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Sammy Marks House, Pretoria

#2 of 8 in Historic Sites in Pretoria
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Once the residence of a famous industrialist, Sammy Marks House includes 48 rooms decorated by the best Victorian craftsmen. The billiards room, one of the mansion's highlights, is lined with old family photographs. Meanwhile, the well-stocked library gives insight into Sammy Marks' favorite literature, with history, mining and agriculture, and philosophy books lining the shelves. Take a guided tour of the house to learn about the building's history and the life of its former owner. Before you head to Pretoria, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Pretoria trip itinerary planning site, to make sure you see all that Pretoria has to offer, including Sammy Marks House.
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  • I gave this 5 stars because it is so rare and precious to still find a surviving site of REAL history in South Africa as supposed to the politicized gossip going as history these days. See what...  more »
  • Not too shabby not too exciting. It is history and people who like history and what it presents might get excited but I was not impressed  more »
  • I've been there for many occasions and again the tour guide was excellent! The tea garden was not operational, because there was no power, no generator. The gardens are kept well, and the French outlay very interesting.
  • The gardens are well kept in their original Form the way Mrs Marks planned it. Lovely to sit outside and enjoy the summer weather. The house itself is exceptional. The guides are well informed. Quite a lifestyle they had considering it was at the turn of the century and South Africa was at war. Walking through the rooms gave me an eerie feeling of discomfort. It was as though we were intruding in their family home.

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