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The World’s Most Beautiful Greenhouse

The World’s Most Beautiful Greenhouse

Babylonstoren hotel in South Africa comes close to paradise. It is one of those faraway places that gives you instant wanderlust. Its latest addition is an impressive greenhouse, where greens and plants live happily ever after.

Babylonstoren, located in the Cape Winelands outside Franschhoek, recently added a 26-meter-long green steel conservatory to its eight-acre vegetable, fruit, and herb garden. The greenhouse was a collaboration between co-owner Karen Roos (the former editor of Elle Decoration of South Africa) and general manager Terry de Waal. Guests are offered tea and refreshments, most of which are cultivated from inside or in the massive garden.

Photographs via Yatzer.

Above: The greenhouse double-functions as a teahouse and arboretum.  It helps the staff conserve different varietals which otherwise would be victims of Western Cape’s heavy winter rainfall and dry summers.

Above: The greenhouse has removable bamboo roof screens imported from France, in case the sunlight needs to be controlled.

Above: The lit greenhouse during night hours.

For more about Babylonstoren, see Bouquets for the Bath: Toss in a Tussie-Mussie.

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3:53AM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

Good-looking! Thank you/

4:59AM PDT on Jun 1, 2013

very calming and nice!

8:29PM PDT on May 22, 2013

very nice

2:51AM PDT on May 11, 2013

I do hope that it operates in as eco-friendly a manner as possible, otherwise what a lovely place :)

11:27AM PDT on May 8, 2013

wow !

3:47AM PDT on Apr 30, 2013


3:24AM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

Wonderful, Thank you.

1:34PM PDT on Apr 29, 2013


12:04AM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

Oh woooow!!!! Looks so nice. REALLY wish I can afford a greenhouse one day! Thanks for sharing!

5:21AM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

Absolutely beautiful! :)

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