A weekend escape to Greystone House

By Michell Svesve and Juliet Mashiri

Greystone House is a luxurious Bed and Breakfast located in the heart of Greystone Park suburbs and is an exceptional option for a place to stay in Harare for a weekend away. It’s tucked away in an ever so quiet neighbourhood that is a good walking distance from Spar Helensvale. Perfect for both domestic and international travellers willing to experience a tranquil stay in Harare, Greystone House offers an exclusive experience, newlyweds, corporates and anyone in need of a staycation would appreciate.

With lockdown restrictions being eased, a girls getaway was much needed. Greystone House came to our rescue by providing us with a night’s stay in their well appointed executive suites. As we stepped out of the car, we were welcomed by a pleasantly smiling Bothwell, who was more than ready to show us around the house. Right next to the entrance was a magnificently carved desk sourced locally from Zambezi Roots.

A full tour of the house showcased how well maintained all the rooms were, thanks to Molyne, who at the time was in the kitchen preparing our dinner. All the rooms are animal themed and adorning their walls are captivating paintings from artists such as Nicole Sanderson and Gareth Hook. The entire house was well furnished with exquisite African ornaments, all locally sourced. In a bid to try and encourage more of their guests to live a sustainable life, Greystone House recycles and reuses everything it can. From the glass containers in the bathrooms used for refilling to their water harvesting initiative as every drop of water counts. All of the soaps and lotions in the house are manufactured by The African Daughter.

Later that night we had a chat with the lovely Laurie, who is the manager of Greystone House. She is passionate about saving our environment and encouraging more people to lead a sustainable life. Under her leadership, Greystone House looks forward to including more recycling mechanisms to the guest lodge such as adding recycling bins in all rooms. After our chat, we were introduced to Richard, the night porter. Not only was Richard keeping us safe for the night, but he was also there to serve us our mouth-watering dinner. Richard was friendly and welcoming to all our requests. He was very receptive to all the discussions we engaged him in and not once did he shy away from us.

For dinner chef Molyne pulled out all the stops for us, our table was intimately set for three with a bottle of bubbly on ice waiting for us to sip on. We each ordered something different from the menu which was a choice of succulent sirloin steak, butter chicken breast curry, creamy mushroom and bacon pasta with the finale being a refreshing vanilla ice cream drizzled in chocolate sauce. The overall experience was sublime as the staff made sure we lacked for nothing and continuously checked up on us during the meal.

Back in our rooms, we sat on the balcony that overlooks their well-manicured garden with a large swimming pool and tennis court to talk and just relax. All of the stress that comes with work and living through a pandemic seemed to just slip away into the night. To ensure some much needed sleep, we took full advantage of the soaking bathtubs in our individual suites and soon after tucked into the crisp linen sheets of the king-size Posturepedic beds. 

In the morning, we made our way downstairs to the dining room where a full breakfast buffet awaited us. Laid out meticulously were freshly baked croissants, squeezed orange juice, fresh summer fruits, breakfast cereals, granadilla and plain yoghurts as well as Italian coffee capsules and an assortment of local and imported teas. We truly felt spoilt and this ultimately sealed the deal for us to return. We each then ordered a full English breakfast with all the bells and whistles to wind up our fabulous stay.

Other services provided:

  • Wifi
  • Full tea and coffee facilities
  • Secure Parking
  • Well stocked gym
  • Embassy-approved security measures and 24-hour porter service
  • Airport transfer booking service
  • Conference facilities for up to 20 delegates

To book your next stay at Greystone House; phone: +263 78 401 4751 or email: reservations@zimbandb.co.zw

Originally published in the December Issue of Ndeipi Magazine

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