Oleander opened its doors in June 2013 with six rooms. After 2 months we were assessed by the AA and received “Superior” Quality Assurance. In September 2013 we received our 5-star rating from the Tourism Council of South Africa. Both these assessments are renewed annually.
At the beginning of October 2014, we completed a new extension of the guest house with the addition of four new luxury rooms. These rooms are accessed by an overhanging pool deck with splendid views over the garden.
Oleander opened a cosy restaurant on its premises in June 2017. Laurier Blanc (French for White Oleander) is stylishly decorated with a touch of French flair and elegance.
Oleander Guest House received the following Lilizela Awards: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 for the Provincial Winner: Northern Cape.
We accomplished further excellence by winning the Lilizela National Award for the best 5-star guest House 2015 and 2017.
Oleander and Laurier Blanc is no ordinary guest house and fine dining restaurant. It is a place with heart and soul. The heart is our staff’s caring, embracing and personalised service. The soul is the heritage house and the Oleander tree. Oleander guest house is a place where a hundred years of history matured into luxury and elegance. Here you will find peace and quiet and it is a home away from home.
At Oleander we are committed to go the extra mile, to deliver a 5-star service and facilities at four-star prices.
Oleanders are distinctive, large, beautiful flowering shrubs that thrive with little care. Most cultivars grow 3 to 6 metres tall and almost just as wide. Oleanders are lovely, but don’t touch – they are highly poisonous.
The white oleander at 28 Carrington Street in Kimberley is approximately 10 metres tall. The late Professor Christo Pienaar, a well-known botanical expert, visited Kimberley many years ago – he said that this oleander was the biggest he had seen anywhere in South Africa. We believe that this tree is almost as old as the 100 year-old house.
The peacefulness of the oleander inspired the current owners of this historical home, Onno and Philene Fortuin, to restore this Edwardian house to its former glamour and to decorate it in an elegant and gracious style.
The original owners of 28 Carrington Road built this lovely home in 1913, according to a local newspaper of the time. Kimberley was one of the first towns in South Africa to get electricity, which had its disadvantages –in July 1925 part of the house burned down because someone left an iron on, and a fire started in the kitchen. But the house was rebuilt. As far as we know Carrington 28 has only had five owners. It retains its original Oregon pine floors and pressed steel ceilings. Most of the cupboards are original, glowing with a new coat of paint.
The previous owner, Mrs Dalene Keevy, made the current owners promise that they would never cut the oleander tree down. Being a garden lover, Philene spent many hours – indeed years – re-designing the garden. Aside from its glorious flowers, the garden also supplies the home-grown vegetables and herbs that we use in our organic cuisine.