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Reviewed 2 December 2017

We stayed at Essenwood House in Durban for 4-nights in late Oct ($87). The Essenwood is located in the chic suburb of Berea on a ridge overlooking downtown Durban. You entered the property through a security gate and down a steep, narrow driveway to a parking area with the house to the right. The 2-storey house retains the appearance of the mansion (circa 1929) it once was, a stately building with shutters, verandas and patios, with a garage to the side, that faces a nicely landscaped lawn and garden around a large pool (nice seating area around the pool, with views of the monkeys in the trees). The 1st floor housed the office, parlour and seating area, and the restaurant and kitchen; the guest rooms were on both floors (all with a patio of deck) and above the garage.

Our room, over the garage, was huge with a spacious sitting area (wicker chairs, table, antique desk and chair, cabinet with mini-fridge and TV) in front of the 2 twin beds pushed together to form a king and fronted by a bench. There were 2 huge clothes cabinets in an alcove by the door, a modern AC unit (no overhead fan), and 19th century paintings on the walls; 2 windows provided good light. There was a view only of the parking lot, and it was the only room without a deck or patio. The room did show its age, though, with unscreened double-sash windows that made mosquitoes an issue (they had to be kept closed most of the time) and scuffed and dated wood trim and furnishings. The bathroom was huge, with a vanity with double sinks, a 6' long bathtub, a large shower (unfortunately, the water temperature fluctuated constantly) and heated towel racks.

Breakfast was not extensive but was quite good – fruit salad, yogurt and cheese and a full English hot breakfast – choice of eggs, bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes. Essenwood was close to the many good restaurants on Florida Ave – a 5-min taxi drive (R25) that avoided the issue of having wine or beer with the meal. Most of downtown Durban was also close, - Shaka Marine World was only a 15-min drive away.

In summary, Essenwood House provided comfortable and spacious accommodations in an elegant setting close to downtown Durban. It served as a good base for exploring the area.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 November 2017

Pleasant stay in a old colonial atmosphere. if his can help : the key and key hole old fashioned and too low, no plug for kettle nor anywhere to put on, had to plug it on the floor and the shower cord broken. Comfortable room with an excellent bedding

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled solo
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Thank F8194LMolivierm
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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Coming here is just like arriving home, or better, arriving at your parents home!

Everything is quite relaxed and the entire space is really nice just to hang out and have a grew at time. You are also well located in the city in a nice neighborhood.

The guys there are also super nice an welcoming!

I would say the rooms may need some minor fixings but overall is a very pleasant stay.

Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

We were so fortunate to choose to stay here, quite by chance. A beautifully appointed b&b and so very quiet and peaceful away from the bustle of the city, and yet
conveniently situated. Wonderful spacious room and bathroom, very comfortable and
luxurious with so many thoughtful touches and a lovely garden. The food was
excellent and we also had an amazing curry supper! Our charming hosts were most helpful and obliging. This is definitely the only place we will chose to stay in Durban in future.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 October 2017

A beautiful home set in the heart of the Berea. Comfortable accommodation, friendly service and a delicious breakfast. Safe and secure environment within easy access to restaurants and shops. Gracious and helpful hosts.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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