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Melrose House

275 Jacob Mare St., Pretoria, South Africa
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Ranked #12 of 45 attractions in Pretoria
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Victorian opulence abounds at this tastefully preserved historic home.
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Sandton, South Africa
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

For a general outing in Pretoria (walking distance from the Gautrain station), Melrose House is a wonderful example of a well maintained original Victorian Home with South African historic relevance. I actually attended the Antiques and Collectable fair which is held once a year with over 100 stalls of quality dealers through to second-hand collectables. Always an end of year... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Stately Victorian colonial residence. The peace treaty was signed here after the vicious Anglo-Boer War. Go to the atrium to see some of the tragic photos of the war. A must for all English and Welsh

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Pretoria, South Africa
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

It is amazingly well preserved inside, although the gardens could do with a bit of tlc. The staff in the house itself are friendly and helpful. There is secure parking at the back, although the parking on the verge opposite is fine. Definitely one of Pretoria's treasures.

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Krugersdorp, South Africa
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

I recently took tourists from Holland to Melrose House. They enjoyed the Victorian styled house and the art work displayed in the house. It would be nice if they had a coffee shop open for a light snack after the tour.The area surrounding this magnificent house does not look very well maintained and unless you drive straight into the property... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Truce between Boers and Brits was signed here. Watch out with parking...when we came back our hubcaps were gone...Beautiful house & garden though

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Mississauga, Canada
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78 reviews 78 reviews
52 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Regrettably, the personnel who are employed to greet the visitor do not seem to fully comprehend the full value of the historical gem of which they they are the paid custodians. Friendly,yes; at their posts,no; at least not when we dropped by. We had done several rooms before anyone appeared at the ticket counter. We had to press the issue... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

A real treat to visit, this 19th century house is as beautiful an example as SA has of Victorian-Edwardian upper class life. Elaborate glass, rooms and furnishings abound. The surrounding area is getting grubbier and grubbier, and while the Gardens and adjacent park are still well-kept, the exhibits, staff and general care inside the house are starting to show some... More

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Melrose House is a wonderfully preserved 19th century house which is somewhere definitely worth visiting if you are in Pretoria. It was originally built by businessman George Heyes and was the family home for many years except for a brief period when the British used it as their headquarters during the Anglo-Boer war. The treaty to end the war was... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

This was a nice trip. Very nice house and things to see in it. Its good to learn the History of the English too. If you like history, you should defenitly visit the Melrose house and Paul Gruger's house.

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Randburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

This house is not on the normal tourist route, but is well worth seeing. It is closed on Mondays. Just on a main road and opposite the Rose gardens, is this Victorian Masterpiece. It was built by a wealthy Englishman who had ties to Paul Kruger. Most of the furniture is original and was painstakingly brought up by ox wagon... More

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