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Cottages in quiet property with swimming pool.
1 cottage with 2 bedrooms - double beds,
Bathroom, kitchen, terrace, brai.
2 cottages in quiet property with swimming pool.
1 cottage with 2 bedrooms - double beds, 1 with 1 double bed bedroom.
Bathroom, kitchen, terrace, brai.
Remain quiet and respect the place and other guests.
Non smoking inside.
Save water and electricity.
We only stayed one night - just passing through - so we were not really able to take full advantage. The cottage was spacious and comfortable and suited our needs well (family with 2 young kids). We'd definitely consider staying again - either en route or should we be spending longer in Bulawayo.
A good alternative to Zimbabwe's over-priced hotels.
The cottage was very nice and very clean the old lady on site was very friendly and helpful and ensured we had everything we needed. We made use of all the facilities especially the pool. It would have been nice to have a TV in the evenings, there was a radio but it didn't work. Near by were shops and places to eat within walking distance.
Glad you enjoyed. And sorry again for the electricity shortage you experienced, which is still a mystery to me!
Indeed, there is no TV (as advertised - it is not in the equipment listed); there is wifi internet however.
And the "radio" is a deco old wooden cupboard radio so indeed, it doesn't work! :-)
Marie-Helene was very helpful, even the other man who leaves there seemed good although we just talked to him briefly when leaving the keys.We arrived late at her place due to problems with our hired car; but she managed to put everything in place for us, that was lovely. Their maid/helper Memory was pleasant, very nice and friendly. Marie and the maid/the helper had lots of knowledge about the city. The only downside of the cottage was that the geyser for the shower needed to be on 2hrs(two hours) before starting a shower which is unheard off especially from the fact that I was born and bred in Zimbabwe and spent sometime in Bulawayo when I was studying. The internet provider they use was very poor although she explained to us that it was a problem with cables for the whole city, but my friend who lives in the city had good network. I think they must change the network provider if they want to accomodate visitors to the city. The neighbourhood was pleasant. There wasn't much to do in the city of Bulawayo. We were on our way to Victoria Falls, we intended to stop over in Bulawayo just for resting, because we had spent the whole day at the beautiful Antelope Park in Gweru.The city of Bulawayo seemed dead, to make matters worst the weather was cold and the place where we were staying being thatched cottages didn't help, I think it's good to visit/stop over in Bulawayo during summer time. Thanks for the accomodation, at least we had a roof over our heads.
I must say that this appreciation about the place and Bulawayo is not fair coming from a guest who barely spent 24 hours in the city. Such comments could also have been said face to face to give us a chance to answer privately. This is the first time we get such a long and frustrated feedback.
Geysers: it happens where they are not the latest models and many places - not commercial - turn on geyser only a few hours a day to save electricity. This might explain also why we are not a lodge, obviously cheaper.
Internet: is usually good, although obviously slower than in Europe! The internet was down for barely 2 hours on that day (1:30pm to 3pm), from Hillside to Suburbs, and the "cable" explanation from my provider made sense as otherwise, it is not down on such big area.
Indeed, unfortunately the weather was cold, but here is the end of winter, and we are 1400m high so that could make sense! Thatched houses are usually very nice to live in: cooler in the summer and actually warmer than outside, much nicer atmosphere than regular roofs. Having lived in Zimbabwe, one knows about thatched; if one does not like this, it is easy to see on our pictures and choose somewhere else.
To finish with, Bulawayo is a slower city, but very friendly, with nice places to visit in and around the city (Beautiful Art Gallery, best Natural History Museum of Southern Hemisphere, Railway Museum, beautiful buildings, Khami ruins, Matopos National Park, etc.). One should stay a bit longer in Bulawayo to enjoy what the city has to offer.
I can understand that having a car breakdown on the way must be frustrating and undermine the rest of the stay.
Hopefully, next time you come back to your home country, you have a better memory of it.
Very nice accommodation - comfortable, clean and in a nice part of town. We enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend Marie-Helene's cottage to others.
Everything went smoothly. We felt very welcomed and our stay was really pleasant.
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About the Host, Marie-Hélène
We are a great couple! Like to travel, discovering places and learning about people.
We do a lot of sports and our house is ideally situated for this!
We like quietness and our house is ideally situated for this :-D
We are discrete and like to live our own lives, being independant; we like simple things and simple food.