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Agterplaas B&B
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All reviewsdie agterplaasbobotiedu toitmelville koppiesfresh homemade breadvery nice and helpful staffexcellent place to staynice neighborhoodvery pleasant staythree nightsrestaurants and shopsexcellent breakfastfelt safesoweto tourshort walkevery morningsouth africa
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

This was my second stay at Die Agterplaas (The Backyard, in Afrikaans) - the first being six years ago. It is excellent value for money - furnished in a solid Afrikaner country style - think free-standing wardrobes, metal bedsteads, medium stained wood, some rooms with baths, others with showers, all with ensuites, fridges, televisions, and kettles. Most rooms have a desk and chair too. The detail is amazing - moulded plaster ceilings in the dining room, and matching moulded metal ones in the rooms up the hill.

Breakfast is superb - both continental and cooked. For the Anglo-Saxon world - it IS run by Afrikaners who tend to eat their cereal with fruit and yoghurt, but if you prefer milk, they have it. They also have a tin of golden syrup for their Commonwealth guests who prefer that on their French toast, and generally go out of their way to make people comfortable. Not only do they do laundry, they also do mending. If what you want is not immediately on offer, just ask, and they bend over backwards to assist you - they really are wonderful.

Jannie du Toit and his staff take very good care of their guests, it could not be bettered.
They can provide a driver for the day - use this service if you do not have a car - and they also do airport pick-ups, which is reassuring in a city which has a rather high crime rate. (ALWAYS have somewhere to go on arrival in Johannesburg, and if an airport pick-up is available, use it.)
Speaking of which, they also provide excellent advice as to safe and unsafe neighbourhoods, tailored to the ethnicity, gender, and age group of their guest(s). For example, men may be able to walk alone in suburb x - and women cannot.

South Africa generally is excellent value for money, but this is excellent value even there - all this, for $70 - 90 a night. They also do dinners with advance notice, three course set meal (soup, main, and dessert), and are just down the hill from a pile of restaurants at Melville, and the supermarket is a bit beyond that at Campus Square in Auckland Park. It is also a short taxi ride from downtown or Rosebank, so quite conveniently placed.

Security is good too - the usual spiky fence and pile of keys - but that's life, in the more privileged parts of Johannesburg. Staff are there 24/7, and Jannie the owner lives there too, which gives me greater confidence in the security provided than anything else. Have a chat with him - he's a great chap. You might also catch his friend Lochner de Kock at the breakfast table, both of them have been on the Afrikaner music scene for many years.

All staff speak English fluently, but do remember that while widely spoken, English is the first language of very few - about 10% of Johannesburgers.

I will be staying at Die Agterplaas again when I return again to Johannesburg in a few years time. Even if they charged more I would stay there - the kindness that they give their guests, and the understanding with which they treat them, is one of those things that just cannot be bought. Highly recommended - stay here when in Johannesburg.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the rooms at the top of the hill - newest, best views.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

A friend and I met up here in June. Temperatures were quite cool, and my only complaint about the inn really is that the room was not sufficiently heated for temps near 0C . We finally complained and were immediately provided with space heaters -- the squeaky wheel -- but when temps are that low, shouldn't have to complain. Room very comfortable, breakfast great. Staff very accommodating. Need to figure out the transport system -- this is not easy to get to or from without independent transport.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

A great place to stay, especially when arriving in Johannesburg for the first time of your life. Very friendly hosts, really interested in their guests wellbeing. We were with a family with teens, it was great. Wonderful breakfast and even a special vegetarian Bobotie on request for dinner!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

We spent three nights in the lovely large double bedroom with the claw foot bathtub. The staff were excellent and went above and beyond to provide information and answers to our questions about the local area and broader region. The location is fantastic - the private pathway to 7th avenue is great - there are lots if fantastic restaurants, bars and eclectic shops on the short strip. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

Nice, quet b&b although in the middle of Melville. You have quick access to 7th avenue (= restaurants etc.) via back gate. Very nice breakfast, wi-fi, excellent service from friendly staff (especially the waitress/chef with her incredible smile). Clean room, fresh towels. I slept like a baby.

Room Tip: rooms 1-3, they have sliding doors as separate entrance
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Anna S
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