Our cosy Bedrooms have spectacular views of the beautiful garden and swimming pool. Wake up to the sound of birdsong and the smells of a mouth watering breakfast. Cafe's, restaurants, convenience stores and banking facilities within walking distance
Symi and Ava's (the one who types is the one listed first...) loving home can be your base camp to see South Africa, or if you have to brave the city for a business meeting. True South African hospitality will make you feel right at home – walk in the beautiful garden, play with the dogs, indulge the cats, cook in the kitchen , enjoy a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, put your feet up, and relax.
Nestled in one of Johannesburg’s older suburbs, Linden, the area is safe and away from the hustle and bustle of city life. You will find Small, intimate restaurants that will leave your mouth watering without killing your budget, walking distance from the house, as well as a shopping center, auto banks, butcheries, cheese shop, chemist, post office, and bottle store.
We're close to Cresta Center, and Sandton City - which is accessible via Gautrain (yayyy!! ) from Oliver Tambo International Airport (where you'll be landing if you're coming into this country from anywhere interesting).
Other attractions include Mandela Square [ sporting not only the famous statue, but also a smorgasbord of fantastic restaurants, and theater ], The Cradle of Humankind and the wonder Caves [ for the more adventurous of traveler ], Cheetah and other game farms [ where you can play with some local wildlife and get your picture taken ] and more. .. We will provide you with route maps, information, suggestions and the number of the local taxi and touring companies.
You will see us around during the day and night, as the house is also our creative space. Home to a working office where we run our businesses.
Eating in - Our food is home made and lovingly prepared. We serve Breakfast, as well as Dinner upon request. You can ask our guests, the definitely NEVER go hungry!
Price per person:
Breakfast @ R90 include :Toast,butter & Homemade Jam; Coffee or Tea, Eggs and Bacon, Seasonal Fruit
Dinner options available @ R100.00 (standard meal)
Chicken liver and Onions on Mash @ R80.00
Bobotie & Yellow Rice (Tradition Cape Malay) @ R120.00
Oxtail & Rice (Tradition Boere dish)@ R150.00
Boere Lamb curry & Rice (Tradition Sweet Curry) @ R150.00
Braaivleis (Barbeque ) with all the trimmings @ R160.00
If you have special dietary requirements we will be able to cater for you as long as you give us all the information - SQ
Please book 1 day in advance, so that we have time to prepare your feast.
Connecting to the outside world:
There is Wireless internet through-out the house, is as fast as it gets in South Africa, and if you don’t download things you shouldn't, it’s free.
We will do your washing @ R50 per load - no Ironing. South Africa is hot, and your clothes will be dry in no time.
The Bedroom looks out over the huge garden, and sleeps up to two people - there is big cupboard for your clothes and necessities, plugs for your chargers [ Just remember your universal adapters ], as well as a Desk to work at. We Provide you with clean linen as well as towels.
You are welcome to prepare your own meals and snacks. All we ask is that you clean up after yourself. Ava might ask you to show her how to cook something traditional.
What makes our place unique?
I think it's the fact that we are just ordinary people. We work, we play, we love and we laugh. The house is homely and warm, the garden is huge and tranquil, and the animals friendly, just like us.
We love meeting people from across the globe and making new friends, so come and stay with us for a while… you might never want to leave.
Nothing is off limits except for our office and bedroom.
We share meals and the rest of the house with our guests, who are encouraged to frolic in the pool, Relax in the garden, work out in the Dance studio etc.
We live and work from home and are always around.
We love to spend time with our guests during the evening, and when work allows, we are always keen to chill out and banter during the daytime as well.
Our Neighborhood is old with lots of trees and really tranquil.
We do offer Pick up/Drop offs (time permitting)
From ORT guests take the Gautrain to Rosebank Gautrain Station, where we pick them up.
