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Our Story

In the early days of the Cape many wagons took the rough and arduous pass over the Hottentots Holland mountains to the Overberg and the still mysterious interior of the South African country.

There was a great need for outspan places where weary travellers with their dozens of wagons and large spans of oxen could overnight. One of these outspans was in the Hottentots Holland mountains on the farm "Ongegund".

The farm's history is intertwined with its two neighbours, "De Fortuin" dating back to 1711, and "Knorhoek", granted in 1790 to Thomas Knoetze who already owned "Ongegund".

In 1842 Ongegund's name changed to "Myrtle Grove Vine Estate".

Luxury 4-star accommodation in a beautiful setting

Accommodation is provided in Garden Rooms, an Annex, Patio and Pool Rooms, a Loft, Self Catering Rooms and rooms in the Manor House.

We offer both Bed and Breakfast and Self Catering accommodation in Somerset West.

Somerset West  - in the Heart of the Helderberg

Named after Lord Charles Somerset in 1819, Somerset West has thrived and is now the commercial and residential capital of the Helderberg Basin whilst maintaining its village atmosphere.

Lying on the slopes of the Helderberg, the town is 6km inland from the False Bay coast and the resort towns of Strand and Gordons Bay, is 20km from Stellenbosch and its wine route, a mere 35 minutes' drive to Paarl, Wellington and Franschoek and forms an integral part of the Winelands Region.

The entire region is renowned for its scenic beauty, flora and fauna, wine and fruit, gastronomic experiences, friendly hospitality and historical heritage.

Somerset West caters for all sport lovers with 3 golf courses (including the renowned Erinvale), a country club, soccer, croquet, bowls, squash, tennis, cricket, hockey, a pistol shooting range and golf driving range.


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