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Your cocy Bedroom overlooks 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

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The Space
Property type: Bed & Breakfast
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: 1:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)

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Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: $15
Weekly Price: $280 /week
Cancellation: Strict

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2 nights minimum stay
This will be your bedroom while you stay with us - the most beautiful view of the garden, while you do your correspondence. Ample cupboard space for your clothes and other items.

This will be your bedroom while you stay with us - the most beautiful view of the garden, while you do your correspondence. Ample cupboard space for your clothes and other items.

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From Australia · June 2014

From Medford, OR · March 2014
Ava And Symi
Response from Ava And Symi:

Wow - we're gobsmacked, really.

The past week-end's guests sell themselves as people with an inherent love for Africa, who endeavour to better the lot of many people by owning their own NPO in the US with the specific aim of providing educational materials to African Schools. In your presence, at least one of them is non-confrontational, seemingly kind, while the other one skulks off to the privacy of her room.

One of the two told that she knows how Americans are known by their reputation, as conceited, self-absorbed and rude --- and that it wasn't accurate... however, she did have it in for the (terribly uneducated) taxi driver who had to drive up and down the streets of Linden because she didn't give him the correct directions. We chuckled. Sometimes language is a barrier.

She kept telling drivers to take her to Central Park as she couldn't remember Park Station.

We chuckled. Sometimes language is a barrier.

For all their "investment" in Africa - every tale about their travels in Africa was punctuated by how old or backwards the train was, or how basic the amenities were.

They were taken aback by
the lack of a towel railing in the bedroom (it's a second bedroom, not a guest house - hang your towel in the bathroom on the rack provided like everyone else),
the softness of the bed, (but only after they left, not while they were here)
the size of the bedroom (nobody asked you to remain in the room the whole time - and by the way, a government sanctioned house in this country is the size of the bedroom you had - without the view...),
the sharing of the bathroom in the house (even though someone cleaned their toilet once a day, and washed the sticky bath after them - next time, kindly read the description to see if you have an en suite bathroom... here in Africa, if you rent a bedroom in a house and it doesn't say en suite, it probably isn't),
and the fact that when they arrived, Johannesburg had been in constant rain for the past 2 weeks leaving the pool blue, with some algae growing on the top step of the pool. so to not be pedantic about it... how it works is that lightning and rain upset the chemical balance of a pool, no matter how well-maintained it is. the pool is used daily when weather allows - and we maintain it ourselves with a lot of love and attention. for folks in the know - there are trees right next to the pool, so if the pool was dirty, you would have compost growing and gunk all over - that's not what was happening here... it's always blue except on the day that the lightning or 2 inches of rain hits... by the next morning the snarky comment came "oh someone cleaned the pool"...

Ava explained that we just added the normal chlorine and the Kreepy did the rest... I see it's still an issue of not grasping how this works - I hope I've clarified it for you?

Everything about our home was smaller than theirs (we have a 1800m sq garden, and we're self-sustaining for a substantial part of the year out of the garden - so as garden sizes go, it's one of the reasons we choose to live here!).

Well - in closing....

We're really excited that they won't try to be back...
And - tonight, when we go to sleep, the washed dishes will be in the dish rack,
and nobody is going to run out in the midst of a highveld rain storm to pick up dog poop for in case they wish to look out their window...
if lightning strikes during the night, the top step of the pool will have algae in the morning,
and - the free coffee / tea in the lounge area, will still be free, and will quite probably still have powdered milk (cremora) as a reasonably acceptable Suthafrican alternative. Your Mentioning that you prefer milk in your coffee in this country, would mean that you'll accept whatever milk is available.

Especially when it's free.

(South)Africa is not desperate for people who come here to do us "favours".
We are a strong people who take what we get, make the best of it, and do so in gratitude and joy.

Oddly - much like the other folks we've met with Air BnB.

You would do well to interact with the people you stay with, to see how they live, and to chat with them. To learn what they have to teach you, rather than trying to explain to them how their standard of living is so far beneath your own - and how you have other friends in South Africa who would have treated you better.

Next time, just stay with them.

There is really NOTHING that we could have done differently to make you like the size of your room, or to change the weather for you, you harped on about powdered milk as if it was a flippant disregard for a basic human right, and you didn't even see the beauty that was created for your enjoyment.

you had the option to leave this as a private message for Ava and myself to better the accommodation we provide. you chose to do this as a public insult.

i think that may say enough in itself.

March 2014

From London, United Kingdom · February 2014
Ava And Symi
Response from Ava And Symi:

Dear Andy and Rich,

Thanks for coming to visit us. You've made your way into our hearts, and we will simply have to be on the "to visit" list when you're back in South Africa.

We hope that you find a spot to purchase close to us, and that we'll see more of you.

You were a joy to have in the house, and we think of you guys fondly.

Be well, be blessed, and we wish you many happy years together, in perfect health.

Us2

February 2014

From Sydney, Australia · January 2014
Ava And Symi
Response from Ava And Symi:

Miss Ruthi you are welcome ANY TIME!
Miss you!

January 2014

From Sharjah, United Arab Emirates · December 2013
Ava And Symi
Response from Ava And Symi:

And now we are crying! We love and miss you SO much baby boy! Come home now xxx Love you!

December 2013

From Santiago, Chile · December 2013

From Vancouver, Canada · November 2013

About the Host, Ava And Symi

Ava And Symi
Randburg, South Africa
Member since June 2011
Response rate: 100% (past 90 days)
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