None of these ladies knew anything about guesthouses and some of them don’t even have Gr 12. All of them are single parents who have been looking after their own and other people’s children for many years. Each of the ladies has a department of the guesthouse for which they are responsible.
Manthoppe, Esther, Susan, Sarah, Anna
Herman and Susan Berry has been in the Guesthouse industry since 1994. Their first Guesthouse, Gooseberry Lodge was situated in Bethelehem, Free State. After that they moved to Johannesburg and opened Gooseberry Guesthouse in 1998.
Susan is extremely talented and all the paintings in the guesthouse has been done by her. She is supported by her incredible husband, a businessman and a left-brainer.
Anna has been with our family since 1991. She is very dependable and will carry through with whatever she starts. She remembers everything: which guests have stayed at Gooseberry in the past, which rooms they like as well as when which supplies were bought. She currently works at the front of house. She usually answers the intercom, prepares breakfast and checks supplies but she can and will do whatever needs to be done
Esther is Anna’s sister and has been a part of the team since 2009. She cleans rooms, receives guests and helps out as a hostess during the weekends – preparing breakfast, cleaning rooms and receiving guests.
Esther is a very nurturing person, a true mother hen. She has a passion for food and you can taste it in every bite.
Manthope has been with the team since 2009. She is still very young but has a lot of potential.
She cleans rooms, receives guests, prepares breakfast and also works as a hostess during the weekends.
Sarah has been with us since 2010. She works in the guesthouse every second weekend and the rest of the time she works in our home.
She works fast and thoroughly and takes such pride in her work. She has a lot of potential as a guesthouse worker.