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Babylonstoren, Drakenstein Valley, South Africa

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, December 08 12:27 PM

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Locavores are likely to think they've died and gone to heaven when they arrive at Babylonstoren, a 300-year-old working farm in South Africa's Cape Winelands that has just opened 14 Dutch-style luxury cottages in its gardens.

Green-fingered types can roll up their sleeves and get to work planting, pruning, or picking produce. But if getting your hands dirty is the last thing you want to do on vacation--no judgment--you can enjoy the fruits of someone else's labor in the seasonal farm restaurant, Babel, or kick back at the hotel's spa and pool. The comfortable, high-ceilinged suites have modern furniture and open hearths and are housed in traditional whitewashed buildings with ornate gables and thatched roofs.

If you think this place can't get any better, think again: Babylonstoren's first batch of wine will be ready in mid-2011.

Photo: Courtesy of Babylonstoren

Prices and other information were accurate at press time, but are subject to change. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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