Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ridgemor Villa, Somerset West, South Africa.

I like to share my impressions of this excellent boutique hotel as I have had the privilege to enjoy a stay for an extensive period from mid November to mid December.

The pictures speaks for themselves, I can only add that it IS as fabulous as it looks, what is not seen on the images however, is the friendliness and familiarity you are spoiled with by the very competent staff.

This is truly a home away from home.

Situated 20 min from Cape Town International , midst the Somerset vine yards, this hotel is an excellent choice both for the independent traveler , as well as the first visitor to South Africa or the region. The hotel bus can be arranged to pick you up at the airport, and then your very reasonable cost rental car can be arranged by the staff and delivered at the hotel.

You'll have the choice of spacious upstairs rooms with fantastic thatched ceilings and fabulous views over the bay and the mountains. or on the lower floor, where access to the pool is as little as three steps - A great start of your day before breakfast, that you then can enjoy under the shadow of the vines on the veranda.
Ridgemor Villa has a perfect position, close to Cape Town, False Bay beach, the vine capital Stellenbosch with all its restaurants and vine Estates - and of course golf, golf, golf in abundance. Hermanus, the whale spotting place is only a day trip away.

Anyone plan touring the Western Cape, starting at Ridgemor Villa is the very best choice, From here you can go slow and do your excursions around the whole Cape area - and also get your protective tan organized at the pool before you start your trip down the Garden route and/or Route 62. Driving is on the left, easy, not too complicated. One have only to be aware of the large span in vehicle quality and driving skills - that's all.

I can recommend the pre-holiday month of November and beginning of December. Temperatures this year was 25 - 35, pool from 23 - up to 28. For anyone interested in Hermanus whale spotting - this is the time.
Rain rarely, and then mostly at night. 95% sunny days. Actually the few overcast days are a blessing as you need to rest from all sunbathing, tourism and golfing with a good book.

I thank Christopher Bailey and all the staff for my time here and we all invite you to share this very accessible paradise on you next trip that should of course go to South Africa. I have yet to meet the traveler that was not overwhelmed by their experiences in this fantastic country.


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