Melrose House

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Melrose House information

Location
Pretoria , South Africa
Address
275 Jeff Masemola St (Jacob Maré St)
Telephone
+27 12 322 2805
Prices
adult/child R20/5
Opening hours
10am-5pm Tue-Sun
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In 1886 a splendid mansion was built for George Heys opposite Burgers Park. Today Melrose House is a national monument, and an interesting blend of English Victorian and Cape Dutch styles.

During the 1899-1902 Anglo-Boer War, Lords Roberts and Kitchener (both British commanders) lived here. On 31 May 1902 the Treaty of Vereeniging, which marked the end of the war, was signed in the dining room. Highlights of the house include a grand billiard room with a vibrant stained-glass smoking nook and a conservatory containing a collection of political cartoons from the Anglo-Boer War.