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Autumn in Somerset West, Cape Town

April 23, 2014

autumn in somerset west

Autumn in Somerset West occurs in March and April. Here at Penny Lane Lodge, we believe this is one of the most beautiful seasons. The Cape vineyards turn into bright red, brown, orange and yellow, while temperatures stay pleasant. The slopes on the countryside transform into fields of gold and scarlet. Some would even say autumn is the best time to visit Cape Town.

The wind drops, the days are warm and it is still a pleasure to sit outside in the evening to enjoy your favourite sundowner. The temperatures during autumn in Cape Town are very pleasant and mellow. On the climate charts of Cape Town autumn weather you will see an average temperature of 20 degrees in March and 18 degrees in April.

So what do people in Somerset West enjoy doing during autumn? Autumn is the ultimate season for a trip to the Cape Winelands which are just up the road from us at Penny Lane Lodge. Many tourists choose this ‘off-season’ to travel to the beautiful wine farms in Somerset West and the nearby Stellenbosch area. Try one of our current favourites:

avontuur stud

Avontuur, advertised as the home of fine wines and fast horses, combines the breeding of prize-winning race horses with the production of award-winning wines. Breakfast and lunch are served daily. The food is divine and the setting spectacular – and it’s just 10 minutes’ drive away from Penny Lane Lodge on the R44 road to Stellenbosch.

Even closer to home we always enjoy a visit to the Vergelegen Estate with its fabulous gardens including five majestic 300 year old camphor trees – officially the oldest in Africa. But the wines are bang up to date and the recently renamed and relaunched Camphor restaurant is among the top 10 restaurants in South Africa. Well worth a visit.

vergelegen cedars

Another favourite destination is the Kirstenbosch botanical gardens. About 30 minutes’ drive from Penny Lane Lodge takes you to these world-famous gardens, which are set on the slopes of Table Mountain – a truly breath-taking setting. The Sanlam Hall, close to the garden entrance holds art exhibitions throughout the year. On now is the Art Portfolio exhibition featuring paintings by Cape Artists, of whom I am proud to say I’m one! Our exhibition runs until 4 May. Here are some of my paintings which are on display there now.

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So we have good wine, great food, fabulous gardens and art…some of our favourite things…and all within easy reach of my guest house, Penny Lane Lodge.

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