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Park Travel

Lufthansa City Center Business Travel

Telephone: +27 12 / 343 4923
Fax:
+27 12 / 343 1599
Email:
customerservices@parktravel.co.za

812 Park Street, Arcadia, Gauteng,
P O Box 9, Pretoria, 0001
South Africa
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Melrose House is a stately Victorian mansion located in Pretoria which was built in 1886 by a prosperous Pretoria businessman called George Jesse Heys. It remained the Heys family home until 1968 when it was bought by the council of Tshwane and turned into an elegant museum.

When Pretoria was invaded during the Second Boer War (1899 - 1902) the House was used as the headquarters for the British forces in Pretoria, and it was from here that orders were given to British troops in the fields.

It has been restored over the years but has remained structurally unchanged and visitors can experience the transformation from Victorian style architecture and décor to a more Edwardian approach.

Some of the original décor is still in place - with the interior characterised by magnificent stained glass windows, baroque paintings, gilded ceilings, lavish carpets and ornate fireplaces. Most of the porcelain ornaments on display still belong to the Heys family.

Guided tours are given to visitors where they are able to gain an insight into the colonial history of South Africa. Workshops are held on educational topics such as the Anglo-Boer Wars and the Victorian era and exhibitions are also housed here from time to time.