Rosslie's guesthouse embraces a homestead of 40 years standing, architect designed in the Cape Dutch idiom. On plan form, rooms flow one into another with the minimum of corridors. The exterior shows white textured walls, simple gables and dark slate roofs, offset against a green garden with abundance of trees. A large pergola with vines shades the parking at the entrance, inside white boundary walls and black palisades.
Recently another facility was added for the comfort of guests, by forming ramps, next to the steps to the entrance, especially for the handling of baggage on wheels! It so happened that, just after completion, we had a guest in a wheelchair who found the ramps quite convenient!
The interior has clay tile floors and yellow-wood ceilings on black stained beams in the living areas and kitchen; white walls and numerous paintings. Most of the rooms display exquisite antique furniture collected over 40 years with love and distinction by the owners. Each piece has a fond tale to tell about its origin.
Having had the benefit of 20 years in the hospitality business of which 16 years with 8 guest rooms, and having received guests from more than 50 countries, not to speak of every corner of the RSA, the art of conversation and good manners in hospitality have been tuned to make every guest comfortable. After all Rosslie's slogan is: "IT'S LIKE COMING HOME!"
The dining room/lounge opens out on to a patio where guests can relax under shade, enjoying Pretoria's renowned wonderful windless weather.
One of the gems in the house is a breathtaking glass-in-concrete window (4 meters high) by the unique artist, Leo Theron, in the double volume of the Studio. Now deceased, his works have become invaluable.
Breakfast (and occasionally dinner) is served in the dining room where Rosslie will treat guests with varied and sumptuous dishes, being a cook who passionately enjoys preparing food and reads recipe books for her leisure.
On rare occasions Rosslie still caters (just for the love of it!) for small functions, seating up to 26 guests, where excellent cuisine and impeccable personal service form the hallmark of a memorable occasion.
There are 4 bedrooms en suite, named as follows:
PORTRAITS is a large double room with a queen-size double bed (2m long), with ample space to add a single bed for a small family. Next to the spacious bath room is a tea room with fridge, microwave oven and kettle. An outside door leads to a small private patio (most welcome to smokers!) The room is decorated with portrait studies by artists Leon and Agatha.
The GUMTREE, so called because of the several paintings of gumtrees on the walls. It is a double bedroom with twin beds and bathroom with a large shower only. The room is airy and bright and has a door opening out to a private garden patio where guests may contemplate the day's work at leisure! The room also has a fridge, microwave oven and a kettle to facilitate the odd take away meal. The GUMTREE is closely linked to PORTRAITS, and together would serve very well for a family staying over at Rosslie's.
The PROTEA ROOM, so called because of several paintings of proteas on the walls, is a spacious room with a double queen-size bed and a day bed; table for two and bathroom with bath/shower. It has the same amenities as the Gumtree.
The LIBRARY is a smaller double bedroom with twin beds and bath room with shower only. It has all the amenities of the other rooms, BUT also boasts a library of over 400 books collected by two ardent readers! This might temp guests to forsake their favourite TV programmes!
A fifth room, namely The ARTIST'S LOFT, is usually only available during University holidays as students regularly occupy this room. It is situated above Rosslie's art studio and Leon's architect's workshop. The Loft, an en-suite double room with double bed and a small private balcony, is adorned with many paintings on the walls (originating from the studios below!)
Rosslie's is situated in one of Pretoria's eastern suburbs, Lynnwood Ridge, close to both the N1 and N4 highways. One of Pretoria's main arteries, Lynnwood Road, is intersected by Camellia Avenue, east of the N1. So it is easily directed and found, even without a GPS.
Co-ordinates : lon 2817.6390; lat 2545.4553
Rosslie's is near scientific research centres such as the CSIR, NRF, Science and Technology, as well as The Innovation Hub which are all destinations for many academics and students as well as industrialists. SITA is situated less than 1 km away.
Hospitals: The closest private hospital is Wilgers Hospital in Lynnwood Road (3 km). There is also the Pretoria East Hospital in Garstfontein Road, the Eye Clinic in Atterbury Road and the Urology Hospital in Pretorius Street. The Sun Gardens Hospice is 1.5 km away.
Shopping and Restaurants: There are numerous shopping centres in the vicinity; the biggest being Menlyn Park (4 km), with over 300 stores, 37 restaurants and 14 cinemas to choose from; There is also The Grove Mall (3.5 km east) with a number of exclusive and exciting stores, 10 cinemas and an Imax. Close by is Lynnwood Bridge with an extraordinary mixture between stores, entertainment and dining.
The Pretoria National Botanical Garden is 3 km away in Cussonia Avenue, which boasts the most indigenous plants in one area in South Africa - a worth while visit. If you love Fauna, there is the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa with its nature friendly layout, in the city, and the Rietvlei Nature Reserve within 16 km.
Museums are a plenty. One of the most interesting is the Sammy Marks Museum close by, which also has a restaurant, and makes a pleasant weekend outing. The Pretoria Art Museum, in Schoeman Street (now Francis Baard Street), has a comprehensive permanent and often exciting new exhibitions.
Pretoria is a lovely city and a roundabout tour including the Union Buildings (north) and Fort Klapperkop and Voortrekker Monument (south) will give you much to admire.
Universities: We have two super university campuses: the University of Pretoria in Hillcrest and UNISA in Muckleneuk; both with venues for music performances and art collections.
Private schools: St Alban's College and St Paulus are within 3 km from Rosslie's.
Sport: For sport fans there is Loftus Versfeld Stadium (rugby and soccer) 8.5 km away. The L C de Villiers Stadium is even closer.
Transport: Although we offer (to guests only) transport to and from the O R Tambo Airport and Lanseria Airport, we have found the Gautrain so convenient, picking up guests at the Hatfield Station (7 minutes away). We collect guests from the bus terminus at Pretoria Station.
We also offer guests, without their own vehicles, transport to various venues in Pretoria - a shuttle service to and from the CSIR being the most popular.
Rosslies is associated with the Tshwane Metropolitan Tourism and Hospitality Endeavour.
Rosslie's offer bed and breakfast accommodation at R525 p.p. single and R350 p.p. sharing.
For guests staying 10-19 days continuously, our rates reduce to R400 p.p. single and R295 p.p. sharing, and for 20 days or longer we offer further reductions. A family room (parents and 1 child, older than 3 years) will cost R760 per night.
Dinners can be arranged in the event that guests have no transport of their own. Laundry can be done in-house at listed prices.
Rosslie and Leon invite you to stay at Rosslie's next time you visit Pretoria - it's like coming home.
Tel: 012 348 3047
Cell: 083 679 2327
133 Camellia Avenue,
Co-ordinates: lon 2817.6390; lat 2545.4553