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Somerset WestSomerset West is a town in the Western Cape of South Africa, about 50km east of the city centre and situated in the Helderberg area (formerly known as Hottentots Holland). It was named Somerset in the 1800s after Lord Charles Henry Somerset; the suffix "West" was later added to differentiate it from Somerset East.
The town, with its over 30 000 inhabitants, is overlooked by the Helderberg mountains - part of the Hottentots mountain range – and now forms the commercial and residential capital of the Helderberg Basin.
Geographically, Somerset West is about 6km inland from False Bay, 20km from Stellenbosch, and about 35 minutes from Paarl, Wellington and Franschoek.
Suburbs in Somerset West include Parel Vallei, Spanish Farm, Jacques Hill, Erinvale and Boskloof Eco Estate.
Somerset West boasts various events and activities like wine routes, breathtaking trails, the Christmas lights as well as bird sanctuaries and the Helderberg Nature Reserve.
The area is also home to a vast array of sporting facilities, ranging from the three golf courses and country club to the pistol shooting range and cricket and rugby facilities.
Due to its central location and easy access to the city and other towns, business in Somerset West flourishes with many upmarket restaurants, retail outlets and markets, as well as being home to many businesses who have their offices situated in Somerset West's main business centre.
Amidst all the business activity, however, Somerset West still manages to maintain its village atmosphere, with quaint buildings being found down side streets and boutiques offering flowers, wine, fabrics and jewellery, as well as the historic buildings like the first church to be built there, which is still operational.
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