About this listing
A rare find in Johannesburg. This is a 3 bedroom family home in an excellent area. Fully equipped and furnished house with private garden and pool. We are also pet friendly.
The house is an original 1920's classic Parkview house with high pressed ceilings, a fireplace, back porch. It has a farm-like feel but is just minutes from the city in one of the most sought after Johannesburg suburbs.
A rare find in Johannesburg -
3 spacious bedrooms, 2 bathroom house in the sought after suburb of Parkview. It is set in a tranquil, treed garden, with a private fenced swimming pool.
It has a lounge with fireplace, dining room, and full kitchen with washing machine.
The house is original with bay windows and gorgeous pressed metal ceilings.
The bedding is white percale linen.
Parkview is that special suburb, that once you discover it you never want to leave or stay anywhere else
The Zoo Lake, and Joburg Zoo are in walking distance
The Parkview Village Shops are about 1km away
There is plenty of off safe street parking behind remote controlled gates.
We welcome children and we are also pet friendly
Ideal for family holidays or whilst relocating , or renovating, perhaps waiting for your container.
Close to the city, Braamfontein, Parktown, Rosebank, Wits University and all the main large hospitals. Its very close to The Milpark Hospital and the Genesis Clinic.
One special mention whilst we await news from Airbnb.
Unfortunately there is one review below that isn't great - we decided not to respond to it. Prior to the guest leaving this particular review we had already reported the him to Airbnb for extortion and other issues - despite leaving such a review he extended his stay and then tried not to pay at all for his extended stay. He actually threatened us with a bad review if we didn't let him off the payment. It was very upsetting for us especially as it was during the period of Nelson Mandela's death and funeral, and the country was in mourning, and there was a wonderful feeling of Ubuntu, so the contrast was even greater. Once every few years one unfortunately encounters such a guest., but luckily few and far between. Please check our other reviews under Remote Corner. There are lots of reviews on many booking sites you will see nothing but great reviews.
The Internet has now been improved with an additional line, however this is Africa and we do not have fibre optic cables capable of high speed, but it is perfect for normal emails and non video (website hidden).
Garden and pool
Interaction with Guests
We are freely available for any requests for information or friendly chats , however we tend to respect our guests privacy.
Parkview is a sought after suburb close to Johannesburg CBD, Parktown, and Rosebank. It is well recognized as one of the best areas to live in.
Parkview has a village atmosphere, avenues and parks including Zoo Lake
The closest Gautrain station is Rosebank.
We recommend either a hired car or Uber
Other Things to Note
Free Internet is available
Breakage deposit required
No smoking indoors
Please do your own dishes
Please report breakages.
Please ask your children to be respectful of the furniture - we kindly request no eating in the bedrooms or on the couches. If something is accidentally spilled please let us know as soon as possible.
I had a great stay with Helen and Darryl who were friendly, welcoming, very helpful and also accommodated my crazy little doggy. The property is in a great location. I stayed in the cottage which was spacious, clean and comfortable. Highly recommended.
Helen was a fantastic host and the accommodation exceeded all my expectations. Spacious, clean, homely and quiet. I would highly recommend.
Great hospitality from Helen and Darryl (and terrific welcome from dogs Phoebe and Hagrid) in their gracious Parkview home. Safe, secure, relaxed environment with gorgeous garden filled with scented flowers and hundred-year old trees. A three-course breakfast was served every morning on the verandah and was the highlight for our teenage boys, who also loved the dogs and the pool. The cottage we stayed in is fully self-contained and has every convenience that you can imagine - fantastic wifi, lovely art posters and a great book collection, with restful decor. Very comfortable beds, sofas to lounge around on, and also full facilities for self-catering. Darryl was very kind and printed airline tickets and entry confirmation for Maropeng for me. Great surroundings for jogging and longer runs. Walking distance to the Jo'burg Zoo, Gardens and Military Museum. Very handy to town, and very easy to find from the motorway. Terrific value - could not recommend more highly.
We had an awesome time at Helens place. The house was neat and lovely. Our hosts were most helpful. We will definitely return there on our next holiday.
We had a truly amazing and wonderful week at Helen's House in Parkview. The house is a gem and feels like an oasis in the middle of a buzzing city. Beautifully decorated, cosy, clean, with a charming 20's vibe. Every room is a gem on itself, and we especially enjoyed the luxurious bathrooms, the beautiful garden and the cosy living room with a fireplace.
Helen and her husband are great hosts: super welcoming and extremely helpful.
What can we say....if we could stay forever, we would!
And by the way - even with 6 people using the internet, it worked perfectly.
A beautiful house in a wonderful neighborhood should equal a great review, but the owners’ misrepresentations make this a cautionary tale. The house itself is great: hardwood floors, tin ceilings, paned windows, brass fixtures, antique furniture, and great beds. The garden is beautiful too, providing a lovely, private feel. (They should post more pictures!) The lone exception is the master bath, a dated addition made of frosted glass, pink tiles, gold fixtures, carpet (has anyone ever actually felt clean in a carpeted bathroom?), and a cheap corner shower no full size human could successfully wash their hair in. The neighborhood, Parkview, is a beautiful place to stroll around and a great base for exploring the city.
Sadly, though, the owners don’t seem to grasp the importance of providing the services they promise. My wife and I spent about two weeks in the house around the birth of our daughter. When we booked (several months in advance) a Skype-capable Internet connection was of utmost importance for connecting with family in the States. Our booking was made contingent on the owners securing this before our arrival. A month or so before check-in, I followed-up, again reminding them of the deal. You see where this is going…. We arrived, and no Internet. As an alternative, they offered the very slow connection on the porch of a neighboring house (tricky to get to with a laptop in the southern African rains) or a cellular data stick set to the EDGE network (pre-3G), for which there was barely any reception at the house. Helen and Darryl never established an Internet connection during our two-week stay. Worse, on two occasions the owners conceded that even if they had put in a hardline, the connection speed on their block was so bad that Skype rarely if ever works. In other words, they had promised something they knew they could not deliver. This was devastating because we were unable to introduce our newborn child to our loved ones back home. While the owners were very kind on a personal level (she sent flowers to our delivery room), what we needed most was for them to hold up their end of the bargain. (At my request for some kind of consideration, they belatedly knocked 10% off the few extra nights we stayed at the house.)
Tellingly, this sort of inability to understand guests’ needs was evident in other areas. They advertise a pool, but on arrival it was bright green. Five days and countless chemicals later, we saw the bottom. Little things around the house suggested poor oversight, as well: inoperative curtains; missing window shades in the master bathroom (revealing all to those passing by); burned out light bulbs; and a kitchen faucet that could not be used without the knobs falling off.
We should have loved this place, but the owners’ lack of careful and attentive management, and their material misrepresentations, have led me to write this caution instead.
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About the Host, Helen
My husband Darryl and I own and run a Bed and Breakfast in Parkview, where we have lived for the past 30 years. We started the B & B in 2009 when our 2 children went away to university in Cape Town.
I enjoy art and gardening, and Darryl is an engineer. He loves nature and wildlife, and is the Event Director at our local parkrun - and for parkrunners around the world, our run is Delta
We love travelling, although haven't done much recently. If I have a favourite city, ( that of course second to Johannesburg) It would be Paris.
We have met such wonderful people over the years and have made many friends.