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“a wonderful feeling of 'coming home'”
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Essenwood House
Ranked #6 of 255 Durban B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
1 review
“a wonderful feeling of 'coming home'”
Reviewed 10 October 2011

Hi John and Paddy

Thank you for the very comfortable accommodation.
This was the most perfect room for me - especially as the view is just as I remember it from all those years ago [gave me a wonderful feeling of 'coming home']

When next in Durban I will be requesting Room 5. I will spread the word!!
I intend mentioning my stay at Essenwood House on my Facebook page.

I had a lovely, memorable week-end and really appreciate you,John, going out of your way to make sure I got to the restaurant on Saturday evening.

Room Tip: "Room with a View" No 5 !
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Munich
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Reviewed 18 September 2011

I can highly recommend Essenwood Guesthouse. We (my wife and me and two boys of 6 and 11) stayed there for 4 day at the end of August 2011

Joerg

Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Edinburgh
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Reviewed 3 September 2011

Essenwood House was like an oasis in the city. Such a beautiful guesthouse with spacious, comfortable bedrooms and a superb breakfast. The host was warm and very hospitable offering great knowledge of activities and restaurants to experience in Durban. A wonderful stay.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 August 2011

Coming from the UK we wanted a quiet, upmarket hotel with character. We had genuinely priced up both the Oyster Box and the Beverley Hills Hotels but, having arrived in Durban we were so relieved that we had opted for neither. Firstly, they are not in Durban and secondly, having purposely gone to visit them, they were much overrated....a criticism that simply cannot be levied at Essenwood House. A period property with charm, sophistication and simply stunning views across the tropical garden and pool to the city and Indian Ocean beyond. We stayed for 7 nights....7 faultless nights...for which we are very grateful to both John and Paddy. We slept well, ate well (nearby Florida Road) and will certainly return. Don't take our word for it, visit yourself......Mt and Tq

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review, 1 September 2011
Thank you so much for your very kind review,.It is great to be compared to such well known places as you mentioned and we probably don't deserve it, but so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us as much as we enjoyed your enthusiastic time seeing almost all that Natal has to offer!
Every day filled with new experiences, some of which i have never seen myself after 30 years!
Hope to see you again,
Best wishes
John
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Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
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Reviewed 29 August 2011

We was there 3 times, and the service, the rooms and the hospitality is still exellent.

Room Tip: Honeymoon room upstairs is the best one!
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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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london
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Reviewed 26 August 2011

A wonderful elegant and peaceful place to stay in Durban. We could not fault it at all. The rooms were spacious and decorated so tastefully .The breakfasts were wonderful and the staff were lovely. Thank you John and Paddy for making our visit to Durban so special .Oh and a mention for your sweet little dogs !We hope to return soon.

Jill and Barry Mindel

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review, 28 August 2011
So glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and very kind of you to write a review which has just come up on my screen, Best wishes and hope to see you again!
REgards,
John
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Hermanus, South Africa
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Reviewed 23 August 2011

We enjoyed a week of comfort & great hospitality of the highest quality !
Thankyou very much & keep going so that we may return again for another visit
Best regards Gisela & John Kramer

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
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Property: Essenwood House
Address: 630 Stephen Dlamini Road | Berea, Durban 4001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 255 B&Bs / Inns in Durban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Essenwood House 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Essenwood House offers both the corporate or leisure guest all the comforts of a magnificent Edwardian private home in true 5 star affordable accommodation. Set in a tropical garden, peace and quiet yet minutes away from the city centre of Durban, shopping malls, restaurants, Durban Convention centre and the well-known Durban beaches. ... more   less 
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