Fabulous Fawncastle

If you’re even vaguely observant you would have noticed a property along Inanda Road, intriguingly festooned with the flags of different countries and, of course, this might have led you to wonder just what happens behind those walls……

Arial view of Fawncastle BnB Hillcrest KZN

Well, the answer is quite a bit. The property in question is Fawncastle Guesthouse, a decidedly upmarket guesthouse owned and run by Pat Hoyle and her op’s manager Kim Maclennan-Fourie, a very special breed who seem to be born to the hospitality industry.

Between them they have almost half a century in the industry, and they’ve put that accumulated knowledge to brilliant use at Fawncastle, which resulted in the awarding of its fourth star. And as Pat says quite forthrightly:

“You have to have the credentials to make a grade. It’s really as simple as that. When we took over Fawncastle in 2003, I thought we’d get a nice quiet little guest house,” she adds with a smile. “But it’s grown beyond anything we imagined it would.”

Indeed, with 12 suites and plenty of repeat business, Fawncastle is always busy; and the team say they could easily do with another 10 or more rooms. Talking of accommodation, it should be said that the suites are well appointed, all being en suite – obviously – as well as air-conditioned and equipped with niceties like tea and coffee-making facilities, DSTV and microwaves.

Fawncastle Guesthouse Hillcrest

Conference Facilities

Our well –equipped conference facilities are a big draw card too, and it’s exceptionally popular with the corporate crowd.
Pat tells me  it is because “We have structured our product accordingly, offering a viable alternative to your regular commercial hotels, having procured agreements from range of large multi-national corporations. In addition, we have already laid a solid foundation of repeat business, in that we offer the travelling or visiting businessman that little bit extra attention to detail and personal contact. The philosophy is very simple – give the guest exactly what we would expect. We don’t wear suits, nor are we recognisable by our name badges. We make it our duty to ensure that, upon your arrival, we are here to ensure your stay with us remains in your memory for many a year to come.”

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Restaurants Nearby

Fawncastle is also close to the now countless restaurants and shops of Hillcrest, as well as various golf courses. Plus – and I think this is particularly worth mentioning – little touches abound including airport transfers are available, there’s a baby-sitting service, e-mail facilities, an inviting-looking swimming pool and vitally for people like me who detest leaving their four-legged friends at home, small pets are allowed and an added bonus, meanwhile, is that the place is wheelchair friendly.

Arial view of Fawncastle BnB Hillcrest KZN


Rates strike me as outstanding, too with single rates going for R695 and double for an almost laughably low R795 (prices includes vat & excludes breakfast). But telling you all this doesn’t entirely explain the place’s phenomenal popularity, which I am convinced lies with the fact that it feels more like a private home than an establishment, while the owners have the uncanny gift of making you feel like a welcome friend, trite as that might sound.


What really says the most about Fawncastle are the comments from previous guests. One, for instance, was recorded as saying “Far too cheap!” Another trio from Japan wrote, “Thank you so much for everything. You are the first South African B & B we truly enjoyed, “while some Jo’burgers offered comments like, “Full of fun….      Friendly…….Incredible environment.”

However, it was an American man of the cloth who best summed up Fawncastle. He simply termed it “Awesome!

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