By Penny Pangeti
I first encountered Greystone Lodge as their beautiful garden and outdoor cafe style restaurant graciously hosted our neighbourhood watch meeting. I was intrigued by how the typically suburban exterior wall and gate opened to reveal one of the most beautifully tended gardens I have seen in a while. The trees, flowers and the sound of the fountain whisked me miles away in an instant, I knew I had to come back and I did, husband in tow!
Arriving on a Friday evening with the prospect of a lazy night in after a busy week, we were graciously welcomed by the Lodge Manager Itayi and team member who immediately made us feel at home. Determined to give us the full experience he ushered us into one of 4 double rooms with a kitchenette on the first night and on the second night moved us into one of the 3 two bedroom suites with an open plan lounge and kitchen. The self catering facilities are a unique feature making it a great option for families but also allowing guests who stay for longer periods of time to really make the place home.
No cooking for us though! We had dinner by the fireside. What a delightful meal it was. Bothwell served us succulent steak, stuffed chicken breast, fresh summer vegetables and flambe bananas to top it all off. Greystone Lodge calls themselves a bed and breakfast but don’t let the name fool you. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner there and the chefs Molyne and Thompson pride themselves in lovingly preparing some of the best food I have tasted anywhere in Harare. There is really no need to make a separate plan for lunch and dinner.
On that first night, we had dinner with Martyn, who with his wonderful wife Tracy are the brains behind this beautiful establishment. They’re clearly passionate about what they do and their enthusiasm has spread to their small team of staff who are attentive and pleasant. Tracy’s creativity and background in high end hospitality means all the suites are tastefully decorated with different themes that each tell the African story in different ways and are grounded by the striking bespoke handcrafted furniture from Zambezi Roots some of which is available for sale.
Back in our room with full bellies and welcomed by crisp linen, firm pillows, cosy throws, blackout curtains and the sound of the fountain; we really could’ve been very far away. But of course, we weren’t far at all, 640 St Gerard’s Way in Greystone Park. Close enough to all the amenities of Sam Levy’s Village but serene and quiet enough to read a book or get some work done (which I did). Speaking of work, Greystone Lodge offers conference facilities for small groups after a unique venue.
After a long, soothing shower, day two kicked off with a great breakfast and even better news. Full English with all the bells and whistles but also freshly baked croissants, cookies and fragrant coffee. The news? A new 4star rating. They clearly have a winning formula. I spent the day lazily lounging on the verandah overlooking the gardens. We enjoyed a pub style lunch outdoors and opted to have dinner in the living room of our two bedroom apartment while watching football on the final night!
Other services provided
- Full tea and coffee facilities
- Laundry service
- Secure parking
- Airport transfers by arrangement
To book your next staycation; call Martyn Roberts 0774186826 or Itayi 0777850597 or email email@example.com