house is pleasant, the garden tidy, crockery and good enough dish towels. Our stay could've be improved by attention to little details!"

"Fantastic relaxed weekend getaway."

"Babylons Tower is set high up on a mountain slope,situated on a beautiful farm. The views are spectacular. It is remote and very tranquil. We will be back."

"This is a really great little cottage on an apple farm - secluded and peaceful, comfortable and cozy. Despite the cold and howling gale, we were nice and warm thanks to the wood stove and hot water bottles (outdoor showering was not an option!). The setting was beautiful and there were lovely walks. The cottage is well equipped with gas stove, fridge and water heater, and solar LED lights."

"Not that great in cold weather. The rain leaks all over and it was very cold despite the wood burning stove. Our request for more wood never materialized even though we were more than willing to pay for it. There was a labourer outside all afternoon one day and the next morning ostensibly mowing the lawn. It didn't feel private and secluded at all. We wont be back."

"We had the best Easter ever. 5 days of pure bliss in the most beautiful setting I have seen in a long time. Their photo's don't do all the justice to what it really is - 360 degrees of sheer magnificence. The house is perfect for 2 couples with en-suites for both rooms. All the kitchen goodies are there so you literally just need to bring yourself and food & drinks. Oh yes and your walking shoes because there are a few wonderful hikes to choose from and a few dams for summer swims. We will definitely be back over and over with our two Retrievers who loved every second."

"We arrived and it was raining, but that wasn't a problem because the way the house is situated, we didn't get cold. The indoor fireplace is also amazing. The settings is so relaxing that you relax from the minute you arrive. Hermanus is not far away for a bite to eat and yet when you drive back to the cottage - you feel like you're miles away from civilization. The only negative, is that we found the wood that was supplied to be quite expensive for what you get; but for convenience sake it was there when we arrived which was great. I can't wait to return and enjoy heaven on earth. Thank you guys Craig and Diane."

"My boyfriend and I were looking for a romantic and tranquil place to stay, not too far from Cape Town and Babylon Cottage offered us this and so much more. We were blown away by the scenery and the charm. Thanks for the wonderful hospitality and welcoming. We will be back of sure!"

"Views to die for up towards Caledon and onto Babylons Tower, a place you can sit and dream. But one shouldn't sit too still as there is amazing fynbos teaming with birds a stones throwaway with an interesting meandering trail. A short hop (walk) from Creation and the amazing MTB trails of Hermanus make this a great place. Throw in the most delicious home made chicken pie by Dre and you're sorted for a fantastic weekend. Despite the fickle Cape winter weather we had a wonderful time, warmed by the a great fireplace."

"Our stay at the Babylon's cottage was absolutely amazing. It was one of my top Budget Getaway stays. Marcel was so kind to show us the cottage and how everything works. They even supplied is with wood for the whole weekend, which was more than enough. You could see the cottage was taken good care of. The location is perfect, it was our own little heaven. We enjoyed our nature walks to relaxing on the stoep with a fire. Everything was arranged perfectly. I will recommend this place above anything. This was amazing, it was really a great weekend. I can't wait for the next trip and it's only a hour and half's drive. Shops and everything you need is located only 12km out side from the cottage. Thank you Marcel and Sally for making this one of my memorable's weekend ever."

"We loved staying at Babylon's Cottage. The setting is divine, very private, with great views of the valley and Creation Wine Estate. Relaxing under the starry skies was as peaceful as we could hope for. The house is comfortable and has everything you need for a nice getaway. Will definitely be back soon!"

"We absolutely loved staying here. A cottage all alone overlooking a magnificent view, swimming in the dam, beautiful stars at night and all the facilities you need to be comfortable. Would definitely go again."

"This was, by far, the most amazing escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The view goes on forever and the peace and serenity that it offers is priceless. It is amazing how well the cottage is equipped with no electricity, completely off the grid! Candle chandelier and solar lights are the order of the day, and the atmosphere couldn't be better! Thank you to our hosts for sharing their piece of paradise with us!"

"What a breathtaking setting. If privacy and seclusion is what you're after then Babylon cottage is the one. Tastefully and comfortably furnished, it has that shabby chic thing going throughout the cottage. The wrought iron candle chandelier in the lounge was my favourite. The kitchen is fantastically equipped and the hosts really do provide everything one could need for a lovely stay. From the rolling hills and dams to the naughty outdoor shower it's the perfect spot for a romantic getaway as well as a family holiday with kids in tow. Book now! You wont be sorry."

"Beautiful place, can't wait to go back!"

"Thank you for sharing your little piece of heaven with us. I was in awe of the fantastic views and the surrounding nature was breath taking. I definitely want to return!"

"Lovely peaceful surroundings! This is the place to be if you want to take a break from the husstle and busyness of life."

"We loved staying here! The cottage is very neat and tidy and has everything you need. The scenery is amazing and the overall atmosphere is very relaxing. We would definitely recommend staying at Babylons Tower Cottage."

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Babylon's Tower Cottage, Hermanus, Western Cape
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