St. Aidan's Guest Cottage is my favorite guest house ever. It is centrally situated in Grahamstown, in walking distance to shops and many restaurants and yet in a quiet area. It has a beautiful garden with many lovely little spots and a relaxing overall feel. Not too formal but certainly well maintained. My room was cozy and beautiful with old furniture, a very lovely bed with a heating blanket and nice linen as well as a vase with fresh flowers and a little sunny balcony with a small chair and table. Attention was paid to detail, I was delighted to find shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, bubble bath, hand-wash, and hand-creme, which were all part of a local brand made with African herbs growing in the area in the lovely, alt-fashioned bathroom. Moreover, make up removal swipes (plus the obligatory little packed soap) and other useful little things, including a normal sized hair dryer were provided. There were a kettle and bar fridge plus ample tea bags, coffee, milk and sugar as well as lovely rusks on a glass domed dish next to the big TV. I hardly used the TV due to a nice selection of high-end magazines like "Longevity".
Most importantly, I felt truly spoiled throughout my stay. The breakfast was always delicious and the breakfast room warm with a crackling fire. George (an ever-present and extremely attentive angel) was amazing in making me feel at home from the first second: I arrived at 12 p.m., check in is 2 p.m. but he just looked at me and said "you look tired, let us make you comfortable" and took my bags straight to my room. The owners are also extremely nice and welcoming. All in all, staying at St Aidan's really does feel like visiting family. I hope I will get a chance to be back very soon.
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- Upmarket 5 bedroom ensuite guesthouse centrally located, within walking distance to schools, university and Mall. We offer full breakfast, DSTV and wireless internet. Your Home from Home - more than just a bed! ... more less
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