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Parker Cottage Guesthouse is a small, owner-managed business with eight permanent staff.

 
  • Parker Cottage Team
    • Pamela
    • Pamela

      Owner / Manager Parker Cottage Guesthouse

      My name is Pamela Nayler. Originally from Baden, a small but beautiful historic city in Switzerland, I have been lucky enough to have bought Parker Cottage Guesthouse in March 2017. After graduating business school in Zürich, I have been a Flight Attendant with Swissair for many years, exploring the world. I instantly fell in love with this stunning country of South Africa on my first trip, came to live in George (beautiful Garden Route) and worked as a national tour guide in this stunning country.

      My dream was always to live in Cape Town as for me it still is the best city in the world. Follow the stories of my team...


Tomas Kucer

Tomas Kucer

Meet Tomas Kucer, one of our two managers. Tomas is a Capetonian, originally Croatian and used to work for other guesthouses and restaurants in Cape Town until a few years ago when we snapped him up. He is our 'mother hen' with all the guests and knows all the insides of Cape Town. He is definitely a food specialist and can recommend the best bites in town!

Tomas lives in Sea Point.

Phaedra Tandy

Phaedra Tandy

Our other member of the management team at Parker is Phaedra Tandy, who has lived in Cape Town going on 34 years and has the Hospitality “bug” in her blood from growing up with hotelier parents and grandparents and working in the Hospitality industry for many years, Phaedra has gleaned years of experience.

Phaedra lives in the Bo Kaap.

Donovan Jonkers

Donovan Jonkers

Donovan is our caretaker at Parker Cottage Guesthouse and manages all painting and decorating (and now also the electrical wiring and plumbing) with exceptional diligence. He's originally from the Eastern Cape, Graaff Reinet to be precise and loves riding his bike around town. He lives in Mitchell's Plain and is the main breadwinner for his household of five.

Donny plays for a local football team called Napoli (no, not the Italian one!) and makes it known that unless he is playing, the team loses. Donny's big ambition is to become an electrician one day.

Jameson Jussah

Jameson Jussah

Jameson joined us as Donovan's right hand man. He started as our Assistant Caretaker but ends up doing all sorts of things he didn't ever imagine he'd be doing! Originally from Malawi, he came with his brother a few years ago, who works at a neighbouring guesthouse.

Jameson's working his way up the ladder at Parker Cottage and now is an excellent waiter and guest entertainer, he has the most beautiful sense of humour and the nicest smile in Africa.

Nokubonga Mabadi

Nokubonga Mabadi

Originally from the Eastern Cape, Bongi lives with her family in Nyanga and has a lovely daughter of 21 ! Bongi came to us from another guesthouse when they decided to downsize and their loss has been certainly our gain.

Although she is the quiet one in the team, every now and then she surprises us with her beautiful sense of humour and dance moves in the kitchen when she thinks no one is watching!

Nompilo Gcwabe

Nompilo Gcwabe

Originally from the Eastern Cape, Nompilo and her family live in Khayelitsha. She is a mother of two wonderful girls!

Nompilo worked her way up at Parker Cottage and is now not only our senior housekeeper but an excellent cook as well. We simply couldn't do without her. She has a wicked sense of humour: be careful! She also greets every guest she meets with her traditional isiXhosa handshake.

Nomsa Kane

Nomsa Kane

Sasa also hails from the Eastern Cape and lives in Harare, Khayelitsha. She is the mother of five beautiful children, 3 boys and 2 girls. Her youngest son and daughter are twins.

She has been a treasured member of the Parker Cottage team for a couple of years, and is our sunshine in our daily routine. Nobody can beat her sense of humour, and when she laughs you cannot help but to simply fall in with her happiness. She is very active in her local church as well.

Olga Jonkers

Olga Jonkers

Olga has been with us since Donovan, her son, told us that he knew someone who could help with the linen. Olga makes up our housekeeping team that make sure that Parker Cottage is always pristine clean and ready to welcome guests.

Olga is a proud mother of four, of which Donny is the eldest.

Chris Hannival

Chris Hannival

Chris Hannival was born in what is now called Zonnebloem, then District Six, a district of the City Bowl that was levelled during the Apartheid years. He now lives in a guesthouse he and his wife run in Oranjezicht but his tour company, Hannivals Tours, has been the bedrock of Parker Cottage since 2009.

Chris started his company with an old BMW he borrowed from a friend: now he has four drivers and guides working for him and five luxury vehicles to show Parker Cottage guests the best of the Cape.

Angie

Angie

When our beloved Golden Retriever “Wodka” sadly passed away at the age of twelve, Angie found a loving new home with Pamela. Angie is a rescue dog from the Eastern Cape. She and her 2 sisters were found under an upside-down wheel barrow, and were in desperate need of finding a new home, new hope and a loving future. When Pamela saw her picture on Facebook, she instantly fell in love with Angie.

They've been doing “Flyball” together for a couple of weeks now. We're still not sure who has more fun! Have a look on the 'web and see what "Flyball" is all about...it's truly so much fun!