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koi pond
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Leopard loft
a double bed room
dining room tables seat 16
kitchen view from scullery
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5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 11
Johannesburg, Greater Johannesburg, Gauteng

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Hari J
Greater London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“More than just accommodation - it's an experience”
Reviewed September 25, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

I had an absolutely great time at Swanage. Along with my elective experience at Baragwanath and Bheki Mlangeni, the experience of living at Swanage with Alan and the other students will stay with me. Alan made me feel so welcome and importantly I felt extremely safe - something which was initially a concern for someone going to Johannesburg for the first time with some fairly unfounded preconceptions. Living at Swanage also meant that I was able to join in with Swanage activities like cooking dinner together, going to Alan's friends' house for dinner, going on safari and a whole host of other things. As mentioned all of these experiences will be treasured and I wholeheartedly recommend any elective student to stay here!

Traveling group: Solo Traveler
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Sep 25, 2016
Thank you Hari
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Kumaran18
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Couldn't have wished for more...”
Reviewed July 23, 2016 for a stay in May 2014

I arrived to Johannesburg to take elective at Bara. Warned of the notoriety and violence by friends and family ahead of my arrival, I found South Africa to be very hospitable. What made it for me was Swanage. In the safe haven of Sandringham, Swanage is a great place to stay with great amenities (Pool, TV, Internet, Dishwasher, Laundry, BBQ, Piano, Koi Pond!), places to travel and eat nearby. However, what sets Swanage apart, is the laughter and satisfaction of excellent company there. I can recommend it without hesitation. Thanks Alan.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Jul 24, 2016
Thank you Kumaran
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Rsheed1
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Great host, Great house. Lekker experience.”
Reviewed June 29, 2016 for a stay in May 2015

I spent 8 weeks at Swanage during my medical elective at Chris Hani (Bara) and I’d highly recommend it. Alan is a great host and with his local knowledge and experience, he can help you get the best deals on vitals such as mobile phone sim cards, gym membership and car rentals. He also has plenty valuable tips to help you get by day-to-day in Joburg.

If Alan - for some reason - is not your cup of tea… Swanage would not disappoint! There are plenty spaces indoors for socialising as well as areas where you can retreat for quiet times. In the compound there is ample space for cars, a garden, pond, swimming pool and also a BBQ (aka braai) / ping pong area.

Swanage is also in a safe part of Joburg and on quite a few occasions, you will see security patrolling the neighborhood which is reassuring. Nearby (within walking and a short driving distance) you have all the amenities you need from supermarkets and pharmacists to gym and Nandos.

The package also comes with an opportunity to explore parts of South Africa with a local. A highlight was out trip to Pilansberg. With Alan’s understanding of the wild, you get to set up and go without much hassle and also make the most out of your time.

I’ll be back soon!

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Your age range 25-34
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Management Response
Jun 30, 2016
Thanks Rasheed look forward to your return
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neysanpuc...
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastic!!!”
Reviewed June 20, 2016 for a stay in August 2014

I stayed at Swanage for 2 months (Aug-Oct 2012) whilst on my medical elective at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. It was truly one of the best experiences of my life and staying at Swanage was a key factor.

I travelled with a friend and we rented a car for our time there and Alan was easily reachable for directions, parking was not an issue and Swanage is a beautiful and comfortable place in a safe neighbourhood. We played football in the park just outside his house and were able to walk to the supermarket nearby. Sharing a room was never an issue and we made many friends with the other visitors staying at Swanage.

The house is large with a nice kitchen/dining area and a comfortable living room with TV and DVD player. The garden is nice with a medium sized pool and an easily useable grill - all amazing features, especially after a long shift at the hospital!

Alan was extremely kind and welcoming and an amazing source of local knowledge and advice, whether with regards to hospital/medical, Johannesburg, or where to go on weekend trips/safaris. This was incredibly helpful and truly improved our experience of Johannesburg.

I would strongly recommend staying at Swanage, especially if you are going for your medical elective/fellowship.

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Management Response
Jun 20, 2016
Thank you Neysan
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Jules N
1 review
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“Appreciated”
Reviewed June 15, 2016 for a stay in January 2015
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I have stayed in Swanage for two month and a half. This is the place to be for different reasons: First of all when you stay at Swanage you feel you are at home (as in your own family). I cannot forget some days when had dinner or supper with everyone in the house. As I was completing my masters I never felt stressed since I had amazing people (including Dr Alan) in the house. Moreover, I will always remember how Dr Alan has a heart of sharing the heart with everyone in the house. Stay in Swanage, you will not regret.

Traveling group: Solo
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Management Response
Jun 16, 2016
Thank you Jules....congratulations on your masters degree.
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dineshbri...
Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
“Dr”
Reviewed June 13, 2016 for a stay in January 2015

I honestly couldn't recommend a better place to stay
Dr Alan Peter's generosity, kindness and hospitality brings together medical comrades from the world over, combined with his excursions such as camping trips in Pilanesberg, where he is a part time game ranger, together with trips he often does to the Kalahari etc, experience in rural medicine, will give u a once in a lifetime experience and friendships of a lifetime and a true experience of South African culture and generosity from the inside.
His braais (bbq's) and inspired cooking is only second placed by his kind generosity.
His extensive list of "swans" (named after the house name of "Swanage", is truly international.
Leaving South Africa and its memories will lead to heart wrenching goodbye as u leave after a stay here
Dinesh Ratnapala
General surgeon
Australia

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Management Response
Jun 15, 2016
Thank you Dinesh
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Noor A
1 review
“Best Medical elective & best host ever!!”
Reviewed June 7, 2016 for a stay in July 2015

I have lived in swanage for 6 weeks whilst doing my medical elective at Bara. Swanage is the place to be! if your not shy of a great atmosphere/ location / best host (Alan)ever than this is the place for you. swanage is very spacious and accomodating. Alan will exceed your expectations as a host, his positivity, amazing cooking skills and his passion for safari will leave you homesick by the time you depart. 10/10 and would certainly return !

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Jun 8, 2016
Than you Noor
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