Welcome to Brebner House


Welcome to Brebner House, your ideal business or leisure Guest House accommodation choice for your next stay in Bloemfontein. Located in the convenient and central suburb of Brandwag, we are a just a few kilometers from all major city amenities, the University of the Free State, and some of the best shopping and dining experiences to be found in Central South Africa are on our doorstep.

The proud new owners, dynamic husband and wife team Charl and Maria Ellis, would like to invite previous and new customers alike to experience the warmth and comfort many loyal return guests have come to expect. After having undergone an exciting renovation and upgrade, be welcomed by a fresh new look that will leave you feeling relaxed and simply put, at home.

Brebner House offers its guests luxurious and comfortable accommodation at a very convenient and tranquil location without sacrificing any peace or privacy. The rooms are all equipped with en-suite bathrooms fitted with exquisite fixtures and you will find all the necessary away-from-home ammenities. It is with a passion for hospitality that we hope you feel welcomed by the quality offering, captured in the pure Percale Cotton linen, the quality and comfort of our beds, our abundant breakfasts and the quiet privacy when you -our valued guest- retires for the evening to your room.

To round off our accommodation experience to you, we have fitted air-conditioning to all of our rooms, and we have a well-kept swimming pool and barbeque facility, coupled with safe off-street parking behind remote-controlled gates. We also have WiFi available for our guests.

We look forward to having you stay with us when next in Bloemfontein!

Teenage alcohol abuse, how to recognize the signs

Drinking in moderation as adults is safe and can be something to enjoy with friends. Underage drinking on the other hand can be a serious issue and can bring about numerous problems.

Some of the risks for teenage alcohol abuse can include:

  • A higher risk of being in a car accident or any other accident. For example, just crossing the road can be dangerous if intoxicated.
  • A teenager is more vulnerable to excessive drinking and can result in alcohol poisoning.
  • Exhibiting more violent behaviours to family, friends and others.
  • More likely to be a victim of a crime, they are an easy target for criminals.
  • Drinking and becoming intoxicated can result in disability or even death.
  • Participating in unprotected sex and exposing themselves to diseases and teenage pregnancy.

South Africa has become an increasingly popular destination for foreigners to travel to in order seek treatment for substance abuse. In fact, Cape Town rehabs are some of the best in the world.

Underage drinking can also cause some serious long term physical problems:

  • The brain is still developing at this stage and drinking may even cause actual tissue damage. This can result in various behavioural and learning issues.
  • An underage drinker is more likely to become dependent and forming an addiction to alcohol or drugs later on in their lives.
  • Drinking at a young age can also contribute to memory loss and other problems with learning.

It is important to have an open and safe relationship with your kids. Being aware of the signs and symptoms of teenage drinking can also go a long way to preventing an addiction. Knowing what to look for can also help to recognize that there is a problem.

In many cases some teenagers are more likely or susceptible to drinking alcohol. The reasons may be due to a family history of alcohol abuse, if they suffer from depression or anxiety, teenagers with low self-esteem and have friends who are drinking. All these can contribute to teenagers abusing alcohol.

Teenagers drink for a variety of reasons and some of the signs can be due to other causes, but here are some general symptoms and things to look out for.

Physical symptoms of teen alcohol abuse:

  • Bloodshot and glazed eyes
  • Slurred speech and uncoordinated movements
  • Changes in sleeping patterns and habits
  • Not looking after themselves, poor hygiene and appearance
  • Changes in weight and eating patterns
  • Frequent headaches or nausea especially occurring in the mornings
  • Smell of alcohol on the breath and clothes
  • Shaking and tremors
  • Lethargy, depression and sudden changes in mood
  • Poor concentration and memory

Adults should be aware of any alcohol that already exists in the house. Any bottles missing or watered down can be warning signs.

