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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.
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Grant was welcoming and efficient in explaining what the cottage and the area of Melville contained. Actually all the present reviews are spot on...I can't add much. The cottage was comfortable and well appointed. The fridge had milk, yogurt, OJ, beautiful fruits and granola and... This is above and beyond.... Beer, white and red wine and some excellent spirits. We'll definitely be back when in Josi.
We loved Melville, there is a fun progressive vibe on 7th street. Lots of restaurants and bars. We recommend Ants for pizza and La Luna is a must for fine dining. They're is also an excellent used book store with lots of good SA literature. SAB World of Beer was a great hour and a half tour. Thanks Grant! We'll be back for sure...ps the cottage is close to the university.
This place deserves an award from airnbnb! Its a small but well organized little cottage. Fully stocked with local small batch liquors, wines, fruit, milk, juice, mixers, tioletries, umbrellas, bikes with helmets.... just everything. There were also a few guidebooks lying around which helped us here and there. Whenever they or our research wasnt adequate Angus and Grant were more than happy to assist! We felt very safe in the neighborhood and on the property. We made use of their bikes to ride to the botanical garden, but if you do so be warned that the area is pretty hilly and you will be in for a difficult ride. Uberx is the best and cheapest way of getting around. Cheaper than tuk tuks or taxis. The only negative is that because its such a small place it can be hard to lay your stuff out, but dont worry you will be glad you stayed here!
When I decided to return to Johannesburg, I knew there was only one option as to where to stay: Homely Garden Cottage. For starters, Grant and Angus are the most hospitable and accommodating hosts. They go out of their way to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible; they couldn’t improve on any aspect. The cottage is very warm and inviting, making it hard to leave it for your daily activities, or for your departure from Johannesburg. What made my second stay all the more special was that my elderly mother was with me; she absolutely loved the place, and felt completely safe. When I notified them that I would be traveling with her, they arranged the cottage to accommodate the two of us, providing me with a very comfortable air mattress, as well as ideas that might be to her liking and abilities, due to her mobility issues. Any time I return to Johannesburg, I plan to make this my place to stay.
I had relaxed and comfortable stay. The host (s) were very welcoming and went out of their way to help and provide assistance. I arrived really late in the evening and they offered to pick me from the airport which was such a blessing. The property is cool, clean and comfortable (3c's). Excepting a hot plate, it has every thing one needs for a comfortable stay. The host kept some wine, snacks and other goodies for the guest. The neighbourhood is safe with some amazing restaurants nearby. A sincere thank you to Grant and Angus. Highly Recommended.
Our experience was perfect. These guys went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable and easy. The cottage is incredibly homely, in the British but not the North American sense. We wanted to stay longer!
Grant's place was perfect for our two night stay in Johannesburg. It was very clean, had every possible convenience and the snacks and wine on arrival were very much appreciated! Grant and Angus were perfect hosts and gave great advice on places to see. The cottage is very conveniently located, just a short walk from lively 7th Street in Melville but yet very quiet and safe. We had an outstanding experience staying with Grant and would highly recommend staying here.
Great cottage in a quirky neighbourhood. Grant was very helpful with dinner suggestions and made us feel welcome without being intrusive. The cottage is decorated to a very high standard, perfect for a luxurious get away.
Amazing stay! The cottage is self-contained and had everything I could want on my holiday. In addition Grant made sure I did not have to go shopping on arrival as he had provided bread, juice, milk and even chocolate as a welcome present! Particularly enjoyed using the mountain bike to get around the area - although rather hilly - so good exercise!
Grant lives in the adjacent house and was very friendly and available when needed. Strongly recommend!!!
Grant was a fantastic host and the cottage was absolutely lovely. We were looking for somewhere quiet to relax in after 11 nghts of camping across SA and this really did the job. The little touches as well in the place were amazing. Would definitley stay here again if we return to joberg!
Our host, Grant,went out of his way to make us feel welcome and was on hand to help in any way.
The cottage is as described and the garden surrounds are lovely. The neighbourhood was peaceful and we felt safe walking to the local shops and cafes,during the day.
Grant stayed more than a week at my place and it was a pleasure to meet him.He was always polite and friendly.The room he left was amazing tidy and clean.I would love to have Grant here again.
Grant and his partner were excellent guests. They were easy to communicate with and left the apartment in great shape. Welcome back anytime!
great having grant!
Great guest, thanks and come again!
Very nice person
Grant was the perfect guest -he was quiet and clean and very respectful of the apartment. He was pleasant to deal with and I enjoyed having him in my apartment. Email and phone arrangements were easy and I would be happy to have him back again anytime. Great experience!
Grant was very easygoing, clean and left the apartment in perfect condition. I wish all guests were like him, I totally recommend and would be glad to have him back to one of my apartments!
Grant was a quiet guest and did not request much from me. I wished he did so, I could have made his stay more tailored to suit his needs. He was respectful and stayed for a good amount of time at the studio which is always a positive.
Great guest. Thanks!