Our luxury B&B Somerset Sights is located in Somerset West on the hills of the Helderberg Mountains, home of the nearby Helderberg Nature Reserve, with beautiful hiking trails through fascinating Fynbos vegetation. From the B&B you have a breath-taking view of the ocean and the Hottentots Holland mountain range. The view encompasses the whole of False Bay. Bounded on the east by the mountains, the view continues along the coast up to Table Mountain, above Muizenberg and Simons Town to the Cape of Good Hope.
Somerset West is rightly regarded as one of the nicest suburbs of Cape Town. Here you can escape the hustle and bustle of Cape Town and yet you’re only a "stone’s throw" away from it. Somerset West is beautifully situated between mountains and the ocean and through its central location offers the ideal starting point for your activities.
From here you can be in the centre of Cape Town in 30 minutes, at the International Airport in 20 minutes and in the idyllic town of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, in 15 minutes. From this wine-growing area you can reach other wine-growing areas such as Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek in 20-50 minutes.
The drive to Hermanus, one of the most famous whale-viewing places in the world, takes about one hour. Although the whales can often be observed from the front door from August to November, it's worth the drive over the scenic road Clarence Drive to Hermanus at any time of the year. Clarence Drive is one of the most scenic costal roads in Cape Town and Hermanus is a place to linger, for shopping and – last but not least – to wine and dine. Excellent fish and sushi restaurants located right on the sea attract visitors with fresh fish dishes and world-class wines.
Virtually around the corner from Somerset West is Vergelegen Winery, one of the oldest and most beautiful wine estates in South Africa. A visit to this little paradise is a must for any visitor. Stroll through the beautifully landscaped, large park of the estate, with its impressive, more than 300-year-old camphor trees. Visit the ultra-modern wine cellar to enjoy a 360 degree view over the mountains and the ocean, dine first class in the Signature Restaurant ‘Camphors at Vergelegen’ or get a snack in the Bistro Restaurant ‘Stables at Vergelegen’, surrounded by the lovingly landscaped rose garden. The old, beautiful buildings in the Cape Dutch style are open to visitors as a museum. And last but not least, we can recommend the wine tasting in a relaxed atmosphere.
For the golfers among you we would like to mention Erinvale Golf Club. The Gary Player -designed course is considered one of the nicest in the Cape. This is due not only to its excellent maintenance, but also it's beautiful location. The course is nestled between the mountains of the Hottentots Holland range on one side and the vineyards of the Vergelegen Wine Estate and the Indian Ocean on the other side. Look forward to a challenging course in a fantastic natural landscape.