About Us

About Us

Green Gables is proudly owned and managed by Christopher Hughes, who was trained at hotel school in England and has worked in a number of first class hotels.  Christopher is a colourful character, a one-time scuba instructor, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and historian.  Christopher has well-trained staff but is very hands-on, doing the cooking himself, especially dinner for guests by prior arrangement.

Green Gables Guest House has been developed to provide a high level of comfort and privacy. At the same time a conscious effort has been made to retain the character of the property. This means that the property has not been over-developed, therefore retaining and enhancing the feeling of a country residence. This is of particular relevance to guests who wish to stay with us for extended periods.

Classical Cape Dutch architecture, high wooden ceilings, queen-sized beds, armchairs, individually styled rooms, a residents lounge and stoep, and tranquil gardens serve to make Green Gables unique.

Our aim is to provide our guests with good comfortable accommodation and a high level of service.

In accordance with the Section 9(1) of the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Act 53 of 2003, Green Gables is classified as an Exempted Micro Enterprise (EME) and is therefore exempted from being measured against any BEE scorecard. This gives you a BEE recognition level of 100%.

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The Guest House

The 4 bedrooms and 2 self-catering units, which have fully equipped kitchens, are all en-suite with private entrances. The bedrooms are situated in the old farm house, One room has a walled private garden.

The dining room and the residents’ lounge are situated next to the pool and are totally separate from the accommodation.

Green Gables is situated on the remaining portion of a farm and the bedrooms are in the converted farmhouse.  Green Gables also has the last remaining trading store which is now used as the guests' lounge. Christopher’s own home is on the adjacent property, so he is always available.

In the past - up to the 1950's - Rivonia was a small farming community. Rivonia Road, which is now a major North-South arterial, was so called because it ended at the village of Rivonia.

Nearby facilities and attractions


Taste of India- Indian Cuisine
011 234 1727
Shop No.32, Early Dawn Shopping Centre, Rivonia Blvd, Johannesburg, 2128 (850m)
Closes 10pm

Fong Mei- Chinese Fine dining
011 807 2285
363 Rivonia Blvd, Rivonia, Sandton (700m)
Closed Mondays/ Closes 10pm

Japa- Fine Japanese Cuisine
011 807 39999
Upstairs,Rivonia Village, 322, Rivonia Blvd, Sandton 2196 (900m)
Closes 10pm

Contessa- Specialty tea shop
011 234 6641
2A 11th Ave and Rivonia Blvd, 2191 (750m)
Closes 4:30pm

Pizza Luna- Good Pizza
011 803 7699
Cnr 8th Ave and Rivonia Blvd, Rivonia Village, 2196 (1km)
Closes 10pm

Seattle Coffee Co.- Coffee Shop
011 234 9209
363 Rivonia Blvd, Rivonia, 2128 (750m)
Closes 6pm

Debonairs- Pizza Takeaway
017 200 0722
Shop 3, Rivonia Village, Cnr Rivonia Blvd and Old Mutual Rd, Rivonia (1km)
Closes 10pm

News Café- Bar, Restaurant, Cocktails
011 234 0164
Cnr Rivonia Blvd and 9th Ave, Rivonia Village, Rivonia, 2128 (800m)
Closes 2am

BBQ Workshop- Simple Greek and Gelato
010 500 8954
Mutual Rd, Rivonia, Sandton, 2128 (1km)
Closes 11pm

Nino’s- Mediterranean Restaurant
011 803 8882
Rivonia Village, Shop 28, Rivonia Blvd, Rivonia, 2196 (850m)
Closes 6pm

RocoMamas- Speciality Burgers
011 234 1100
The Village, 3 Rivonia Blvd (1km)
Closes 12am

Shaam Arabian Restaurant- Halaal
074 895 5555
22 9th Ave, Rivonia, Sandton,2128 (850m)
Closes 12am

Saigon- Vietnamese Cuisine
011 807 5272
Floor 1, Rivonia Junction Centre, Rivonia Blvd and 7th Ave (1,1km)
Closes 10pm

Istanbul Kebab + Shawarma- Halaal
011 051 4781
333 Rivonia Blvd, Rivonia, Johannesburg, 2128 (850m)
Closes 10pm

MacDonalds- Fast Food
011 234 0039
Rivonia Square, Cnr Rivonia Rd and Old Mutual Rd (1,2km)
24 Hours

Yamada Sushi- Japanese/Chinese Cuisine
011 047 8668 / 011 039 8188
Shop G8, Rivonia Junction and Mutual Rd, Rivonia, Sandton (1,1km)
Closes 10pm

Zen Garden- Chinese Cuisine
011 021 5811
Cnr Rivonia and Mutual, Rivonia Junction , Rivonia Rd 2196 (1,2km)
Closes 9:30pm

Patachou Patisserie- Bakery
011 234 0700
Shop 44A Rivonia Village, 329 Rivonia Boulevard, Johannesburg, 2196 (1km)
Closes 6pm

Saravanaa Bhaven- Vegetarians Dream
011 234 4270
Cnr Rivonia Rd and 7th Ave, Rivonia Junction, Sandton (1,3km)
Closes 11pm

011 807 8722
344 Rivonia Boulevard, Rivonia, Sandton (700m)
Closes 4:30am
Entrance: ZAR 150

The Grand
011 234 9593
Rivonia Blvd & 11th Avenue, Johannesburg, 2128 (850m)
Closes 5am
Entrance: ZAR 400 (including full buffet)

The Sheikh’s Palace
011 807 4119
9th Ave & Rivonia Rd, Edenburg, Johannesburg, 2128 (850m)
Closes 2am

011 803 7085
19 Wessels Road, Rivonia, Johannesburg, 2128
Closes 2am

011 803 7944
Oriental City Shopping Centre, Rivonia Blvd, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2128 (1km)
Closes 9:30pm

Morningside Virgin Active
011 883 1951
Cnr Main Rivonia & Centre Rds, Morningside, 2146 Closes 9:30pm

Historical Significance

The residents lounge is situated in the building that was originally Schull's trading store. Constructed in 1906, the store stood in front of the original farmhouse. The building unofficially served as Rivonia's first post office until 1912. A later owner, Mr Miller also provided a taxi service to the residents of this old farming area. Some older residents of Rivonia still refer to this building as 'the old post office building'. The original building was lovingly restored and tastefully renovated.

The Trading Store - Circa 1946
The Trading Store - Circa 1946
The Trading Store – Renovated
The Trading Store – Renovated