About this listing
The small cottage is comfortable, peaceful, and well-located in the lively and historic suburb of Melville, Johannesburg. It is separate from the main house, which dates from the 1920s, and is on a secure property.
The living area has a queen-sized firm bed, TV with DSTV (satellite television including a selection of international channels), wi-fi, wireless speaker (to connect to your smart phone, tablet or laptop) and underfloor heating. The efficiency kitchen has a microwave, fridge, Nespresso coffee machine, kettle and toaster, and crockery and cutlery are provided. Note, there is no stovetop-oven. The bathroom has a shower (there is no bath), underfloor heating and heated towel rails. Linen, towels, and some toiletries are provided.
We provide a selection of teas of the world, Nespresso pods, a bottle of red and white wine, and a breakfast starter pack: muesli, yoghurt, milk, bread, jam, honey, and seasonal fruit. There's also a selection of South African spirits: from an award-winning whiskey to a small-batch grappa from a boutique distillery. Enjoy responsibly!
The cottage is suitable for a single person or couple. Maximum of two people.
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There is off-street parking available, and guests have use of the pool, as well as two mountain bikes; and while Joburg isn't geared up for commuter cycling there's a fair amount of recreational biking in the area.
The property is a mere two blocks from the lively 7th Street with dozens of restaurants, pubs and bars, and boutique shops. So you're close to the action but also sufficiently far away that you'll hear none of it.
The cottage is within walking distance to the University of Johannesburg, SABC, and Johannesburg Country Club, and a short drive to the University of the Witwatersrand, and central Johannesburg. Rosebank is a 10-minute drive and Sandton 20 minutes away.
A car is useful to have in Joburg, but not necessary. Many of our guests get around using a combination of taxis, Uber, the Rea Vaya bus service (which runs from nearby to town), and the Gautrain.
Guests may use the pool and pool deck, as well as the outdoor furniture (table and chairs) outside the cottage. Please respect the residents' privacy in other areas of the property.
If you use the bicycles please ensure you take the combination lock chains with you. The code is in the Cottage Info book.
No smoking allowed indoors. If you smoke please do so outdoors.
No pets allowed. And there are no pets on the property.
Please be reasonably quiet as we live in a residential neighbourhood.
Lost keys and/or gate remote access charge is R200.
There's no need to take out the rubbish, but if you're staying for a longer period and want to clean out the bin, rubbish bags can be placed in the large refuse bin housed at the pedestrian gate entrance.
Grant was by far the best airbnb host I've ever experienced. Their lovely cottage in Melville feels like home. Grant is beyond considerate, as he makes sure that his guests have the best experience while in Joburg. The cottage's kitchen is filled with only top quality products. I highly recommend it to those who are planning to stay in Johannesburg for a few days.
Grant and Angus were very friendly to us.The cottage is perfect,very clean and well designed.We recommend their place and hope to come back.
Grant and Angus were the perfect hosts. Communication before my trip was very easy and they were extremely flexible. I arrived early in the morning and was invited to join them for a delicious breakfast at a local cafe. The cottage is basically perfect - a comfortable bed, good wifi, a great shower, spotlessly clean. And there are countless small touches to make the visit special, including a fridge full of breakfast goods and a couple of bottles of wine. Grant and Angus very much respect privacy but are always available and are extremely welcoming and friendly.
Staying in Grant's Garden cottage was a pleasure, i would definitely stay there again. Attention to detail was amazing, the cottage had every comfort you can think of. Great taste in finishes within the cottage. Beautiful home and garden setting.
My stay at the cottage was really pleasant. It is located in a pleasant neighborhood, it is well decorated and our hosts were super friendly. I would recommend it.
It was a very nice place. I enjoyed my stay there and the host was most accommodating and helpful. I was glad to be able to visit with them to learn more about the neighborhood and residence. It really gave me a nice view of Johannesburg that I wouldn't have gotten had I stayed in a hotel downtown. The host provided excellent notes for nearby food and services. Hope I get a chance to stay with them again in the future.
Grant and Angus were superb hosts. Their cottage is lovely, a cozy home away from home. They thoughtfully supplied us with a delicious basket of fruit, bread for toast, coffee, tea, milk, and gave us excellent local and Joberg information. We could not have asked for more gracious, generous, and considerate airbnb'ers.
About the Host, Grant
I'm a university lecturer who travels a fair bit for work and pleasure. A frequent user of airbnb during travels across the U.S., my partner and I also host airbnb guests in our home city of Joburg.