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  • Elegant country house with luxurious rooms
  • Beautiful rural, mountainous surrounds
  • Great location for exploring the natural wonders of the Cape

Blaauwheim Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

In Somerset West


-34.0515, 18.8267


Since retiring and starting their guest house in 2008, Johan and Jo-Anne Blaauw have made Blaauwheim their passion, and their commitment to excellence has seen the establishment becoming one of the top luxury venues in Somerset West. 

The majestic double storey building is surrounded by shady gardens filled with yellowwood trees, cycads and fragrant herbs and flowers, while visitors will immediately be comforted by opulent, warmly decorated interiors.

The guest house has just three rooms, so guests are assured of personalised service from Johan and Jo-Anne. Named after grape cultivars, the air-conditioned rooms are plush and spacious, with all the amenities one could possibly need. These include flat screen satellite TVs, wireless internet, digital safes, hairdryers, electric blankets (in winter) and the highest quality linen on the extra-length beds. The bathrooms are exceptionally well-appointed with big baths and showers, double basins, heated towels and underfloor heating. 

The Pinotage and Chardonnay suites each have the addition of a large lounge with a second television, and can accommodate two children or a third adult on a sleeper couch. A dining area and sparkling modern kitchenette make self-catering a pleasure for guests who prefer to go this route. A DVD player with a selection of movies, as well as magazines and board games, will keep all members of the family entertained, especially on rainy winter days. To ensure privacy, those staying on the sleeper couch can make use of a separate toilet.

Pinotage, suitably decorated in rich shades of red, has a spacious patio with garden views, while Chardonnay, with its subtle gold and blue colours, boasts magnificent mountain views from the balcony.  

The third room, called Shiraz, does not have self-catering facilities but is just as comfortable and elegant as the suites. Guests can relax in their own private courtyard and sip on a sundowner, and on request, be spoilt to a delicious South African barbeque.

For bed and breakfast guests, Johan and Jo-Anne personally prepare scrumptious farmhouse breakfasts served either indoors or on the patio overlooking the garden. Wandering around this pretty garden is a joy, and time can be spent searching for cute chameleons, lizards and colourful birds, which Johan and Jo-Anne take special care to conserve. Blaauwhein also applies a number of initiatives to ensure that the guest house has a minimal impact on the environment, with reusable shopping bags being supplies to all guests. The saltwater plunge pool, which features soothing spa jets, is heated by solar power. 

To kick back and unwind, spend the day reclining on the swimming pool loungers, or book a massage or spa treatment. Guests who want more action can take advantage of Blaauwheim’s close proximity to beaches, wine routes, golf courses and the multitude of attractions in beautiful Cape Town. At the end of the day, ask Johan and Jo-Anne for restaurant recommendations, or settle down to a feast of South African fare, prepared by prior arrangement.

Rates & Summary

Pinotage Suite

Sleeps 2 in double/twin beds
En-suite bath, shower and double basins
Sleeper couch for third adult or two children
Lounge and dining room
Patio with garden view

Chardonnay Suite

Sleeps 2 in double/twin beds
En-suite bath, shower and double basins
Sleeper couch for third adult or two children
Lounge and dining room
Balcony with mountain view

Shiraz Room

Sleeps 2 in double/twin beds
En-suite bath, shower and double basins
Private garden with barbeque area


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Continental and English breakfast included
Self-catering facilities in luxury suites
Dinner on request


Children 12 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated at the foot of the Helderberg Mountains in Somerset West, Blaauwheim Guest House is an upmarket, owner-managed retreat which welcomes guests to enjoy bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation in three opulently styled rooms. Immensely spacious, superbly appointed rooms cater to the whims of every guest at Blaauwheim. The guest house is environmentally-friendly and visitors will be struck by the beauty of the gardens, which are home to indigenous yellowwood trees and cycads, along with birds, lizards and chameleons.


  • Elegant country house with luxurious rooms
  • Beautiful rural, mountainous surrounds
  • Great location for exploring the natural wonders of the Cape

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird /whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Heated splash pool
  • Spa treatments
  • Nearby: Table Mountain, Robben Island, V&A Waterfont, beaches, golf courses, Newlands cricket and rugby stadiums, University of Cape Town, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, hiking, penguin colony, Two Oceans Aquarium, wine tasting, arts and crafts, historical attractions, city bus tours.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric blanket included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Gas stove
  • Hot Plates
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Solar and electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




Cape Town & Surrounds

Western Cape


Cape Town is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With dramatic mountains, a long stretch of Atlantic coastline and a picturesque working harbour, there are few cities in the world to rival “The Fairest Cape”, as explorer Sir Francis Drake described the place in 1580.

The city of Cape Town is regularly voted as one of the best tourist destinations (and cities to live in) in the world – and its Mediterranean climate, superb natural attractions, historic landmarks, fabulous restaurants and fun places to hang out offer all the ingredients for a top holiday destination.

