In search of a little R&R not too far from the city, our reservations go-to-guy Angelo escaped to the quiet and beauty of Somerset West. Read on to learn all about his stay at the gorgeous Somerset Hill Guest House.
Portfolio: First impressions upon your arrival?
Angelo: From the get-go, I was aware of the intense quiet and calm surrounding the guest house and how well looked after it is. Everything was so neat and clean; the grass was green, and the plants vibrant. The sounds of birds chirping in the trees only added to the serenity of this beautiful place and the sparkling swimming pool was so inviting – the perfect place to relax and cool off.
P: Tell us about where the guest house is located and of course, describe the rooms?
A: The establishment is set on the hills of Somerset West, so the views from the ocean-facing rooms look straight across False Bay to Gordon’s Bay, so you can just imagine how amazing the sunsets are. The nine rooms are really spacious and stylishly decorated, with roomy bathrooms to match, as well as each with its own balcony, veranda or terrace. The garden rooms look out onto the perfectly manicured garden bursting with a variety of South African flora. There’s a real “home away from home” feeling, something which puts you at ease straight away (the comfy gowns are an excellent addition too!)
P: What are some of the nearby attractions?
A: Somerset West is largely a residential area so there are malls and restaurants that are easily accessible. Somerset Mall is an easy 10 minute drive from Somerset Hill, as is Strand Beach for those looking for some sand, sun and sea. There are a number of quality wine farms in close proximity where you can enjoy a delicious wine tasting as well as fine dining. Stellenbosch is a 20-minute drive away from the guest house and is a great place to spend a few hours walking around and exploring the many museums, shops and cafés. Those who love the outdoors can take advantage of the many hiking and biking routes in the area, and avid golfers will be happy to know that there are several golf courses at their disposal too.
You may be interested in reading: Stellenbosch in a weekend
P: Where would you recommend visiting?
A: Avontuur Wine Estate for a taste of the Winelands and delicious food at their restaurant. Monkey Town is a great place for a family outing - with 230 different animals and 28 exotic species it provides a fascinating experience with something for everyone.
P: How did you find the welcome at Somerset Hill?
A: The welcome was warm and friendly right from the start. I was greeted by a lovely lady who offered to assist with my bags. I found the staff to be incredibly helpful and willing to go that extra mile. I had to be up really early and was delighted to discover that a breakfast pack could be arranged. It was set out on the balcony and consisted of fresh fruit, yoghurt and other snacks – delicious and convenient. There’s no doubt that the staff look after their guests here!
P: What was your favourite part of your stay?
A: Being able to watch the beautiful sunset from the comfort of my bed was a real treat. There was a sunbed on my windowsill which overlooked the best of Somerset West and with the ocean in the background, the view was simply priceless.
P: Who would you say the guest house would appeal to most?
A: Business and leisure travellers alike, as well as people looking for a comfortable overnight stay if they’re in Somerset West for a wedding celebration (a common occurrence with the many wine estates in the area). Golfers would also benefit from choosing Somerset Hill as a base. Anyone seeking some peace and quiet really!
P: Sum up this establishment in one sentence?
A: Quiet, tranquil and impeccably well-kept.
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