WEDDINGS & EVENTS
Babylonstoren is an authentic, versatile venue with one of the country’s best-preserved Cape Dutch farmyards, offering a historic yet contemporary farm stay. The ever-changing tapestry and rich bounty of the garden at Babylonstoren inform everything – from the facilities and activities on offer to the themes of our functions, which include weddings as well as other private celebrations. Simplicity, style and a focus on the abundance of nature are core to any event at Babylonstoren.
We have three beautiful venues: Old Cellar, Wheat Barn and White Studio. All are housed in original, beautifully restored Cape Dutch farm buildings which, with their whitewashed walls, ornate gables and thatched roofs, provide an elegant environment for a wedding party or any event for up to 100 guests.
Do you have accommodation for wedding guests?
The function venues have their own accommodation too. Koornhuis, a two-bedroomed cottage, is attached to the venue area. It is made available for the bridal party and is included in the venue fee for two evenings. We require the reservation of the nine one-bedroom suites in the Farmhouse for two nights (not included in the venue fee). Further to this, the Farm Hotel has Cape Dutch-style cottages adjacent to the main garden that lead up to the Greenhouse Restaurant and the Garden Spa. These can be booked for guests attending a wedding, but are subject to availability.
What can you offer in terms of the ceremony?
Typically, our wedding ceremonies take place outdoors (weather permitting) and we tend to host pre-reception drinks on sun-dappled green lawns overlooking vineyards and the majestic Drakenstein Mountains, whilst wedding photographs can be taken in various locations around the garden.
Do you have different venue options on the farm?
Old Cellar is an original, historic barn-style building with crisp, whitewashed walls and a high-pitched thatch ceiling that can accommodate up to 100 guests at one long table.
The Wheat Barn with its ancient wooden floors, exposed stone walls and thatched ceiling is a more moody, atmospheric venue that can seat 50 guests at one long table. This area is also very popular as a dance floor or lounge area when dessert is served in the White Studio.
The White Studio is a modern, versatile space that, with its all-white floors, walls and a white pitched roof, is ideal for smaller, more intimate functions that can seat 38 guests at one long table. It is also very popular as an installation area for a bigger wedding where a surprise set-up of all-white desserts and cheeses are displayed to spectacular effect.
All three of our venues can be used in conjunction with the others, so that dinner can be held in the White Studio with a dance floor set up in the Wheat Barn. Whatever your choice, our experienced event co-ordinators will ensure that your wishes are met (within the capabilities of the venue) to ensure your special day is a memorable, flawlessly executed affair.
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