Family Ties

Guest lodge in peaceful Harare suburb encourages a familial feeling


Converted from a former family home into a luxurious guest lodge, Highlands House has it all – the atmosphere of being part of a wider network of venues, paired with the important aspect of service excellence.

A far cry from the hustle and bustle of the CBD and high-rise buildings that populate the city centre of Harare, the tranquil and leafy suburb of Highlands is where many guests prefer to rest their heads. This is evident during an overnight stay at Highlands House: the lodge is fully booked, and owner Lindsay delights in personally welcoming guests to her polished jewel. It would be remiss not to mention that even socialite Paris Hilton had a jaunt at Highlands House, so if it’s good enough for the daughter of hotel royalty, it should meet with the standards of most travellers. My room, adjacent to the reception area, overlooks the courtyard where gorgeous bougainvilleas and iceberg roses take centre stage. It is decorated in shades of blue and white, and the crisp white bedding has a beautiful blue throw covering the edge of the bed. Two leather ottomans double up as seating, but I sink into the large brown leather chair where an imposing wooden
reading lamp casts enough light for me to dig into a good book. The stunning pre-finished stained herringbone teak flooring in the bedroom is so much nicer than carpets or tiles. First opened in 2013, this threebedroom home initially saw the addition of seven guest rooms. As time progressed and the demand for upscale accommodation increased, Highlands House grew to 20 suites, a conference room, a gym and tennis courts.

Keeping it in the family

The beaded chandelier in the entrance foyer draws the eyes upwards, while the golden chandeliers in the communal and dining areas form a focal point. Fairy lights twinkle over the sparkling swimming pool, which is a popular meeting spot for guests who enjoy al fresco dining poolside served by friendly waiters Wellington or King. It’s a cool and overcast morning. I decide to take a walk around the property to appreciate the labour of love that must have gone into creating such an impeccable place. The gardens are immaculate, with perfectly manicured lawns, different water features and a sensational rose garden. The delectable smell of food draws me back inside, and I feast on the delicious mini English breakfast, because, as we all know. It’s a very important meal.

Text and photography | Heléne Ramackers
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