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Essenwood House

5.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   630 Stephen Dlamini Road | Berea, Durban 4001, South Africa
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Ranked #1 of 219 Durban B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

It is always a pleasure to return to Essenwood House to enjoy the comfort and hospitality of John and Paddy. They are always there to welcome us and concerned about our comfort and well being. After taking part in the Comrades marathon, again, we were welcomed with a substantial cup of hot soup to replenish our tired bodies. Essenwood house... More

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

It was great to see you again this year for the Comrades. We always look forward to your visits but missed the Wolfsons this year, hopefully he will try again next year. Many thanks for the kind things you had to say, always appreciated and hope to look after you again next year Best wishes. John and Paddy More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We have stayed at this guest house twice this year and have enjoyed both occasions. The rooms are lovely, overlooking a pretty garden with pool. Nice big bathrooms. John is a caring host while the staff are kind and accommodating. The English breakfast is good and nicely presented, including the morning newspaper. There is WiFi but not the strongest reception.... More

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

Many thanks for your very kind review which is much appreciated. Sorry about the fridge, it has now been fixed for your info! Hope to see you again when everything I hope will be working properly! best wishes John More

Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Booked two nights during march but stayed five nights In two very large and spacious rooms. Try for an upstairs room as they offer great Views of Durban. John is an extremely good host and can offer great recommendations for the local restaurants. Butchers boys and the nearby Italian were our favourite. All in all excellent accommodation at a very... More

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

So glad that you enjoyed your stays with us. Sorry about the reception, there are a few blind spots in the house which we have rectified! Always good to hear from our guests, good as well as bad, luckily most guests seem to enjoy their stay with us which is very gratifying Best wishes, John chance More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I had the chance to stay in this guest house for 2 weeks and I found it really nice. Beautiful rooms, garden and people. Friendly and always ready to try to meet your needs. The English breakfast in the garden is unforgettable. Recommended!

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

We did enjoy having you to stay and are glad that everything worked out well for you. We look forward to your long stay next week and will make everything as comfortable as we are able during your stay with us. best wishes. John Chance More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Stayed 3-nights at Essenwood House and wow what a great place. From pre-booking via email to my arrival, and the stay itself, the owners John and Paddy made me feel very welcome. I totally felt at home immediately. The room was a large, very spacious, high ceiling property with a huge bathroom (separate tub and shower) and a wonderful balcony... More

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

Wow, that was a great review, it make it all worthwhile to receive such lovely remarks, thank you so much. Obviously we hope to see you again, nothing is too much trouble, we both really enjoy looking after our guests and when we hear from them like this, makes our day! best wishes, John Chance More

Sunbury, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

My wife and I recently spent 3 nights at Essenwood House, and it was a lovely experience in so many ways. The owners, John and Paddy, made us feel very welcome, our room was large, beautifully clean and comfortable, and the location was just just right - close to everything we wanted to do in Durban, and yet not too... More

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your very kind review, which I have only just seen! It is always great for us to find that our guests have enjoyed their stay and hope that it will encourage them to come again! Once again, Thank you so much, John chance More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

My wife and I have stayed at Essenwood House three times now, and every time has been wonderful. The house is beautiful and the location perfect, but the main attraction for us as been the welcome afforded us by the home's owners John and Paddy. We are a (relatively) young couple from Cape Town via England who have two young... More

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your very kind review. We are so lucky to only have really nice people who come and stay here which makes looking after you all worthwhile when appreciated like this, Once again, many thanks, John chance More

Schmiedrued-walde
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

My husband and I recently spent 12 nights in Essenwood House and highly recommend this immaculate B&B. The location is very practical, you can reach the beaches and all the major Highways within minutes. Our hosts made every effort to make us feel comfortable and welcome. We had a beautiful, large room on the first floor, it was worth the... More

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We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us, thank you so much for your kind words which makes all the hard work worthwhile. Hope to see you again, best wishes John chance More

Cape St Francis, South Africa
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

On a recent trip to Durban we stayed at the Essenwood. From the time we booked, I knew that this was something special: The instructions to get there or whether we need a "Pick up?"; The welcome and personal guided tour of the room with a proper introduction to all the facilities; The advice as far as eating out and... More

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

What a very kind review, much appreciated by both paddy and I. We always try and look after our guests and when they write such nice things it makes it all worthwhile, With best wishes, John and paddy More

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Wow, what a great B&B with fabulous hosts! We stayed at Essenwood for 2 nights and were very impressed with the property and Paddy and John were very friendly and helpful to us and our friends. The rooms are big and very comfortable. If you are looking for a quiet, well-run and well-located place to stay in Durban, you can't... More

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Thank you so much for your recommendation, which makes it all worthwhile! Hope to see you again sometime, With best wishes. John and paddy More

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Address: 630 Stephen Dlamini Road | Berea, Durban 4001, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
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Hotel Class:5 star — Essenwood House 5*
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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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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