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“"Home away from home.."” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Acorns on 8th

Acorns on 8th
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Acorns on 8th
Ranked #65 of 288 Johannesburg B&B and Inns
Sandton, South Africa
1 review
“"Home away from home.."”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2013

Spent two lovely evenings at Acorns. The 'Apartment' was exactly the type of accommodation which my partner and I were looking for: private; spacious; comfortable; self-catering; and beautifully decorated. It is extremely well situated, and is a quick drive to most popular nodes such as Rosebank Mall, Melrose Arch, Sandton, and the Jhb C.B.D. It is surrounded by a variety of restaurants which are a close distance away, and Zoo Lake is also nearby. Taking a jog around the neighbourhood, you're overcome by the tranquility and it's beauty, wishing that life could remain that way :)! Although we unfortunately did not get to spend much time with Pam and Wiggie, they warmly welcomed us to their place, and were also of great assistance in advising us on where to go. I would highly recommend Acorns on 8th, not just for its great locality, but also for the sense of 'homeliness' which one gets from the very 1st moment that you enter the property.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Frankfurt am Main
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2013

We started our trip to South Africa in Johannesburg and unfortunately we only stayed one night with Pam and Wiggie. We really had a fantastic time! It was the best and most hearty start of our holiday we could imagine!
The apartment is really pretty, well-spaced and in the same time cosy. We really felt at ease. It’s centrally located in a very nice neighborhood.
Pam and Wiggie were fantastic and helped us a lot! Even before our arrival, Wiggie helped us to coordinate our trip to the Krueger (expecially related to the metsi metsi trail).
All in all: a very very good place to stay, when you are in Johannesburg! We definitely recommend and will come back. But next time, we’ll stay a bit longer!

And thanks a lot to Pam and Wiggie, they made us feel at home!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Barbara L
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Gaborone, South-East, Botswana
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2012

I moved in at Acorns for a period of 3 months and had all the reluctance to leave when the time came. In just 3 months i had become so engrained in Dears Pam and Wiggie's family and will be for a lifetime owing to the warmth and love they extended to me. I cannot think of any other service or devotion that compares to the one at Acorns.

When you experience Acorns, you will get to understand Pam and Wiggie's unwritten philosophy of running and managing Acorns. You will understad that Acorns is run on a principle of serving and meeting your needs and most importantly going beyond the expectations as i experienced. You will surely enjoy the offering of the facilities which is magnificent. I surely will recommend Acorns to anyone who would like to fall in love with South Africa and leave with something to cherish.

Thanks a lot, I loved every moment of my stay and will be popping in every now and then, Guaranteed!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Thank Larona M
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Maputo, Mozambique
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2012

Pam and Wiggie went out of their way to make us feel at home and comfortable. The cottage was equipped with everything one could think of and tastefully decorated. The location was fantastic.. a lovely neighborhood to walk in and close to the Rosebank Mall and Clinic and, as others have said, some verynice restaurants. Most of all, it was Pam and Wiggie's kindness that made our stay in Joburg so enjoyable. We feel lucky to have found Acorns on 8th and will certainly stay there again!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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1 Thank hb6565
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Poulsbo, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2012

Couldn't have been more pleased.  Spacious, centrally located, more than reasonably priced for all the amenities provided.   Situated in a lovely neighborhood within walking distance of terrific restaurants and having an even lovelier hostess and host. They were wonderful and warm conversationalists who made us feel all the luckier for our serendipitous discovery of this home away from home. 

The crazy thing was that we'd been told we probably wouldn't find much in Johannesburg to like.  Clearly the people who had tried to warn us not to have much in the way of expectations hadn't met Pam and Wiggie nor stayed in their wonderful guest house.  Unreservedly recommended.

Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Jill K
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del mar, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2012 via mobile

We booked Acorns on the advice of locals, and it exceeded our expectations in every way. Pam and Wiggie were wonderful. They took time to answer our questions and give recommendations. The apartment was spacious and SO comfortable. It's also convenient to the outstanding Local Grill restaurant - walking distance!!! Check Wiggie's website: whyjoburg.com.

Stayed April 2012
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Redondo Beach, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2010

My boyfriend and I decided to go to South Africa for the World Cup. As if booking a hotel internationally isn't hard enough, doing it during the world cup became significantly more difficult. Luckily, I came across Acorns on 8th, and loved the idea of staying in a cottage. I contacted Pam, and she was fantastic! Not only was she very kind, but also so knowledgeable and helpful. In the months leading up to our trip I communicated almost weekly with Pam and later, her husband Wiggie. They advised us on safaris to book, car rentals, soccer ticket info, hotels in other cities, etc etc. When we finally arrived in joburg we were not disappointed. Acorns on 8th is gorgeous, clean, and very secure. Also, the hospitality of Pam and Wiggie was truly unparalleled. Wiggie spent hours helping us find the best route to Kruger, and they were both always willing to offer fantastic advice on where to go, eat, and see in town. We felt at home at Acorns. Our experience here added so much to our trip and created many happy memories. We are already planning our next trip back, and we will be right back in that adorable cottage on 8th!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank sara7255
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Scadoxus, Owner at Acorns on 8th, responded to this review, 4 November 2010
Thanks S and M.
We loved have you stay during such an exciting time, and being able to share our knowledge with your enthusiasm, has left lasting memories for us.
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Property: Acorns on 8th
Address: 12 Eighth Avenue | Parktown North, Johannesburg 2198, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
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Ranked #65 of 288 B&Bs / Inns in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and spend a night with us, in one of our two comfortable and stylishly furnished self-contained units, each with their own private entrance. We're situated in a secure and relaxed environment, in the tree-lined and sought after up-market suburb of Parktown North - one of the "Parks" in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg. The garden cottage opens out onto an attractive and tranquil indigenous garden with a large pool. The apartment opens out onto a spacious first floor balcony. Come and spend a night, or more, with us. ... more   less 

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