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Somerset View Guest House

Our guest house in Somerset West is your home away from home.

Hidden beneath a humble exterior facade, sits one of the premier jewels of the Helderberg area.

From the home cooked food on offer to the homemade quilts and handmade headboards in our pristine rooms, you will notice that we have gone to great lengths to make sure your stay in Somerset West is a real treat.

Our signature view overlooking the deep blue hues of False Bay, the bustling suburbs of the Helderberg Basin and the scenic mountain road to the Overberg is a sight to behold.

We offer five uniquely finished guestrooms, all equipped with air conditioning and their own alarm systems. These are held to extremely high standards of cleanliness and maintained on a daily basis for one reason only: your complete satisfaction and full enjoyment.

A focus on wheelchair friendliness.

We have a particular interest in people with disabilities and their comfort while using accommodation away from home.

In order to offer our best in this regard, we have dedicated one very special guestroom - 1 For All - to the absolute comfort of our physically challenged guests. With the help of Brandon Beack, a renowned young wheelchair racer and founder of the Walking With Brandon foundation, we took every step we could to design and equip this room in particular with niceties tailor-made to be wheelchair friendly. 

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What's Important
From Our Point of View:

Shuttle Service

Breakfast & Dinner On Request

In-House Guided Tours Available

Laundry Service

Free Wi-Fi

Complimentary Coffee & Tea
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Secure Parking & Facilities

Daily Room Service

Airconditioned & Heated Rooms

Warm hospitality like nowhere else

Wheelchair Friendly Facility

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Pleased to meet you

Carl & Emsie

- your hosts -

Somerset View Guest House Managers Carl and Emsie Pohl

Their passion is hospitality, and it shows in the many guests that have become friends over the years...

Brian & Jenny

- the visionaries -

Somerset View Guest House owners Brian and Jenny

Their vision is genuinely warm guest experiences that are just like coming home, even while on holiday...

A View
2 Sea

3 Way

A View
4 You

Introducing Our
Respite Room

A freshen-up room for guests that are in between their room and their travels.

This very special room is a neutral place where guests can temporarily store their baggage and freshen up even if they find themselves caught in between their travels and access to their room. This allows our valued guests to be at ease at all times with us, even if they've physically arrived before their room is ready or have checked out but must still wait out a flight departure. Equipped with a shower, luggage storage area, wash basin, shelves and mirrors, whatever the circumstance you're sure to be granted access to comfort and relaxation here at Somerset View Guest House.


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From our guestbook

The guestbook for Somerset View Guest House

Dear Emsie and Carl,

Thank you for a fabulous stay. Your kindness and willingness to attend to my every need is very much appreciated. Be assured that I will tell others and I will make your lovely guesthouse my home when next I visit Somerset West. Take care and be safe,

Best regards,

Anne Wallace
via email
18 November 2020

Used this facility for business last week and was very impressed with the "hot desk" option. Internet was fast and reliable. Hosts are very friendly, available for queries but unobtrusively so. Lovely view from the room and all facilities very neat and squeaky clean. The easy access from both the N2 and the R44 plus Waterstone Mall close by is an added bonus.

Willemien Theron
Google Review
13 September 2020

Somerset View Guest House has with their Hot Desk Service a collection of resilient workspaces for small and medium companies looking for incidental office space. We were on-site with our team this week. Everything was checked prior arrival. Using the rooms for virtual training with our client in Bangkok, Somerset View Guest House offers a good and stable internet connection. Emsie and Carl are the perfect hosts. During our sessions they were on standby to assist when and where necessary, but are at the same time invisible. All working places and bathrooms were exceptionally clean. Above all, their space and beautiful views during our breaks encouraged a meaningful connection between the trainers, our work and ourselves. Thank you for your hospitality. We will definitely be back for our next training.

Marc van Bergen, MD of Heilbron International
Cape Town, South Africa
13 September 2020

We, Ingrid and Gerhard from Berlin, had a longer stay here than planned. The Corona Pandemic was the reason.

At Emsie and Carl we had here a real home, that made us forget a lot. Loving care like it couldn't be better.

