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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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Interesting educational afternoon out with children

Taking you back to an era of our distant pass. Good display of furniture and how people live in the early years of the previous century. Also sad reminders of the terrible... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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SouthAfrica
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Unfortunately, the house was closed when we wanted to visit on Sunday, 9 August (a public holiday). Poor show. We came to this conclusion when the security guard turned around and walked away as we drove in (pretending not to see us), and that there was no sign of life in the house, in the absence of any signage stating... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Taking you back to an era of our distant pass. Good display of furniture and how people live in the early years of the previous century. Also sad reminders of the terrible concentration camps in which so many women and children were kept and died almost Nazi style. Sadly the people working there have no knowledge of the house, its... More 

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Middelburg, South Africa
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Beautiful old Victorian Mansion opposite a large park. Set in a large garden. Spectacular architecture taking you back to what it was like in a previous life. Stunning antiques. It feels like you have walked back into the past into someone's home. Does not feel like a museum. You feel like the home owner is going to walk out any... More 

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Pretoria
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29 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Melrose House, just a wee bit neglected, was an important site in South African history. It has beautiful Victorian features and is an important museum in its own right.

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8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Very nice house to visit. Scary part of Pta but secure parking available. Staff are very friendly and there is a lot of information available on the house and history. Only bad part was foreigners that does not respect history and take photos while there is big signs at all the rooms that show you are not allowed to take... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 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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15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 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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