Garden studio apartment which is open plan. Located in upper Glenwood within walking distance to shops, art gallery, restaurants and parks. Close to the University and King Edward VIII training hospitals for foreign medical students. Ideal for visiting researchers. Self catering, fully furnished space with a washing machine. Lock up garage included.
Guests have access to a shared garden.
There are also lines on which to hang washing.
There is Wi Fi and wired internet access.
Interaction with Guests
Whatever guests are comfortable with. Usually interactions consist of greetings and brief friendly conversation. As hosts living in the main house, we are available for questions and assistance in person and by phone when we are not home.
Glenwood is a vibrant neighbourhood with coffee shops and a bakery worth visiting. The art gallery is adjacent to the huge park which has recently been refurbished with jogging/cycling/skateboarding tracks and an outdoor gym. The park is well used by many people, including myself and my family.
Public transport could always be better. And that is applicable to the whole of South Africa.
Other Things to Note
In the garden we have pets, including two dogs, one cat and two hens.
No smoking indoors. Our pets (mentioned above) are not allowed in the cottage.
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A nice, quiet, clean and welcoming cottage. Spacious and airy and bigger than the photos make it look. Well kitted out and everything you need for self catering. We were surprised with a selection of basics in the kitchen to get us started so we didn't have to go hunting for a shop on the first night. The private entrance means you come and go as you please without bothering anyone. Would definitely go back given the opportunity.
I go to Durban once a year since 2001 to supervise students at UKZN and the stay in Gina's place was definitely one of the best experiences. The place is really large and has a high roof with a roof window to see the mostly blue sky, a large door to the garden, large bathroom and is very nicely furnished. The kitchen and bathroom are spacious, there is a large fridge, a washing machine, large cabinets for clothes, heating, ironing board, ... just everything you can imagine you might need including fast uncapped internet.
Gina and her husband Paul are very interested and pleasant people and it is a very good experience to live in their peaceful place with a garden and nice animals. I liked the chicken (they are usually locked up on the other side of the garden). There is a garage and separate entrance giving the guests a lot of privacy.
A very good start of the day is Coffee Tree across the road (opens at 6.30 am and 7.30 on weekends). The area makes a safe impression with a large and beautiful park nearby that is well guarded. It is a short walk to restaurants (try Mooki Noodles) and bars like Amsterdam as well as grocery stores. Glenwood is a very interesting and vibrant neighborhood. I fully recommend the place to stay for short and long periods. It was a happy time.
Juergen was a very interesting and friendly tenant. He was a wealth of fascinating information and we had many great conversations in the back garden under the wide African sky. He was a very generous and helpful visitor who was exceptionally positive about this country, the students he taught at the university and life in general. It was a pleasure having him and his wife Rung to stay.
Really wonderful self-catering cottage, pops of colour in the interior and high ceiling made it extremely comfortable and airy. It was perfectly appointed - with enormous cupboard space, great bed with all the linen you need, to everything you need in the kitchen (incl a washing machine) it was easy to settle in and feel immediately set up for a long stay. It also has an automated garage if you have a car (which you need for getting around cities in South Africa), although the cottage is ideally located for walking to most of Glenwood's great cafes, restaurants, shops and parks while being in a tranquil street. Woolworths Food, Green Bean cafe, NSA Gallery, Corner Cafe, Mooki Noodles and more are all nearby.
Gina and Paul are great to chat with when you run into each other as you come and go, they're never far away should you need them, and (if it's a concern to anyone) their pets were barely noticeable and no hassle at all.
I really enjoyed staying here and definitely recommend it. And big thumbs up for separate waste and recycling bins :-)
I spent 2 months in Gina´s cottage. The cottage is perfect for a couple. It was very clean and welcoming when we arrived. In the kitchen you find everything you need. The room has a couch and two chairs where you can relax. The bed is very comfortable and big enough for two people.
In summer the cottage stays cool because there are a lot of trees in the garden.
Gina´s pets are very friendly and never disturbed us.
We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend Gina´s cottage to everybody.
We will definitely come back on our next stay in Durban!