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Melrose House

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Address: 275 Jacob Mare St., Pretoria, South Africa
Phone Number: 012/322-2805
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Description: Victorian opulence abounds at this tastefully preserved historic home.

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How the the Hays lived

This beautiful example of Victorian living was built in 1886 by George Hayes. During the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902), the house was taken over by the British forces and was used as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
Ockert M
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Pretoria, South Africa
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This beautiful example of Victorian living was built in 1886 by George Hayes. During the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902), the house was taken over by the British forces and was used as their headquarters. On May 31st, 1902, the Treaty of Vereeniging, which terminated the war, was signed there. Melrose House still contains most of its original furniture and stained glass... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The house and gardens are beautiful. If you like history, I really recommend this attraction. The house is colonial in style but very grand and the gardens manicured to suit the splendor of the house. Definately should be on your list.

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London, United Kingdom
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52 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This English merchant's home is well preserved and restored. The audio-tour is very helpful (once you discover the correct route and also disentangle two of the numbers which were reversed at the time of our visit - I think we persuaded the staff member of this but ....). It's an old-style tour - 'look but don't touch', but good nevertheless.... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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52 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Melrose House museum a slight difference from our usual Sammy marks house museum picnic's. Melrose house is extremely ornate and beautiful with the stained glass windows each reflecting the rooms function and the gorgeous furniture almost "decorating" each room. Difficult to imagination anyone using such beautiful items on a day to day basis! Even the stairwell displays the most exquisite... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

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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25 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
29 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
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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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