Somerset West (so named after an English Governor of the Cape Colony during the 1800's - Lord Charles Henry Somerset) was our next destination, to which we travelled by car from Knysna.
The town lies on the slopes of the Helderberg - part of the majestic Hottentots mountains, and is situated approximately 50kms from Cape Town, 6kms from the False Bay Coast - the resort towns of The Strand and Gordons Bay.
Somerset West has easy access to three golf courses, includes the renowned Erinvale Golf Course where there is situated a beautiful, luxurious Estate Hotel and Spa, which neighbours the magnificent Vergelegen and Lourensford Wine Estates.
We had arranged our stay at a Boutique Country Hotel, which dated back to 1819 - one of the oldest remaining buildings. Both the original building and erf were declared a National Monument in 1986.
The guest accommodation is set in a picturesque, tranquil garden - with rolling green lawn, swimming pool, gazebo and fountains. The bedrooms, en-suite, are all classically decorated in Victorian style and one suite has an enchanting view of the Helderberg mountain range.
Thus one's interests, on this particular leg of the trip, whether it be golf, swimming and lazing on the beach, or wine tasting, or simply enjoying the ambiance of the wine farm, even reading a book just outside your suite, are easily met and catered for.
Written and contributed by Janet Gallagher