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Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse

79 Lancaster Avenue Craighall Park, Johannesburg 2196 South Africa
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#2 of 382 B&Bs / Inns in Johannesburg
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One of the first guesthouses to open in the Rosebank Region some 19 years ago, Liz at Lancaster has built a strong reputation based on excellent personal service, great comfort, convenient location, seclusion and privacy. Given recognition for this in 2011 with an AA Accommodation Award for ‘People who go the extra mile’, an AA Accommodation in 2012 for 'Traveller's best value', Liz at Lancaster was also voted a finalist three years in a row in the AA 2010, 2011 & 2012 Accommodation Awards. We are included in Greenwood Guides Handpicked Accommodation. But perhaps most telling of all are our guest comments: ‘We loved the peace and privacy – we didn’t even know there were other guests here.’ ‘Craighall Park is such a central location – under 10 minutes from Rosebank and Melrose Arch and less than 15 minutes to Sandton Central. Even Parktown and Joburg Central are easily accessible – it took us 12 minutes to Wits.’ ‘Superb service and such comfortable spacious rooms’. ‘The on-site transport was a real added bonus.’ ‘Your Joburg information booklet in our room was amazingly helpful and useful.’ It is a mere 12 minute ride from O.R Tambio International Airport to the Rosebank Gautrain Station which is only 3.5 km from Liz at Lancaster. You can either pick up your rental car when you arrive at the station, or phone us for a transfer – a real added convenience. With 7 very private individual units all with separate entrances and kitchenettes offering self-catering options, Liz at Lancaster is ideal for long stays whether for business travelers or for those relocating. Rates drop for weekly and monthly stays. There are 2 standard spacious double rooms (25 & 30 m²), 3 studio flatlets (55 m²), and 2 one-bedroom cottages (80 m²) each with separate living/dining room and open plan kitchen. All lead onto their own enclosed courtyards where you can enjoy your privacy on a warm Highveld summer evening while sipping at a sundowner from your mini-bar. During our chilly Jozi winter months you will be warmly snug with under-carpet heating and electric blankets. All units have shower and bath, ample well-lit work areas/dining tables, separate sitting area, broadband WiFi connection, flat screen TVs and DSTV with own decoders (25 channels), overhead fans, convenient luxuries like hairdryers, toweling gowns, radio clock alarms, luxurious cotton percale linen, a house branded range of natural toiletries and on-the-house E-spring filtered water. Delicious breakfasts are served to order on the breakfast patio which opens out onto the garden in summer and is warmed by a roaring log fire in winter. There is ample secure off-street undercover parking. We offer a same day laundry service and on-site transport at very reasonable rates. All credit cards including Diners and American Express are accepted. Liz and two staff live on site and are always at the other end of the internal intercoms. As Liz taught Art History and Heritage at Wits University for 25 years, she keeps abreast with cultural events and has quite an extensive library. A further bonus of staying at Liz at Lancaster is the convenience of the neighbourhood shops at the end of the block: a 7-7 grocery store, a chemist, restaurant, etc.
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gillypop wrote a review Feb 2020
yorkshire80 contributions26 helpful votes
This was a lovely "home from home" guesthouse. Liz and all the staff were very welcoming on our arrival and during our short stay. The room we had was very spacious and clean with a kitchen/dining/lounge area, a large very comfortable bed and a nice little leafy patio area which was great to sit out on an evening and enjoy Liz's house red wine! The breakfasts were excellent and cooked to order. Mr T was a very safe, careful driver on our trips to and from the airport and also for the short journey to Rosebank. Liz has a wealth of information about the area and further afield and this was invaluable to us. Thank you, will see you again in July!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Liz at Lancaster Guest House, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse
Responded Mar 2, 2020
Thank you Gillybopz for this wonderful feedback of your stay here. We are pleased you were so happy staying here. We get such excellent comments about the service levels, the wonderful privacy, the value for money and how "there is everything that you need". But so many of these comments are made to us and not on TripAdvisor. So thank you for sharing this with everybody. Mr T gave a big appreciative smile when I gave him your feedback. We certainly look forward to see you in July From us all at Liz at Lancaster; Liz, Mr T, Catherine and Thandie
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Road127941 wrote a review Feb 2020
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We were fortunate to find Liz at Lancaster Guest House. From the moment I made the reservation until our departure, Liz was helpful. She and her staff are capable, kind and knowledgeable. They made our (too short) stay easy and comfortable. We had a late flight from Johannesburg on the day we departed. Liz made it easy to store our luggage so we could change clothes and reorganize before going to the airport. She provided airport pick-up and drop-off.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Liz at Lancaster Guest House, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse
Responded Mar 2, 2020
