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About Somerset House

Somerset House was built as a school in the Colonial style in 1905 in Paulet Street, which was the first street to be built in Somerset East in South Africa's Eastern Cape. Situated in the quietest part of a peaceful town and backing on to the Bosberg, the ambience of Somerset House is tranquil, scenic and restful.

Accommodation is offered in four spacious and airy en-suite bedrooms, each with underfloor heating, air-conditioning, percale linen, and all the extras one would expect to find. The living and dining room is large, comfortable and in excellent taste. Outside is a large, furnished veranda which looks out over the garden to the slopes of Bosberg.

Somerset House provides a full breakfast, and the town itself offers several places to eat. For a gourmet experience, simply walk a few doors along Paulet Street to Rosehope where you will be welcomed by one of South Africa's premier chefs, Janet Telian. Chef Janet Telian also serves supper from the Somerset House and is well-known as a regular contributor of articles to the Lifestyle supplement of the Sunday Times.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 10 hours
  • Type: Guest House
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 6 Reviews

Facilities

  • Satellite TV*

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
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Availability and pricing

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  • Luxury Room One Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B This is a twin room with mountain views, antique furniture, and an en-suite bath and shower. Features:  Twin beds, DStv, En-suite, Mountain views, Air-Conditioning, Heater see more Twin beds, DStv, En-suite, Mountain views, Air-Conditioning, Heater, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Internet Connection, No Smoking in Rooms
    from R1200 For 2 guests
    • Adults
      • Luxury Room Two Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B This twin en-suite room has garden views. Features:  DStv, En-suite, Single beds, Garden views, Air-Conditioning, Fan see more DStv, En-suite, Single beds, Garden views, Air-Conditioning, Fan, Heater, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Internet Connection, No Smoking in Rooms
        from R1200 For 2 guests
        • Adults
          • Luxury Room Three Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B This is a double en-suite room with a shower only. Features:  Double beds, DStv, En-suite, Shower only, Air-Conditioning, Fan see more Double beds, DStv, En-suite, Shower only, Air-Conditioning, Fan, Heater, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Internet Connection, No Smoking in Rooms
            from R1200 For 2 guests
            • Adults

              Reviews for Somerset House

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              Natalie Hufkie
              28 August 2017

              We had a lovely time . Vega and Steven were great hosts . We will definitely be back ☺️

              Johan Coetzee
              04 March 2017

              The peace and quiet of the rural atmosphere as well as the hospitallity of our host.

              Ian Mackrell, England
              19 October 2015

              the hosts Vega andStephen couldn't have been more welcoming.The accommodation is lovely with lots of little touches that add to ones experience.The breakfasts were as good as it gets. The in house dining option with chef Janet cooking was an extra bonus.The setting of Somerset House is ideal.

              Charles Malherbe, South Africa
              17 April 2015

              One of our best stays away from home ever! Lovely room, electric blankets (perfect for the cold night), big towels, comfortable beds, gracious hostess, enjoyable breakfast - an absolute wonderful experience. Thank you Vega - if possible,  we will be back!

              Elfrede Burger, South Africa
              22 September 2014

              Ons verblyf by Somerset House was in alle opsigte baie aangenaam. Dit is 'n huis wat getuig van ouwêreldse sjarme en gasvryheid. Die kamers is gerieflik en die etes puik. Die stoep wat uitloop op die tuin bied 'n rustige kuierplek met 'n pragtige uitsig op Bosberg. Baie dankie Vega en Stephan Our stay at Somerset House was in all respects very pleasant. It is a house which reflects old-world charm and hospitality. The rooms are comfortable and the meals excellent. The verandah overlooking the garden offers a peaceful place to visit with beautiful views of Bosberg. Thank you and Steph...
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              Somerset House Map

              Somerset House is 0.9km from the centre of Somerset East , the nearest airport 141.2km (Port Elizabeth Airport).
              *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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              (3.7 km from Somerset East)

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              (56.1 km from Somerset East)

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