Michele de Souza started Greenlands in 1996 after teaching for 16 years. Passionate about hospitality, cooking and tourism and with a love of people, the B&B industry was a perfect fit for her.
Owning a large family home in a good area, with plenty of space for parking, 15 Hosking Rd was perfect for her new venture. Michele slowly converted her home into an accommodation establish as each of her five children left to pursue their own dreams.
Michele immersed herself in the industry, sitting on the founding committee of Kwa-Zulu Bed and Breakfast Association in 1997 and with Des Morgan and Dave Short founded Midlands B&B Association in November 1997. She has served on the MidBABA committee as deputy-chairperson since inception, and for a brief period on Pietermaritzburg Tourism’s Exco.
She is passionate about improving the standards of accommodation and hospitality on offer in Pietermaritzburg and surrounds and is often heard speaking on this theme at Midlands B&B Association meetings, humorously referred to as “Michele’s Musings”.
Michele’s own business has flourished. Greenlands qualified as a semi-finalist for nine consecutive years in the Accommodation Awards and as a finalist from 2010 to 2014, when the AA Accommodation Awards were discontinued.
Graded as a 3 star establishment she insists that it comes with a four star experience! The AA has accredited Greenlands with a “highly recommended certificate”. Michele feels that being graded is essential as a tool to maintain standards and to force improvements in her establishment. Having an unbiased eye cast over Greenlands twice a year keeps her on her toes.
Michele attends INDABA in Durban annually to make sure she is keeping up with what is on offer on the tourism front in South Africa. As a result she is able to advise guests on activities available locally and nationally.
In the kitchen, Michele is in charge of the cooking at Greenlands serving tasty home cooked meals at dinner (for those that have ordered it) and breakfast. Specialities are Peri-peri Chicken, Italian Lamb Stew, Durban Mutton Curry and Spicy Grilled Pork Neck Steak, to name but a few, served with healthy helpings of vegetables. Dietary requirements are catered for on request.