Festina Lente Guesthouse, which means haste slowly in Latin, is our dream come true.
Festina Lente (Latin for “haste slowly”) we
believe that the things that we like, that intrigue us and give us joy, are
those things that are made over time with care and love. The crowning
glory of the park-like garden, which attracts many birds and butterflies,
is the huge Pine Oak tree that shades the main house.
Festina Lente offers a sensory experience and resonates an ambiance of old world charm with a touch of new-world glamour. Considering the hectic world we live in today we will continue to offer our guests a nostalgic, soulful experience of old world charm and luxury. A place you will want to visit again and again.
Our wish at Festina Lente is that you will leave with the sense that some inner equilibrium has been restored.
Festina Lente is located in Hurlingham, a suburb which lies between Sandhurst and Parkmore, which form the lower ends of a triangle with the Sandton CBD. Boasting upmarket kudos, the leafy avenues of Hurlingham have large, spectacular properties and fine views like those from Hilltop Street over Sandton. An area of choice for Johannesburg’s elite, it is also a shopping mecca for international visitors as well as South Africa’se influential and trendy.
Lying in the heart of Sandton, Hurlingham sits basking in its association with Sandton, the city’s most illustrious corporate address, but also a vibey hive of activity with shopping malls and sidewalk cafés, excellent restaurants and general joie de vivre. This is indeed the place to soak up the Jo’burg atmosphere.
Nelson Mandela Square is a popular meeting place and the heart of Sandton’s shopping complexes. It’s lined with open-air eateries and lunch time sees the city’s financial and corporate district turn out in suits for lengthy lunches interjected by intense and unsolicited cell phone banter. Despite the high-end shopping experience it offers, there are also walking tours in Sandton that cover its history in eight languages and take in no less than 29 landmarks. In addition, there is also a bird sanctuary and various art galleries.
- If cancelling 7 days before arrival, forfeit 100% of the booking total.
- If cancelling 14 days before arrival, forfeit 100% of the deposit.
- If cancelling 21 days before arrival, forfeit 50% of the deposit.
- If cancelling 30 days before arrival, forfeit 25% of the deposit.
Festina Lente is only ten minutes away from the Sandton Gautrain Station, a state-of-the-art rapid rail network in Gauteng. The rail connection comprises of two links, namely a link between Tshwane (Pretoria) and Johannesburg and a link between OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton. We are also a minute from the main William Nichol artery which connects to the N1 national motorway to the north of the city. Despite the tranquillity of Festina Lente, one of our advantages is our easy access to major roads. Uber is also very active in this area with pick-ups in minutes.
No Children allowed.
Lente has no less than six units on offer, each uniquely curated:
- Vin de Jour
- Le Homestead
- Afri Frans
- The Delft Penthouse
Be our guest. Take rest and relaxation to the next level with this. Blending classic French style and ‘African chic’ to create this inspiring sanctuary. The lounge area is opulent, boasting velvet in deep red, ochre and midnight blue and furniture.
French baroque style characterized this unit. The interior decoration is highly ornamental and a wooden fireplace – perfect for pampering.
Rich textures, botanical colours and an opulent atmosphere of romance entice visitors to linger longer in this gorgeous suite. Small still lifes created with elements from that era include old books, crystal lamps, classical statues and bird cages.
Only the best. This bedroom with its spacious bathroom has a charming hunting lodge feel with a grey palette that soothes.
Take you on an imaginary journey with its eclectic approach in a large queen size bed (with a stunning curvy headboard which is covered in silk velvet) and a single bed (an extra for 1 child). Ideal for a couples breakaway or families with one child.
A formal French styled unit awaits you with an original French trellis and a fireplace for pure comfort. Personal touches with treasured items makes this an inviting space to rest and relax at the ‘end of day’.