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.
Twenty five minutes or so from OR Tambo Airport Johannesburg, and five minutes from Pretoria Railway Station, ‘Illyria House’ offers an unforgettable experience.
Fine antiques and 17th century tapestries work within this haven to bring together gracious and luxurious living that is geared towards old colonial comfort.
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.
A tad over the top and a little quirky, makes it fascinating and exceptional.
‘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.
Tranquility plus! It’s enchanting, it’s gracious and warmly romantic – a rare find!
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.
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