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“Fabulous Stay at FernIvy Guest House Pretoria” 5 of 5 stars
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Merton Ave 793 | Eastwood, Pretoria 8300, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #28 of 294 Pretoria B&B and Inns
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“Fabulous Stay at FernIvy Guest House Pretoria”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

On recommendation of our Travel agent (South African) we spent 6 nights at Fernivy Guest house in Pretoria. Tis an 8 room Guest House that is "Old World Charm". Host Marguerite made us most welcome and we enjoyed 'sunset' drinks on the terrace and chatting about South Africa and their history. Our room was very comfortable and nice size for our 6 day stay.

We were well spoilt each morning at Breakfast in their 'antique' style dining room with literally 'silver service'. Staff, Magdaline, Sarah & Betty were wonderful and nothing was too much trouble for them in looking after us. Oscar the in-house parrot fooled us with his expert rendition of the 'telephone' ring tones. Location was great within walking of Union Buildings and couple of lovely restaurants.
If visiting Pretoria this Guest house is worth a comfortable stay and a break from the big hotels.

Room Tip: All rooms overlook pool area. I believe couple of rooms slighly larger than others, so if staying mo...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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fernivy, Owner at FernIvy Guest House, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
Tom & Glenda,

We also enjoyed your visit from our side. Receiving people as well traveled as you are, is always a pleasure. We hope you return to South Africa some day and visit us again.

Eitel & Marguerite.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012 via mobile

Very handy guest house. Location is perfect. Rooms are very well appointed. Breakfast service is fantastic. Well worth it of you need to stay in Pretoria.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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fernivy, Owner at FernIvy Guest House, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
We are glad you enjoyed our home. We hope to see you again soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

There are no words to describe Fern Ivy. It is unsurpassed. Marguerite and her husband are extremely welcoming and energetic and easy to relate to. They picked us up from the train station and gave us a little driving tour of Pretoria on the way back to the guesthouse. Marguerite then took us on a tour of the house, which was architecturally modern with classic decor and cool features - two roof decks with great views! We had our choice of rooms - and it was a tough decision!They were both exquisite, but we chose the one that was closer to the pool and hot tub. We were tired from traveling and thought we would enjoy dinner in by the pool. Marguerite even helped us order sushi from a local restaurant. The rooms are large, well furnished, and equipped with kitchenettes. We really enjoyed the complimentary decanter of sherry. And of course, there was plenty of Amarula at the bar!

We weren't there long enough to use the fitness room, but Marguerite is quite the runner and knows of a lot of good routes in the area. If you're fast enough, she'll even run with you! In the morning my husband and I (sans Marguerite, b/c we were hurting from all the travel and the major elevation differential) went for a short jog to the Union buildings, and then returned to the guesthouse for a delicious breakfast prepared by the staff - who were also wonderful.

The ambiance and hospitality of Fern Ivy were inspiring - stay here and you will seriously consider converting your own home into a guesthouse.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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fernivy, Owner at FernIvy Guest House, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
It was really nice seeing you again in Boston. And thank you again for the breakfast. Also, thank you for your kind review.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

What a find. Rooms are well appointed with lovely white cotton sheets, good shower and lovely breakfast. Fernivy is well located near a lovely cafe and shops. The owners and staff were very helpful. On our first night we were a little disorganised and concerned about walking to the cafe so the owners daughter drove us down. The next day my husband discovered he has lost a critical part of his Ipad and he was driven to the nearest Apple store. All in all everything worked well and we given fantastic assistance. I highly recommend Fernivy

Room Tip: We were lucky enough to have the large room on the ground floor
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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fernivy, Owner at FernIvy Guest House, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
We glad we could help. It was nice having you here.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2011

FernIvy is an example of perfect guesthouse hospitality, which you can find only in South Africa. Location is perfect both for business and holiday, the neighborhood is really quiet and beautiful, and the Union Buildings are just a few minutes walk away. Ample parking, small pool and a very nice rooftop veranda for sunbathing. Service could not be any better than this. We will definitely go back! Prices are very good concerning the luxury quality!.

Room Tip: Number one is the best room!
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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fernivy, Owner at FernIvy Guest House, responded to this review, December 6, 2011
Thank you for your kind review. It was nice having you. We are glad you enjoyed your stay!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2011

South African guest houses are usually really nice and FernIvy is not an exception. There is a real attention to details in service, rooms and hospitality. The staff is extremely helpful and make you feel welcome and well cared for. There is everything you need for relaxation but also for work. Wireless internet works perfectly; there are comfortable chairs if you need work, and a kitchenette is also there if you rather have your meal at the guest house.

The garden has a nice relaxed feelilng with huge banana trees. And if you have time for sun bathing you can go to the rooftop, admire the view and enjoy the sun.

FernIvy is conveniently located close to the Union building - so there are plenty of nice surroundings for a jog. You can reach the Gautrain station by car in only 5 minutes and the nearest cafe, restaurant and shops in 5 minutes walk.

If you have time, listen to Oscar, the eight year old parrot of the house, he has a great repertoire of sounds, whistles and words.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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fernivy, Owner at FernIvy Guest House, responded to this review, December 6, 2011
When you are back in Finland, remember that the warm South African sun is waiting for you on our rooftop patio! Thank you for your review. We really appreciate it. It was nice having you here.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2011

I have been staying at Fernivy regularly for about 4 years and it is an exceptional guest house catering for all my needs. Marguerite, the owner and her staff will go out of their way to make you feel welcome. It has a wonderful location and all rooms are fully equipped with kitchenette, DSTV, A/C, wifi etc.

It is quiet, impeccably clean and full of amenities ranging from pool, spa, as well as a well-stocked honesty bar that has a state of the art pinball machine if you like that kind of thing.

I stay at Fernivy about 100 nights in the year and recommend it highly.

The only negative thing can say is the squawk of Oscar the Parrot.

Room Tip: Rooms 1-3 are bigger with balcony's
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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fernivy, Owner at FernIvy Guest House, responded to this review, November 23, 2011
Oscar only squawks at regular and valued guests.
In any case, he/she says to say "Hi" in English.
And thanks for the feedback!
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Address: Merton Ave 793 | Eastwood, Pretoria 8300, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Pretoria
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Ranked #28 of 294 B&Bs / Inns in Pretoria
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in a quiet street in the leafy suburb of Eastwood, between the Union Buildings and the Presidents official residence, this guesthouse caters for the discerning traveller or businessperson. Though in the very heart of the capital city, accommodation is quite and comfortable. En suite bathrooms, pool, tan deck, business centre, panorama patio and pub, jacuzzi and airport transfers. Near universities, hospitals, government departments and sports venues, cinemas, theatres and malls. ... more   less 

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