About this listing
This is the private vacation home of a German/Ghanaian/Japanese family based in Germany. We spend about 4 weeks a year in Ghana and we always love to return to our home. It is very important to us that our accommodation is very clean and comfortable.
Recently renovated, simple and practical design, but well kept and good finish. Spacious, light and airy. Large established garden with mature trees and fresh green grass. Lots of sea breeze due to many windows, position of house and elevated location, and great mountain view (McCarthy Hill).
Nice, safe, local residential area, with easy access to taxi, public transport, pharmacy, convenience store, ATM, fast food restaurants, filling station, etc.
Further description below:
Location: 30 minutes straightforward drive Southwards from Kotoka Airport on the new N1 highway, the house is located in the South Odokor Estates, opposite the SSNIT flats. Excellent location for travelers wishing to tour the western region to see the old European forts and castles (Cape Coast, Shama, Takoradi, Axim, etc.). Also, the new West Hills Mall, West Africa's future largest shopping Mall (currently under construction).
The house is 3 min drive (15 mins easy walk) to the Dansoman Roundabout where there are many shops, bank and ATMs, filling station, pharmacies, fast food restaurant, food stalls, etc. 5-7 min to Mallam Junction/intersection which connects to Kotoka Airport via N1 or Western Region. Established, developed and respectable residential area with paved road access. 15-20 minutes to Bojo beach, Kokrobite Beach, etc.
Very safe area, easy access to shops, markets, pharmacy (1 min), petrol/Gas station, convenience stores, fast food, taxi rank, Churches, etc.
Experience Ghana like Ghanaians do, authentically, in a very safe, well established, economically thriving and very lively area from a very pleasant and comfortable home. Why stay in the old traditional expatriate areas? Come and see this house and you will see what a lovely place and location it is in!
House Details: 4 bedrooms-or 3 bedrooms plus spacious office, spacious reception hall with adjacent guest toilet and sink, spacious living/dining room, kitchen with store room, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, spacious 2nd bathroom and utility area, hot water supply to bathrooms, garage with direct house access, terracotta tiled verandah, back garden terrace, external parking and driveway.
Kitchen: fitted kitchen, gas cooker with oven, LG medium-sized fridge with freezer compartment, LG self-heating washing machine, various kitchen equipment including microwave, Phillips coffee maker with mill, electric kettle and tea pot with warmer, liquidiser/grater, Bosch kitchen machine, various cooking utensils and pots, cutlery/crockery, multilevel red-wood shelves in kitchen store room.
Linens: please note that bed and bath linens are not provided so please bring your own. If you are not able to bring your own, for example, due to luggage limitations, let us know.
Other: pressing iron and table, laundry rack, two sets of garden furniture. 3 standing fans, vacuum cleaner, German quality power generators (brand new, 1 main and 2 spare gensets) and 3000 liter water tank with German water pump to increase water pressure when necessary.
Garden: Large (2 new Ghana plots), established garden with old trees including royal palms, travelers fans, bougainvilleas, hibiscus, ylang ylang, weeping willows and various fruit trees. Fresh green grass.
Security: Extended gates and outside wall with new razor wire installation, night-time security guard. Day time guard available at additional charge.
Cleaning/Maid service: maid service available upon request and extra charge.
*Extra charge for guests more than four, doesn't apply to children under 14 years.
Entire house - it will be like your own home. You will have your privacy. Except for night time security and emergency maintenance personnel, you will be on your own. You will be responsible for security during the day (6 am to 6 pm).
Interaction with Guests
We (the owners) arrange rentals directly with guests and we control on-the-ground service. We are your main contact people for this rental. There are no agents involved. We tightly control access to the house as it is a private vacation home, so you need to arrange viewing through us.
Dansoman SSNIT flats, safe location. South Odorkor estates, a well established local residential area. Dansoman estates is the largest residential estate in all of Africa. See Wikipedia for details.
Taxi rank two minutes away. Easy access to shops, markets, beaches, nearby swimming pool, local bars and restaurants.
Other Things to Note
*Fully equipped home, best suited to family's traveling with children, older travelers, etc.
*The rent includes the cost of mains water and electricity supply, gas for cooking, Vodafone internet units for up to 30 gigabytes for up to 30 days and night-time security. Tenants need to pay for their telephone calls themselves, and additional internet units per month. Also, during the current power crisis, we are asking tenants to bear the cost of, and the organize purchase of petrol/gasoline (No Diesel) for running the power generator.
