ISSUE 21  |  On the Lawn

Through the Looking Glass: Karen’s Tea House in Cape Winelands

May 23, 2012 10:30 PM

BY Julie Carlson

We've been scheming a visit to Babylonstoren in South Africa for a while now; here's one more reason to go: the newly opened Karen's Tea House.

Located inside a giant glass conservatory on the grounds of the sprawling resort (one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in South Africa), the tea house's menu includes plum and verbena cordial, lemon thyme lemonade, rosewater cupcakes, and herb sorbet popsicles. For more information, go to Babylonstoren.

Photography via Yatzer.

Above: A view of the tea house interior.

Above: Throughout the property, vegetables are used in lieu of flowers as decor.

Above: A tea time setting.

Above: An arrangement of mint.

Above: Small meals are served in wood boxes.

Above: A system of glass panels resembles fish scales.

Above: A mosaic of Delft tiles under a persimmon tree.