Illyria House, Pretoria

Unique hotel reminiscent of a French Chateau with style

This remarkable hotel is set close to the centre of Pretoria in the exclusive Muckleneuk Ridge area. The house has commanding views of this historic city and in October / November when the jacaranda trees are in bloom the view will be a ‘sea’ of purple. This sight is a reason in itself to visit Pretoria at this time. Illyria House has only 6 luxuriously appointed suites but each guest is pampered by gloved butlers and immaculately dressed staff. As you enter through the wrought iron gates, you will pass into a world mostly relegated to the history books – a world of refined living. You will be spoilt by your personal butler, consume exquisitely prepared food, relax in the wellness centre or you might even be tempted to stray outside to enjoy the unique sights of the fascinating and historic city. This is a popular destination for weddings.

About the location

The Union Buildings were designed by Sir Herbert Baker and many regard these as his finest achievement. The cycad gardens are unique and you can visit villages to experience the culture of the local Ndebele people in nearby Lesedi. Sun City is an easy hour and a half drive away as is the Pilansberg National Park set in an ancient volcanic crater and providing some of the finest big game viewing. For people wishing to try water sports, Hartebeesport Dam offers a wide variety in beautiful surroundings. Tours can be arranged to all these attractions together with Johannesburg and Soweto that offer visitors with an incredible variety of activities. Illyria house is just a 30-minute drive from Johannesburg International Airport along world-class motorways and will provide an exceptionally romantic gateway to your South African holiday.