Plan your Bowls Tour to the Cape Winelands

Posted on Tue May 21, 2024.

Bowlers! Is it perhaps time for a Bowls Tour and holiday adventure to South Africa?
Have you ever thought about travelling to beautiful Somerset West, South Africa, for an unforgettable two or three week Bowls tour and holiday in the Cape Winelands? Maybe now is the time! Carry on reading for how this could work for you and your group…

Accommodation and special rates
Our family run four-star guesthouse, in the heart of picturesque Somerset West in the Western Cape, has so far provided accommodation for two such Bowls tour groups from the UK. Everyone who stayed with us and participated in the Bowls tournament – arranged privately with various Bowls clubs in the area - absolutely loved it. So much so that they came back a second time!. Our guesthouse is the perfect venue to host your group; intimate, comfortable, beautiful, safe, secure and accommodating. Along with this, we are pretty much ‘off-grid’. We have a borehole supplying fresh water to the guesthouse, and we have a full inverter energy backup system that supplies electricity to the guesthouse in the event of electricity disruptions, so your stay will be comfortable. Additionally, have free wi-fi.
There are twelve rooms for single travellers or couples. Eight rooms are situated in the main house and four rooms are situated in the cottage, separated by a lovely big garden and sparkly blue pool. In total, we are able to host up to 24 people. It is ideal for the group to take out all the rooms in the guesthouse so that you have the whole property to yourselves and can really make it your own space for the duration of your holiday. We have a combination of Luxury, Deluxe and Standard rooms available.
We can also offer you great rates from April through to end December (our off-peak period). The luxury, deluxe and standard rooms are slightly different rates. We also offer single rates. Included in the prices is a delicious and generous breakfast prepared by our lovely staff. Your group is also able to utilise the kitchen area in the main house or the kitchenette in the Cottage as well as the outdoor braai area to prepare in-house meals.

Lovely weather in March, April, October, November and December!
Contrary to popular belief, some of the best months to travel to our area is in March, April, October, November and December! As locals, we find January and February to be too hot, so we actually prefer these other months, where it is still very warm and lovely outside but not overwhelmingly so. The very rainy months are usually June, July and August, so probably advisable to avoid those months.

Plan your Bowls tournament with our local clubs
The Bowls clubs in our area are so friendly and welcome games with international groups. Previous Bowls tour organisers have just liaised with our local clubs to organise matches every day, or according to the tour schedule. So much fun was had on these days by all accounts! The clubs in our area include: Somerset West Bowling Club, Helderberg Bowling Club, Stellenbosch Bowling Club, Van der Stel Bowling Club, Strand Bowling Club, Gordon’s Bay Bowling Club:

Somerset West Bowling Club
Overview: Established in 1947, Somerset West Bowling Club is one of the oldest and most respected bowls clubs in the region. It boasts well-maintained greens and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for both beginners and experienced players.
Facilities: The club offers excellent bowling greens, a clubhouse with bar facilities, and social events that foster a sense of community among members.
Activities: Regular club competitions, social bowls, and league matches are held throughout the year, along with coaching sessions for new players.

Helderberg Bowling Club
Overview: Located in the heart of Somerset West, Helderberg Bowling Club is known for its active membership and vibrant social scene. The club prides itself on its well-kept greens and the quality of its events.
Facilities: Members have access to two top-class bowling greens, a clubhouse with a lounge and bar, and ample parking.
Activities: The club hosts a variety of competitions, including internal tournaments and matches against other clubs in the region. Social bowls and training sessions are also regularly scheduled.
Bowls Clubs in Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch Bowling Club
Overview: Stellenbosch Bowling Club, nestled in the historic town of Stellenbosch, offers a picturesque setting for lawn bowls. The club is well-known for its competitive spirit and beautiful surroundings.
Facilities: The club features excellent greens, a modern clubhouse, and facilities for hosting events and gatherings.
Activities: The club organizes numerous tournaments, both social and competitive, and provides coaching for new bowlers. The scenic location also makes it a popular spot for social events and gatherings.

Van der Stel Bowling Club
Overview: Van der Stel Bowling Club is another prominent bowls club in Stellenbosch, known for its friendly members and active bowling calendar. The club has a rich history and a strong community focus.
Facilities: It boasts high-quality greens, a well-equipped clubhouse, and facilities for both members and visitors.
Activities: The club offers a range of activities including regular league matches, social bowls, and club competitions. Coaching and beginner sessions are also available to encourage new members to join.
Additional Nearby Bowls Clubs

Strand Bowling Club
Overview: Just a short drive from Somerset West, Strand Bowling Club is a vibrant club with a strong membership base. The club is known for its excellent facilities and friendly atmosphere.
Facilities: Strand Bowling Club features well-maintained greens, a spacious clubhouse, and facilities for events and social functions.
Activities: The club hosts regular bowls competitions, social games, and league matches. It also provides coaching and development programs for new players.

Gordon’s Bay Bowling Club
Overview: Located near the coastal town of Gordon’s Bay, this club offers a relaxed and scenic environment for lawn bowls. The club is popular with both locals and visitors.
Facilities: The club provides quality greens, a comfortable clubhouse, and ample parking facilities.
Activities: Regular social bowls, competitive matches, and coaching sessions are part of the club’s offerings. The stunning location adds to the appeal for members and guests.

If you would like to speak to the organisers of the previous Bowls Tour groups from the UK, I'm sure I can arrange this for you:) 

There is so much to do in our area and Cape Town when you’re not playing Bowls!
When not playing Bowls, the previous Bowls tour organiser arranged a fantastic activity programme for the group that included things like: Going up Table Mountain, the Franschoek Wine Tram, touring around the Cape Peninsula, frequenting our local wine farms in Somerset West (e.g Vergelegen, Lourensford and Morgenster), as well as others in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl for wine tastings, lunches and dinners. I can assist you with recommendations for my top favourite wine farms and restaurants in the area. The tour group also enjoyed walking along Strand and Gordon’s Bay beaches, and venturing forth exploring other areas of Cape Town and beyond, even taking in a round of golf or two at one of our many local golf courses. Some people also enjoyed hiking in the Helderberg Nature Reserve (5 minutes from us). Others visited the Cheetah Outreach centre. Aquila Game Reserve is also only a 2 hour trip from us if you’d like to view our wildlife in their natural habitat; they do offer day passes. Somerset West also has great places to shop for food if you wish to do your own home cooking (e.g. Woolworths at Waterstone Village). Somerset Mall is close to us for general shopping. Of course, if you just feel like chilling, you can visit one of the wonderful Health Spas in the area, or even just relax around the pool or in one of our garden areas or inside lounges.

Wine Farms: 

 Your South African adventure awaits you!

Feel free to contact me for more info and ideas
We hope to see you soon :)
Trish and the BV Team

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