Imagine walking into the cosiest guesthouse and the smell of freshly baked crunchie biscuits welcomes you. This is what happened when we arrived at The Ashford Guesthouse this past weekend. Not only did the delicious aromas of freshly baked biscuits welcome us, but so did Zanele, with her friendly, bubbly smile.
The Ashford Guesthouse is conveniently located in the heart of Johannesburg in the suburb of Parkwood. Parkwood is famous for being a quiet jacaranda tree-lined suburb and is nestled between Rosebank and Saxonwold. From the guesthouse, you have easy to access to all major areas, like Sandton, Parkhurst, Hyde Park and even Norwood. The streets of Parkwood get really pretty during the season of Spring (end of September to early November) when the jacaranda trees bloom. It’s definitely a must see, if you’re a nature lover, like me!
Soon after we arrived at The Ashford we were shown around. We were instantly taken aback by how cosy and homely this guesthouse is. The guesthouse may look small from the outside, but with six double rooms all with en-suite bathrooms, it’s really not small at all. All rooms have doors which open up onto the shaded patio. The patio is the perfect spot for your afternoon cup of tea with a freshly baked crunchie biscuit while reading the newspaper and listening to the birds chirping. It really is so peaceful and relaxing!
Our room felt like a haven. The bed was so comfortable and with DSTV, we were glued to the TV, while we sipped on bubbles and nibbled on Lindt chocolate all afternoon. It really felt like we were far from the city of Jozi, when in actual fact we were right in the middle. There’s just something about The Ashford that makes you feel like you’re a million miles away while still feeling like you’re home.
We woke up on a beautiful Sunday morning to an English breakfast spread waiting for us. I am the biggest breakfast person as it’s my favourite meal of the day, and breakfast at The Ashford was truly something special. It’s the attention to detail, the service with a smile and just the general atmosphere that we loved! And of course the rich aroma of freshly ground coffee, but who wouldn’t love that?
From cereal and granola, to fresh fruit and yoghurt, cold meats and a selection of cheese, we were spoilt for choice. Let’s not forget though, the most delicious scrambled eggs and cheese omelette. It’s simple things like this that leaves a guest feeling truly happy and satisfied!
The Ashford Guesthouse is simply a home away from home. We were given the most special welcome on arrival, the setting is perfect and quiet, the rooms are not just cosy but also homely, and breakfast is a real treat. The best part though was Zanele, her absolutely delicious crunchies and her service with a heartwarming smile. We were sad to leave but knowing we’re just around the corner is the perfect excuse for another mini staycation!
The Ashford Guesthouse
Address: 16 Ashford Rd, Parkwood, Johannesburg
Contact: 011 788 9055