As The Peech Boutique Hotel celebrates its 10th birthday, the establishment sees a renewed emphasis on eco-driven luxury. Visitors to The Peech know that they’ll find a chic home from home here. Originally a private residence, the small intimate hotel has evolved into a remarkable 16-room venue set in a magnificent and lush garden.
Owner, James Peech acquired the residence in 2003, and started transforming it into a hotel – a delicate process as it was important for him to keep the residential feel of the place. First opening for guests on 27 November 2004, the hotel then had six rooms. Since then, four annexes housing the Garden Rooms and Suites have been added. Each boasting wonderful relaxation areas such as patios or balconies overlooking the expansive gardens, the feel is chic modern comfort with a distinct African touch. Cow hides and pod chairs, gorgeous patterns and splashes of colour create an ethnic yet decidedly urban feel. The original House Rooms echo the original residence décor and are perfect for families.
Amenities such as air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, laptop safes and Wi-Fi are standard throughout, while luxurious Gilchrist & Soames bath products add a touch of bath time bliss.
For a bit of time out, guests can stroll around the 1-acre garden, relax by the outside swimming pool or grab a tome from the library. For the more actively inclined, The Peech has an arrangement for visitors to access the Planet Fitness gym next door at a small charge.
In-house guests can enjoy delectable bistro fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with much of the fresh herbs and vegetables sourced from the hotel’s own kitchen garden. The focus is on flavour and seasonality and the setting overlooking the garden is simply magic. For more intimate meals, there is a private dining room, while the walk-in wine cellar is a must-visit for oenophiles.
Perfectly located in bustling Melrose, The Peech is 10 minutes from business hub Sandton and five minutes from hip Melrose Arch and Rosebank where the nearest Gautrain station is located, making it easily accessible whether guests are visiting for work or play. The Peech is also a perfect venue for a small conference or business breakaway with a boardroom and green room available for private strategy sessions.
Responsible and eco-friendly tourism is at the heart of The Peech Boutique Hotel. Recent years have seen the addition of solar water heating, extensive recycling practices, use of only recyclable batteries in appliances as well as use of grey water recycling to assist in keeping the gardens lush. Water is bottled on site and rooms have double insulation too. This eco-awareness means the hotel’s footprint is kept to a minimum with as small as possible impact on the environment.
In addition The Peech is a Fair Trade Tourism certified hotel, thereby acknowledging its ethical approach not only to the environment but to its employees, many of whom have been working there since its opening 10 years ago, too. The Peech also supports Little Eden children’s charity as well as Pack for a Purpose.