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Melrose House

275 Jacob Mare St., Pretoria, South Africa
012/322-2805
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Ranked #16 of 47 Attractions in Pretoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Victorian opulence abounds at this tastefully preserved historic home.
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Melrose House is very well preserved and cared for. The decor and historical objects are fascinating. Unfortunately there is not a lot of information on display and if you don't know the history or where the things come from it is difficult to truly appreciate the museum.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

If you love antiques in its original form, then you will want to visit this place to check out some great designs which are still in their original form and enjoy some of the finest, well built and creative minds from the past.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Melrose house personifies everything British in South Africa and it was also in this house that the British and Afrikaners signed peace to end the Anglo-Boer war which ushered in the beginning of South Africa as Union. All things British can be seen and experienced in the house including the wealth of the owner who had the first coach service... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

A friend and I visited Melrose House and despite finding the house and contents fascinating, the visit was marred by absent staff. This absence of staff perhaps explains the general mustiness if the house and the neglected garden. There was a tea room once, in what must have been a beautiful garden, but all that remains now are shredded table... More

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Sandton, South Africa
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25 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
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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
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4 attraction reviews
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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
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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129 reviews 129 reviews
74 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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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