Table Mountain dominates the city’s landscape and Table Mountain National Park is a national treasure and World Heritage Site.

The Cape Floristic Kingdom is known for its incredible botanical heritage and the Table Mountain National Park has more floral species than the British Isles. Stopping to smell the fynbos has an altogether new meaning in this part of the world.

Robben Island is another World Heritage Site worth visiting. Struggle heroes such as Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada and many others were incarcerated here during apartheid and taking the Robben Island Tour is a must on any trip to Cape Town.

The city is loosely divided by Table Mountain into four sections: Cape Town Central, Cape Town South, Cape Town North and Cape Town East.

Cape Town Central incorporates the city centre, the V&A Waterfront, Green Point, Mouille Point, Sea Point, Camps Bay and Hout Bay. There are loads of things on offer in this part of the world, so it’s a good idea to focus on the field of interest/activities that excite you and take it from there.

A trip to the top of Table Mountain is an absolute must (especially if you’ve never done it before). The views on a clear day will give you a clear perspective of the gorgeous city below and you can see as far as Robben Island and beyond.

If history is your thing, there are numerous museums and attractions close to the city centre. The Castle of Good Hope was built between 1666 and 1679 and is the oldest building in South Africa. It is a good place to start your tour of the city, which incorporates historic attractions such as the Bo-Kaap Museum, the District Six Museum, The Company’s Garden, City Hall and the Grand Parade, among many other notable historic attractions.

For shopping and entertainment, the V&A Waterfront is the epicentre of Cape Town and attracts high numbers of international tourists daily. Long Street is a good place to hang out for restaurants, bars and nightlife and Camps Bay is the place to see and be seen around cocktail hour.

The drive along Chapman’s Peak is one of the most scenic drives in the world but you need to do your homework as the route is periodically closed. Mariner’s Wharf in Hout Bay is another great place to visit, with its fun restaurants, great beaches and perfect views.

Cape Town South stretches from Noordhoek to Observatory and incorporates some of Cape Town’s most popular suburbs, including Constantia, Fish Hoek, Rondebosch, Simon’s Town and Muizenberg, to mention just a few.

Constantia is popular for its wonderful restaurants and wine estates and the Constantia Wine Route is a big attraction for foodies and wine-lovers. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens offers hectares of greenery and regular concerts in the warm summer months. There are also various hiking trails on offer.

Take a day trip to Simon’s Town and make sure you visit the statue of Just Nuisance, as well as the scenic Boulders Beach. Noordhoek is a great place for riding horses on the beach and the restaurants are very family friendly. For fresh fish and laid-back vibes, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg are the business. Fish Hoek is popular for seaside activities and antique shops and is a real favourite.

Cape Town North incorporates the Cape Town International Airport, Parow, Milnerton, Durbanville, Table View, as well as Bloubergstrand and Melkbosstrand. The north is a developed business centre that continues to grow rapidly. For chill-out time, Bloubergstrand and Melkbosstrand are popular for walks on the beach and outdoor sports.  Shoppers will enjoy Century City and Canal Walk, and for those who love a tipple or two, The Durbanville Wine Route also falls into the northern region.

Cape Town East is made up of Gordon’s Bay, Somerset West, Strand, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Eersterivier, Macassar and Strandfontein. The region is pretty spectacular as the small coastal towns sit below the imposing Hottentots Holland Mountains and there are fantastic beaches such as Bikini Beach, Strand Beach and Kogel Bay. Here you’ll also find the Helderberg Nature Reserve, Wolfgat Nature Reserve and Edith Stephens Wetland Park.

Look out for

Scenic Cape Point with its sheer cliffs, rugged landscapes, fauna, flora and bold ocean views.

A cable-car trip up Table Mountain to get the view of the incredible landscape of the city. If you’ve done the touristy cable-car thing then take one of the many mountain trails.

V&A Waterfront – spend time enjoying all the facilities at the V&A Waterfront, including the abundance of shopping and restaurant venues. For children, The Two Oceans Aquarium is a winner.

The magnificent beaches of Clifton, Muizenberg, Hout Bay, Bloubergstrand. You are spoilt for choice in and around the Mother City.

Historical sites are a must – including Robben Island, the Castle of Good Hope, the District Six Museum and Bo-Kaap.

Long Street by night. Enjoy the friendly fun vibes of this stretch of tarmac as it comes to life when the sun goes down.

While away the hours at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, the green lung of the city. Look out for the schedule of summer concerts.

Visit the Constantia Wine Route for a touch of history and some of the country’s finest wines and restaurants that continually make it onto the best-of lists.

Drive along the southern coastline and visit places such as Noordhoek, Scarborough, Simon’s Town, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg. Stop off at Kalk Bay for fresh fish at the harbour.

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