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Welcome! Our 3 bed 4 bath home is modern, spacious, and bright. Your room has own full bath & balcony. 10 min walk to old town for shopping & restaurants. We have a woman who comes 3 days a week to wash your clothes, grocery shop, and clean the whole house. We offer long term discounts. We are 2 girls who are both working in development. Safe with 3 night guards. Covered parking. Furnishings are hand made by artists.

The space

Our house is a place you just want to spend time in. It has a very warm, nice feeling. We have a great big table. It's very clean and provides a great working space.

Interaction with guests

We are very laid back and friendly people. We like to chat and catch up on each other's day but if anyone wants their space they can retire up in their spacious room with a hot cup of tea or read a book in the living room. It's a large enough space that it's possible to hang out or do your own thing.

Other things to note

I like to share my space with positive, conscientious people. I'm in Malawi working on a solar project.

We hardly ever experience blackouts or water shortages because our house is on the same line as the presidential Winter palace.

There are hardly any mosquitos in the house. We have screens on all the windows. Your room has a fan which also provides white noise if you're a light sleeper.

We take security here seriously (you must in Lilongwe) and we feel very safe here. We live in a complex with other town homes and there are 5 guards in duty during a 24 hour period.

There are a lot of birds and it's beautiful to wake up to their songs in the morning! Looking forward to hosting you!

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 3.5
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Room type: Private room


Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: 70
Weekly Discount: 10%
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7 Reviews

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Jannah User Profile
April 2017
I had a fantastic stay at Joanna's place for 2 weeks, and felt really at home. The room and space are clean, secure, and very welcoming. It is conveniently located near grocery and other stores/restaurants. Joanna was a gracious host, and communication leading up to arrival was fantastic. I would highly recommend Joanna's place, and hope to stay here again for future visits!

Estelle User Profile
February 2017
I really enjoyed my stay with Jo. The place is exactly what I needed, clean, quiet, great interactions with the host, close to my office and to Shoprite!

Rene User Profile
July 2016
Joannas place is amazing. The people are really friendly, the location is convenient and the complex is very secure. Definitely would stay here again!

Erik User Profile
May 2016
Had an absolutely fantastic stay at Joanna's. You get a huge en suite room with a balcony, in modern house at a safe and central location. It's very good value for money. What made my stay priceless, though, was Joanna's stories and insights about Malawi. I really enjoyed our conversations, and especially hearing about her fascinating and promising approach to solarising Africa. Will definitely be back for more!
Joanna User Profile
Response from Joanna:
Thanks Erik! Looking forward to seeing you again and a friendship to last a lifetime. :)
May 2016

Eun User Profile
May 2016
It was really nice to stay with Joanna. The house is in walking distance from the supermarket and restaurants. And the house was so clean and comfortable. Joanna treated me in really kind and warmest manner. I strongly recommend to the new comer to Lilongwe. Thanks Joanna !!
Joanna User Profile
Response from Joanna:
Thanks Eun Ha! You're the best. So glad you stayed. I loved having dinner with you in the evening!
May 2016

Jennie User Profile
April 2016
Joanna's house was a great place to stay in Lilongwe when visiting for work travel. It was clean, feels very safe and is located in a townhouse compound with several other modern homes. The room was comfortable with essentials provided. Joanna and her roommates are kind, welcoming, friendly and provided tips on where to go and places to visit in Lilongwe. I recommend her house to stay to other budget savvy travelers looking for something more comfortable than the big, impersonal hotels or higher priced lodges.

Kristina User Profile
April 2016
Joanna was helpful and supportive. She gave me lots of useful information about Lilongwe, including the best places to eat, how to get around, and what to see. She gave even called me a taxi and helped me book hotels at the lake. The house is spotlessly clean and very modern. It's also conveniently located, only 10 minutes walking to old town. My room was very big and I had my own full bathroom. It felt private like a hotel but with a modern kitchen and open, shared living area downstairs. There are two roommates in the house and everyone is very chill and interesting to talk to. There is also a full time housekeeper who keeps the home immaculate and even washed and folded my laundry. I highly recommend this household to anyone coming to LLW who will want new friends, enjoy the comforts of home, and stay in a very safe and secure living space.
Joanna User Profile
Response from Joanna:
Thanks Kristina! It was really great to host you. Your abounding optimism left a nice feeling in our house after you left. Wish you all the best and hope to meet up with you again in the near future! -Joanna
April 2016

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Joanna User Profile

Hello! I am Joanna and I'm originally from San Francisco. I have been in Malawi for nearly 3 years working to bring portable, personalized solar solutions to rural areas. I go for a run every morning on trails and I like to do weights at home or go to the gym a few times a week. I try to hike or bike as much as possible. I've explored a lot of Malawi and give you great tips about the best places to stay. I feel like I know a lot of people in different areas. I'm a bit of a workaholic and I LOVE being home because it's so quiet, bright, and cheerful. I hope you will enjoy it too. Looking forward to meeting you!

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