Distance from Rosebank station to our home is 7.2km, which takes around 15minutes in normal traffic
Cost for a pick up, or drop off @ R136.00
(based on current cab fares in JHB)
|Room type:||Private room|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||No Charge|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$280 /week|
|Check In:||1:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
|Pet Owner:||Dog(s) and Cat(s)|
We had a fab time with Ava and Symi, who were the most amazingly warm, welcoming and fun hosts. Beautiful big garden, delicious cooking (much from the garden), and such laughs! Thanks so much, ladies. Andrew and Richard
The girls are welcoming unpretentious hosts which instantly makes you feel at home. When you are a single traveller, it's a blessing. They had no trouble at all in dropping me a picking me up whenever I needed which was a god send as the public transport in general for the size of the city is terribly lacking. Highly recommend a stay here. It was a very safe area and friendly environment to be in. Would stay again without hesitation. Thanks girls, you're the best!
If I am honest, I did not have any high expectations from this website. All I was looking for was a place to sleep comfortably and take a shower everyday but what I got was...
A place that showered me with love... and a cat that woke me up from comfortable sleep every morning. And when I say woke me up, I mean, it snuggled under the blanket, licked me arm and then put its head there and purred away.
But before I get carried away... its a wonderful house filled with the right kind of energy. It has a wonderful backyard which is quite big and full of a million trees and plants and birds and smells. The kitchen smells like chocolate chip cookies and beef steaks. The area around the house is safe and lovely.
The two wonderful women there are one of the most sane people I have met in a long time. They have their shit sorted out, they know what they want from this world, and they know where they are going. And they have filled their house with love and positive vibes. You would just love being there in the middle of that.
I literally fell in love with these women (my mommies) in the week I stayed there. We had some wonderful chats hanging out in the kitchen while Ava baked and Symi found Law & Order episodes for us to watch. They showed me around the city and took me places. I shared in a really nice family Christmas Lunch... and I want to keep going on but I would rather you stayed there and made your own wonderful memories...
J'ai passe deux trop courtes soirees chez Ava and Symi. Ce sont des hotes formidables, accueillantes, genereuses et droles. Je me suis tout de suite sentie a l'aise, comme a la maison. La chambre est confortable, le jardin et potager superbes, la piscine agreable, le tout dans un quartier calme et secure.
I think it's true; the one sad thing about travelling is the friends that are made along the way and the difficult part is when you have to say good-bye.
I had such a fun time at Symi and Ava's; they made me feel welcome and part of their family right from the start. We laughed our heads off most of the time, other times were spent teaching me about the interesting place that Johannesburg truly is....
The house is on a park-like lot; everything is there for the asking. The pool, gardens, the run of the house itself., the family pets...
I will miss them and I do hope they come to Vancouver some day!
Ava and Symi were exceptional hosts and a pleasure to stay with. I was backpacking and just passing through Jo'burg and really wanted to see just a handful of sites in a short period of time.
They were more than happy to pick me up as I didn't have a car (at a cost far less than any taxi would charge) and insisted on feeding me all sorts of South African delicacies over my two day stay.
They are great cooks, and if you do stay it would be a crime not to eat with them at least once. The pets are all friendly and well behaved - and my room was kept pet free.
The house is clean, homely and comfortable - the garden beautiful and perfect for grabbing time alone. Wi-fi is good and extends out there. They helped me organise a day of activities with transport, buy provisions and my onward travel plans - they couldn't have been more helpful, I would return in a blink.
In Ava and Symi's place just feels peace and happiness!
They are very friendly and were awaiting the details of our stay. They helped us with tips and get interesting tours.
Their food is great and we enjoyed the time we spent with them and their pets. The room and bathroom were always clean and the house is beautifull.
I can say that not only were our hosts, are now our friends.
En la casa de Ava y Simy se siente paz y felicidad!
Ellas son personas muy amables y estuvieron pendientes de todos los detalles de nuestra estadía.
Nos ayudaron con tips y a conseguir tours (website hidden) comida es buenísima y disfrutamos mucho los momentos que pasamos junto a ellas y sus mascotas. El cuarto y el baño siempre estuvieron limpios y ellas respetaron mucho nuestro espacio.
Puedo decir que no solo fueron nuestras hosts, ahora son nuestras amigas.
We stayed with Ava and Symi as our first days in South Africa. They were extremely kind and helpful in sharing their home and their advice on travel within South Africa with us! The location is safe and the room was clean and cozy!