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our new laundry room

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in my B&B life | 0 comments

our new laundry room

When you have a guest house the laundry room is a very,very important area and after 20 years we are embarking on a major renovation of this important space. I chose a brown tile to match the quarry tiles in the kitchen. The walls will be painted in a lovely teal – inspiration for the colour comes from a painting that our son Eckart did when he was a little boy. Judging by the fact that my blog post http://fairviewhomestead.com/5-rules-for-a-tidy-linen-cupboard/  remains a very popular read, it is probably not just accommodation...

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It was a hoot to build the Fairview owl-house (Guest Blogger is our son Alex Benkenstein)

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Garden, my B&B life | 2 comments

It was a hoot to build the Fairview owl-house (Guest Blogger is our son  Alex Benkenstein)

We are so excited – the room with the best view (our owl box) is occupied!  During the day he sits on one particular branch. Spotted Eagle-Owls mate for life. The female lays two to four eggs and does the incubation. While our male keeps an eye on the cement owl that my brother brought from New Bethesda , our lady is on her post in the owl-box – the incubation period lasts approximately a month. I just have to re-post  the  post written by our son shortly after they finished building the owl-house.     This past December...

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Spring is in the air – a Spring Cleaning Checklist

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in my B&B life | 0 comments

Spring is in the air – a Spring Cleaning Checklist

At Fairview we cannot wait for Spring to keep dust and dirt under control. I share my ultimate cleaning lists with you: KITCHEN The Basics to a clean kitchen – every day.  Open windows Dust light fixtures  Dust  blinds Clean windows and window sills. Shine micro, fridge and stove doors Wash walls, doors, trim and switch plates if needed. Clean sink. Shine taps Declutter work surfaces Empty garbage and compost bin Sweep and wash floors The Extras: Remove window screens Clean and reseal grout if necessary Tidy drawer with kitchen cloths...

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My favourite furniture store in the whole wide world

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Attractions we recommend: reasons to stay a week!, Interiors | 0 comments

My favourite furniture store in the whole wide world

When we lived in Namibia (1982 to 1995) no visit to the capital city of Windhoek was complete without a visit to  Weylandts.* As newlyweds Desmond and I could only drool over the beautiful furniture and occasionally buy a small item. As we set up our first home in 1982 we bought second hand furniture – often lovely (in those days unappreciated)  antique pieces. Little did we know then that in 1995,  on relocating to South Africa,  we would find Fairview and our furniture would fit in so perfectly in this beautiful heritage building....

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so is it a luxury room or not?

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in my B&B life | 1 comment

so is it a luxury room or not?

Recently I made the mistake of upgrading guests who had booked one of our Standard rooms to a room which I consider a Superior room. The Standard room of their choice faces west and currently looks down onto a hub of activity  because of the renovation to our Annex ( which is thankfully on schedule and should be finished in less than 2 weeks.) So I thought I was doing them a favour by giving them a free upgrade to our Room 1 which faces towards the garden. Apparently the guest walked into the room and exclaimed in disbelief that surely this...

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Slow-Roasted Tomato Soup (by guest blogger – Nelleke Elston)

Posted by on Aug 2, 2014 in Food & Feast | 0 comments

Slow-Roasted Tomato Soup (by guest blogger – Nelleke Elston)

I’m huddled in front of the fireplace on a very cold and rainy June evening and the sound of the crackling fire and the hum of my laptop are the only sounds in the house. The rain has finally stopped. This is the perfect time for a quick blog post before the busy week starts, I think. And what better way to bring a little colour and cheer into this grey day than write about tomato soup and share these beautiful pictures with you… I never quite got tomato soup until I started roasting the tomato’s, and my life was changed really. Now I’m...

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a visit by Diane and Pieter Rossouw

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Garden, Photo Albums | 1 comment

a visit by Diane and Pieter Rossouw

We just received these lovely photos of our garden – taken by Diane last summer. 3132 on...

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No Show

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in my B&B life | 0 comments

No Show

Bed and breakfasts and guest houses are often  run by the owners – in South Africa they  mostly have 5 or less rooms in the case of Guest Houses and the majority of Bed and Breakfast operations have 3 or less rooms.  Because of limited staff , check in at a guest house is often by appointment prior to 3 pm and you are definitely expected to arrive before 7 pm unless a late arrival has been previously arranged with your host. I have to get up at 6 am most mornings, so it is just not possible for me to sit up until midnight waiting on...

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Living in a listed building

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in History, my B&B life | 0 comments

Living in a listed building

We bought Fairview in 1994 and took up the challenge to restore this historic George landmark. People often express their surprise that we had the property listed immediately after we bought it. There is a general misconception that when you buy a heritage property (listed or unlisted) you will not be allowed to alter your home or to add modern conveniences. The challenge in restoring and maintaining any old building remains staying true to the authenticity of the structure. This means: 1. Do your research before you start as this will help...

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Room 4 after the 2013 renovation

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Interiors | 0 comments

Room 4 after the 2013 renovation

At the end of 2013 plans were approved for a new courtyard staircase. This meant that the old Room 3, which consisted of two interlinked rooms that were once the bedrooms of our two sons, could now be divided into two separate rooms, each with its own outside entrance and own bathroom. Of the two new rooms  Room 4 is the smaller at 17,6 m² and we prefer to offer it for single occupancy. I found this lovely antique bed in a second hand store in Market Street. I just love the fact that the brass knobs shows a bit of character with the dents....

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