Prime land in Somerset East was sold by the Municipality to a Jan Johannes van Reenen on November 3, 1878, for the purpose of erecting a hotel. Construction commenced soon and this quaint, traditional hotel came into operation 2 years later. In 1882 ownership changed and again in 1901, 1942 and 1953. On 29 December 1954 the Ofsowitz family took ownership and operated the hotel till 1963. It was then bought by a D. Sussman who operated it till 1982, when it was sold to Neba Property Ltd. During 1991, the hotel burnt down and was then rebuilt and modernized, but maintained its character and name. For the past 7 years, it has been owned and managed by Teresa, your host. Over time she upgraded the hotel and had it graded by the Tourism Council. Currently, it is a 2-star establishment with 19 (all with TV) rooms, 4 budget type, 4 family, 11 double rooms. It has 2 fully licensed bars, conference facilities and a large function hall which can accommodate a maximum of 130 people. The hotel serves a-la-carte meals which can be ordered from a comprehensive menu with full room service from 07h15 to 22h00 daily, except Sundays, when it will be opened by prior arrangement. The hotel is a level 4 broad based BEE contributor. Somerset East Somerset East is a beautiful town in the Blue Crane Route in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The Blue Crane Route follows the national road R63 from Pearston, via Somerset East, to Cookhouse. Somerset East, at the foot of the Boschberg Mountains, is a quaint, serene little town that’s as famous for the natural beauty as it is for its many beautiful national monument buildings. The forested, mountainous backdrop creates a dramatic setting for the town (which is within sight of no less than 16 waterfalls). This is where you’ll find the thickly wooded Boschberg Nature Reserve, with it’s popular hiking trails – including a 15km circular route to an overnight hut at the summit of the mountain. As the Route’s name suggest, Somerset East is an excellent bird-watching destination – other adventures include trout fishing on five local dams, as well as Rainbow and Brown trout fishing in the Glen Avon Waterfall pools, malaria free safari and hunting operations. The highly-rated 9-hole golf course is said to be one of the most beautiful in the country. Amongst the many noteworthy buildings in the town are the Old Wesleyan Chapel, which now houses the Somerset East Museum, and the officers’ mess, which now houses the largest collection of paintings by the renowned South African artist Walter Battiss. Annual events include the Castle Lager Biltong Festival, the Bruintjieshoogte Marathon, Bruintjieshoogte Cycle Tour (run between Pearston & Somerset East) and the Spring Rose & Flower show – Somerset East is known to produce some of the finest roses in the country.
Somerset East , Eastern Cape