Behavioural signs of teenage alcohol abuse:

  • Withdrawing from the family and wanting to be alone.
  • Locking doors in the house and avoiding eye contact in conversation.
  • Poor academic performance, having multiple disciplinary issues at school and not attending school at all.
  • A decline participating in sports activities and hobbies
  • A sudden change in friendships and a reluctance to introduce these friends to family.
  • Becoming more aggressive and violent. Becoming involved in fights and even breaking the law.
  • Lying about different things
  • Attempts to run away

These signs or symptoms can be common in any teenager. Raging hormones can easily bring on mood changes and other issues could be the cause of many of these symptoms. The best way to find out if a teenager is abusing alcohol is to find seven or more of these signs and to be alert to any others. Liberty Home is a great example of a safe environment that offers sober living in Cape Town for teenagers as well as adults in need of a place of safety.

If after this you suspect your child has an issue with alcohol it is best to get help as soon as possible.  Even if there is no alcohol issue having seven or more of these warning signs indicates that there is some type of problem and that it should be addressed. Obtaining help early on for alcohol abuse can help to prevent it from becoming an addiction, which is a much bigger problem.

Brebner House Rooms

We offer 6 tastefully decorated en-suite rooms with various sleeping configurations. All rooms are equipped with coffee and tea facilities, courtesy hairdryers, plugs to charge your phone, beautiful bedside reading lamps and a desk if you need to do that extra bit of homework.

If not, you can relax by watching one of 6 TV channels, including DSTV and M-Net, or sit back and unwind alongside our pool in the quiet evenings, whilst the abundant surrounding birdlife twitter as the sun fades into a peaceful night.

Room 1 – Queen Bed with an Air-Conditioner
Room 2 – Double Bed with an Air-Conditioner
Room 3 – Queen Bed with an Air-Conditioner
Room 4 – Family Room (3 single beds) with an Air-Conditioner
Room 5 – Twin Room (2 singles) with an Air-Conditioner
Room 6 – Twin Room with an Air-Conditioner

Check In/Out Times

Check-in: from 14h00 – 19h00

Check-out: before 10.15h00 – late check-outs are only possible if rooms are empty the following day. You are welcome to have a cup of tea and relax in our diningroom or garden or we can hold your luggage until you are ready to depart.

Late arrivals: To be arranged with management. Call on Cell 083 994 4215.

Early arrivals: Early check-in is only possible if the room is ready for occupation. If not, you are welcome to leave your luggage at the guest house while you go out and explore or you are welcome to have a cup of tea and relax in our diningroom or garden until your room is ready.

Breakfast: Weekdays between 7h00 to 9h00 — Weekends between 8h00 to 10h00

Rooms: No smoking in guest house; however, you are welcome to smoke in the garden.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy and Booking Terms:

Like all Hotels and Guest Houses we have a strict Cancellation policy to protect us against cancellations. We only have a few rooms and cannot make up business lost. We have a live calendar with Nightsbridge which connects too many websites around the world giving instant online availability.

Once a room is booked it is no longer available to sell on these websites. If cancelled for whatever reason you will be liable for full payment whether we have a deposit from you or not. Verbal and email bookings are binding as a confirmation of the booking. Companies/Travel agencies operating on a Bill back basis will also be liable to pay cancellation fees if cancelled whether we have a voucher or not.

  • We accept direct bank transfer, VISA Card, MasterCard
  • Deposits are non-refundable
  • A deposit of 50% is required to secure your reservation
  • Balance of accommodation account is payable in full amount on arrival
  • Cancellation within 14 days BEFORE date of arrival, 50% of full accommodation payable
  • Cancellation made PRIOR to 7 days of arrival will be subject to a 75% of total accommodation cancellation fee
  • Cancellation, including no show or early departure within 7 days of arrival, 100% accommodation payable
  • Refunds and waiver of cancellation policies are at the discretion of management and the ability to let rooms
  • Cancellations: MUST be in writing and sent via our contact form 48 hours in advance
  • For Non-Arrival or No Show or Premature departure you will be liable for 100% of the total booking fee

Limitation of Liability

Guests agree on behalf of themselves and the members of their parties that neither the establishment, its owners, employees nor agents shall be responsible for any injury or death of any person or the loss or destruction of or damage to any property upon the premises, whether arising from fire, theft or any cause and by whomsoever caused or arising from the negligence (gross or otherwise) or wrongful act of any person in the employment of the guesthouse.

Any damage caused by guests to property and premises due to bad behavior or carelessness, or keys lost and replaced for security reasons will be for the guests account.