madinghana: THE 300TH POST!

Posted on February 28, 2011

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Yes #300, and what better way to mark the occasion than to celebrate FOUR VILLAGES INN by sharing with you guest comments to show you that we work very very hard to live up to our motto: “Much, much more than just a place to stay”.

First up, Joan and Graeme Mount from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, who are in Ghana for six weeks as tourists! They stayed with us for six nights while exploring Kumasi and surroundings. They even made friends with other guests and joined them on an unexpected day’s excursion to Boabeng Fiema Monkey sanctuary! Great things do happen at Four Villages Inn!. On checkout before going North, they wrote:

“We are really grateful to Tom Leonard, an earlier guest, for recommending Four Villages to us. This is an oasis with good food and friendly reliable people. We are grateful that we can leave our luggage as we go north and retrieve it when we return.”

And on their return to Kumasi and FOUR VILLAGES INN, here’s what they wrote in our guest book when leaving for good to go to the Coast:

“We trusted Chris and Charity, and they trusted us. When we went nort to Tamale, Mole National park, Bolgatanga and Paga, we left our cold weather luggage at the Four Villages Inn. When we returned it was conveniently available in our room. They allowed us to take a copy of the Bradt Guide to Ghana on our travels, and they purchased-with their money-advance S.T.C. bus tickets so that we could continue the following day to Cape Coast. We of course returned the book and reimbursed the. Chris also mailed postcards for us. A wonderful place. Graeme and Joan Mount.”

2. From a past guest….A year ago U.K. actor Rudolph Walker sent money to help Comfort, our famous Four Villages Inn Kumasi Central Market tour guide, meet the school fees of her then fifteen year old daughter Amanda.

Well, RUDOLPH HAS DONE IT AGAIN. HE HAS SENT ENOUGH TO COVER TWO OF THE THREE TERMS IN THE 2010-2011 ACADEMIC YEAR!

This week, I took Comfort out to St Louis Girls’ Secondary School to pay the money into Amanda’s account. I asked Amanda what she wanted to be now….well, like her benefactor, she wants to pursue “theater arts”! Then she went on to tell me all about a favourite Ghanaian writer/actor who had visited her school. How animated she was! Rudolph has backed the right kid, that’s for sure….just as Four Villages Inn has backed her mummy ever since day one of our passionate pursuit.

AMANDA AND COMFORT BEAMING FOR RUDOLPH

3. We just said good-bye…. to one of our two glorious brass statues that grace our indoor garden and announce our free excursion to the brass village located 4 km past FOUR VILLAGES INN.

Pictured here are the proud new owners Elsa and Jack Shartsis from Michigan, USA along with Barou, their guide (left), and Paul Amponsah, Head Brass smith at Kofofrom. Here’s what they wrote in the guest book: “We had three great days here. The facility is basically an oasis in the desert.”

4. FOUR VILLAGES INN hosted the joyful Shirley Waxman. Shirley is the late Canadian actor Al Waxman’s sister-in-law. Al Waxman was a Canadian icon who starred in a show called THE KING OF KENSINGTON.

Al Waxman 1935-2001


When Charity and I along with our two kids Frank and Christy settled in Canada in 1979, every weekday afternoon we’d be glued to the TV watching Larry King, played by Al, solve the problems of his multicultural neighbourhood.
Shirley was great! Charity was just back from eye surgery in Accra and to brighten Charity’s spirits, Shirley gave Charity one of her handmade silk scarves.
Here’s what Shirley wrote in our guest book: “What a gem! an island of calm thank you.”

And pictured with Shirley is Melanie Grishman (right)who wrote: “Had a great time and loved the ambiance of this oasis.’

BACK AGAIN IN NO TIME FLAT FOR THE 600TH POST CELEBRATING FOUR VILLAGES INN, “MUCH MUCH MORE THAN JUST A PLACE TO STAY.”

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