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Accommodation in Somerset West - Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa

Cape Winelands by Location:
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Somerset West, South Africa


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Somerset West (Afrikaans Somerset-Wes) is a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is situated in the Helderberg area (formerly called Hottentots Holland), about 50 km (30 mi) east of Cape Town and 10 km from Strand.  The town is overlooked by the imposing Helderberg (meaning "clear mountain"), a part of the Hottentots-Holland range of mountains.  Somerset West has a fairly decorative display of Christmas lights erected atop the street lights of the Main Road. The Helderberg Lights Festival (aka the Strawberry Festival), a flea market and parade, normally complements these lights.  The area also has its own community radio station, Radio Helderberg, broadcasting community notices and playing adult orientated pop music.
The Helderberg Nature Reserve, a 363 hectare natural wildlife preserve opened in 1964, contains a wide variety of smaller fauna (buck, tortoises and other reptiles) and outstanding specimens of indigenous flora such as protea and fynbos.  Somerset West contains a number of sporting facilities including several golf courses.  The historic town of Stellenbosch is reachable via the R44 motorway. The area between Somerset West and Stellenbosch also encompasses a number of wine farms, where visitors can sample and purchase wine.
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Winelands Travel Reading:

The 'Cape Olive Route' 

by Nicolet

If you thought Cape Town was all about wine and wine only, here's a well-kept secret - the Cape Olive Route! Yes, the Cape produces many of the world's finest wines, and has a rich heritage of viticulture dating back to the French Huguenots' arrival in South Africa. And yes, olives are a new-comer to the area, having only been introduced here 80 years ago. But with the change in South Africans' diet including the increasing popularity of Mediterranean foods, fuelled by television's international celebrity chef programmes and the mushrooming of delicatessens all over South Africa, the demand for locally grown olives and their by-products has soared.

To date there is not an official Cape Olive Route, but with delightfully appointed farms dotted all around the Western Cape we've taken the liberty of drawing up our own itinerary - a culinary meander if you like, for olive-lovers who live in or are visiting Cape Town.

WinelandsStellenbosch is a good place to begin your excursion. This historic town is home to the Universtity of Stellenbosch and is brim-full of students during the term time, lending it a lively air. Plenty of good pubs are to be found here, while culture vultures can enjoy visiting galleries. But the main aim of this trip is to find olives, so before you get stuck in 'Stellies', head for the Eikendal Vineyards - your your first olive stop. Next drive across to Saxenberg Wine Farm near Kuils River, then back to Somerset West where the famous Morgenster Estate, specialising in olives and related products, is situated. These three establishments can be woven in to a trip around the wine route, and really, there can be few combinations to delight a foodie's heart more than fruit of the vine and fruit of the grove...

If you want to make a day of it, try the following route: Head off to Riebeek Kasteel and visit the Olive Boutique in the town and the Kloovenburg Estate - home of one of the top 15 olive oils in the world. Their selection of olive-based products will amaze you! The town itself is delightfully bohemian with a winning blend of artists, eccentrics and excellent chefs calling this village home. The vineyards grow between the houses and the church and pub co-habit side by side quite comfortably. At a mere one hours drive out of Cape Town this makes a good day trip. To become completely steeped in the atmosphere of a Cape olive farm, however, you can stay at the Wild Olive Farm between Tulbagh and Ceres. This working wine and olive farm has delightful self catering accommodation in a sprinkling of charming cottages, as well as a lovely camping site. Not only will you enjoy seeing the olive groves being farmed and harvested, you can also fish, swim and canoe on any of the three dams. The views of vines and mountains are exquisite.

If you love olives but don't want to venture too far out of town, Melissa's Food Shop is a great deli with branches all over Cape Town. The Olive Station in Muizenberg serves Lebanese dishes and sells olives and olive produce on site.

Lastly, here are four more fabulous olive establishments you may wish to add to your own version of the Cape Olive Route!

* Drakenstein Olives, Paarl (on De Hoop Farm) * Hildebrand Estate, Wellington * The Cape Olive Trust (at the foot of the Drakenstein Mountains) * Blackpear Olives, Paarl.


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About the Author - Nicole Martin's passion is writing. She writes for various travel websites. For more of her articles - Cape Town portal.


