At Donnybrook Guesthouse we aim to keep our guests comfortable and happy in our beautiful country environment.
We’re proud of two awards which we have to share with you.
Sleeping Out awarded Donnybrook Guesthouse Best Establishment in Glenferness 2015 and Best Value for Money in Glenferness 2015 for their annual Guest Satisfaction Awards.
READ SOME OF OUR REVIEWS
FROM SHEILA FERRIS, 29 November 2016
“We had a most enjoyable 3 day stay. Peaceful, quiet and beautiful setting. Dieneke made us feel most welcome and the directions were spot on. Will definitely return and recommend Donnybrook.”
FROM DEEPAK RAMNATH,
“Best place to stay with superb burnt orange sunsets, playful horses and dogs that are so well mannered it’s amazing. The cook with her magical smile and bubbly personality just gets your morning going… You won’t go wrong if you want a home away from home with such a peaceful evening silence that you will fall asleep within 5 minutes of closing your eyes. Everything is catered for from kindness to an awesome braai filled with laughter.”
“What a breath of fresh air! Absolutely loved my stay at Donnybrook! It’s very clean and the owner and staff are friendly and helpful! As for the breakfast, it’s 5 star! Thank you Dieneke! I will be back!”
HOME SWEET DONNYBROOK
“Our route from the airport to Midrand in Gauteng Province displays the generic urban face of Jo’burg – fast food outlets and used car lots. Eventually, a country road lined with large estates and wealthy homes brings us to Donnybrook Guesthouse in Glenferness.
Donnybrook is a private bed and breakfast, converted from the original farmhouse, and owned by Dieneke Swart. It sits on a gated and wired horse ranch. The entrance, which bears the signage ‘Tactical Guards protect this property’, belies the quiet and comfort attached within. Circular brick pathways meander through the patios, gardens, green fields, riding stables, and a riding ring. The house and outlying cottages have homey guest bedrooms and a cosy living room.
Dieneke has employed most of her staff for years. Those we meet include Vellee, the head cook; Sunshine, her assistant; and Knowledge, one of the ranch hands. Vellee and Sunshine serve us an ample home-cooked breakfast each morning.
When we’re not off on an expedition, we unwind on the patio or ‘stoep’, just getting to know one another. Jenn, Margaret, and sometimes Jeanette, enjoy power walks around the property on the brick paths. Edie Jane frequents Woolworths for food to throw at the voracious maws of her charges.”
FROM CRAIG RICHARDSON
“We had a really great stay at Donnybrook! Thank you. We are hoping to use Donnybrook as our JHB base for shows and training!”
FROM LYNN GALLIERS
“Just want to thank you for our awesome accommodation over the last few days. Our little spot was just perfect and as soon as I have dates for next years Western Festival – I will certainly be contacting you to reserve our house!!”
FROM KUDZAYI SIKWECHE (HARARE)
“I really had to thank you for your warm welcome and help during my stay at Donnybrook. It was indeed a pleasure and your staff was also excellent to me. I would be happy to pop in again in the near future when I visit that side of town and next time around I shall be having a clear picture of the area and be adequately prepared to fully exploit your self-catering facilities which looked extremely impressive.”
FROM CHARLES M. MBOGO (KENYA)
“Greetings from Kilifi, Kenya. We arrived back to Kenya Safely on the 31st August. We had a nice memorable moments at the Donnybrook Guest House. We thank you very much for your hospitality and making a birthday cake for our daughter. My daughter tells me that this is a moment she will never forget in her life as the holiday coincided with her 12th Birthday.
My family is all praises for your hospitality and the nice guest house that you have that makes one to feel at home away from home. We are also very grateful to your staff especially “Sunshine” (what is her name?, the one from Zimbabwe) who made us feel at home and made us nice breakfast.
We are also very grateful for the nice arrangements you made with Mr Lionel for helping in transportation in and around Jo’burg. Please pass our most sincere regards to him.
We hope to visit Donnybrook in the near future. We also hope you could get time and visit us in Mombasa on the Kenyan Coast.
LONG LIVE DIENEKE, LONG LIVE DONNYBROOK GUEST HOUSE and ALL.
With kind regards,
Charles M. Mbogo, PhD
Kenya Medical Research Institute
Centre for Geographic Medicine Research, Coast”
FROM PRINCESS (AMANZIMTOTI)
“We just want to thank you for your hospitality and your kindness. We had a great time, the rooms were always perfect when we came back from a long day of hard work. Could you also thank Vele for us, for the great food and the way she treated us.”
FROM DEBBIE FRANCIS
“We always stay at a place called Donnybrook whenever we go to SA – earlier this year my 2-year-old was in hospital in Sandton Clinic and I found myself driving to and from the hospital by myself. Donnybrook was awesome because it is a total of 2 turns – that’s it – very easy to get to – right slap bang in the middle between Midrand and Fourways and literally 10 minutes from Sandton Clinic.
Dieneke Swart, the lady who owns the place is fabulous – creates a very homely environment and can offer a variety of different options from single rooms to self-contained cottages.
We, and all of our friends highly recommend her.”