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“Beautiful historic house and garden”
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Somerset House
Ranked #3 of 10 Somerset East B&B and Inns
Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Beautiful historic house and garden”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

As part of a group of travellers, we booked lunch here and wished we could stay longer. A stunning house, beautiful antique furniture, elegantly decorated and a gorgeous garden. The meal was one of the best we had in South Africa, with definitely the best Melva pudding. Thank you Vega for your warm hospitality.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Wagga
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2014

Stopped there for lunch and had a very enjoyable time.
The food was delicious, the venue was superb and the people were welcoming.
I felt the the price was very good for the quality of the food and the quality of the venue.
Would happily return there and stay.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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6 hotel reviews
Reviewed 28 April 2014

Unbelievable good value for the best in old traditional service & comfort. Highly recommended for the discerning guest looking for great true Colonial style accommodation. One of the most beautiful old Karoo places we have visited. Vega & Stephen made us feel like royalty. Janet Telian your supper was amazing! Thank you, we will be back!

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Somerset West.
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71 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

In a balanced review there is usually some small negative. In this instance there is no such thing.Everything from the warm welcome,beautiful property and garden to the very elegant and well equipped bedroom. The aircoditioner was running as we arrived making the room so inviting on a very hot day. I was lucky enough to have Stephen accompany me on a 1 hour walk through the town,his knowledge of its history is trully amazing. Then drinks with our hosts Vegan and Stephen on their beautiful terrace facing the montains. Into dinner served in a dinning room that would stand along side many an English Counrty house. Well known chef Janet Telian was away So Vega was in the Hot seat. We had the most fabulous meal,perfectly cooked and superbly presented.More was to come,Brandy on the terrace. Our intention was to be in bed before 10pm we loved everything so much we had to tear ourselves away just after 11pm. By now you will know that breakfast was also very special. From now on Somerset House is very high on our adjenda to return to. BIggest thanks to Vega and Stephen,wonderful Hosts.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

Longtime local residents Stephen and Vega created a beautiful, elegant home and garden to share with travellers against the slopes of the Bosberg. Lovely street, nice walk to the Battiss Museum. We arrived on a blustery evening and the warm and comfortable room, the complimentary sherry and the fire in the lounge made all the difference. A scrumptious breakfast made with farm eggs the next day almost made us stay another day. But we will be back.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Aarhus, Denmark
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2013 via mobile

Come stay just next to the mountain.

Have a drink on the terrace, as you watch the light disappear on the mountain. Enjoy a 3 course candlelight dinner.

Nice and comfortable rooms. Great breakfast and good service

Thank Vega and Steven

Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2011

The english language does't have words to describe this place....."Sommer Lekker"
I arrived to a warm welcome - (and I only booked it an hour before I arrived) was shown around, and then sat down with Stephen before the fire with some wine and a lovely home cooked chicken and ox-tongue meal prepared by Vega followed by an outstanding South African Gorgonzola with figs........
It snowed the following morning at the house - 1st time in 70 years apparently - in town - that is......and we had the local press guy Riaan visit us to take photos, truly wonderful scenes, and the breakfasts were wonderful too - and I had porridge with whiskey.....mmmm
I can heartily recommend this little gem in the heart of the Eastern Cape, well worth coming too - as an ex-Eastern Kaapie, now living in the UK, it was truly home from home - well done Stephen and Vega, Steve our conversations in front of the fire are very memorable it was great hearing about the old days and the new ones! Sala Gahle!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Somerset House
Address: 88 Paulet Street, Somerset East 5850, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Somerset East
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Ranked #3 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Somerset East
Number of rooms: 3

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