Welcome to 11 Worcester-on-Durban. We are a Guest House and self catering facility in the Westhill area, close to the centre of Grahamstown.
The original Victorian Gothic style dwelling "Mayfield" built in about 1860 is part of the Stately Homes and Old School Ties tour. Come and relax in this beautifully restored setting.
Located on Worcester St. directly opposite the Diocesan School for Girls, 400ms from St. Andrew`s College and St. Andrew`s Prep School and less than a kilometer from Rhodes University and the Peppergrove Shopping Centre we are close to the heart of Grahamstown yet surrounded by extensive gardens teeming with bird life.
The accommodation consists of three distinctly different units each with their own personalities. All have independent access and secure, off-street parking through our Durban St. entrance.
We can sleep eight adults comfortably. Up to ten if some of the group are children.
We offer a unique experience based on your requirements.
Once the kitchen for Mayfield, this is now a completely self-contained facility. Recently renovated it has a great atmosphere. The queen bedroom has French doors opening onto a patio and overlooking the swimming pool garden, as does the living room. The kitchen is equipped with 4-ring gas stove, electric oven, full size fridge/freezer and microwave.
There is a Weber grill on the patio.
The living room has a double sleeper couch suitable for an adult or 2 children. An additional bed can be put into the main bedroom if required.
Previously the home for the original owners horses this now forms a stunning family suite. This unit consists of two adjoining bedrooms opening onto an indigenous garden. Each room has twin beds (we can make one set up as a king if required.) There is a large en-suite shower room. The main room has a fridge and hospitality area.
This unit is ideal for a family group but it can be booked for single occupancy or in conjunction with the Cottage if you are a group travelling together.
The Blue Room
This is our smaller unit. It is attached to the main house but has it`s own entrance. It has twin beds, hospitatlity area with fridge and an en-suite shower-room. The beds can be made up as a king if required.
Each unit is equipped with:
- DSTV - Satellite TV
- Digital safe
- Under floor heating
- Heated towel rails in the bathrooms
- Fruit bowl
- Complimentary hospitality items including fresh milk
- Mini Bar
Breakfast is available on request, served in your room or in the main dining room for larger groups.
We can stock your fridge if you supply a shopping list.
Whilst in Grahamstown why don't you visit or check out some of the following:
- Albany Museum, second oldest museum in South Africa.
- The Coffee shop at the Monument for a stunning view of Grahamstown and surrounds.
- Take a trip up Mountain Drive and view the surrounding countryside from the Toposcope. For the walker there are many marked hiking trails.
- For the runner, join a run/walk for life, newcomers and visitors always welcome.
Grahamstown Golf Course.
- Musical instrument workshop.
The annual National Arts Festival gets bigger and better every year and attracts international participants as well as audiences. This takes place in the crisp, sunny weather of early July. It is a truly remarkable event consisting of live theatre, dance, music, comedy, a jazz festival, arts and crafts, a Children's Festival and much more.
Grahamstown also hosts the South African Scifest which is a feast of science presentations and workshops aimed at children and scholars (and adults) of all ages.
Grahamstown is surrounded by Malaria Free Private Game Parks and hunting concessions and is about 100kms from Addo Elephant Natioal Park - home of the Big Seven.
Frasers Camp Adventures offers Zipline tours just 38km from GT.
Some suggestions for private game reserves to visit very close to Grahamstown, Kichaka, Vaalkrans (offers self catering options), Pumba which offers day safaris, Amakala, Kwandwe, and many more.
Other large scale attractions in the vicinity include Baviaanskloof Mega-reserve the ultimate in eco-tourism and adventure tours, outdoor recreation and a unique wilderness experience.
Arriving in Grahamstown from Port Elizabeth (130km) on the N2, turn left into Grahamstown (Signposted: Grahamstown/Beaufort St.). Follow Beaufort St. to the traffic lights, turn left into Somerset St., follow Somerset St. past the University, go straight through 3 stop streets and then meet a traffic circle. Go straight over, take second left into Durban Street. The Guest House entrance is on your left immediately after 4 Durban St.