Posted on October 22, 2009


Our motto “Much, much more than just a place to stay.” Innkeeping has got to be the best profession in the world. Just read about a typical weekend at Four Villages Inn capped off by something very special!

We were full. Three of the rooms were with returnees, a common phenomenon at Four Villages. First there was the Canadian High Commissioner His Excellency Darren Schemmer and his mum Sandra   Schemmer visiting from Canada. Their special request? A tour of Kumasi Central Market with our famous guide Comfort who works exclusively for Four Villages Inn. Here’s Mr. Schemmer’s review of the market tour, “I lived in Ghana for over two years and still learned new things from Comfort. This is a great tour by a great guide.”

And Sandra Schemmer’s comment on the Four Villages Inn experience, “What a jewel of a place!

Then there was Paul and Mary Davidson who live at the Newmont mine near Sunyani who were celebrating their one year wedding anniversary…at FOUR VILLAGES INN and on the links of Kumasi’s excellent 18 hole golf course located about five minutes drive from Four Villages. Paul had phoned ahead to ask if we could prepare a bouquet for his beloved. Charity prepared a glorious one combining a lot of plants and flowers from our garden combined with some porcelain roses from a friends’ garden. Well, we just felt warm all over from her delight and the  surprise and the hugs we got!

porcelaine rose

Next there was Beth, a public health consultant working in the area of emergency health care. Beth had been here in July and had met Dr. Annie Opoku, Director of the Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital, Adum, a friend of ours. Dr Annie is a Malagasy and as it happened Beth had worked in Madagascar as a Peace Corps. What joy there was when they started speaking the same dialect! This time Beth loved a new cd we bought after watching Mikea, a Malagasy singer, who performed at the Alliance Francaise.

But this time there was another connection established through Four Villages. Beth arrived with twenty mannequins for teaching C.P.R. Offhandedly, I mentioned that our Ghana Hotels Association was holding classes in C.P.R. conducted by one of our members. Beth’s eyes lit up, “Is he qualified?” I said he was and Beth asked for his co-ordinates which I supplied her. She said that he could conduct classes and save her travelling all the way from the U.S. to conduct courses.

And lastly there was the Carnegie family who live in Sunyani. Tom works for a Canadian architectural firm that is building houses for villagers being relocated by the Newmont  gold mine. Flora is home schooling their two children Isabel aged 11 and Jack 8.  Here’s what Tom wrote in our guest book:

“We finally found ‘the other‘ even better place to stay in Kumasi! Very nice set-up. See you soon.”

We are the other place. The other other place is the Golden Tulip-Kumasi City, the four star international hotel owned by Libya’s  Quadaffi.

With all the people , 9 for breakfast and all leaving and all the rooms to be made up, we asked Florence who only works now and then since she is quite far along in her pregnancy to come in. Well Monday morning guess what?  Much to our surprise and hers, she had her baby, a  girl!

Florence and baby