Any excuse to light a fire….

1F389E49-BFEC-4F81-AA3E-CC27F8F99DC5I know that we are very spoilt with our extremely mild weather here in the Highveld. We have so many foreign guests comment on how wonderfully warm it is here in Johannesburg whilst we are dressed in boots and jackets, especially me! I feel the cold really easily and am the first to suggest lighting the fire. I also start stockpiling firewood as early as April, in fact it is not even mid April and we have already had the fire going in The Parkwood dining room and lounge area for the past three nights. I luckily have an ally in Patricia, our Guest Relations Manager who previously worked at a magnificent Karoo farm lodge in Kuilfontein and it gets seriously cold during their winters, so her favourite pastime is to build a big log fire. Our guests can be sure that they will not be cold when they stay at The Parkwood. The winter duvets are on the beds and the banana bread and muffins are in the oven!

Easter time !!

0995DBDF-C68C-4266-A569-F0CB0346DF0FEaster time seems to come around too fast! Not that we’re complaining …especially my chocolate deprived husband, or so he claims. I can do without the chocolate overload but I love preparing Easter egg gifts for Godchildren and putting ceramic bunnies all over The Parkwood. I have even found metal cutout bunnies to plant in the garden…it creates a bit of fun and our guests love the sense of humour and occasion. Our guests also find easter eggs on their pillows and their breakfast tables which always get a smile. Thats what its all about….happy family , warm fuzzy feel time. Enjoy!  

Happiness is…..fairy lights!

2A14D9CF-5590-4192-8785-C5539155DB2DI’m not sure what it is about fairy lights but they make me so happy. They seem to have the “happy’ effect on our guests as well! Everyone who stays comments that the lights everywhere (I do have them everywhere) make them smile, put them in a good mood. Its like a whole bunch of extra stars in the sky, there to brighten up your world. For me they bring a bit of magic into an otherwise normal environment.It makes one feel festive all year round…a sort of permanent celebration. Perhaps its like bringing your childhood into your adulthood. Whatever it is, the effect is great and our hotel looks like a fairy tale every night!  

Roomy rooms…..

D0C6F30B-1922-4A31-832B-5D46432560B8   At The Parkwood we believe that space is luxury! Having travelled quite a lot we have more often than not been subjected to really small rooms which are seen as the norm, especially in Europe.There is nothing more frustrating than having to climb over your suitcase to get to the bar fridge. As a result, even our “baby” room as we fondly call it is bigger than most Parisian hotel rooms by far. Most of our rooms have seating areas and enclosed private gardens so that you can sleep with your doors open should you wish to. We also believe in spacious bathrooms…so you will never find a bath/shower combo in one at our hotel. Baths , showers and toilets all have their separate spaces, the way it should be.Most rooms have a lovely outlook onto gardens , pools , ponds or their own enclosed garden to appreciate. Its so important to have a “green lung” ie: plants, trees, gardens and fresh air to enhance your feeling of well being.It is so oppressive being stuck in a small room without light, air and an outlook. So many of our guests say that they find it surprisingly peaceful and calm at The Parkwood even though we are situated in a fairly busy suburb in a bustling city.

Making meetings matter!

6BFF7766-FC4F-484E-BF41-8C0DF6A38EDD We have an 18/20 seater boardroom venue which provides for a smaller, more intimate group and we absolutely love the interest and activity it brings to The Parkwood. All the cooking is done on site using the freshest ingredients and served in a generous “Harvest-style” table format. We are constantly amazed and of course thrilled that some of our clients have state of the art boardroom facilities in their glass towers but opt for off site meetings with garden views, relaxing pause areas and home made deliciousness. We feel privileged to provide this service and have been told that many a successful meeting has been had within our private and secure surrounds. Take a look at our boardroom package and book your next meeting and enjoy the day with us!  

Wedding weekend packages!

What a brilliant start to the year !

We have had lots of wedding excitement at The Parkwood as we are centrally situated to several popular wedding venues in Johannesburg , The Rand Club, Inanda Country Club, Summer Place, Shepstone Gardens, The Johannesburg Country Club, The pudding shop, Katy’s Palace,…to name but a few. Brides & Grooms choose us to accommodate their families, close friends and guests as we are the perfect “boutique size“. Sixteen double rooms and a hard to beat wedding weekend package. The package generally comprises of a two night weekend “Exclusive use” of The Parkwood” if 14 plus rooms are booked out. With ” Exclusive use‘ of The Parkwood the bridal party can have all their pampering on call throughout the day accompanied by snacks & champagne to keep the nerves at bay. The Groomsman can have a seperate section of the hotel in which to prepare and The Parkwood is a great venue for wedding photo’s ! Breakfast the morning after is filled with post wedding happy chatter as everyone goes their own way. We have had some very happy brides and families to stay and we love the magic energy that it brings! Email: to enquire about the Wedding weekend package ! Weekend wedding packages    

Stonework story

Stonework collage a Most of the stonework at The Parkwood was lovingly crafted by an amazing gentleman, Daniel Nyalungu. We haven’t seen this gifted stonemason for many years but we will not forget him. Daniel, an elderly man, tall, stately & almost ethereal would pick up a heavy rock and almost caress it. He would feel every angle it had to offer & then place it exactly where it seemed to fit, seldom changing his mind. At the end of a day he would stand back, balancing on one leg and squint at his work but no wall was ever just a wall. He would describe each walls own story as it progressed. Some were pastures with rivers and cattle, some were night scape’s with moons and stars.Very sweetly, we would each always feature as a particular stone and he would proudly point out our positions. I am sure that most of Westcliff has his signature to it & we hope this gentle genius is still out there crafting his stonework stories!  

The Parkwood in the snow- 2011.

Snow 2011It was in August just two years ago that stunned Jozi residents experienced the rare occurrence of snowfall . S.A Weather service records showed that it had only ever snowed in Johannesburg on 22 other days in the last 103 years! The icy cold front as of yesterday is making me wonder if we might be experiencing snow more often? The Parkwood Boutique Hotel – apres ski  #jagermeister………..Sounds good to me !  

Cosy rooms in Winter !

Cosy winter roomsOur rooms at The Parkwood are warm, cosy and inviting enough to ward off the worst of winter. Our regular guests don’t mind traveling in the chilly months if they can book into the cosiness of The Parkwood. Underfloor heating and complimentary sherry in the rooms helps to warm things up as does room service so that a delicious dinner can be served within the cosy cocoon of your room whilst you catch up on the days social media activity or watch a movie.

Reminiscing the 2010 Soccer World Cup …..

SONY DSCThe Fifa 2014 World cup is around the corner and even though we will be notable absentees in Brazil , I can’t really feel any of the rest of the worlds excitement and fever spilling over……..yet. It’s hard to believe it was 4 years ago that we were caught up in the WC frenzy. We certainly put our backs into it as a nation. Amid worldwide concerns over security, infrastructure & stadium – building deadlines, we staged a superb World cup regardless of freezing temperatures at times. We dressed up and decorated everything in our national best. Singing the anthems , we were carried on a euphoric wave of vuvuzela noise for a month. Such a pity to not be feeling that fever again! At least we have world class stadiums as a legacy. We will have to become the ‘Rock concert’ centre of the world !