By SYDNEY MORWENG
How often do you attend to your garden if you have one or when was the last time you visited nursery garden?
Perhaps, you might be asking what on earth is this all about. The Marlot Guest House in Polokwane, Limpopo is what I’m referring to.
The first thing that strikes you, as you make your way into the venue is the magnificently and flawlessly manicured laid out garden all over. Now this is what we call ‘lush’ at its utmost best.
The Marlot Guest House is a neatly Greek family owned establishment operated by the hands-on and optimistic Vasilios Gaintartzis, who despite his age and evident bald-head is the ‘man of the house’, according to one staff member jokingly.
“He never rests”, she said.
Started five year’s ago after initially buying the property from previous owners, Basil as he’s known by guests and neighbours, became attached to the place as a result of him passing-by every morning as he made his way to his shop.
“Look, it didn’t look bad or good either then. After numerous enquiries I approached the owner who interestingly was not difficult to persuade. After talks on how and what to do I gave him the cheque. By then it had only 7 rooms,” said Basil.
Today Marlot boasts 20 fully-equipped rooms with every tv channel and air-conditioners. With flowers aroma this turned out to be ‘romantic’ and serendipity for me and my traveling crew.
“These rooms were in increased from seven to 20 which meant I had to re-develop the whole place and re-configure some gardens and pool area.”
According to its web-page “Marlot Guest House believes in hospitality of the highest standard. A visit to our friendly Polokwane guest house will exceed all your expectations and you will soon become a returning guest.
An unforgettable experience of service excellence and warm South African hospitality awaits you . . .” it says.
Although Basil touched briefly on his life and what made him to ditch owning bursar shops to venture into hospitality industry, he did highlight that despite the industry’s obstacles, he still thinks blacks should be given more “space to maneuver”.
“This being a family business after retiring from selling over the counter, I think we should spread our wings by engaging more previously disadvantaged to have their thoughts on tourism and what it can offer them,” he said with a straight-pointed face.
One of the attractions is the opulent bar which is next to the pool and various kinds of trees-can’t recall the names- which makes this establishment unique and by far the best in Limpopo.
Luxurious rooms are set amidst a lush and manicured garden in a quiet neighbourhood and tranquil surroundings.
He tells Sports Focus online that, his staff complement is 14 and most of them have been with the venue for ages.
“This is called loyalty and dedication. That’s one of the things which set us apart from the rest,” says Basil shyly.
This venue exudes with peace of mind, as you feel relaxed around the crisp and well-kept swimming pool.
Marlot, which is a three-star graded also offers a fully-equipped function venue with a seating capacity of 30 people, and according Basil this has become a ‘hit’ with various companies and government departments because its ideal for business meetings or group breakaways.
It is close to the main access roads and approximately five minutes from some of the popular shopping centres.
Many tourist attractions, activities, restaurants and pubs surround Marlot Guest House and only ten minutes from the entertaining Meropa Casino and Entertainment World and five minutes drive from the Peter Mokaba stadium.
Asked whether his hard savings are paying off, the old-timer said indeed, because the conference facilities are the most busiest, despite travelers using accommodation as a gate-way to Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botsawana and so on.
Asked what sells the venue, Basil the father of two, gave a smile of approval, and said gardening and my Russian’s wife cooking. This keeps old and new guests coming for more.
Una fatcha, una ratcha is Greek idiom which means, one face, one race. According to him this idiom explains the Italian look-alike and the similarities.
Need to work on improving your garden and learning some tips, Marlot Guest House is only a step away!
For bookings call Sanette on: 015 297-5456 or visit: www.marlot.co.za