About Fern Glen Self-Catering Accommodation
Fern Glen People
In 1995 we welcomed our first guests. They were French speaking and enjoyed the quiet peaceful atmosphere while we enjoyed serving them. Philip and Grace together with 2 other couples, Alister and June Mac Donald and Iain and Crystal Greenwood purchased the one acre property and renovated it into a self-catering establishment. In 2007 Iain and Crystal retired to the coast. Initially the gardens needed much care until today where it is well established and a pleasant and peaceful setting in which to relax. The gardens are largely indigenous, attracting much birdlife. Ongoing upgrading and maintenance to buildings has taken place over the years to keep a high standard of accommodation, ensuring each guest a beautiful comfortable and safe haven.
Grace is responsible for the day to day running of the establishment. She has a passion for people and tries wherever possible to assist guests. She is currently the Joint -chairperson for the Accommodation Association – Northern Suburbs Network and represents them at a provincial level (NAA Gauteng) and is a member of the National Accommodation Association (NAA). Her former career in the IT industry has benefitted in her processes for the running of the Guest House. Many of the guest house operations are computerized or automated. As a hobby, she pursues art in the form of painting and several of her paintings are part of the guest house décor.
Philip is responsible for running the day to day maintenance of the guest house. He also worked for a Non- profit organization RGM but retired recently. The work for RGM gave opportunity to assist in community projects. In the recent past two of which were the Renosterspruit Children’s Outreach near Lanseria and the Gerald Fitzpatrick Home for the Aged. Philip also has an IT background and was also involved in desktop publishing for RGM. He is a keen amateur photographer and has put this hobby to good use in the photographic representation of the guest house.
Nomsa Sibanda is the full-time House keeper. She has received comprehensive in-house training in guest needs regarding cleaning and laundry. She is young and vibrant and a mother of 2 young children. She is also a friendly people’s person and interacts well with guests.
Lucy and Charlie are the 2 cats in charge of pest control. Their tasks are not onerous so they are non-salaried, but do receive board and lodging. They interact well with guests when called upon to do so. They are the reason no other pets may be allowed on the premises.
An Irish Blessing
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.