Nestled between the Hottentots-Holland mountain range and the expansive False Bay, Somerset West is a slow-paced town with an easy charm. Only 45 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town, 20 minutes from Stellenbosch and the winelands, and 15 minutes drive to Strand and Gordon’s Bay beaches, it is the perfect basecamp.
A gateway to the Overberg, Somerset West is also less than an hour’s drive from Hermanus. Whale-watching and shark cage diving are a mere stone’s throw away.
Prefer not to venture too far? The town itself has a host of activities that will keep everyone entertained.
Take a step back into the 18th century with the Cape Dutch Style architecture at Vergelegen Wine Estate, which is also home to the oldest remaining vineyard in South Africa. Play a round of golf and rub shoulders with pro golfers and international businessmen and women at the exclusive Erinvale Golf Club. Hike the iconic Helderberg Mountain, which stands proudly in the Helderberg Nature Reserve, and get a bird’s eye view of the whole Helderberg Basin. With an array of small fauna and indigenous flora, it’s the ideal breath of fresh air.
Choose from the wide variety of Somerset West accommodation to get the best fit for your getaway. The tranquil guest houses, gorgeous bed and breakfasts and quaint self catering accommodation is some of the best in the area, as it achieves a setting that is both elegant and comfortable. Hotels in Somerset West are top class, and the stunning NH The Lord Charles Hotel is one of the town’s crown jewels.
Accommodation in Somerset West is a great alternative if you want to experience all that the Cape Town area has to offer, but prefer a gentler pace.