View over Melrose House from the parking space in the back of the museum.  George Heys, a young man from Durban, made his fortune in the diamond rush in Kimberley by establishing a successful coach transportation business that operated between Kimberley and Pretoria. With his newfound wealth he commissioned British architect WT Vale to design him a house. In 1880, the three-storey, stately Victorian mansion, complete with turrets and Dutch gables, was erected. The house was named after Melrose Abbey in Scotland, where Heys and his wife had visited on a delayed honeymoon. The grand house remained in the Heys family until 1968, when it was bought by the city council of Tshwane (Pretoria) and turned into a museum.   

View over Melrose House from the parking space in the back of the museum.

George Heys, a young man from Durban, made his fortune in the diamond rush in Kimberley by establishing a successful coach transportation business that operated between Kimberley and Pretoria. With his newfound wealth he commissioned British architect WT Vale to design him a house. In 1880, the three-storey, stately Victorian mansion, complete with turrets and Dutch gables, was erected. The house was named after Melrose Abbey in Scotland, where Heys and his wife had visited on a delayed honeymoon. The grand house remained in the Heys family until 1968, when it was bought by the city council of Tshwane (Pretoria) and turned into a museum.

 

 Front side of the Melrose house, opposite Burgers Park in Pretoria.  The house has remained structurally unaltered over the decades. It was restored between 1990 and 1992, and reinstated to its former glory. Some of the original décor is still in place, as are watercolours and bronzes owned by the Heys. The satins and brocade, gilded ceilings and stained-glass windows are reminiscent of genteel days.   

Front side of the Melrose house, opposite Burgers Park in Pretoria.

The house has remained structurally unaltered over the decades. It was restored between 1990 and 1992, and reinstated to its former glory. Some of the original décor is still in place, as are watercolours and bronzes owned by the Heys. The satins and brocade, gilded ceilings and stained-glass windows are reminiscent of genteel days.

 

 Terrace of Melrose House, Pretoria.

Terrace of Melrose House, Pretoria.

 The winter garden from the outside, Melrose House, Pretoria.

The winter garden from the outside, Melrose House, Pretoria.

 The main staircase in Melrose House, Pretoria.

The main staircase in Melrose House, Pretoria.

 Dining room in Melrose House, Pretoria.

Dining room in Melrose House, Pretoria.

 Kitchen in Melrose House, Pretoria.

Kitchen in Melrose House, Pretoria.

 Details from the oven in the kitchen of Melrose House, Pretoria.

Details from the oven in the kitchen of Melrose House, Pretoria.

 Pool table in Melrose House, Pretoria.

Pool table in Melrose House, Pretoria.

 Winter Garden in Melrose House, Pretoria.

Winter Garden in Melrose House, Pretoria.

 The second floor in Melrose House, Pretoria.

The second floor in Melrose House, Pretoria.

 Details of the bathroom upstairs in Melrose House, Pretoria.

Details of the bathroom upstairs in Melrose House, Pretoria.

 Master bedroom in Melrose House, Pretoria.

Master bedroom in Melrose House, Pretoria.

 Details in one of the bedrooms in Melrose House, Pretoria.

Details in one of the bedrooms in Melrose House, Pretoria.

 Details from storage place under the roof in Melrose House, Pretoria.

Details from storage place under the roof in Melrose House, Pretoria.

 Facade of the Melrose House in the back, on the way to the parking space.

Facade of the Melrose House in the back, on the way to the parking space.