About Margaret's Place Self-Catering place for the business traveller
Margaret's Place is a privately owned and run establishment that started in 2003. After starting out as two rooms in the house it then expanded to two additional cottages at the foot of the garden and the main house now has three rooms. From the outset Margaret's objective was to offer affordable accommodation for the business traveller, almost exclusively catering for this niche. However, families and "other travellers" are regulars too. This is ideal for the business person. Safe and secure, a get-up-and-go arrangement with just what you need. Each unit has a fully equipped kitchenette, a bath/shower conversion, and a couch to relax on.
For those with some time on their hands, there is a swimming pool where you can relax with a paper, magazine or your laptop. The garden attracts and is conducive to birdlife - which are appreciated and looked after through our feeders. Our guests, just like our birds, are given their space and privacy.
For the business traveller, Margaret's Place is ideally located in one of the most nostalgic suburbs of Johannesburg - off the beaten track, in the quaint area of Kensington, and really close to just about anything you could imagine.
I love coming back and staying at a familiar place. Always warmly welcomed, beds are comfortable and there is nothing wanting. The wireless internet access is perfect to set up a mobile office from.
The historic suburb of Kensington lies almost due east of Braamfontein and the city centre of Johannesburg, its most recent past as a trendy locale for the more creative residents of Johannesburg - a collection of artists, teachers and academics - a trend that also influenced neighbouring suburbs of Observatory, Yeoville and Melville.
Whilst today, Yeoville is no longer high on the average tourist’s agenda and is definitely no longer the buzzing, arty milieu of the 80s and early 90s, Kensington has remained, in essence, a more sedate and timeless part of the city. The houses here are lovely and old, many of them restored, and Kensington’s Golf Course is an acclaimed institution in Johannesburg, its history dating back to 1909. Kensington is only some 10 minutes from the inner city of Johannesburg, undergoing something of a regeneration that has restored Newtown to its former glory and is fast establishing part of the city as a cleaner and greener area, easier to visit than in the most recent past where the streets had degenerated and many buildings deteriorated.
Eastgate is just around the corner from Kensington and provides ample shopping opportunities, entertainment, restaurants and coffee shops, whilst Bruma Lake flea market - a conversion of an old sewerage catchment area into a lakeside mall and market - is also a great place to while away the time. A visit to Gillooly’s farm in Bedfordview is a lovely weekend outing, and the farm in the middle of the city is a lovely locale for morning picnics along the lake under the trees - a popular spot for locals.
Kensington is a hilly suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. It was established in 1897 by Max Langermann (after whom the thoroughfare Langermann Drive is named). It is located in Region and is bounded to the west by the suburb of Troyeville, to the east by Bedfordview and the north by Bruma and Cyrildene.
Kensington is laid out over the slopes of several koppies (flat-topped, high-sided hills). The streets were laid out in 1902, and were heavily planted with trees, which give the area a distinctive, wooded appearance. Notable features of the suburb include Rhodes Park, named after Cecil Rhodes; Jeppe High School for Boys, Jeppe High School for Girls, and Kensington Castle. Kensington is a restaurant neighbourhood in development, with most restaurants and coffee shops being found tucked away amid the antique shops on Queen Street.
There are several shopping centres and office parks in the area such as the immense Eastgate Shopping Centre, Park Meadows Shopping Centre and the Pick 'n Pay head offices.
Where is Johannesburg?
This may be a sily question to a local South African, but not really for a traveller. Johannesburg is the business capital of South Africa, and is located in the northern part of the country, straddling latitude 26 degrees south. Click here to locate it on Google maps. The city is 550 kilometres south of the country's northernmost tip, and 1 400 kilometres north of the southernmost tip. The city is far inland from the coast (the nearest major harbour, Durban, is 600 kilometres south east.)
The closest major city to Johannesburg is South Africa's capital, Pretoria, 58 kilometres to the north. The outer suburbs of both cities touch. The country's other major city, Cape Town, is 1 400 kilometres south west of Johannesburg.
The main feature in the garden is our large, sparkling swimming pool. Relax alongside the pool with a good book, some office work or a sundowner, you are sure to be rejuvenated.
Sit in the shelter of the thatched lapa with your take-away meal or
have a business discussion with our partner. All told, it is a relaxing environment conducive to getting things done.
Visit places in the area, such as Rhodes Park, Bedfordview Shopping Centre, Bruma Lake Flea Market, China Town in Cyrildene, Gold Reef City and all it offers.
Sports, Entertainment & Eateries
- There are sports clubs, golf clubs and stadiums nearby.
- Restaurants, take-aways, casinos and pubs are aplenty. If you are entertaining a client or just wanting something different, just ask us how and where.
- Entertainment such as movies, theatres, shows - these too are close by and accessible.
- Shopping malls, business centres and office parks are within throwing distance and the centre of Johannesburg is also within 8kms.