Chelmsford House B&B

11 Guest Reviews
11 Customer Reviews
  • Very large pool set in tranquil garden, braai facilities available on request.
  • The Burgundy Rose Room has a queen-size bed and is en-suite bathroom.
  • A full English or Continental breakfast is served in the dining room from 6.30am - 9am daily.
  • Description
  • Facilities
Conveniently situated in walking distance to shops, banks, restaurants. It is five minutes to the centre of Durban, 5 kms to stadium and beaches and 30 minutes from the airport.

Your hostesses, Charisse and Anita Shepherd, world travelers themselves, whose motto is, we aim to please, ensure a safe, comfortable, homely environment and guarantee they will do everything for you to have a memorable stay at Chelmsford House.

We offer eight rooms, each named after flowers, all are en-suite, air-conditioned, ceiling fans, with views of Durbans' Harbor, the very large pool, braai facilities and secure parking.

Self-catering options are available and we have a large dormitory room suitable for sports teams, group bookings or international backpackers. A full English and Continental breakfast is served. Evening meals, transfers, laundry, internet, available on request.

Assistance with car hire, tours and general information regarding Durban and surrounds.
  • Type: Self-catering, Bed and Breakfast
  • Sleeps: 26
  • Check-in: 10:00 AM
    Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Reviews: 11
  • Airport Shuttle Service
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Afrikaans
  • Greek
* Please enquire for further details.

11 Reviews on Chelmsford House B&B

For anyone who wants value for their hard earned money, I will not recommend this place.The place is a real dump, the client fridges had mould, our children had to sleep on the floor, got accussed of hiding keys. The place is not suitable for accomodation and I will not recommend it to anyone. Struggling to get my deposit back because I could not even check into this place.

Daniel Olifant, South Africa
10 January 2014

We had a lovely time. The staff was friendly and helpful. They didn't give us any hassle at all. Lovely place to go to should you wish to unwind and be alone.

Sindi , South Africa
12 December 2013

The place was fine but not practical as a family accommodation as there is no privacy.

Establishment's response

Firstly, she made the booking with SafariNow and myself at 8 am on the morning of their arrival and arrived at 9.30am when check in is from 11am. Even so, the room was ready for them. Secondly, in my email reply to her enquiry, I made it quite clear that the Sunflower yellow room was a dbl room, (for a couple) and there is a sleeper couch at the foot of the bed for the child. She stated the child was under 12, which is questionable and we have had lots of parents stay in that room, who have no problem with their children sharing the same room as them. I believe I made it clear to her that the child would be in the same room as herself and her husband. If privacy was what they wanted, which was not stated, then I agree that the room, may not be suitable for their requirements. For the record, we do have a family room, the Fern green room, which was already booked, as were all the other rooms. It was a busy weekend with the Top Gear festival. Thirdly, we do not advertise DSTV, as we only have M-net, which is our prerogative to provided and not a requirement. Pumula was informed in my email, that M-net is provided at no point was DSTV mentioned by either myself or her? Fourthly, we do have a big parking space, but as we had two big ambulances parked in the open bay parking, (they were part of the medical support team for the Top Gear festival), her husband was asked to park in the undercover parking bay, next to another car. Had her husband been a better driver, he would have had no problem parking there, but for some reason battled to park his BMW, whereas no one else had a problem? These are standard parking bays. How does he manage at shopping centres? Fifth, there is a beaded curtain separating the bedroom from the bathroom and not a door, as the space does not warrant a door. Wi-fi is provided, free of charge to guests as stated. Lastly, Chelmsford House is more than “fine” and had she had booked earlier, a family room may have been available. Frankly I find her review rather offensive, especially as when they were leaving she said they had enjoyed their stay would like to come back for the Durban July weekend, to which I replied best book soon, as we are almost fully booked. In light of her review, it appears she is a hypocrite and not someone we would accommodate in the future. My suggestion would be for Pumula to look at five star accommodation in the future as that would probably be more suitable to her requirements. In closing, all sixteen other guests were more than happy with what we provide at Chelmsford House. I appreciate your feedback and if there is any further information you require, I am always pleased to be of assistance. Thanking you in advance. Kind regards.

Pumla Mzizi, South Africa
18 June 2013

The pictures were very misleading, from what we saw on the Internet we were very disappointed. The only reason why we continued to stay there was because we didn't have any options and we were not going to get refunded. When are we getting our deposit back please?

Thando Hadebe , South Africa
10 July 2012

I don't regret my choice, the place is just convenient, friendly, safe and worthy staying at. I have found a home from home.

Thokozani Bvumbwe, South Africa
02 June 2012
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