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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

My wife, 1 1/2 year-old daughter and I stayed at Essenwood House in late November over two days. John played the part of host extremely well, welcoming us upon our entry and providing recommendations as well as planning for sightseeing. The rooms and grounds are indeed beautiful and were somewhat of a sanctuary for our family. Breakfast was fantastic. Fantastic... More 

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review of your stay with us. It is always very heartening for us when guests have enjoyed their stay here and makes all the hard work worthwhile, We hope to see you here again, so much to see, so little time!! best wishe, John chance More 

Nashville
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33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2013

This is a wonderful guest house, with large rooms, stunning landscaping, charming owners and staff, and a safe location. The rooms are large, and mine included a nice large tub in the bathroom as well. The free wifi in the rooms was also quite convenient, as was the in room mini-bar with snacks, water, drinks, etc. The landscaping around the... More 

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the very kind things you had to say about your stay here. It is always good for us when our guests have had a pleasant stay and makes all the hard work worthwhile. So glad that you enjoyed the garden and the dogs, getting old like you said but totally friendly to everyone! best wishes,... More 

Hong Kong
1 review
Reviewed 19 November 2013

I always enjoy my stays at Essenwood House. It is a well run, lovely establishment that is centrally located and accessible to the main routes into and out of Durban. Very good value for money. If you find a shortcoming, just tell John or his able team and it will be taken care of.

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for yor very kind remarks about your stay with us. It is always a pleasure to hear that our guests have enjoyed their stay and we hope to see you again sometime if you are in this part of the world, many thanks, once again,. best wishes John More 

Cape Town
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2013

Beautiful old house and gardens with stunning views across Durban. Room size enormous with very good room facilities! Lovely helpful staff. Cleanliness acceptable, but room for improvement. Noise unfortunately travels up the stairs and around the property a fair amount. Good value for money all-in-all.

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your very kind review. We always appreciate honesty in these reviews, but appreciate it even more if the guests tell us exactly what was not up to their expectation. We try and keep the place immaculate and look after our guests to the best of our ability, but unfortunately we are not perfect and occasionally... More 

Turin, Italy
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

I and my husband were there in Essenwood house last summer and it was wonderful! the house is very beautiful, the room big and plenty of charme . The owner, Sir George, is very kind and friendly!!!. We were like at home! We would like to come back and stay longer. Simona and Mario from Italy

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

So glad to get your review, thank you so much. We hope that all your travels were enjoyable and of course hope to see you again sometime here at Essenwood, All best wishes, John and paddy More 

Maseru, Lesotho
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2013

My mother, husband, and 6 month old son stayed at Essenwood on a quick stopover through Durban. We were quite surprised it turned out to be such an elegant oasis. The house is beautiful and well maintained. Our rooms were extremely well appointed; the hosts have thought of everything, which is how a B&B should be. Our bathroom was palatial!... More 

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

So sorry it was such a short stay, but obviously glad that you enjoyed staying with us. There is so much to see in S.Africa it is impossible to see it all in one go, but we hope you will have happy memories of the short time you spent with us. All best wishes, John and Paddy More 

Sacramento
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71 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2013

As my other preferred hotel was fully booked, I chanced on Essenwood House - and I wish I could have been the first person to review it because so much has already been said that I would have wanted to! Yep, the gardens are lush, green, verdant. The view beyond the garden is fantastic, with one's eyes being drawn towards... More 

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review, which of course is much appreciated. We always try and look after our guests and it gives one a "lift" when one is kind enough to write about their stay, Hope to see you again now that you know where we are! best wishss. John More 

Canberra
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2013

I couldn't imagine wanting to stay anywhere else in Durban. The garden is just glorious and you feel as though you are on acreage miles away from the bustle of the city. Not that the Berea area is that crowded - it is a beautiful area of Durban and very convenient. The staff are friendly and Paddy and John are... More 

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your very kind review, which is of course much appreciated and makes all the hard work worthwhile, So glad you enjoyed your stay, Bella still starving at breakfast, can't stop her!! Hope to see you again here sometime, best wishes, John More 

ATLANTA
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 September 2013

This was really a great place to stay. Very friendly host and most comfortable luxury accommodation. Had been before with friends from the US and it was awesome then. My brother was there recently and he has the same opinion. Will be back again!

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of Essenwood, It is always good to get feed-back from our guests and particularly nice when everything went of well. Hope to see you again. best wishes. John More 

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Reviewed 4 September 2013 via mobile

Lovely premises and beautiful rooms with good wi-fi connection. Overall high standard in a nice location with views over the city and the sea. The host makes you feel welcome and happily assisted us with all sorts of questions. This will definitely be our choice of accommodation next time in Durban.

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

Always very nice to get a positive feedback from our guests, it makes it all worthwhile when they take the trouble to write about their stay. We much appreciate it and of course firstly very glad that everything went well and you enjoyed your stay wit us. Hope to see you again of course! best wishes John and paddy More 

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  • Pool
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
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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 

Additional Information about Essenwood House

Address: 630 Stephen Dlamini Road | Berea, Durban 4001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Price Range: $97 - $188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Essenwood House 5*
Number of rooms: 6
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“Room #2 is excellent on ground floor.”
 of 5 bubbles BryanSil, 2 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Room 4 is private and beautifully laid out. / room 2- lovely setting with great views onto pool and sea”
 of 5 bubbles markhE5634MW, 20 May 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in 2 different rooms and both were fantastic so I think all rooms here are spacious, well equipped and very comfortable indeed.”
 of 5 bubbles JennyB27, 27 Mar 2016 | Read review
“We had the ground floor room and family members had an upstairs room within the house. Magnificent views over the whole of Durban.”
 of 5 bubbles CookieSA62, 26 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Ask for the first-floor room at the end, with the balcony. You will not be disappointed.”
 of 5 bubbles Q5333HWjohnp, 15 Jan 2016 | Read review
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