Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Osborne House, Pretoria

Happy find

Finding a tranquil and stylish little haven in a convenient location within a big city is an exciting discovery. And I have to contain myself not to use too many indulgent adjectives, as this one is close to my heart. Situated in the leafy suburb of Brooklyn, right on the edges of busy Pretoria, Osborne House is everything a city character stay should be.

A historical building with rooms cleverly placed in different corners of the property, either facing the lush gardens or spacious pool. Each room is individually decorated with minimalist warmth, with trendy calm colours, the silkiest of linen, clean-lined antique furniture, and objects of interest. The host’s keen interest in decor is evident in every corner, with restrained use of beautiful upholstery, cushions and pictures. The resulting look is very South African, balancing the historical and modern with an easy style.

What I love about Osborne House:
  • Pretty period building in a leafy suburb close to restaurants, embassies, government offices and businesses of Pretoria
  • Owner-managed, with genuine hospitality and warmth
  • Spacious rooms with every traveller convenience
  • Classical wooden furniture, beautiful linen upholstery and elegant decor touches in every room

Accommodation experience
In my family we were always cautioned against too much enthusiasm about anything, with the well-intentioned concept that intense happiness often ends in disappointment and tears. So it was with secretive delight that I found myself hopping around my beautifully appointed pool-side suite. The understated, yet bold expression of the quintessentially South African look resonated with a happy hum. It is a clever creative space which can release such pleasure in the midst of a city work trip and Osborne House is recommended for even the most jaded traveller, with unbridled joy.

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