Starting from the Ridge School (originally the Woolsack and home of Sir Aubrey Woolls-Sampson) which has fine views south, the tour proceeds to Glenshiel, Baker and Fleming’s wonderful butterfly wing home designed for Sir William Dalrymple where we go inside to admire the panelling and the rather grand hall, then out into the gardens. If the hail hasn’t damaged them you can scent the roses from the terrace.
Down the ridge to Pallinghurst, now the Hope School to encounter Hope Schumacher whose husband Raymond designed and built the original house. The Views look right over to the Zoo Lake) Then back up a rather steep hill to The Stables, lovely gardens and a house which has evolved with time from housing horses to some much more distinguished residents.
We finish with a visit to Sylvio and Eleanor Rech’s modern African version of Baker’s Arts and Crafts and views of The Tree House which he built next door. Lots of jacarandas, fascinating architecture and important pioneering personalities.
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GUIDES: Colin Berger and Alexandra Parker
PARK: The Ridge School, Woolston Road, Westcliff
DURATION: 3 hours
COST: R80.00 for members and R130.00 for non-members
MAXIMUM No: 50