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Sammy Marks House

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Address: Route 104 | Old Bronkhorstspruit Road, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 12 790 2302
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We weren't able to go on the tour of the house itself, as we had a tight schedule for the day and couldn't afford the time. But we had a walk around the grounds which are very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Beautiful. It literally looks like someone walked out of the house in 1909, locked the door and it stayed that way. The tour guide says historians have described the house as 'a Victorian house trapped in amper'. Photography is strictly forbidden in the house and explains the lack of photos on tripadvisor. Don't let the lack of photos make you... More 

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SouthAfrica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We weren't able to go on the tour of the house itself, as we had a tight schedule for the day and couldn't afford the time. But we had a walk around the grounds which are very well maintained and a delight to roam around. Very peaceful and tranquil.

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Fochville, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I have visited the Sammy Marks museum twice now. It is very interesting to see how one man accomplished so much in his life time. The miniatures crowd would find the authenticity of this place particularly fascinating.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We visited the Sammy Marks House after having driven past it for several years. It was such a surpise to learn about Sammy and his doings. A beautiful house filled to the brim with history and stories untold. However, as this is museum does not receive any government funding the curators rely solely on ticketsales, donations and the income from... More 

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Nelspruit, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Step back in time into a wonderful example of how the wealthy lived at the turn of the previous century. Although not architecturally worth much, the interior is packed with late Victorian and Edwardian furniture. The objets d'art are tastefully displayed and the room setting's very pleasing. Sadly neglect is also visible with peeling walls and faded paint. The rooms... More 

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Sabie, Mpumalanga, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Was here on a school trip and it blow all of us away, the history and the pristine condition at which this house is still kept after all these years. There is also a Hidden secret about this house that you would just have to visit to find out.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We love coming here. I wish that they didn't charge for the house tour, but alas, they have to have funding to keep it all up. Consider also making a donation, and order something from their little kitchen. The tuna salad is great. The staff are wonderful! Walk around and throw yourself back to the time of the Voortrekkers. This... More 

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Centurion, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

You do not need a guided tour from Pretoria to the house (unless you have no transport - it is easy to find. Allow for some time to sit quietly in the tea garden to take in the silence (and a quiche or cake) before starting your tour. I have done quite a few tours already and found that each... More 

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Hartbeespoort, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

So much history here. Info that you never read in any history books. Lovely maintained and just amazing to see house hold "luxury" of many many years ago.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

A beautifully preserved country home. Sammy Marks was a leading Jewish entrepreneur at the time of Paul Kruger. He was a self made man who never learnt to read or write and had an assistant who interpreted all business documents for him. 'The Wandering Jew' tour company, of which I am a partner, take Jewish Heritage tours to this glorious... More 

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