Gogo Aloisia host are Dr. Werner (Austrian) and Nthabiseng Priklopil (South African). We initially never planned to have a bed and breakfast. The concept was planted by friends and relatives who visited and enjoyed our hospitality and home. At that time, we had a group of dear friends and since we could not accommodate all, others were booked at other accommodation facilities.
Those not staying with us, wished they could, as were not happy at appointed place. More visited from word of mouth referrals from the first group and an idea was grew interest. A delightful venture was born and has been wonderful journey ever since.
Hospitality comes naturally to us as we love entertaining and keen travelers. We have come to combine all things we enjoyed from our previous travels and incorporated with what we know guests will appreciate.
Our home is not the most luxurious and glamorous but to us, it is our sanctuary. We have taken every care to ensure guests satisfaction but realize we can never make everyone happy although it is our main intention. Simple joys comes from simplicity.
About your hosts
Werner has a background in Tax Advisory while Nthabi's is marketing. He has vast knowledge of wines and will certainly convince you to join him for a glass, when around. Werner is more of an introvert and the softer one while Nthabi is outspoken. Nthabi loves her kitchen and enjoys the concoctions and most, edible
We made Heldervue our home after we got married and have come to enjoy wineries and beautiful mountains around us (not forgetting our neighbours). It is truly a blessing to be a resident of this beautiful part of South Africa.
We do not regard our guest as money making but friends who bless us with their presence, while payment is a bonus.
Trusting you enjoy your stay with us (whether business or leisure) and we promise to make it a delightful memorable occasion.
We chose name “Gogo Aloisia” based on Werner's grandmother memorence. She is long departed but her strong, friendly, kind-hearted and a mother for all spirit remains. She was a pillar of strength and known to open her doors for all and always happy to feed them. She was blessed with 2 children and for who she transferred her loving heart to.
Gogo is a Zulu word meaning grandma (South African language).
Aloisia HUKA was born in Vienna in 1896 from a family of tailors. She married Josef Cigler who – after serving in the Austrian-Hungarian army in WW1 as “Zahlmeister” (bookkeeper) opened a small grocery in the 3rd district of Vienna.
About Helderberg / Somerset West
Helderberg is a wine-producing area in the Western Cape of South Africa and an area of Cape Town
Originally known as the "Hottentots-Holland" area, it was renamed "Helderberg" by the City of Cape Town following concerns about possible racist connotations in the name. However, many people who live there still refer to it by its former name.
The Helderberg consists of Somerset West, Strand, Gordons Bay and a few other towns. The district takes its name from the imposing Helderberg Mountain, which is Afrikaans for "clear mountain", and culminates at a height of 1137m as The Dome.
A town encircled by exquisite mountains and hills covered in vineyards, with views of the nearby ocean and sandy beaches. It is a veritable paradise for all who appreciate scenic beauty, wine and fruit, decadent cuisine, hospitality, good taste and sense of history.
Somerset West was named after the British Governor, Lord Charles Somerset, in 1819. In 1817, four farmers who owned different parts of Vergelegen (meaning “remote”) in Somerset West asked the governor’s permission to build a church around which a village would be established. Permission was granted and the Somerset village was born. It later became Somerset West (1850), to prevent confusion with another town South African town Somerset East.
Somerset West has expanded greatly over the past decade, yet its splendor remains intact. The town is more industrious than ever and has become the commercial and residential capital of the Helderberg Basin. Quaint buildings in side streets are delightful features of our historic town filled with delightful boutiques offering wine, flowers, chocolates, books, fabrics, jewelry, antiques – anything you find essential and everything you require for afternoon’s diversion.
Somerset West enjoys a Mediterranean-like climate. Winter can be unpredictable since its rainy periods are often interjected with many sunny days. Somerset West summers are dry and hot tempered by soothing sea breezes. Spring and Autumn are idyllic, with mild days and warm evenings.
Somerset West offers excellent educational institutions from pre-school to tertiary level. As a holiday destination it is superb: close to all the famous attractions that make the Cape one of the top 3 holiday destinations in the World. Somerset West caters for sport lovers with golf courses, sport clubs as well as establishments offering horse rides, cycling, running, mountain biking, hiking and many more.