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High Corner Guest House

High Corner 122/124 High Street, Grahamstown 6139 South Africa
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#12 of 51 B&Bs / Inns in Grahamstown
Experience historical Grahamstown by staying in this beautifully renovated home graced with Cape antiques, original art and Oregan pine. Within easy walking distance from restaurants, shops, university, museums and local attractions. Accommodation provided in 5 beautiful en-suite rooms with modern conveniences including air conditioning, electric blankets, TV on the DSTV hotel bouquet and free wi fi internet connection. Secure parking behind old stone walls and swimming pool. Two self-catering cottages also available with free wi fi internet and TV on DSTV hotel bouquet. Parking for cottages subject to availability and in High Street.
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SciRad wrote a review Mar 2019
Brighton, United Kingdom569 contributions113 helpful votes
We pretty much tooK over the main house for several days on a group business trip. It’s a beautiful old house with wooden floors, large rooms, some with verandas and a tiny pool in a courtyard where there are additional rooms. They also have Apartments or ‘villas’ round the corner that are v comfortable. Wi-fi was basic but adequate for most things. After 5pm you pretty much have the run of the place as staff go home. It’s on the end of the main/high street and a short walk to shops, banks, restaurants and bars. It felt v safe not only because the main door also has an iron gate over it but the town is quite laid back in many ways. Very little hassle from anyone whilst I was there - animals wander around freely - donkeys and cows mostly and they like everyone else is doing their own thing. The town has a colonial elegance about it though the recent drought has hit everyone there - but it’s especially bad in the townships. The area around the HC can get noisy in the evening though when we stayed the worst thing was a cow or bull making a lot of noise v early in the morning. Earplugs advisable generally as it’s an old house with creaky stairs and thin walls. Beds v comfortable, shower hot (keep it short there is a drought on). A great base for exploring Grahamstown or Makhanda as it is now called. Lots of good places to eat and drink.
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Traveled on business
Nicola K wrote a review Sep 2018
Johannesburg, South Africa141 contributions31 helpful votes
This is a charming small guest house in Grahamstown. This historical building has some beautiful, and some odd, architectural features, including its beautiful wooden floors and high ceilings. Check in is seamless, and the staff are very friendly and helpful. There is convenient parking on the premises. The swimming pool is a lovely addition. Breakfast is divine, with two hot breakfast options, and a great cold breakfast and toast buffet available. There is no room service and there is no food available after breakfast, but there is a list of local restaurants who deliver in their room booklet. The WiFi isn't great. It's slow and the connection is unreliable. There was only one double point plug in the room which means only one lamp could work at a time, and charging one's electronics is something one needs to choose over a bedside lamp. The desk lamp was also broken. Lighting leaves something to be desired. The rooms are comfortable but there is a bit of an ant problem, so don't leave anything attractive to ants out (like old tea or coffee cups). The big windows are great and open wide for fresh air. The rooms can be a bit noisy, as the road is busy during the day and there are constantly people walking past and you can hear pretty much everything. The hotel says it provides ear plugs in the bedside drawers, but there weren't any in my room. The space was clean enough and I would consider staying here again, as it is a cosy hotel, and it is in a great location if you need to be in walking distance of most things in town, right by the university and not too close to any noisy bars. It's also within a five minutes walk from many restaurants, coffee shops and other amenities. As with any spaces in South Africa, be conscious of surroundings if walking anywhere. Grahamstown does have serious crime. Don't carry any obviously expensive things on you if walking, and don't leave valuables in a parked car. Don't walk alone at night or in dark, quiet spaces. Otherwise, it's reasonably safe to walk around during the day and there are some lovely things to see on a walk, including the closeby botanical gardens.
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Trip type: Traveled on business
Room Tip: Mrs O'Grady's room is great. None of the rooms are any quieter than the others.
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cleoch wrote a review Jan 2018
Geneva, Switzerland366 contributions121 helpful votes
High Corner is a house with an interesting history, on the other side of the street from the Rhodes University arch and an easy walk to the centre of Grahamstown. We had the Tannery, a double bedroom annex across the pretty, small patio (and splash pool) from the main building. The bedroom had attractive wooden furniture, a comfortable bed, plenty of storage space, tea/coffee making facilities and a desk, while the en suite bathroom had a clawfoot bath with shower above. The room has air conditioning but when we arrived it was quite cool, so we made use of the electric radiator and heated towel rail. There is also an electric underblanket for the bed, though we did not use this. Breakfast was very good, with fruit, yoghurt, cereals, juice and filter coffee, and a cooked breakfast to order. Wifi was basic but adequate (the Tannery has its own network). The guesthouse does washing on request. Staff were friendly and helpful. Definitely a good place to stay in Grahamstown.
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Date of stay: December 2017
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled on business
Response from highcorner, Owner at High Corner Guest House
Responded Jan 27, 2018
Glad you enjoyed your stay - would love to host you again Kind regards Karen, High Corner
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Brendan T wrote a review Oct 2017
East London, South Africa63 contributions9 helpful votes
The house is an antique. It's well maintained and the old school wood interior is in my view beautiful. It adds an ambience that is often missing in some establishments. Importantly this bnb is on High Street and is across the road from Rhodes University and a museum. Also just up the street is the High Court and numerous coffee shops, restaurants and retail outlets. When I got to my room i imagined it would be a standard room with ensuit bathroom and shower... mayhap a coffee station. Instead I was greeted with a furnished lounge, kitchenette, bathroom, two bedrooms and a rather naughty back door. The kitchenette has a fridge, cupboards with full cutlery, microwave, two plate stove and a wash basin. The main bedroom is spacious with cupboards, work desk and a queen size bed. The other bedroom is similar but has two single beds instead of the Queen size bed in the main bedroom. The bathroom has your standard shower basin etc. What was different about this particular bnb is that it is surprisingly quiet. Which for me is a major plus. Unfortunately dinner is not served but if one literally walks across the road there are at least 3 or 4 good restaurants. Breakfast is served and includes tea coffee juice and continental breakfast and your choice of full English breakfast. Free WiFi is available and a pool should one require a dip. Good stay
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Date of stay: October 2017Trip type: Traveled on business
Johan B wrote a review Jun 2017
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa7 contributions
I was welcomed to this beautiful historic place by the friendliest staff. My room was huge, very well appointed and really comfortable. There are good restaurants literally just across the road and Karen the owner was most welcoming. I can highly recommend this establishment for business travellers, but most definitely also for families. I will most certainly visit again as it certainly ticks all the boxes.
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Date of stay: June 2017Trip type: Traveled on business
$64 - $98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaEastern CapeGrahamstown
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Frequently Asked Questions about High Corner Guest House
Which popular attractions are close to High Corner Guest House?
Nearby attractions include Cathedral of St Michael and St George (0.2 miles), St Patrick's Catholic Church (0.2 miles), and Observatory Museum (0.06 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at High Corner Guest House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Is parking available at High Corner Guest House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to High Corner Guest House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Haricot's Deli & Bistro, Major Fraser's Craft Bar & Eatery, and The Rat & Parrot.
Are there opportunities to exercise at High Corner Guest House?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is High Corner Guest House located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Grahamstown.