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“Our special place in the fairest Cape” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Villa Vista
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Villa Vista
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Our special place in the fairest Cape”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2011

We have just returned from our third visit to South Africa and this is the second time we have stayed at Villa Vista. We cannot recommend it highly enough - it just ticks all the boxes. Our hosts Jake and Elise are so welcoming and helpful; they make you feel more like friends than guests, with little touches such as drinks on arrival and fresh flowers on the table. There are two apartments, one of which is a studio apartment but we always stay in the larger one which has the most floor area of anywhere we have ever stayed. The apartment is furnished to a high standard but still retains that "homely" feeling. The kitchen has just been refurbished to a very high standard and extras such as satellite TV, washing machine, bath plus shower and comfortable sofas make it a real home from home. We look forward to opening our patio door in the morning and having breakfast next to the large pool or having a braai in the evening in the lapa next to the pool. The location is excellent as there are many golf courses nearby as well as shopping malls and some excellent restaurants. The view from the garden over False Bay is stunning. Cape Town is only a 45 min drive away and the airport is only 20mins. We have rebooked for next year and can't wait to go back as it feels like "coming home" from the moment we open the door. And we can't forget Jess the dog who is always waiting for us when we get back and the hope of a tasty titbit if she is lucky! Thanks again Elise and Jake for another magical holiday in the Cape and most of all for sharing your beautiful home with us. Davie & Jackie

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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weston super mare
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2011

We have just returned from 18 glorious days in South Africa. We were so lucky to find the fabulous Villa Vista. It certainly lives up to its name with stunning views over the Indian Ocean with the Helderberg Mountains in the background. The accommodation was excellent with a huge bedroom, ideal kitchen, dining area and large lounge. There was a truely magnificent braii area and large pool which one could actually swim in. The service was splendid with drinks to welcome us on our arrival. Would I recommend it? Most certainly. An ideal location and am looking forward to returning next year.
Thankyou Elise and Jake for a wonderful, relaxing time.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Fribourg, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2011

A very agreeable place to stay. The apartment No. 1 is very spacious and well equiped with a new kitchen. Villa Vista has lovely surroundings, the garden, the mointains, the sea and all the famous Wine Estates, worth to visit.
Elise and Jack were very kind and helpful hosts not to forget Jessy, the dog, who came every day to say hello.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cheshire
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2010

We stayed here for five nights and wished for more. Villa Vista is an amazing place to stay with the largest very well equipped rooms ever and superb views to the sea and mountains from the beautiful garden. It is a great place to relax with a large pool with sun loungers and a well furnished thatched braii. All this in a peaceful and secure area with very fast road access to the many places in the Western Cape you must visit. Elise and Jake are excellent hosts providing all the information and help you could need ensuring you feel very comfortable .Villa Vista is a gem and we will return.
Thanks again Elise and Jake you must publish your hilarious stories.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank alannuss
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Lincoln
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2009

We have spent three holidays of several weeks at Villa Vista to escape from England's winters and have thoroughly enjoyed each one.

The two units are very comfortable, well-serviced and well equipped. The larger unit is more than spacious with a wonderful balcony, the smaller unit is ideal for short stays or the two units together make it ideal for a party of four. There is a lovely big swimming pool set in a lush garden with a superb braii area. It was lovely to swim in the early mornings and relax around the garden afterwards with its splendid views over False Bay.

Our favourite restaurants, Reubens in Franschhoek, Terrior at Kleine Zalze and Guinea Fowl at Saxenburg are easy to reach. Somerset West is so convenient for Cape Town, the Cape Peninsular, Stellenbosch and its winelands and Hermanus for in-season whale watching. Several lovely golf courses are nearby and there is an excellent shopping mall for a little retail therapy. We loved visiting the Winelands and bringing back a bottle (or two) for consumption on the balcony!

Elise and Jake Niehaus will make you feel at home at Villa Vista and will give you lots of local advice if you need it. They are exceptionallly goood hosts.

Villa Vista is an ideal holiday home for both the active and the less active.

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank LincolnRosebowl
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Sussex
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2009

Villa Vista was ideal for our needs. The setting is absolutely beautiful with stunning views down to Gordon's Bay and beyond. The sunsets just had to be seen and photographed. We were looking for a mini escape for a week using Somerset West as our base. We were made so very welcome and the Niehaus' provided us with more than enough information and helpful advice to give us some excellent days out. It was perfect to come back in the evening to the swimming pool, warm and sparkling clean., the well-equipped braai area, not to mention some local wine! Altogether we would return sooner than later.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Worcestershire
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2009

My wife and I have stayed at Villa Vista four times now and we expect to stay there again this October. The larger of the two units is huge for two people and has everything you will need. Full kitchen, washing machine, comfortable beds and furniture but most of the time you will be sitting on the patio with a cold drink relaxing and looking out over the swimming pool, beautiful gardens and views over Somerset West. The smaller of the two units has a small kitchen and bathroom with easy chairs in the lounge /bedroom but who needs more when most of your time will be spent outside on the patio.
Your hosts are Elise and Jake who I can't fault. If there is anything you want to know or help needed, ask. They will take pleasure in helping you. If you don't need them, apart from a visit to ask if there is anything they can do you won't be troubled.
The location of Villa Vista is great, it,s far enough off the main drag to be quiet but not too far to make shopping or a restaurant visit a trek. Within 10 minutes you can be at a Vine Yard or two, try Vergegelen, or Stellenbosch is 40 minutes away.
Local dining is excellent with Henris 5 minutes from Villa Vista. This is our favourite restaurant in S. Africa and I can't rate it high enough for value, food, staff and an overall aura of nothing is too good for our customer.
My only fear is I may have painted too rosy a picture and next time we wish to stay there we may not get in. To use an Americanism. Enjoy !

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank venturesomeOAP
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Additional Information about Villa Vista

Property: Villa Vista
Address: 47 Firmount Road, Somerset West 7130, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Somerset West
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Somerset West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Vista 4*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Vista, situated in the heart of Somerset West at the foot of the Helderberg Mounains, is an ideal breakaway for those who love comfort, tranquility, wine, golf, swimming, hiking and dining-out because of its close proximity to the beautiful winelands, swimming beaches, golf courses, award winning restaurants. The two self-catering apartments with their own private entrances offer beautiful views from a magnificent garden, a sparkling swimming pool and secure and safe parking. ... more   less 
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Villa Vista Somerset West, South Africa - Cape Town

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