Illyria House – a special destination


Illyria House – Pretoria, South Africa

When travelling to South Africa, most people think of Johannesburg or Cape Town as an initial staging point, but Pretoria is a destination worthy of serious consideration for it offers some delightful surprises. Apart from being the political capital of South Africa and possessing many fascinating historical sites of significance, Pretoria is home to ‘Illyria House’, a destination in its own right.

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Illyria House – view from the garden

Twenty five minutes or so from OR Tambo Airport Johannesburg, and five minutes from Pretoria Railway Station, ‘Illyria House’ offers an unforgettable experience.

Illyria House - Terrace

Illyria House – Terrace

Fine antiques and 17th century tapestries work within this haven to bring together gracious and luxurious living that is geared towards old colonial comfort.


Illyria House – sitting room

Privacy rates highly so you feel as though you’re the only guests. Personalized butler service, drifting harmonies of classical music, splendid cuisine, spa facilities and access to Pretoria’s attractions, combine to provide an exclusive travel experience.

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Illyria House – main dining room

A tad over the top and a little quirky, makes it fascinating and exceptional.


Illyria House – swimming pool

‘Illyria House’ has hosted royalty, heads of state and international celebrities since it first opened its doors in 1996.  Marietjie van der Walt has transformed what was originally her family home, into this unique enterprise.


Illyria House – Catharina Suite



Illyria House – Salome suite

Tranquility plus!  It’s enchanting, it’s gracious and warmly romantic – a rare find!


Illyria House – court yard

If you are looking for a colonial African experience of the highest class, then a stay at ‘Illyria House’ will not disappoint.  Marietjie is a charming hostess and possesses a wealth of knowledge regarding the history of South Africa and her amazing personal heritage.  A visit here is  definitely special.


Illyria House – staff and garden

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