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Conference Venues in Somerset West, Cape Town

Erinvale Estates Hotel
Ivory Heights Boutique Hotel
Lord Charles Hotel
Ongegund Lodge
Somerton Manor

Stellendal Guest House
Straightway Head Country Hotel
Strandzicht Guest Lodge & Conference Lounge
The Farmhouse

somerset west cape townSomerset West 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 east of Cape Town and 10 km from Strand. The town is overlooked by the imposing Helderberg , 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, 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 many vineyards and wineries where visitors can sample and purchase wine.

Somerset West and surrounds has over 30 wine estates that form part of the Helderberg Wine Route. These estates vary in what they have to offer, but each will be a wonderful and unique experience.

Somerset West has expanded greatly over the past decade, yet its splendour remains intact. The town is more industrious than ever and has become the commercial and residential capital of the Helderberg Basin.

Quaint buildings in side streets are delightful features of our historic town filled with delightful boutiques offering wine, flowers, chocolates, books, fabrics, jewellery, antiques - anything you find essential and everything you require for afternoon’s diversion. There are historic buildings and monuments (the first church built is still in use and so does its now “pastorie” or parsonage, now Die Ou Pastorie guest house).

History of Somerset West
Somerset West was named after the British Governor, Lord Charles Somerset, in 1819. In 1817, four farmers who owned different parts of Vergelegen (meaning roughly “remote”) in Somerset West, asked the governor’s permission to build a church around which a village would be established. Permission was granted and the Somerset village was born. It later became Somerset West (1850), to prevent confusion with another town South African town Somerset East.

Cape Town Suburbs
Bantry Bay, Bellville, Bloubergrant, Bloubergstrand, Brackenfell, Camps Bay, Cape Town Central/City Bowl, Claremont, Constantia, Durbanville, Fish Hoek, Fresnaye, Gordon's Bay, Green Point, Hout Bay, Kenilworth, Lakeside, Melkbosstrand, Milnerton, Muizenberg, Newlands, Noordhoek, Observatory, Parow, Paternoster, Pinelands, Rondebosch, Salt River, Sea Point, Simon's Town, Sir Lowry's Pass, Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Strand, Table View, Tokai, Tygerberg.

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