Exterior view of the garden apartment from the courtyard.Courtyard area
Vintage garden cottage - Melville
Vintage garden cottage - Melville
1 guest
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
1 guest
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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Ages 2 - 12
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Under 2
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Self-contained cottage with original pressed ceilings and wooden floors in a wild, organic and indigenous garden.
Close to Melville shops, restaurants, universities of Johannesburg and Witswatersrand. 10 mins from CBD, Braamfontein & Soweto

The space

This is a secluded and tranquil living space, with a wild, organic, bird-filled and indigenous garden. It is ideal for a single post-graduate student, or simply someone who wants a sanctuary in Johannesburg. It is situated minutes away from universities, shops, restaurants, museums and galleries.
My very first AirBnB guest is staying here at the moment.. and I am loving it.
Previously, I had rented the apartment, through word of mouth, to Master's and PhD students. They came for a month ...and stayed for years!
My house has been cited as a "haven" in doctoral theses and my last tenant (2 years), who is a lecturer in Digital Arts at the University of Witswatersand, had this to say:
"A really wonderful and peaceful apartment with an unconventional secret garden, as well as, a handy external studio space.
I really enjoyed my stay here, the host is very friendly and accommodating and so are her two great danes. The space is private and relaxing and there is also a fully fitted (hot and cold water) outdoor shower that is great in summer. A pleasant experience all around. I was sad to leave."

Guest access

Guests will have their own private access to the flat, courtyard and outside studio space. There is secure parking for a small vehicle.

Interaction with guests

I live in a separate unit on the property and am available to assist guests, as needed. There is also a once per week cleaning and laundry service included.

Other things to note

I have two great danes, so guests must be comfortable with dogs.

Wireless Internet

House Rules

No smoking in the rooms
No loud music or noise after 22h00
No unauthorized overnight guests
Check-in time is flexible, just confirm with details,
The apartment is completely self-catering.
Accommodation limited to 1 person, but couples are welcome with prior arrangement.
Unfortunately, no children
Lost keys and/or gate remote access charge is R300.
You will be held liable for any breakage or damages caused during your accommodation period

You must also acknowledge
Dog(s) live in the house


1 Review

Melanie User Profile
September 2015
Sasha was a fantastic host. She was so helpful, accommodating and personable. Everything was exactly as mentioned, with everything needed. The garden office was an amazing addition to the accommodations and the perfect place for working or studying, overlooking the garden. The place is very safe and located in a great neighborhood, very close to the main strip with many amazing restaurants, shops and bars. I would highly recommend both the place and Sasha as a host, she made my stay so enjoyable and I would definitely stay with her again!!!

Johannesburg, South AfricaJoined in November 2013
Sasha User Profile
I am a researcher and investigative journalist reporting on natural resource governance. I live and work from home. I have two great danes and a garden full of birds.

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