We specialise in people. We offer smiles, band-aids, directions, a listening ear, peace and tranquility as well as beds, breakfast and more.
We are ready to welcome you
In 1995 we welcomed our first guests. They were a couple from France and they enjoyed the quiet, peaceful atmosphere while we enjoyed serving them. Philip and Grace McKibbin together with 2 other couples, purchased the one acre property and renovated it into a the establishment it is today. The gardens are well established and a pleasant and peaceful setting in which to relax. The gardens are largely indigenous, attracting much birdlife. Ongoing upgrading and maintenance to buildings has taken place over the years to keep a high standard of accommodation, ensuring each guest a beautiful, comfortable and safe haven. We are ready to welcome all, the team of 18 people or just a couple to our establisment in Ferndale, Randburg.
Grace manages the day to day running of the establishment. She has a passion for people and loves to assist guests. For several years she has been the Joint -chairperson for the Accommodation Association – Northern Suburbs Network and represents NSN at a provincial level (NAA Gauteng) and is a member of the National Accommodation Association (NAA). Her earlier career in the IT industry has helped her in her processes for the running of the Guest House. She is a part-time artist and recently began illustrating children's books. Her artistic flair is evident in the guest house.
Philip is very handy on the maintenance side of the guest house. He also worked for a Non- profit organization RGM but retired recently. The work for RGM gave opportunity to assist in community projects. In the recent past two of which were the Renosterspruit Children’s Outreach near Lanseria and the Gerald Fitzpatrick Home for the Aged. Philip also has an IT background and was involved in desktop publishing. He is a keen amateur photographer and has a reasonable following on Instagram and has put this hobby to good use in the photographic representation of the guest house.
Nomsa is the full-time House keeper. She has received comprehensive in-house training in guest needs regarding cleaning and laundry. She is young and energetic and a mother of two lovely children. She has great people skills and interacts well with guests. She is a dynamo with African languages.
Lucy and Charlie are the two cats in charge of pest-control. They take their role seriously, however, it is not onerous so they are non-salaried, but do receive board and lodging. They interact well with guests when called upon to do so and know when to keep their distance. They are the reason no other pets may be allowed on the premises.
An Irish Blessing
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.