Haven House - Dome
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House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
A simple but stunning accommodation that will suit the business traveler or a family wanting a place to relax and yet be close to all the action. The house sits opposite a church in a very safe and communal environment. It is very easy to go into central Accra and surrounding areas of interest. the house is a minute walk from the main road where you can easily hail a taxi or a bus (known as tro-tro.) The university of Ghana is 10 minutes away in a car and certainly worth a visit. The main shopping mall in Accra is a 15 minutes ride away. If relaxing and eating fresh lobsters and drinking cocktails by the beach is more to your taste, you have a choice of 3 beaches 45 to 60 minutes drive away. Be sure to watch a sunset at the beach -it's breath-taking . A canoe crossing at Bojo beach is great fun if you are travelling with kids and don"t miss out on having a go on the jet skies. Alternatively try your hands at golfing 10 mins drive away from the house at the Achimota golf course. If you are pro golfer, a great opportunity to play with other professionals. Do you have a proclivity to charity work or volunteering in a community? In which case, you will find many places locally that will give you the opportunity to make a difference and enrich someone's life as well as yours. The main road in Dome is lined with restaurants, bars, convenience shops, pharmacies, hairdressers, barbers , banks and Forex bureaus. The street is always alive at night and an interesting and safe place to walk .
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
The Greater Accra region
Accra. For a first time visitor , nothing quite prepares you for the hustle and bustle of Accra and on first impression, you will either feel you have chosen a wrong place to visit or in some very strange dream that you will soon wake from. Chill out. Accra is not a place to be taken with a birds eye view, but certainly requires an open mind and a brave heart . Hot. Dusty . Busy. No pavements. Sorry that is not entirely true , most of them are covered by small stalls selling their wares from phone credits, to oranges, slippers, cold water and don't restrict your imagination here because anything goes on the stalls of Accra. Most people are "entrepreneurs" so do not be puzzled at all if the lady selling tomatoes hands you a business card that reads ' Ama Serwah CEO.' Throws in more free tomatoes than you can imagine and invites you to her house to meet her family. Welcome to Accra. Most of the people are overly friendly and eager to help you in any way they can ( fully expecting a tip) but be cautious, if you are too generous you will draw an incredible number of 'helpers' give too little or nothing and you will be on your own mate. Not deterred yet, clearly not faint hearted, and that should be your spirit when you see adults and children freely wee weeing or peeing or as they say in Ghana urinating. On walls and places that clearly say " please do not urinate here." Roads and the most unimaginable of places , and oh yes you may even turn away quickly when you realise someone doing a number two. Still with me ; you are ready for Africa. Ghana - Accra. Oh what I fondly refer to as G H. (Oh my! Let me also prepare you for swear words or curses, that totally do not mean what the Western world defines them as. So, you can imagine my shock , (having grown up in a household where swearing is synonymous to am leaving home and never coming back. ) when I left Dome in a taxi and about 3 miles into my journey I witnessed a very angry and agitated middle age man on the side of the street, screaming " where is he, where is he? He should pray I don't find him, If I find him I will Fxxx him . I will Fxxx him proper, I will fxxx him like he has never been fxxxed before. " loosely translated, all he meant was , I will have a big fight with him. As relieving as the interpretation turned out to be, I was left shell shocked for the entirety of my day.)if you can deal with all of the above, you will have a swell time in Accra. There are beautiful beaches all around Accra and beyond. Breathtaking sunrise, excellent night life, safe neighbourhoods, GMT ( Ghanaian mean time- 2, 3, 4hours behind. No apology. ) if you prove not be a typical tourist and allow your self to immense yourself in Accra ,I guarantee you will want to go back again and again . For very few places ( I have not been anywhere. lol.) have the jeu ne se qua of this region. It' s not your typical holiday destination , it's your memorable place to visit. Filled with culture, history, haphazard architecture, an infusion of village life and city life colliding and happy people everywhere.
Dome is a suburb of Accra. From the airport it is 9.2km , 5.7 miles to the main Dome Road and approximately 9 miles from Central Accra. Omg! What are you doing here?! This area is not like Airport residential , Labone, Cantoment or East Legon. It is Dome. Nope. Not pronounced like its spelt . Domi - or Dor me. Say Dome and the taxi driver will think you are in the wrong city. Dome typical residents. Affluent . Middle class and poor. Just like the rest of Accra , it's real. You will wake up to the sound of a cockerel announcing it is morning albeit no sight of a farm anywhere close by. You will see goats , birds will chirp at the window and demand you wake up and greet them. You will hear children singing on their way to school, you will hear the church and your sense of smell will twitch to the unfamiliar . A minute walk from the house you can catch a taxi or bus (known as tro tro) and discover other parts of Accra. Do your self a favour and pretend you are having a heart attack every time someone mentions a price and haggle the price to half. Of course if you are having a heart attack ,please don't call an ambulance they are predominantly used for carrying corpse in Accra . Dome is a great place to walk in the evening provided of course you can share the pavement lined stalls and not end up in a gutter. No joke . Open gutters all around Accra . Local bars, street music , or noise depending on your genre of preference, fast food places to eat and you can even get a manicure and pedicure after 7pm if that is your kind of thing. Due to the location ,it's pretty easy to get to anywhere in Accra provided you time the traffic . Accra has a lot of traffic. Dome is safe, interesting and chaotic like most of Accra and gives an accurate representation of Accra. If you want to experience Accra first hand , this area has a lot to offer . 90% of Accra go to church on Sunday so if you are in the minority , head 30 minutes away to a beach and if you are not exhausted from the sun sea and shrimps , it might be an idea to take Ama Serwah up on her invitation to meet the family, guarantee there will be a feast prepared in your honour.
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