Silver Forest

Silver Forest

C/O Parel Vallei Road and Silverboomkloof Road, Somerset West 7130 South Africa
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Luxury Garden Suite
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Five star high-tea.
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4.5
#1 of 5 small hotels in Somerset West
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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Silver Forest Boutique Hotel, located in Somerset West, Western Cape, is renowned for its scenic routes, hiking trails, and wine tasting. Explore iconic attractions such as Cheetah Outreach, Helderberg Nature Reserve, and Root 44 Market—a perfect retreat for those seeking a break from city life. Accommodation options feature Luxury Garden Suites, Luxury Forest Suites, and Cottage Private Garden Suites. The Luxury Garden Suite accommodates 2 guests with a king-size bed, en-suite bathroom (bath and shower), TV, Wi-Fi, Nespresso machine, laptop safe, USB charging station, Netflix, and a bar fridge. The Luxury Forest Suite, also for 2 guests, offers a king-size bed, en-suite bathroom (bath and shower), bar fridge, Nespresso machine, wood-fired hot tub, and outdoor shower. The Cottage Garden Suites consist of a Deluxe and a Standard unit, each with 1 bedroom for 2 guests. Both cottages include a king-size bed, en-suite bathroom (shower, bath, basin, and toilet), air-conditioning, bar f
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Sauna
Pool
Bar / lounge
Airport transportation
Spa
Non-smoking hotel
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Massage chair
Neck massage
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
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Safe
Sofa
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Minibar
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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3.5 of 5 stars
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Hidden Gem
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capetravller wrote a review Jan 2020
Cape Town Central, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have to confess to being a return guest to the hotel, and always enjoyed its hideaway location, spa, and personal touches. But the property has now taken on a new vibrancy, with the addition of a great contemporary eatery and wine bar, so I wanted to return. The aptly named Eatery is intimate space serving to non residents and residents alike. TV Chef Tiaan Langernegger heads up a very accomplished kitchen, accompanied by Werner Marnovick, the ex head chef of Steffanies, a local stalwart restaurant known to many. Steffanies loss is Silver Forests gain. But with this duo’s talent in the kitchen my expectations were high.

The evening started in the new wine bar, with its innovative wine wall. A DIY wine list that encourages exploration and new varietals. Bar bites - tasty olives, and Chef’s take on bitterballen. Crispy ham pieces, - the saltiness cut perfectly with a fresh Labneh dip.

The 40 seat restaurant retains much of the owners vision of eating in the Silver Forest with soft sage and grey hues, and bare wood tables. This place is not stuffy and formal, but exudes quality.

I started with a chicken liver parfait. Served with a homemade brioche, ( all the restaurants baked goods are made on site apparently) and an apple chutney. Beautifully smooth.

My partner took , locally sourced West Coast Mussels which were fat juicy and served with onion and wine. An embellishment of a traditional mariniere sauce.

The menu caters for both the adventurous and less adventurous diner. - vanilla lamb, and Pork Cheeks with Gnocchi sit alongside staples like Fillet Steak and a Pan Fried Yellowtail.

The vegan bowl nods towards the vegetarians among us, but not something that I will be ordering :)

One or two items were off menu, but this is just testament to the managements obsession with only serving what is fresh, and locally sourced.

With an open plan kitchen coupled with the chefs visiting tables, and engaging with guests. it really makes for an entertaining culinary evening.

I look forward to returning soon to sample the octopus tentacles, and poached pear salad.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from pennyr614, Guest Relations Manager at Silver Forest
Responded 07 Jan 2020
Dear Robert, Thank you for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved your experience; Chef Tiaan and his team will definitely be happy to read what you wrote. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. So thank you for your kind words and we look forward to hosting you again in the near future. Kind Regards Silver Forest.
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Al D wrote a review Feb 2020
Somerset West, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Unfortunately the day we visited there was Load Shedding which affected how some of the dishes were prepared.

The starters and mains we had were very good and the service was also good. The wine selection limited but what we selected was very good and professionally served.

The meals were moderately priced.