De Molen Guest House De Molen Guest House, Self-Catering, SOMERSET WEST
Enjoy the ambiance at De Molen Guest House. Experience Cape hospitality at its best with a scrumptious breakfast against a superb natural backdrop of breathtaking sea and mountain views.  The classic character estate has a tranquil and secure setting high up on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain with panoramic views on the sea, mountains and wine lands.  The supremely comfortable and spacious rooms and suites offer all modern luxury the discerning traveler needs. Nicely decorated in a natural, contemporary style De Molen maintains its Old Cape charm.  Delicious breakfasts on your own private panoramic balcony, the breakfast room or the sunny verandah overlooking the beautiful garden, swimming pool and Jacuzzi. The perfect base to explore all nearby attractions.
Lalapanzi Lodge Lalapanzi Lodge, Bed and Breakfast, Self-catering, SOMERSET WEST
you’re looking for something completely different, either as a unique holiday experience, an impressive corporate event or as a place to hold that landmark celebration, then look no further than the truly breathtaking Lalapanzi Lodge, in South Africa’s Western Cape.  Hidden in 600 acres of forest, fynbos and vineyards in the foothills of the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve our cosy mountain retreat is the perfect place to unwind or use as a base to explore the Cape.  The self-catering lodges and en-suite B&B rooms all have stunning views across False Bay and Cape Point. Situated in a secure country estate we’re only 10 minutes from the beach, 20 minutes from Stellenbosch, 35 minutes from Cape Town International Airport and 50 minutes from Cape Town city centre.
Somer Place Somer Place B & B, Bed & Breakfast, SOMERSET WEST
Spend your vacation at the beautiful B&B in Somerset West, right next door to the Wine Lands, Cape Town. The beach is only 5 minutes away by car and some of the most beautiful golf courses in the Cape are located in the surrounding countryside of Somerset. There is an ideal connection to the airport. Enjoy a quiet location, a lawn tended with care, a large pool, and a delicious breakfast (German continental or full English).  The rooms are modern and offer you a number of conveniences. You also have access to the internet telephone for more affordable calls to Europe and the rest of the world.  Owner Armin gives you a hearty welcome and if you let him, spoils you with a South African Braai (BBQ) under the stars. He will also arrange local excursions for you (wine testing, game tours, golfing trips, etc.).
Southern Cross Guesthouse Southern Cross Guesthouse, Boutique Guesthouse/Self-Catering, SOMERSET WEST
Nestled in the tree-filled haven of Somerset West, close to the world class golf courses, historic wine estates, the majestic False Bay, 20 minutes from Cape Town Airport and only 30 minutes from Cape Town is an idyllic guesthouse in a lush park-like garden with breathtaking views of False Bay and the Cape of Good Hope. The Southern Cross offers you the best in accommodation and comfort: newly renovated rooms, self-catering units and rooms, set in a huge garden with old trees and beautiful flowering beds, a big Koi-pond, waterfalls and stunning views. 
Spanish Farm Guest Lodge Spanish Farm Guest Lodge, Bed and Breakfast, SOMERSET WEST
Spanish Farm Guest Lodge is situated in the beautiful town of Somerset West, on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. The Guest House is located on six acre property of forest land with beautiful views of the Hottentots Holland mountain range and False Bay.  Spanish Farm Guest Lodge have five en-suite bedrooms, furnished with Cape antiques. Four rooms have private patios, each with television (M-Net and Satellite). Other facilities include a swimming pool and sauna.  Secure parking and laundry services are provided. Nearby are championship golf courses, hiking trails, beach, the wine route and it is only 20 minutes from Cape Town International airport. Spanish Farm Guest Lodge is a holiday maker's dream, with warm and caring hosts.
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NH Cape Town The Lord Charles NH Cape Town The Lord Charles, Hotel, SOMERSET WEST
Nestled amid the breathtaking surroundings of the famous Cape Winelands, NH The Lord Charles is situated conveniently a mere 30 minutes from Cape Town International Airport. Guests are able to enjoy all the attractions of city life, such as the best shopping and variety of restaurants, without losing the appeal and peacefulness of the countryside.  Our property boasts 188 air-conditioned rooms and 9 luxurious suites, all tastefully decorated in a harmonious setting for relaxation or business. A large number of rooms have their own private terrace, leading out onto our splendid 9-hectare estate. All rooms have a magnificent view of our manicured gardens, majestic Helderberg Mountains or a panoramic sea view over False Bay.
Erinvale Estate Hotel and Spa, Somerset West RECOMMENDED BY OUR TRAVEL PARTNER:
Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa, SOMERSET WEST
Steeped in history, surrounded by the majestic Hottentots Holland Mountains and neighbouring the magnificent Erinvale Golf Course, the Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa promises a peaceful and memorable stay. The property, which is elegantly set amongst private gardens, cobbled walkways and beautiful oak trees, is only 40 minutes from Cape Town and 20 minutes from the historic town of Stellenbosch. Guests who stay at the Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa are a stone’s throw away from a world of outdoor and leisure activities and have preferential access to golf, spa treatments, wine, chocolate and olive tasting at famous estates, mountain biking and much more in the ‘Heart of the Helderberg’.
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African Dreams Self-catering Guest House African Dreams Self-catering Guest House, SOMERSET WEST
African Dreams is a modern, contemporary, luxury 4 Star guest house with a subtle safari ambience offering outstanding hospitality, excellent cuisine, panoramic views, tranquillity and privacy. The guest house is located in the secure and prestigious residential area of Somerset West, known as the golfing paradise in the Cape Winelands. Guests have the option of self-catering or making use of the excellent breakfasts on offer. All suites feature an en-suite bathroom, lounge, dining room, kitchenette, and terrace with barbecue. Enjoy the tropical garden, or relax on your private terrace and view the abundant bird life. Wake up to the sound of the African francolin and guinea fowl, and watch the sunrise over the majestic Hottentots Holland mountains.
Cape Vermeer, Luxury Self-Catering Studios, SOMERSET WEST
Featuring panoramic views of False Bay and the Hottentots Holland Mountaints, Cape Vermeer offers luxury self-catering studios, as well as a swimming pool and a garden and terrace with BBQ facilities. The air-conditioned suites come with a private terrace and elegant, modern décor. There is also a seating area, satellite TV and a well-equipped kitchenette with a microwave, oven, stove and refrigerator. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property and guests can enjoy private parking on site. Cape Vermeer is situated on the slopes of Helderberg Mountain, just a 10-minute drive from several Stellenbosch wine estates. Strand Beach and Gordon’s Bay Beach are both 15 minutes’ drive away. Cape Town International Airport is a 30-minute drive from the apartments.
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