Sir William and Lady Dalrymple are the closest thing to royalty this rabble town ever got. In 1908 they commissioned Herbert Baker to design a home high on the Westcliff ridge. Baker and his partner Fleming’s response was Glenshiel, an imposing butterfly-wing residence.
So palatial were the stables, that when the house was gifted to the Order of St John by Major Haggie, he simply converted them into a substantial home for himself.
One of the first homes to have a swimming pool and tennis courts, Glenshiel was the set for glittering parties and distinguished guests, including Princess Alice the Countess of Athlone, granddaughter of Queen Victoria. We are privileged to have access to the interior to admire the panelling and rather grand hall, but for many the highlight of the visit will be the garden where, if the hail hasn’t damaged them, you can scent the roses from the terrace.
Our tour starts at the Ridge School (originally the Woolsack and home of Sir Aubrey Woolls-Sampson) which has fine views south, and then proceeds to Glenshiel. We shall also hear about the Schumacher residence, Pallinghurst, now the Hope School, from a vantage point on the hill overlooking views down towards Zoo Lake. We will proceed to The Stables, a house which has evolved with time from housing horses to some much more distinguished residence.
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GUIDES: Janet Hughes, Franky Toussaint and Ed Coogan
PARK: The Ridge School, Woolston Road, Westcliff
TIME : 10h00
DURATION: 3 hours
COST: R100 for members and R170 for non-members
MAXIMUM No: 50