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

Victorian opulence abounds at this tastefully preserved historic home.

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Fusty musty and fascinating

An amazing trip back to life in the Victorian age. Great to see an antique shower and such history. The cartoon collection of the boer war in the orangery was inspired. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 1, 2015
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Luton, United Kingdom
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Paris, France
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48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Pretoria is lucky to have such a well preserved and extremely attractive Victorian house with its associations with Kitchener and the signing of the treaty to end the Boer Way.It is well furnished with much original furniture, has magnificent stained glass windows and is beautifully proportioned. The gardens are attractive though it is a shame that the tennis court has... More 

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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

I took my nieces to Melrose House. It was cheap (entrance) and very accessible, being in the city centre. We all enjoyed a leisurely walk through the house. we enjoyed learning about the house, some history of the city as well as the Victorian way of life. We enjoyed the exhibits. There are stairs and these are likely to be... More 

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Thank Tembeka
Luton, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

An amazing trip back to life in the Victorian age. Great to see an antique shower and such history. The cartoon collection of the boer war in the orangery was inspired. The depiction of the boer war was an interesting perspective supported by our guides views.

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Denmark
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14 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

A victorian house - nice to see. We had a very exellent guide who knew all about the house. Worth to see...

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Thank MettesDenmark
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

We had it all. Mid-October is the time. The Victoriana mansion is shrouded under the sprawling lilac canopy of a giant old Jacaranda tree in full bloom. Visually just ridiculously beautiful. Then we had the good fortune to be guided through the mansion by an English-speaking Afrikaner whose passion for the home, it's history and every detail of the house... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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525 reviews
230 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 260 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Melrose House has been well maintained as a Victorian era home. It helps to catalogue the life and times of the George Heys. It was also home to Lords Roberts and Kitchener during the Boer War. This is a reminder of simpler times and the class distinction between the landed gentry and their house staff. Like Kruger House, the gardens... More 

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Thank TWal1
Pretoria, South Africa
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

The old house is not in a safe area in Pretoria and to my mind not worth a visit, better places to visit such as the Voortrekker monument.

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Thank Hugo2628
SouthAfrica
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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Thank Debbie F
Pretoria, South Africa
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26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 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 29, 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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