We were a little confused by the parking arrangements. We parked in a large car park at the bottom of a very long flight of steps. Surely there has to be a car park which is closer to the restaurant/hotel and could be acceptable to wheelchair users and elderly people?
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Date of stay: February 2020
Room Tip: This review is the eatery only.
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Response from pennyr614, Owner at Silver Forest
Responded 16 Mar 2020
Dear Al D Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience at our Eatery! We greatly appreciate your feedback and will most definitely be sharing this with the rest of our team. Your comments have been noted and will be taken up with the parties involved. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future for more of the same. Sincerely, Silver Forest Team
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Caitlin P wrote a review Oct 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A great spot that is has everything you need for an all inclusive experience (accommodation, spa, restaurant). The room was spacious and comfortable with both an aircon and fireplace and all the amenities you could need. The setting was quiet and peaceful for a relaxing getaway and within minutes of wine farms and nice spots for outings. We got the couples special which included 1 night stay (although we did stay an extra night), a couples massage and a 3 course dinner. The food was amazing and portions were generous. The spa was well equipped and the massages were well worth the price.
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Date of stay: September 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from penny rodenhurst, Owner at Silver Forest
Responded 27 Mar 2022
So appreciaite this feedback thankyou
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Mobile703932 wrote a review Jun 2024
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I honestly can’t think of one bad thing to say about this place. From the moment you arrive you’re made to feel very welcome, the rooms are spotless and comfortable, the food and wine delicious, the spa great for relaxing. The staff couldn’t do enough for you (big shout out to Charles). It’s a perfect place for a little getaway. Recommend.
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Date of stay: February 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Rosie J wrote a review Feb 2020
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We met friends here for supper at The Eatery Wine Bar which is part of the hotel, having booked online and I had already looked at the menu and decided what to eat.
Despite the fact we met at 7 pm (ie not that late) 3 of our menu choices had already sold out. The menu is not changing daily other than a couple of specials so why they are running out of their standard menu items is a little amateur! We were then misinformed about another change to a pasta dish, from fish to meat (fairly important if you are a non meat eater) so we were quite restricted on the menu choice. The experience wasn't what it should have been, and the service was a little hap hazard, with a side dish not arriving too. A waiter we know, has moved here from another local restaurant - where he was good - looked out of his depth here for some reason. It's a nice setting but failed to deliver on some fairly basic things - the menu!
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Date of stay: February 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from pennyr614, Owner at Silver Forest
Responded 16 Mar 2020
Dear Rosie Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant and share your most recent experience with us. It is only through feedback such as yours, that we can improve on our shortcoming and provide all future guests with a much better experience. Your comments have been noted and will be taken up with the parties involved. This level of experience is most certainly not acceptable. Though this will not change the experience you had at the property during your visit, we would still like to offer our humblest of apologies on behalf of the entire Head Office Team. Regards
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Hesvw wrote a review Apr 2021
South Africa, Stellenbosch
3.0 of 5 bubbles
A beautiful setting and very comfortable, stylish rooms. Unfortunately the attention to detail was lacking when we visited. The toilet was not flushed when we check into our room and access to Netflix was problematic. The fact that they host groups outside the restaurant also made it very noisy and less private. The biggest disappointment was the restaurant. We had an issue with one of our dishes which the chef shrugged off. The breakfast was also very dissapointing and not at all what we expected if we went according to the menu.
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Date of stay: April 2021
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from penny rodenhurst, Owner at Silver Forest
Responded 27 Apr 2021
Thanks for the review I am not aware of any Eatery complaints during your stay so it is difficult for me to rectify this for you now .I gave made a note for any future visit to give you an extra treat on the house instead. I am told when you checked in there was indeed a busy lunch service at the restaurant this is why the rooms nearer the Eatery are the lowest price rooms in case it us nice and busy The rooms have smart TV and high speed fibre wifi clients need to sign in to Netflix with their own accounts .. Our water at the property is borehole only which although delicious and fresh is high in Iron that does leave marks in the toilets I can assure you our hygiene standards are incredibly high and we often are complimented on them especially with the extra procedures in place due to covid. On the same weekend you stayed 2 other rooms had such amazing sleep they wanted to buy the beds .. I am not really sure other than a busy lunch service what led to such a low review for sleep quality and value..our rooms are 60% less than nomral rates currently ?..
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devontangocci wrote a review Jan 2022
Cape Town Central, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and myself came here to enjoy a quite relaxed New Years together. We had a wonderful couple massage together in the early afternoon. The food was incredible lunch and the three course dinner and breakfast. We liked the room had everything we needed and the bed was comfy which for me is one of the most important things when relaxing and leaving home.
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Date of stay: December 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from penny rodenhurst, Owner at Silver Forest
Responded 27 Mar 2022
Thank you I am so glad you enjoyed New year wiht us... it was a lovely evening....
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Dominique V wrote a review Mar 2021
Cape Town, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Rjwnkntoy adding the ride petals on the new it was a lovely surprise. The service is great! The suite is absolutely beautiful!
Only one thing: the glasses weren't wqsned properly so we washed them ourselves. Getting up from parking to the rooms isn’t good for those with disabilities so if I wanted to do a weekend away with another couple my friend would have trouble getting up the step entry.
Otherwise the place is amazing. The hot tub, decor, and location is amazing.
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Date of stay: March 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from penny rodenhurst, Owner at Silver Forest
Responded 23 Mar 2021
So please you enjoyed your celebration with us .. hope to see you for your 2nd anniversary next year too
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Christopher M wrote a review Jan 2021
Cape Town Central, South Africa
3.0 of 5 bubbles
although fairly empty it took an hour to serve us bacon and scrambled eggs and an omelette. the chefs tomatoes dish that was on the menu didn't appear on the plate, when I mentioned this I was told I could have tomatoe ketchup if I liked. some training needed I'm afraid.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from penny rodenhurst, Owner at Silver Forest
Responded 04 Jan 2021
Thanks for the review. .. I'll discuss with the team as it is usually quick to do breakfast.. I know we are short of staff currently so maybe that was a problem and I have been sick and out of the business for 3 weeks personally which doesn't help / . But I appreciate the feedback so we can make sure we perfect our service that we are very passionate about at The Eatery
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Chantelle B wrote a review Jun 2022
1.0 of 5 bubbles
How sad, what a beautiful establishment…from the outside. We went to silver forest during load shedding just to get out of the house with our two kids.