Very good cuisine, always something new. Plus a very well kept complex with a pool and a very good view. Really a little paradise.

Many thanks to both of you for everything.

When we come back to South Africa, we will be staying here again!

Stay healthy!!

Ingrid und Gerhard Struck
Berlin, Germany
March/April 2020

Amazing room. Great story & nice people.

Perfect for us.

Rob + Claire Bryans
United Kingdom

Beautiful clean place, friendly hosts.

A pleasure to stay at Somerset View.

Thank you Emsie and Carl - take care.

Marc & Mara Swiss

A real home away from home.

Thank you for your amazing hospitality.

May God bless you richly!

Kindest Regards


What a lovely peaceful time we had in your place. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and moving conversation. May you be blessed in every way. Best Regards

Amanda & Nathaniel Sebolai

Carl & Emsie,

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay.

The view was amazing. You have a beautiful place!

RS Joannie

Carl & Emsie,

Thank you for a Great!!! time. Carl for the tour of Cape Town, Emsie for being a great Hostess and cook. I can't wait for my next visit back here. God bless.

Greg Kamper

Baie dankie vir 'n wonderlike verblyf en u gasvryheid. Ons het onse verblyf geniet. Goeie fasiliteite en 'n rustige omgewing.


Jacqui & Deon

Carl and Emsie,

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay and making us feel like your family, we so enjoyed our time with you and see you next year. Many thanks & happy building! Yummy babotie!

Henriette and John xx

Liewe Carl & Emsie,

Wat 'n wonderlike tyd het ons gehad! Dit was 'n lekker "kort" vakansie! Julle plek was die ideale rusplek vir ons! 'n pragtige, gerieflek, luuks, gasvry en ons sien julle beslis weer! Mag julle van krag tot krag gaan! Mooi loop.

Neels, Rika, Zelmarie
Kleinzee, Namaqualand, South Africa

This is 5 star!

The roos are beautiful and the view of the area, spectacular.

Thanks so much.

Margaret & Gordan
Bloemfontein, South Africa

Beste Carl & Emsie,

Baie dankie vir al julle moeite en liefde. Ons het regtig hierdie week by julle ontsettend baie geniet. Dankie vir die laat aande kuiers wat in oggende uitgedraai het. Julle is regtig spesiale mense!

May God julle pad vorentoe seen met vrede, vreugde geluk en liefde. Ons is baie lief vir julle!


The Snyman Family
Bloemfontein, South Africa
27.12.2019 - 3.1.2020

It was so wonderful to be your guest. Your rooms are so clean and the view is so the best. I loved your warmth.

Mankuebe Molapo

Die verblyf was fantasties! Ek kom definitief weer!


Thank you for your warm welcome and best service, and very clean rooms and MC thanks for going extra mile. Thank you.

The Adam Loff wedding group

Baie dankie "MC" vir wonderlike verblyf. Alles wat ons nodig het is hier! Mal oor remote - baie goeie idee [card for guest remote that identifies what each button is for]! Baie dankie vir jul gasvryheid en omgee - dit word baie waardeer! Sien jul beslis weer met volgende besoek aan die Kaap!

Fiona Coetzee & Ada Myburgh
Pretoria, South Africa

Thank you for the wonderful hospitality! Your friendliness & kindness was so welcoming! I will definitely be back!

Alex & Marius
KZ Medical

Thank you Carl & Emsie that you ensured that my business trip was like staying with old friends! I will visit again and again! Much love,


Thank you very much for your great hospitality :)

For flexibility, so I could enjoy and relax.

Beautiful peace, beautiful people.


Very warm and comfy place to stay in!

I felt at home and the service was amazing. The place is very clean and that is important.

Thank you for a wonderful stay here!


Awesome! The best service ever. Words cannot describe how satisfied I am. I will recommend your place to anyone - even the Queen of England. Thank you dearly for your service.


Baie baie dankie vir die ongelooflike vriendelike diens. Ons het sommer dadelik tuis gevoel.

Dankie vir die gasvryheid, ons sal definitief terug wees.

SAFPRO SA Fruit Promoters

Baie lekker gebly. Kamers is so mooi. Kos was heerlik.

Baie dankie.

