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Sammy Marks House

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Address: Route 104 | Old Bronkhorstspruit Road, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
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Beautifully maintained, and gorgeous site for a picnic

I went with a group of friends and we did the house tour followed by the garden picnic. House tour was really impressive. The history of the owners's life is a typical reflection... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Laila S
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went with a group of friends and we did the house tour followed by the garden picnic. House tour was really impressive. The history of the owners's life is a typical reflection of South Africa's 1800s history. A poor European young man, lands in South Africa in search for opportunities. His wit and business sense lead him to many... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

What a wonderfull person. Always on the go and thoughtfull at his age. Cannot ask for better. I love this museum and is well looked after with love and care.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

This has often been a must visit to take overseas tourists. Our most recent experience was very disappointing. The place appeared to be run-down. We asked why and were told that it is no longer on the recognised itinerary by tourist companies. Shame

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Thank manddjones
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

The tour of the house is affordable and well worth the trip! The tour guides are friendly and very knowledgeable, which just made the entire experience that much more interesting. The tour guide we had, in particular, had done some of her own research to slake her curiosity - and the result was an hour well spent. Tea in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Worth while seeing. Well looked after and a piece of South African history. Quaint restaurant with seating undervthe trees offering picnic baskets as well.

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

A 5 course meal in the Sammy Marks Kitchen is a highlight of heritage tourism in South Africa. One cannot help but to be transported back to the day when Sammy was living in this house - it is so well preserved and the atmosphere with it! Brilliant activity for the history lover!

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Pretoria, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Having been here before the deterioration in the restaurant's service (you wait 40 minutes for your lemonade) is markedly. We couldn't get food due to the long delay. The tour is also disappointing and not as good and detailed as before. Limited information is conveyed about Sammy Marks some of which is irrelevant.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Nestled among the Bluegum trees, on the way to Bronkhorstspruit, this is a MUST VISIT for anyone who loves history, in particular South African late 19th Century history. Also anyone who wants to find out how different Peoples, Afrikaners, Jews, Brits, etc can co-exist, even (and particularly) during War-times!! Sammy Marks was truly the Uncrowned King of the Transvaal!"

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Old victorian museum great cultural history learned, guide very knowledgeable and friendly will visit the place again thanx

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Be sure to book a guided tour of the house. It is really interesting to see all the rooms and to hear the stories of how all the furniture, crockery and cutlery was shipped from England and then carted cross-country by ox wagon - including a grand piano. Seeing the billiard room where Sammy and Oom Paul used to chill... More 

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