Cornerstone Guesthouse

Cornerstone Guesthouse: Our full report

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Excellent (95%) From 90 reviews
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Cornerstone Guest House is a small, owner-run bed and breakfast, situated in a residential area within easy walking distance of Swakopmund 's old town centre – and plenty of restaurants. In the opposite direction, the ocean is a short walk away.

There are five comfortable and clean bedrooms at Cornerstone Guest House, each with a private entrance. Of these, one is a double room and four are twins, two of which can be turned into a family unit with interconnecting doors. Each room has a flat-screen satellite TV, fridge, safe, WiFi access and complimentary tea/coffee-making facilities. All are decorated with a lavender theme, in soft whites, blues and lilacs.

Each room has a large en-suite bathroom with modern fittings, a solar-powered shower (nice and powerful!), a loo and basin. A hairdryer, ironing board and iron, and extra blankets are available on request.

Outside each room is a patio, with table and chairs for relaxing during the day. The gardens are well looked after by the owners, who can often be seen pottering around tending to them. They form a very neat, orderly, colour-coordinated area with clipped lawns and smart borders of plants.

Cornerstone's central facilities focus on a large, bright breakfast room, with breakfast served at the time of your choice, to the accompaniment of classical music. In the corner of this room is a small sofa with a selection of books about Namibia. On warmer days, you can ask for breakfast outside on your veranda.

There's also a small lounge area with satellite TV, and for self-drivers, secure off-street parking is available.

When we last visited Cornerstone Guesthouse in April 2010, we were greeted on arrival by the owner Margot, who immediately made us feel at ease. She was full of information about the local area as well as activities in and around Swakopmund and was happy to answer all our questions. In fact, throughout our stay, the staff were friendly and approachable, as if we were being welcomed into their home.

Our View

Cornerstone Guest House is a good-value little bed and breakfast, with a modern style and attention to detail. It offers good accommodation and attentive service, from a friendly and approachable team, in a good location in Swakopmund.


Location: Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia

Ideal length of stay: 2–3 nights

Directions: Cornerstone Guest House is situated on the corner of Rhode Allee and Hendrik Witbooi, about five minutes' walk from the sea.

Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Pete and Margo Bassingthwaighte

Food & drink

Usual board basis: B&B

Food quality: Breakfast at Cornerstone Guesthouse is generally a great selection of fresh fruits, yoghurts, different breads, eggs and bacon cooked to order, juices, and freshly brewed coffee and tea.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Drinks included: Drinks are not included at Cornerstone Guest House. When we last visited, a bottle of wine was about N$80, a beer N$10, a Coke N$8 and a mineral water N$6.

Further dining info: No room service is available.


Attitude towards children: Children of all ages are welcome at Cornerstone Guest House.

Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions.


Power supply: Mains Electricity

Communications: WiFi access is available throughout Cornerstone Guest House.

TV & radio: There is a flat screen satellite TV in every bedroom.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: No

Medical care: Swakopmund's private Cottage Hospital is five minutes from Cornerstone Guesthouse.

Dangerous animals: Low Risk

Security measures: Security guards are on site from 7.00pm to 7.00am (sunset to sunrise). There is a safe in each room.

Fire safety: Cornerstone Guest House has fire extinguishers in all bedrooms and in communal areas.


Disabled access: Not Possible

Laundry facilities: Same day laundry is available at an extra cost

Money: For personal belongings, there's a small digital safe in every bedroom, and a bigger safe in the main house.

Accepted payment on location: Cornerstone Guest House accepts Visa and MasterCard. Amex and travellers' cheques are not accepted.