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Sammy Marks House

Route 104 | Old Bronkhorstspruit Road, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
+27 12 790 2302
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Ranked #11 of 47 Attractions in Pretoria
Type: Historic Sites
Most recent review
- Sep 1, 2014
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Pretoria, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Sammy Marks was a skilled business man who played his cards well to win favour with both Afrikaners and British during his time-period. His house includes a croquet garden and lavish snooker room to entertain his well-to-do guests on both sides of the political spectrum. He started the first glass factory in the Pretoria region (Eerste Fabrieken) and it served... More

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Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Thank you very much to Patience who made our tour of the Sammy Marks house a huge pleasure. Your excellent histoy and knowledge combined with you enthusiasm and fiendliness made this one of the most enjoyable tous we have been on in a while. The house was in a geat condition and the staff running this attaction were very friendly.... More

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Centurion, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

"Absolutely Amazing" I have lived in this country since birth and in all the years of school study(history) not a mention of Sammy Marks. 300 yrs of history and not a word on Sammy Marks and yet one visit and one wonders why that was. This one man had more influence on the industrial growth of South Africa and it's... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Food took forever to turn up and was dry and cold will always visit the lovely old house but tea garden will not see us again.

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Corinth, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This was a fascinating,educational, and delightful visit to the home of Sammy Marks, a Lithuanian Jewish immigrant who was the seemingly unsung hero responsible for bringing South Africa into the industrial age. Curator told of his rags to riches story and how he became a major force in South Africa's commerce and industry. The house, per Sammy's will, has retained... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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17 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

A spectacular house museum filled with all the splendour and luxury as befitted a man of Sammy Marks’ social position. Excellent guided tours lead by knowledgeable guides make it worth your while. A bit of trip to get there, but worth it. Lovely little tea shop in the garden selling light meals and refreshments. What will most impress you, is... More

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greenwood, mo
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

A Victorian house with gorgeous grounds and historical importance. We loved the guided tour and found the house and it's history charming! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

A lovely visit, nicely guided through the house, with meaningful anecdotal input. Wonderful to see a good level of restoration is being well conducted. Pleasant restaurant, shaded in the open air, walking around the area a small but meaningful number of bird species were seen, a highlight being the observation of three thrush species, Karroo, Groundscraper and Kurrichane, bronze mannikin,... More

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Definitely worth a visit. Limited menu for breakfast, brunch and lunch together with "picnic" baskets. Werner Weinbeck famous restaurateur (Bacardi's at Sterland, Pretoria) runs the restaurant. Great sitting in the garden enjoying good meals at reasonable prices.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Visiting the Sammy marks Museum was one of the highlights of our recent visit to South Africa. What a remarkable interior. What a wonderful guide. The snack we had in the grounds was very nice and the tranquillity of the place is inspirational. This is a must if your in the Pretoria/Johannesburg area. I'm going again next time I'm in... More

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