Marlize Viljoen
Prince Albert, South Africa

Baie dankie,

Dit was baie lekker om hier te bly. Die uitsig is baie mooi, alles is so mooi netjies en die personeel vriendelik.

Sal definitief weer kom.

E. le Roes

Excellent service. If I should come back, again first choice will be your place. Never be with so humble people like you. Keep it up.

N.Y. Ntengo

Uitsig asemrowend.

Huis weg van huis.

Baie dankie vir gasvyheid en heerlike bederf.

Magdel du Plessis
Laingsburg, South Africa

Die gasvryheid is iets om oor huis toe te skryf!

Karl du Plessis
Pretoria, South Africa

Being at Somerset View has been one of our best experiences ever. The place is beautiful, modern and presents itself with a homey feeling. We felt at home & at peace.

Carl & Emsie made it even more special with their good caring hearts. We are definitely coming back here.

Sino & Olwethu

This place was certainly designed to welcome you to a home away from home. I enjoyed my stay here. The peace and the tranquility of this place is surreal.


Spectacular view and stunning room. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Wonderful hospitality. Thank you Carl and Emsie.

Kim & Grant Truebody
21.9.2019 - 22.9.2019

Lovely place + beautiful views.
The hospitality exceeded expectations.


I had the pleasure of staying with Carl & Emsie for 2 weeks and I enjoyed every moment of it. Carl & Emsie have been so accommodating to me, always checking up on me & making sure I am happy. The professionalism, particularity & kindness of my host has been very rarely experienced by me in this industry. I intend to come back here on my next trip. A home away from home. Best of luck.

Mohammad Ahmed
15.8.2019 - 29.8.2019

It was a fantastic stay & lovely room. It was a pleasure to stay as a family from the warm welcome to a warm heart of our stay. Enjoy all the new coming families.

Chris, Michelle, Waldo & Heike
9.8.2019 - 11.8.2019

Wonderful friendly people, thank you Emsie and Carl.
Clean warm rooms. Really enjoyed our stay - will be back.
All the best,
Lots of love.

Lana & Tanna
8.8.2019 - 10.8.2019

A brand new guesthouse with all the modern facilities you can ask for, run by an experienced couple with an eye for detail and outstanding hospitality and service. Emsie's culinary expertise is unsurpassed and she'll meet individual requests for food (In my case even a real Bavarian breakfast). Carl and Emsie are an excellent source of information for places to visit and very helpful in organising trips and tours in the surrounding areas. They'll make sure your visit will be an unforgettable one ideally located in a quiet Helderberg area and convenient for Cape Town and the Winelands. Highly recommended! *****+++++ Will be back soon.

Karl Laepple

I was in the room Triple View [3 Way View - ed] that room is so nice and the food is very nice and well done and the people are very friendly and nice, I just love the place.

Dorcas Cibangu

Guys, your venue is on another level. Everything is just perfect, including the food. You have distanced yourselves from the rest to be the best. My best experience ever!

Jaco Brits

What a lovely friendly clean stay! We’ll be back!

Lana Lapin

All we can say is AMAZING, AMAZING, A M A Z I N G! We had a wonderful stay over last Thursday night, treated to a delicious 3 course meal and a light breakfast in the morning, both prepared by Emsie and served in the most beautiful dining room imaginable. What to say about the rooms, only one word comes to mind "WOW" our room was spectacular, beautiful to look at, comfortable with a capital "C" and the exquisite hand made patchwork comforters made by hostess Emsie just rounded everything off with a pure essence of home. Thank you so much Carl and Emsie for being such fantastic hosts, we will most definitely recommend Somerset View to everyone.

Leslie & Marilyn Barrie

Beautiful place with excellent views.
Tranquil & calm. The hosts were friendly and their hospitality exceptional.
Really enjoyed our short overnight stay. Will definitely return.

Colin & Beulah

Shuttle Service

Need a lift? We're punctual and reliable, offering:
Airport collections & drop-n-go
Weddings lift assistance
Special events lift assistance


Need a guide? We're locals, and we love showing our guests around! We offer:
Guided tours
Casual sightseeing
Booking assistance
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