Good morning to you and welcome to the Saint James on Venice Road– a guesthouse boasting a manor-like charm, hidden in plain sight, in the heart of Morningside, Durban (just off Windermere Road).
Have a look at their website. The St James describes itself as a ‘luxury boutique guesthouse’ and undertakes to offer guests the ‘perfect base from which to explore the city and surrounds.’ I have not stayed there so I cannot comment on the “luxury feel” that the guests are treated to, but let me tell you, if I were looking for a little hideaway treat, I would explore them as an option, based on the areas of the property that I have seen and the glowing Trip Advisor reviews that I came across! Well maintained, leafy, quiet and peaceful!
On a Saturday that seemed determined to thwart all my efforts to be productive (being “load-shedded” out of internet access at home and at the office), I decided that if the Universe (or Eskom) is conspiring to give me some rest and relaxation time, I must heed the call…. Even just for a few hours.
We were greeted with a warm welcoming smile at the entrance and had our choice of table as we were the only people there at the time – others arrived in their lunch groups a bit later.
Indulgence was the theme for the day – French toast served with cream and honey! (“I’ll squat if off later”, I reasoned with myself). Delicious! Simple and so so satisfying.
My friend opted for the traditional breakfast and was happy with it as well –although he did express some reservations about the sausage that it came with. Oddly enough this breakfast did not come with toast… I thought it was standard with breakfasts like these?!
Total bill including the meals above and two cokes came to R154.00. (Apologies – I neglected to take note of the individual item prices but I remember thinking that they were reasonable.)
In any event, I would go back.
It’s quiet, and beautiful and barring their monkey problem, I could see myself hiring out that terrace for a private function or simply returning for some chill time. (Our waiter mentioned that they have called in people to remove the troop previously, but a new troop has moved in recently).