Convenient Location

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.

Nearby Amenities


entertainment Education

Curro Sitari : 0.5km
Somerset College: 5km
De Hoop Primary: 6.5km
Somerset House: 8km
Helderberg College: 7km
Stellenbosch University: 20km

recreation Recreation

Virgin Active: 5km
Helderberg MTB Trails: 5km
Erinvale Golf Club: 13.5km
Somerset West Golf Course: 7km
Strand Golf Course: 7.5km
Strand Beach: 8.5km
Steilte MTB Trails: 10km
Helderberg Nature Reserve: 12km

wine-farms Wine Farms

Helderberg Winery: 4.5km
Yonder Hill: 8km
Ken Forrester: 6.8km
Avontuur Estate: 6.5km
Vergenoegd Wine Estate: 9km
Meerlust Wine Estate: 7.8km

retail Retail

Sitari Village Mall: 0.5km
Waterstone Centre: 5km
Somerset Mall: 6km
Stellenbosch Square: 13km

family-markets Family Markets

Root 44: 21km
Blaauwklippen Family Market: 20km
Lourensford Market: 18km
Stellenbosch Slow Market: 19km

family-markets Medical

Somerset West Hospital: 8km
Paardevlei Medical Centre: 8km
Vergelegen MediClinic: 10km