Thank you Road127941. Your stay WAS very short but I'm just so pleased that it all went off well. The things that you mention are what make for a smooth stress-free visit : direct and immediate contact between you as guest and me as establishment owner/manager; safe and hassle free airport collection and drop-off; value-added conveniences like late check-outs and being able to leave luggage safely. These are things that a photo does not show! And are things that are often overlooked when dealing through a third party booking site. Thank you from all at Liz at Lancaster: Liz, Mr T., Catherine and Thandie
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petermed wrote a review Dec 2019
Spokane, Washington12 contributions2 helpful votes
This is our 3rd trip to South Africa with our family and my wife’s parents have stayed here countless times before. We always fly into JoBurg and always stay at Liz at Lancasters. Liz is the most lovely hostess, the staff is beyond kind and we have gotten to know them over the years. They always remember our kids and we reconnect immediately. Secure and comfortable accommodations with lovely breakfast made fresh by Mr. T(agala). Beautiful gardens, weaver birds in the trees, and multiple private residences on the property. Best B&B in the area hands down.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Liz a, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse
Responded Jan 3, 2020
What a nice way to start the decade of the roaring '20s - to read your review Petermed, of your stay here in October. We have made such wonderful friends and connections over the more than 2 decades Liz at Lancaster has been running, and you and your family are among them. That sense of re-connection is important to us all. We hope it is not too long before you are back again - Mr T's kitchen is already waiting for you with more freshly cooked breakfasts to order. Thank you once again from us all at Liz at Lancaster: Liz, Mr T, Catherine and Thandie
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IngridB54 wrote a review Nov 2019
Norwich, United Kingdom2 contributions
I arrived at Liz at Lancaster around 6 am, worn out having been on a seriously delayed flight from Europe. Was settled in Earth Room and felt revived after a gloriously hot shower and delicious breakfast, not to mention the warmest welcome from Liz and Katherine. I stayed in Earth Room on my first trip in 2006 and love its easy comfort, tranquillity and being part of the main house. The small courtyard is perfect, whether for a wake up cup of coffee or sundowner. Liz at Lancaster has been home from home in Johannesburg over 14 years and I've stayed in every room at the guesthouse. Each one has its own lovely spirit. The service provided by Liz and her team and the standard of the guesthouse has just been consistently excellent.The location is convenient for seeing my 90 year old mother who stays in a care home in Randberg and for visiting friends in Linden. A late afternoon swim is always refreshing and then being able to watch the birds milling about around the bird feeder is very calming however the day has been. I always feel quite safe in the area and love a walk along the Braamfontein stream in nearby Delta Park. Liz has such a wealth of knowledge about Johannesburg which she loves to share. Thank you Liz at Lancaster!
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Date of stay: November 2019
Response from Liz a, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse
Responded Nov 30, 2019
Dear IngridB24, I somehow missed your review so apologies for the delayed reply. There are many perks of this business (despite the 24/7 relentlessness of it). And having relationships over so many years with guests like you is one of them. So many guests have become friends and it's such a privilege. I can't quite believe that it was 14 years ago that you first came with your Mum. You clearly had a particularly good visit this time Ingrid - I am so pleased, And you certainly needed a quiet little haven to return to in the evenings. So look forward to your next visit From us all at Liz at Lancaster: Liz, Mr T, Catherine and Thandie
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GHDownie wrote a review Oct 2019
Glasgow, United Kingdom128 contributions83 helpful votes
We stayed with Liz a few days ago and felt very well looked after. Everything we needed and more was laid on with great attention to detail and quality. The breakfast fare was top notch as well. And a nice eco friendly vibe to complete the experience. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Liz a, Owner at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse
Responded Oct 28, 2019
We loved welcoming you back again - this time with even more of the family in tow! Thank you so much for coming to stay again. I'm delighted that your aunt enjoyed our restaurant recommendation. I forgot to ask how the art tour of Constitution Hill went, but will email you directly to find out. Thanks again for the feedback and taking the time to write on TripAdvisor From all the team at Liz at Lancaster: Liz, Mr T, Catherine and Thandie
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$71 - $102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaGautengGreater JohannesburgJohannesburg
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Frequently Asked Questions about Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse
Which popular attractions are close to Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include Escape Room South Africa (0.7 miles), Hyde Park Corner (0.6 miles), and Ace and Pearl Fine Wine Bar (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include DW 11-13, Cnr Cafe Bistro and Deli, and Winehouse.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct (4.5 miles), Johannesburg Fort (4.5 miles), and Nelson Mandela Foundation (2.5 miles).
Is Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.