This tour explores a corner of Parktown hidden by huge trees, which has been nurtured by Hollard for some years now. We start off with an inside tour of The Pines, with its galleried hall and the finest bathroom and shower in the city. Hollard has recently restored this wonderful house, built in 1906 for a bachelor and enlarged for PM Anderson by Gordon Leith. It is a lovely and rather stately home.
We then head off uphill to the old Coach House and Stables designed by Herbert Baker for the Phillips as part of the Villa Arcadia estate. These have been adapted for office use and yet there are interesting elements which you will enjoy spotting – the cosy holes in the gable for doves to find sanctuary in winter, the wooden ladder up to the hayloft, tiny stairs serving the old staff quarters for coachman and stable hands.
Finally, we enjoy a tour of the magnificent interiors of Villa Arcadia, and learn about the interesting lives and times of Sir Lionel and Lady Florence Phillips.
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- GUIDES: Monique Jefferson-McDonald and Nicola Noble
- TIME: 14h00
- PARK: The Pines, 5 Gordon Hill, Parktown
- COST: R100 for members and R170 for non-members
- DURATION: Approximately 2 hours
- MAXIMUM No: 50