Historic buildings in South Africa

From the historic Cape wine lands to the balmy beaches of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa has some of the most beautiful historic homes just waiting to be discovered


Situated in Carnarvon in the Karoo the Stuurmansfontein Corbelled House was constructed in the 1800’s from stone and the current owners/ caretakers are the family of the original builders. 


Arguably the most picturesque town in the Western Cape, Franschhoek is home to the Boschendal Le Rhone House. The Le Rhone house is built in the Cape Dutch style and is situated next to a vineyard that produces some of the best white wines in the world. 


Once owned by Pretoria businessman George Jesse Heys, this mansion now serves as a museum featuring many items from the wealthy Heys family. It’s important in the architecture world as it represents a transition from Victorian to Edwardian styles.

Cape Town

While there are many buildings to chose from in Cape Town we opted for the first public building in Cape Town, the Old Town House that was built in 1755 and was converted into the city's first art gallery in 1914.


This Victorian gem in the Karoo was completed in 1899, and shortly thereafter it served as the Headquarters of the Cape Western Command, and as a military hospital. Since 1970 it has been a hotel, and is rumoured to be haunted. It was named for Lord Alfred Milner, the governor of the Cape during The South African War (Anglo-Boer War).

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