We were required to make a hasty trip to South Africa (our first) due to Penny's brother hospitalized at Sunninghill Hospital in Rivonia. I quickly chose lodging by randomly selecting a facility that met our criteria for such an event--close to the hospital and one that served breakfast. Upon arrival at Green Gables, we were gratefully amazed at the helpfulness and assistance offered by Christopher, the proprietor of Green Gables. After checking us in and showing us the grounds, he gave us a tour of the town, showed us a short cut to the hospital, and drove us to the hospital--all on his own time and in his own vehicle. This assistance continued throughout our stay; we owe a debt of gratitude to Christopher. Moreover, Christopher is a great conversationalist and knows well the history of South Africa and is versant on just about every topic on interest (at least to us).
Although we were not able to fully enjoy the grounds and other amenities of the Green Gables, they are 'top drawer.' Beautiful plants and birds permeate the entire acreage.
We hope to return to the Green Gables some day for a bit of relaxation and further conversation with Christopher!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Green Gables is a peaceful & well established guest house which has a Cape Dutch country house ambiance. Our spacious, en-suite bedrooms are all individually decorated and have separate entrances. The sprawling, largely indigenous garden, with a number of private areas, is home to a wide variety of birdlife. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Green Gables Rivonia, South Africa