It was our table and another table, just as we were relaxing and having a glass of wine the waiter came over and told us that the owner( that was sitting at the only other table) has asked him to tell us our children were being loud.

After we had finished we went to the owner as we were so shocked that she would ask that, she very clearly said that her restaurant is not child friendly. She also thought it would be appropriate to suggest us going to Bossa instead and that they don’t find the need to entertain children.

Luckily we are spoilt for choice in Somerset West and there are amazing restaurants we can visit without feeling our children are not welcome. What a shame that a owner of a restaurant would treat their only customers like this.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from penny rodenhurst, Owner at Silver Forest
Responded 28 Jun 2022
This is not what happened at all but to be honest we don't want to get into who said what online. Suffice to say children are welcome if well behaved and able to dine at tables with their parents. We do NOT allow public playing of music, whatts app calls or video calls from Any clients whether they be young or old as we like to look after the lovely ambiance of the restaurant for ALL our clients. These clients were simply asked to ensure their children turned down their electronic devices so it was not disturbing to any one else at the property. We love families being part of our wonderful Eatery and Wine Bar at the beautiful Silver Forest and host many of them very successfully. I was in a client meeting organising a special 50th birthday event at this time and the client I was with commented how annoying the noise was and I simply asked the new young manager to go and politely ask the parents if their children could turn their devices down or use earphones so not to disturb others. I only suggested a more child noisy environment if they needed their children to be entertained in a noisy way! BOssa is perfect for this and as this lady says they are actually spoilt for choice where children can roam freely all over certain properties and I do feel for these families who want kids to roam freely there probably are better options. Having said all of that we are going to be providing colouring items for children at the tables ( old fashioned maybe but creative too... my kids used to love this as No we don't want kids running around and being noisy at our beautiful property unsupervised especially as we have some dangerous drops in our garden and would hate anyone to come to harm! Passionately dedicated to hospitality at all times at Silver Forest.
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Sherpa15900796392 wrote a tip Mar 2024
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Yes the guests must not leave credit cards tips for waiters"
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Andrew S wrote a tip Mar 2024
Hong Kong, China49 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Probably best suited to adults"
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Johny wrote a tip Feb 2024
Somerset West, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are great. Depends on your length of stay"
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Charm wrote a tip Jan 2024
Brighton, United Kingdom64 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Enjoy"
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Andrew wrote a tip Dec 2023
Franschhoek, South Africa1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms 1,2"
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PRICE RANGE
R 2,022 - R 2,313 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Helderberg Forest Lodge
LOCATION
South AfricaWestern CapeCape TownSomerset West
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Silver Forest
Which popular attractions are close to Silver Forest?
Nearby attractions include Helderberg Nature Reserve (2.0 km), Root44 (7.3 km), and Cheetah Outreach - Somerset West (5.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Silver Forest?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Silver Forest?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Silver Forest?
Guests can enjoy a lounge and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
Is parking available at Silver Forest?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Silver Forest?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fancy Franks, Mozambik Somerset West, and Cavalli Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Silver Forest?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a sauna during their stay.
Does Silver Forest have airport transportation?
Yes, Silver Forest offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Silver Forest?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Silver Forest?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Vergelegen Picnic (2.7 km).
Is Silver Forest accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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