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Our Guest House

A Little History

 

Chamberlain Guest House

C hamberlain Guest House is a warm and peaceful guesthouse situated in the garden suburb of Vincent, East London.  The guest house is a three minute drive from the Vincent business district and ten minutes from the city CBD.  Chamberlain Guest House is owner managed with the assistance of a full time, enthusiastic manager and two highly trained house-keepers.   Attention to detail, making you, the guest as comfortable as possible is all part of our mission statement.  Attention to detail, spotlessly clean rooms and the personal touch all add to our success.

The guest house has nine en-suite bedrooms, three in the main house, two overlooking a lovely patio and four surrounding the pool.  All the rooms have their own entrances ensuring privacy and security.  There are various nooks and crannies where guests can sit outside their rooms to quietly read a book, have a cup of coffee or conduct a small business meeting.  There is secure, off-street parking available.

Our conference venue is ideal for meetings or training for up to 25 people.  A data projector, flip charts with paper are part of the all-inclusive deal we can tailor-make for you.  A full catering facility is available. Read more on our facilities page…

 

The history of our guest house, the life of Donald Woods.

In order to get his book published and to escape continuous persecution, the Woods family made the decision to leave South Africa.

F rom 1970 until 1977, Chamberlain Guest House was the family home of Donald Woods, editor of the Daily Dispatch newspaper. Donald was banned by the government of the time for his outspoken political views. Whilst living here, the Woods family was under constant threat from the authorities and on three separate occasions, security police fired bullets into the house. One bullet hole remains bearing testimony to this.

It was here, whilst under banning orders, that Donald wrote his first book detailing the events surrounding the death of Steve Biko. In order to get his book published and to escape continuous persecution, the Woods family made the decision to leave South Africa.

It was from this house in December 1977 that Donald, disguised as a priest, escaped. He was re-united with his family in Lesotho shortly after his departure. The Woods family reached the United Kingdom safely. Donald died in 2001; his remains and those of his wife, Wendy, who passed away in 2013 are buried at Hobeni in the Eastern Cape alongside those of their infant son Lindsay.

After Donald Woods’ death, the family formed a Trust in honour of his name and work.  The Donald Woods Foundation is dedicated to fighting poverty through Health, Education, Heritage and Community-building in some of the most impoverished areas of the rural Mbashe district of the Eastern Cape.

 

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