Thursday, November 10, 2011

dreaming of other places

babylonstoren, south africa.
babylonstoren 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 & hay) and the old cellar are exceptionally fine. an ornate fowl house, pigeon loft, leaning bell tower & historic gates embellish a traditional courtyard surrounded by a low, whitewashed wall.
babylonstoren lies in the drakenstein valley betweenf ranschhoek & pearl. surrounded by the simonsberg, du toitskloof & franschhoek mountains, babylonstoren is in the heart of the cape winelands - about 60km from capetown.

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