Somerset West is a city in the Cape Winelands of South Africa. It is a suburb of the metropole of greater Cape Town, and is administrated by the City Council of Cape Town. Somerset West is mostly a relatively up-market residential district, but the commercial and industrial ereas of the city and surrounds have grown in recent years in proportion to the number of inhabitants. An economically significant number of the home-owners of Somerset West are the so-called "swallows", commonly citizens of a European country who keep a second (or third) home in South Africa and migrate with the seasons. As a result, a number of businesses cater for the shopping requirements of these occasional inhabitants, and house prices in some areas are relatively high.
From Cape Town, follow the N2 east and take exit 43 (R44 Somerset West/Strand/Stellenbosch).
Willowbrook Lodge, Morgenster Ave, Somerset West, ☎ +27 21 851 3759/ 60/ 61, . Very peaceful hotel / guest house set in own garden near the Helderberg nature reserve. D'vine restaurant offers very good dining.Doubles R950 - R2600. edit
Berrydel Gourment Guest House, 28 Berrydel Avenue, ☎ +27 21 852-5967 (email@example.com, fax: +27 21 852 8105), . From R500 to R800 per person sharing. edit
Albourne Guest House, 61 Lourensford road, ☎ +27 21 852-2184 (Info@Albourne.co.za, fax: +27 21 852-7050), . Owners can speak English, German, Dutch, French and SpanishFrom R285 to R535 per person per night, bed and breakfast. edit
Somerton Manor, 13 Somerset Street, Bridgewater, ☎ +27 21 851-4682 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +27 21 851-4672), . From R435 to R635 per person sharing. edit
Easy Five, 56 Parel Vallei Road, Somerset West, ☎ +27 21 852-2413 (email@example.com), . From R380 to R520 per person sharing, B&B, English & German speaking, Members of GC Erinvale. edit
The Lord Charles, Corner Faure & Stellenbosch Roads, . An upmarket hotel in its own grounds on the edge of town. Boasts Nelson Mandela as a past guest. Caters mainly to tour groups, conferences and airline staff. Well-run hotel with comfortable rooms. Buffet dinners best avoided.R1500+ for a double. edit
The urban areas of Somerset West and Strand are contiguous, and there is often confusion as to where the boundary lies. For most practical purposes this is only important when using the telephone directory, as some subscribers are listed in the wrong area. If in doubt, try both.
There is not a great deal for the visitor to do in Somerset West except eat, sleep and generally reside. Social activities tend to centre on a few sports and home-based entertainment. For other activities the inhabitants generally go somewhere else.
Cape Town is near enough for a night out. The N2 is congested during rush hour, and should be avoided between about 6AM and 9AM on weekdays, but is generally OK at other times.