Melrose HouseCurrently Closed
- Address: 275 Jacob Mare Street, Pretoria Central, Pretoria, 0002, South Africa
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +27-123222805
- Ticket Price: 20 ZAR
- Tags: History Museum, Garden, Historical Site, Architecture , Specialty Museum, Heritage Building
Melrose House - Review
George Heyes, who made his fortune in diamonds in the late 1800’s, commissioned the house. He used it for his honeymoon. It’s so why is a pretty but otherwise unassuming looking mansion in Pretoria so famous? Because ten years later, the British Army used it as its primary headquarters for the Second Boer War and it was in this house that the final treaty was signed and the war was ended. Today, the house is a museum, unchanged from its glory days. Almost everything has been preserved as it used to be. Architecturally, it’s supposed to be a delightful example of the transition from Victorian to Edwardian style. The decoration inside is rich and ornate and most of the historical items in here used to belong to the Heyes family. Check out the clay tennis court, the library, the tea garden and the stable cafe.
Melrose House Ticket Prices
- Adults R20; Pensioners and Students R10; Learners R5; Guided Tours (bookings only) R80 per hour (1 to 20 persons).
How To reach Melrose House by Public Transport
- Buses on Scheiding St
Restaurants Near Melrose House
- Cafe Wien
- King Pie
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83.6% of people who visit Pretoria include Melrose House in their plan
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People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Melrose House
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Melrose House, Pretoria Reviews
I LOVED this 137-year-old-house; it was impeccable inside, and was well-tended-outside, as well. I thought the separate-round-building-outside was especially awesome for that time-period; it was refrigerated. THEY had a half-length-of-the-property-just-for-their-horse- stables-with- an-attached-flats(FLATS in AFRICA MEANS apartments)-area, where the groomers resided. LOVELY gardens, and the largest roots of a 🌲 that I have ever seen; the tree was over-100-years-old, but the branches were perfect. Green and full-with-many-many-branches, and it was GIGANTIC!!! There were several separate buildings in addition to the ones mentioned outside and a gorgeous fountain with FLOWERS BLOSSOMING surrounding it in the front yard and just across- the-street-a- GRAND and GLORIOUS-Park, with the most-beautiful-blossoming-trees-and-the-blossoms-are-the-brightest-sunshine-yellow-that-your-mind- can-imagine. As you walk into the park, the trees are on both sides of the walk. Spectacular! From the upstairs-wincows-of-the-house-there-are-some- perfect-views-into-the-park. NOW, the unexpected, there was-a-group of singers, most-likely-a- church-choir; they were incredibly-blended and sounded-totally-professional; they were rehearsing the entire time I was visiting the mansion. The music added DELIGHTFULLY to my time spent THERE ‼️ I fully-enjoyed-peering-out-the-windows; they were covered with almost a light-light-croquet-loosely-woven-off-white-thicker- thread, but LOOKED divine and VERY-DELICATE-and-classey. The house was built-to-PLEASE-EVERY-SINGLE-WHIM-THAT-ANY -EYE(FABULOUS PAINTINGS-THAT-SOMETIMES-COVERED-MOST-OF-the-wall-were-hung-precisely-throughout-the-house) or-any-HEART-MIGHT-EVER-DESIRE, such as, the carefully designed- wallpaper, which was no doubt arranged for in England and brought to SOUTH AFRICA ‼️ It was ALL of UNIQUE DESIGN and matched-each-setting-exquisitely. WHILE within my lifetime, I couldn't cover-the-details-of-everything;therefore, I have chosen to mention a few pieces that were indelibly-pressed in-my-mind. The nursery was one of the last rooms that I stepped into: a cradle filled-with-baby-dolls; twin-beds, and one had a silk-and-satin-white-blessing-or-christening-baby- dress-laid-out-on-the-bed; it was priceless ‼️ It was displayed- horizontally, so the ruffles-drifted down the side of the coverlet. Laying next to it, were some-baby-sized-tulle-soft-pink-long-gloves - this completed-the-fairy-tale-picture-life-this-little- princess-would-actually-live. I have never seen baby-gloves like those before, but I didn't live in the 1800s and make everything by ✋. ANOTHER ENTIRE room showed a chronological history on the walls of the room, with pictures of the family INDIVIDUALLY-and-as-a-group, listing various events of the family members. It was LOVELY ‼️ In the lady-of-the-house's Bedroom, there was a mannequin with a tapestry-patterned-dress on; she obviously really liked PINK, because just below the stately-dress were some EXCEPTIONAL-PINK-SATIN-SHOES-with-about-a-two-inch-heel. A-PERFECT-MATCH-for-the-dress, and on the arm-of-the-over-stuffed-easy-chair, set the DELIGHTFUL-black-hat, which I believe she wore with the pink outfit. I WAS ACTUALLY HAPPY to grab that hat and put it on my own head ‼️ It WAS A REAL-EXPERIENCE, that I don't think I will forget. Thanks so much for letting me SHARE this historical-experience with you. If you ARE in South Africa, I invite you to go THERE; the cost is minimal, as to the amount you WILL LEARN. And when you go, DEFINITELY TAKE A LOOK-IN-THE-DRESSING-ROOM, WHERE the sewing was done ... Not one, but TWO of the OLDEST most antique-sewing-machines in superb condition, I've EVER SEEN are right THERE ‼️ ENJOY ‼️ SMILES ‼️ HAPPINESS‼️😁 ♥️🇿🇦 🌍‼️ PRAISE GOD AGAIN and ALWAYS ‼️😁‼️ JOY ‼️ PEACE ‼️😁
Disappear into a different era. A hidden gem in Pretoria CBD that will leave you marveling at the opulance of bygone times. Take a guided or unguided tour through the house and be sure to have a long look at the billiard room. The stained-glass windows will take your breath away!
Nice building with great content and history. But so little information provided, no guides
Visited on a Sunday afternoon and it was very quiet. There is free parking located at the south side of the house. Enter "280 Scheiding Street" in google maps to reach the parking. Admission for entering the house is R25 at the time of my visit. There is also an option for a audio tour at an additional cost.
Saw some really good stalls, but also had to wonder why there were others there that weren't selling antiques