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“Heaven in hell & the concept of charm” 5 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Farmhouse   |   34 2nd Avenue | Cnr 7th Street, Johannesburg 2185, South Africa   |  
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“Heaven in hell & the concept of charm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

Let's face it - there is no good reason to spend much time in Johannesburg. When you've gone through the Apartheid museum, the Constitutional Court House, the compulsory but meaningless tour of Soweto (because seeing it and living in it are 2 completely different things), you're done... The rest is neverending suburbs with high security walls... Living there is, I believe, quite nice (lots of culture, nice places to drink coffee at,,,), but as a visitor, forget it!
Having said that, if you have to stay there, the Farmhouse is the place to stay... A beautiful garden - great mix of British and Florentine inspirations, a gorgeous colonial house and outstanding rooms to make you feel comfortable and relaxed after your day in ugly, dangerous and stressful Joburg. The welcome is warm but not embarrassing, the rooms are better than in most 4* hotels I've stayed in, the atmosphere is somewhat perfect - cosy, comfortable, discreet...
Dining was excellent - very cheap ($15 for 3 courses) and enjoyable. Don't expect 5* chain hotel servicem this is a guesthouse, not a Hilton!
What is special about the Farmhouse is not about any specific feature or service, it's about this rare concept of charm. What Karen and her team have achived is creating a place where everywhere you look is beautiful and lovely. All details have been carefully designed and the result is a place where you feel instantly comfortable and relaxed. I felt I could stay there for a long time... and this was a blissful heaven in Joburg.

Room Tip: Room 9 was huge, very comfy and quiet....
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

The Farmhouse Linden is a beautiful B&B that will please business travelers as well as leisure travelers. You are transported to a different world as soon as you drive through the gate - beautiful gardens surround the whole property. In spring, the flowers smell amazing. You just breathe deeper and smile as you walk through the property; Jacarandas and the scent of some 750 rose bushes with wisterias and jasmine cascading over trellises gives you a wonderful garden walkway to the main house and your room.

The breakfasts were delicious and well prepared. They made a coconut yogurt that was just heavenly. Karen, the owner, is helpful, friendly, and accommodating. Her staff is accommodating and pleasant, always greeting you with a smile.

The rooms are very spacious and comfortable. The beds are very comfortable, which is important when on business travel. And, they have reliable Internet access - another must for the business traveler. We were very pleased with everything we experienced here.

Room Tip: Only 1 room is actually in the main farmhouse. The others are accessed through the gardens making y...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 34 2nd Avenue | Cnr 7th Street, Johannesburg 2185, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 73 Specialty Lodging in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Farmhouse 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the heart of Johannesburg’s leafy suburbs, you will find Linden’s original farmhouse. It has been extensively renovated to its former glory with no expense spared on furnishing and decorating it in the style and luxury of yesteryear. The Farmhouse is a member of the South African Tourism Grading Council and has a four star grading. ... more   less 

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