Somerset West Accommodation

This small town is situated roughly 50 kilometres from Cape Town and makes a great base for exploring the greater Western Cape area. The town's many guesthouses and bed 'n breakfasts ( as opposed to hotels, though there are those too) somehow suits the relaxed, small-town energy of the place.

Somerset West is named, as many of South Africa's towns are, after one of the early British colonialists, Governor Charles Henry Somerset. Its name was later adapted to distinguish it from another town in South Africa of the same name. It rests in the foothills of the Helderberg Mountain range and is the main business centre for the small Helderberg region. Given its proximity to Cape Town though, it falls under the Cape Town Municipality. This proximity to amenities is one of the reasons that Somerset West is a great place to base oneself.

Cape Town, with all its attractions - the Bo-Kaap, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch, among others - is a 40 minute drive away, and the Helderberg Wine Route is right on the doorstep. In fact, Vergelegen, South Africa's oldest wine farm, is situated in Somerset West itself and Lourensford Wine Estate is just outside.

Somerset West also has some spectacular golf courses The Helderberg Nature Reserve makes for a good picnic spot amongst the birds, tortoises and buck. For the more adventurous there are a number of hiking trails in the surrounding mountains and Bikini Beach is just 10 kilometres away. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Stellenbosch is a lovely foodie town for those who prefer to bumble around chocolate-tasting and taking in the pretty architecture.

The bottom line is that holidaying in Somerset West suits those who want access to the action but who don't want to be in the centre of it all the time. It's a pretty town surrounded by beautiful scenery, which will make a good base for a couple of days.

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Somerset Villa Guesthouse
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Discreetly hidden from public view is this tranquil oasis offering nine, exquisite rooms for the discerning guest who values great comfort and outstanding hospitality. The refreshing, large swimming p... Read More

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Welcome to Guesthouse Summerlight! We invite you to be our guest in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere in guesthouse summerlight. We offer a wide range of modern apartments and junior suites. Come in ... Read More

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African Dreams Guest House
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Set high against the Helderberg Mountain with spectacular views over the mountains, the vineyards and False Bay, an oasis of peace and tranquility awaits the discerning guest. African Dreams offer 2 l... Read More

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The Winelands Villa Guesthouse provides the perfect setting for an unforgettable holiday in the heart of the Cape Winelands on a beautiful property that covers more than 5 300 mē. Home away from home... Read More

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Helderview Homestead
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Helderview Homestead is a colonial homestead that has been renovated so that it offers the latest comfort and elegance. It is situated in Somerset West, which lies in the heart of the Western Cape. E... Read More

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SW1 Guest Retreat is undiluted Euro-African chic and opulence. You will be impressed with its unique decor style and the special attention paid to luxury elements and guest comfort. SW1 is a welcome... Read More

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White Rabbit Luxury Studio is a modern studio apartment attached to the owner's main house in Somerset West, located right next to a 2 km mountain bike track. This luxurious upper ground apartment has... Read More

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A Traveller's complete SAFE South African Township Experience in the midst of a Squatters camp! 20 minutes from the Airport, 30 minutes from Cape Town, 15 Minutes from Stellenbosch, 5 minutes from Som... Read More

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Two Oaks B&B was established in 1996 and is still run by Martin & Marianne Ries (the owners). It is set on a 3000 square meter property, with a 40m man-made stream running through the property. There ... Read More

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Cape Links Guest House & Self Catering Cottages in Somerset West is situated on the verge of the Winelands, 20 minutes from Cape Town Airport & 35 minutes from central Cape Town. Its an ideal base for... Read More

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Somerset West Reviews

Somerset West
Very clean town
- Jules Fenn

Somerset West
It's a clean town with friendly people. Beautiful view of the mountains. Strand beach is 10 minutes away.
- Shakil Bunsee

Somerset West
Beautiful area. Clean. Friendly people. Lovely views
- Amanda Augustine

Somerset West
Great suburb to stay in, close to many places of interest. A perfect base to explore the wine routes and beach at Strand.
- Sonja Beineke

Somerset West
Somerset West is a great holiday destination if you want everything at your doorstep in a beautiful setting!
- laura de wet