- Please note the house is a private home (vacation home), which we use ourselves whenever we visit Ghana with our two small children. It is very important to us that Guests use the place responsibly and keep it clean and in a good state of repair.
- The property is rented out as a self-catering property. However, if required, maid/cleaning service can be arranged at additional cost.
- The Guests shall maintain the premises in a good and clean condition, and use the premises only in a careful and lawful manner. The Guests shall leave the premises in a ready to rent condition at the expiration of booked period - that is, being immediately habitable by the next Guests.
- Guests shall use appliances only for their intended uses and in a responsible manner.
-all electrical appliances e.g. pressing iron, tea warmer, power generator, water heater, should be switched off when not required for safety and power saving reasons.
- The property is equipped with a gas cooker/oven. Guests should make sure the cooker/oven/grill are switched off when not required.
- Guests should be careful not to overload power outlets with many appliances.
- No animals or pets of any kind will be brought onto the premises.
- Guests are advised not to smoke inside the house.
- The Guests shall vacate the premises at their check out date.
- Guests shall not sublet the property.
- Guests shall behave in a civilized manner and shall be good neighbors respecting the rights of the surrounding property owners. They shall not create noise or disturbances likely to disturb or annoy the surrounding property owners. Quiet hour starts at midnight and outdoor noise should be kept to a minimum.
- The property location is very safe; however, Guests shall see to their own while on/in the property, by locking doors, windows, garage doors, etc. when it is prudent to do so.
- The septic system is very effective; however, Guests should take care not to clog up the toilets with improper materials, including feminine products. No paper other than toilet paper should be flushed at any time. If improper use occurs and the toilet(s) are clogged up, there will be a charge for plumbing work to resolve the problem.
- Guests shall use the property for legal purposes only and other use, such as but not limited to, illegal drug use, abuse of any person, harboring fugitives, etc.; shall cause termination of this agreement with no refund of rents or deposits.
Details for how to use appliances, garbage disposal, locating cleaning materials are available on-site.
Living/dinning room, entertainment system - DVD/CD player, satellite with many popular channels, LG TV, etc.
Darkoa's house was truly a home away from home during our 2 month stay in accra. It is situated in a very quiet and friendly neighbourhood, away from the hustle and bustle of town but still within a half hour drive. The house is quite large, spacious and very well equipped. There is also a beautiful garden with a coconut tree! Darkoa's friendly neighbour picked us up from the airport and became such a good friend to us, helping us out when needed. Darkoa's niece was also available to clean the house for us, which was very helpful. Darkoa herself has been very approachable and would check in with us by email to make sure we were happy. Any problems were quickly addressed.
While we were there accra was facing a power outage, and while the house has a generator the fuel is expensive. Overall we had a great experience and i would not choose anywhere else next time.
Darkoa's home in Dansoman area Accra is as shown in the photos--lovely, comfortable, very clean, and spacious. We stayed for a month with the kids and felt very much at home. We had a wonderful birthday party for my daughter in the spacious and green backyard, we relaxed on the patio in the evenings, entertained quests in the front living room, and I able to work from the home-office with consistent and easy wifi service. The area is very safe and conveniently located. Its easy to catch a taxi and head to central Accra or the university (Legon) and there is a swimming pool at a hotel up the road. Dansoman is a great neighborhood, with all the lively culture Accra is known for--friendly folks, bars, shops, a pharmacy, restaurants, vendors, markets, etc. are just outside or down the road at the Circle. The neighborhood is nonetheless quiet and calm in the night. I enjoyed many relaxing walks quite late in the evening and always felt secure. As a host, Darkoa was just a phone call away and was very helpful, patient, and efficient in addressing any concerns or questions we had. Once we confirmed the rental, she sent a very detailed list with all the info regarding the property and neighborhood. She also has a good network of friends and family in Accra available to help as well. I highly recommend the house and would love to stay again next time we visit Accra.
About the Host, Darkoa
I hope guests enjoy staying at my vacation home. I am personally very particular about where I stay when on vacation, usually sticking with 4-5 star hotels. It is very important that I am in clean, safe and cozy surroundings and this is how we have kept our home. I travel to Ghana with my German husband and children every year for vacation and our home is what makes our stay most enjoyable. It is refreshing, peaceful, homely and really very charming. We love being there so much it is always very hard to leave it and return back to Europe. However, we are currently based in Germany where I have established a thriving US Tax Practice as I am a IRS Enrolled Agent. Guests are welcome to check my career profile on LinkedIn.