This friendly and popular Helderberg Basin town was established in 1819 and named after Governor Lord Charles Somerset in 1850. From humble roots as a trading post it has expanded and thrived to become a commercial and residential hub whilst still maintaining its well-renowned village atmosphere.
Lying on the lower slopes of the Helderberg and cradled by the Hottentots-Holland mountain range, the town has an abundance of beautiful scenery, flora and fauna, wine and fruit, gastronomic experiences and historical heritage. Retail therapy is in no short supply with numerous boutique centres and malls to be found dotted in and around the area. It is a dream destination for sports and activity lovers with no less than three 18-hole golf courses and a driving range as well as facilities for football, croquet, bowls, squash, tennis, cricket and hockey but to name a few.
Well positioned, Somerset West is only 35 kilometres from the bustling City of Cape Town and has easy access to the coastal resort towns of Strand and Gordons Bay, with its long white beaches, and the world famous Boland wine towns and estates of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Wellington.
Further afield, but no less accessible, is the ‘Fruit Route’ of the Elgin Valley with its blanket of undulating hills and fruit orchards and the southern coast ‘whale’ town of Hermanus.