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Southern Cross Guesthouse
Ranked #5 of 79 Somerset West B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
“First Rate”
Reviewed 8 March 2014

We had not been able to get into the excellent guesthouse in which we had stayed previously so were a little disappointed at having to settle for "second best" - but not for long. We checked out the Southern Cross and were immediately won over by the owners, Marc & Claudia, resulting in our looking forward to our stay during which this charming and intelligent couple were always cheerful, relaxed yet professional and ready to help with any and everything. Claudia's artistic ability about which she was modest, was in discreet evidence both inside and out.

Although this was Marc & Claudia's first season, there was nothing amateur about them. In chatting with them we learned that they are both extensive travellers and I am certain that their travelling experience is now being applied in their new venture.

Our room with en suite was both clean and comfortable as well as large and shaded; there was air conditioning which we used for only 10 minutes each night as we went to bed. The ample breakfast buffet was served in a light and airy dining room where we could also buy cold and hot drinks at any time using the honesty-box system. Some folk took their breakfast to eat on the covered patio. There were also two very comfortable settees in this outdoor area. Wi-fi access was free, as was use of the good-sized swimming pool. Pool towels were available together with use of sunbeds. The garden was delightful and well kept. To top it all, our fellow guests were friendly and considerate.

The South African B&B hospitality has a deserved reputation for excellence: this young and energetic German couple are certainly keeping up with expectations whilst proving to be excellent value for money. They are making, and will continue to make, a well-deserved success of this new venture and we wish them well.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
1 review
Reviewed 7 March 2014

The new Ownwe are very helpful, very attentive, best Services for booking Teetimes or booking Tables in a Restaurant.
The Rooms are very nice and big, it is quiet, the relaxing area and pool area very nice.
Everybody can come and enjoy the Day.

Room Tip: Corner suites are large and sunny- but not to much,
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Didam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

It was the third time that we visited The Southern Cross. We were surprised that there were new owners. Mrs. Claudia and Mr. Marc said that they were new in the guesthousebusiness and that their experience was limited to 2 months. Their behavior during our stay was very professional, so Claudia and Marc learned very fast. The changes that were made, especially the breakfastroom, were in accordance with the modern outlook of the guesthouse. So thanks for a good stay in your guesthouse. We hope that you also have success with bringing a more internatioal character to your guesthouse.

With kind regards

Thea and Gerrit Geltink

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Breitenfurt
1 review
Reviewed 11 February 2014

Unfortunately We only stayed 1 Night in this perfect Place but next time we will stay longer! The service is top, the room clean and large in a beatiful garden. Marc and Claudia are excellent Hosts. What a lovely stay.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

Unfortunately We only stayed 2 Nights in this perfect Place but next time we will stay longer!
The Guesthouse is beautiful with great Rooms and a lovely Garden. You find everything you need, a big Fridge with soft drinks, Beer and Wine, Information about Restaurants in the Area and and and....Breakfast is superb! Pool very clean and nice cool Water, perfect after a hot day on the Golfcourse or Vineyard ;-))
Claudia is a charming host and was always there for Tips and Information.
She made us feel at home in this beautiful Place!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Noordwijk, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

We stay here 15 days and we enjoyed this Guesthouse combined with the place very much. The service is top, the room clean and large in a quit beatiful garden. We are frequent traveleres and were impressed by the hospitality we got from Marc and Claudia.When again in this area we are certain about our choice to stay here again.Also privacy is 100% secured however anything needed they are always present

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Durban
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

Marc and Claudia are excellent hosts! The guesthouse are conveniantely and securely situated in Somerset West, with lovely views over False Bay.
The rooms are well presented, with lovely and crisp bedding. What a lovely stay.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Southern Cross Guesthouse

Property: Southern Cross Guesthouse
Address: 20 Barlinka Avenue | De Wyngerd, Somerset West 7130, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Somerset West
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 79 B&Bs / Inns in Somerset West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Southern Cross Guesthouse 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Southern Cross Guesthouse is situated in a quiet private residential area on the slops of Somerset West with almost endless views of False Bay, mountain ranges and the Atlantic Ocean. Only 30 minutes drive from Cape town, close to the sandy beaches and in the heart of the Winelands is the guesthouse a perfect gate to all the interesting points of the Western Cape. The Southern Cross offers its guests a choice of 4 Star sea and garden view rooms and suites, all individually modern signed and decorated and well equipped. ... more   less 
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Southern Cross Guesthouse Somerset West, Cape Town, South Africa

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