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Essenwood House
Ranked #6 of 255 Durban B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Ultimate B&B”
Reviewed December 13, 2012

This is our 2nd stay at this beautiful guest house. The property is located at the top of the Berea has a lovely garden with pool and a view of the city and Indian Ocean in the distance. Our room was extremely large with a very comfortable king size bed, and plenty of closet space, and of course had an en-suite bathroom. Little extra touches make this a special place to stay. Coffee and tea available in room, with cookies and fresh fruit supplied daily. A wonderful large hot cooked breakfast was included so that we often only needed a snack for lunch. The property is secure and we felt very safe staying there. However it's best to have your own car to get around.

Room Tip: Upstairs front room with king-size bed has its own large balcony and great view. All rooms are quiet...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review, December 16, 2012
Thank you so much for toor very kind review. It is always good to have our guests make return visits and it was great to see yuo again and that everythig went of O.K./
I hope that you got home safely to a very cold Canada, lovely summer weather here now after al the rain, Hope to see you again.
Bst wishes
from John and paddy
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Pretoria
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

We stayed in Essenwood House for one night on our way to the wild coast, I just wish we could have stayed another night! The owners gave us a lovely welcome and were really helpful and informative. The rooms were massive, with equally massive bathrooms, all presented beautifully. The views of the city and ocean from the balconies were wonderful, along with the garden and swimming pool. The food and service at breakfast couldn't be faulted. Would strongly recommend!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review, November 28, 2012
What a very kind review, so much appreciated to have geusts who have enjoyed their stay woith us, it makes it all worth going the extra mile!
Hope you got home safely and of course that we might see you again,
With best wishes
John
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CA
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

Loved our stay here, such a quintessential old Durban house, reminded me of my youth growing up in Durban. If you are looking for a real Durban experience, go no further. Location was great for us as we were visiting family near by.

The room was excellent, large and clean. Great mini bar in the room and huge bathroom. Very nice breakfast in the morning, and our hosts were really nice and could not do enough for us. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review, November 28, 2012
It is always very heartening to receive reviews from our guests who have enjoyed their stay with us and this was no exception. Always also good to have people coming back to the "old town" again having left our shores!
We do hope that you will come back again and will try again to make your stay memorable!
Best wishes,
John chance
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

Essenwood house has been an amazing accommodation "find" for business trips to Durban. Travelling for business can become very tedious and lonely, this venue is like staying in my dream home from home. Paddy & John have mastered the art of being attentive yet leaving you to feel completely independent to come and go as you please. Breakfast is the tastiest I have had in ages, I need to ask on my next stay where the eggs & bacon are sourced from. Looking forward to my next trip to Durban.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review, November 18, 2012
TYhank yuo so much for your very kind eview, which is much appreciated. It is always very nice to hear good things as we try to look after all our guests as "special"! Hope to see you again, business or pleasure, Best wishes,
John and paddy
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Cape Town
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

This was my second visit to Essenwood House. It is perfectly situated, very central to many restaurants and shops and other Durban surburbs. I love the huge bedrooms and bathrooms. Rooms come with a well stocked fridge, fantastic views of Durban and big open balconies on some of them. John is the perfect host, always making sure everything is top notch. Breakfasts on the patio are a treat. Very comfortable in all ways.

Room Tip: All rooms are great but if you want one with a private entracnce make sure you request it.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Thank you so much for your kind review. It is always very encouraging to receive positieve feed-backs and makes all our hard work worthwhile!
Hope to see yo for a third time!!
Regards and best wishes
John
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Monaco-Ville, Monaco
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

this is a charming and gracious house in a calm and convenient part of Durban . We had a large and extremely comfortable bedroom on the ground floor . The owners made our stay thoroughly enjoyable and were always on hand when we needed them but otherwise left us alone. Perfect!
The breakfasts were excellent (like all the breakfasts we had in South Africa) . We only wished we had known that dinners were on offer on request.
Irreproachable address!

Room Tip: did not see the upstairs rooms but if our garden room is the standard then you will be happy anywher...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review, November 11, 2012
Thank you so much for your very kind review which was much appreciated
It is always very nice to hear something good about what we do and so were very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us, although too short!
Hope to see you again with maybe an upstrirs room bext time with sea views!
best wishes
John and Paddy
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

We spent 2 nights in this very well situated bed and breakfast and wished we could have stayed longer! The honeymoon suite is on the upper floor with a stunning view over the city. A spacious bedroom and en suite bathroom that features a king size bed and ample cupboard space coupled with a huge verandah ensured we had a very comfortable , relaxing stay.
Its central location ensured good restaurants , movies , the beach and other city attractions were close at hand. Highly reccomended

Room Tip: The honeymoon suite!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review, September 26, 2012
Thank you so much for your very kind reviw of Esenwood.
We were so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and that everyhting was up to standard.
Of couyrse we would love to see you again sometime if you are visiting Durban
With best wishes,
John and paddy Chance
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Property: Essenwood House
Address: 630 Stephen Dlamini Road | Berea, Durban 4001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 255 B&Bs / Inns in Durban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Essenwood House 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Essenwood House offers both the corporate or leisure guest all the comforts of a magnificent Edwardian private home in true 5 star affordable accommodation. Set in a tropical garden, peace and quiet yet minutes away from the city centre of Durban, shopping malls, restaurants, Durban Convention centre and the well-known Durban beaches. ... more   less 
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