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.

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  • "Weekend away"

    28 August 2017

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

    Natalie Hufkie
  • "Near nature"

    04 March 2017

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

    Johan Coetzee
  • "Gem in the Karoo"

    19 October 2015

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

    Ian Mackrell, England
  • "Unforgettable stay"

    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!"

    Charles Malherbe, South Africa
  • "Sterk aanbeveel"

    22 September 2014

    "Ons verblyf by Somerset House was in alle opsigte baie aangenaam. Dit is 'n huis wat getuig van ouwreldse 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 <br><br><i>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 Stephan Vega</i>"

    Elfrede Burger, South Africa
  • "Excellent"

    10 November 2012

    "Definitely a "keeper". Beautiful, peaceful setting with a clean, fresh, tranquil better than home from home ambiance. It was not only the setting, the people and the accommodation that was exceptional. The food was as well."

    Geraldine Schoeman, South Africa
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