… and European style landscaped gardens side by side.
In between you get reminded that behind and underneath all this is the Western Cape at the end of summer.
Here some images of today’s visit to Babylonstoren Farm in the Drakenstein Valley.
Too lazy to be particularly creative tonight, let me quote from the farm’s website http://www.babylonstoren.com :
“Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the dramatic mountains of the Drakenstein Valley.”
“(It is) is one of the best preserved werfs (farm yards) in the Cape Dutch tradition. Not only the manor house from 1777, but pioneer structures all the way back to the founding of the farm in 1690. The Koornhuis (for storing wheat and hay) and the old cellar are exceptionally fine. An ornate fowl house, pigeon loft, leaning bell tower and historic gates embellish a traditional courtyard surrounded by a low, whitewashed wall.”
For us this meant a very idyllic (though hot!) stroll through the orchards followed by a relaxed lunch in a tranquil setting.