Cultural Basecamp

Illyria House

Pretoria, South Africa

Prices From: $210

A magnificent villa with sweeping views across the treetops of the historical Jacaranda City. Set in tranquil gardens, teeming with birds, it is no wonder that Illyria is often referred to as a "little paradise". Upon entering through the wrought iron gates, a fairytale ambience, reflecting the epitome of gracious and romantic living unfolds, complete with white gloved butlers discreetly working their magic to please. Unrivalled personalized service, exclusivity and luxury are a given at this intimate haven.

Fine antiques, 17th century tapestries, soft classical music and exquisite cuisine have contributed to Illyria's standing as a sought-after oasis of tranquility, refined beauty and charm. It comes as no surprise that Illyria House has become a destination in its own right, a unique, nostalgic, colonial experience, highly appreciated by the discerning traveler, and the secret retreat of royalty, heads of state and celebrities alike.

Services rendered by your personal butler include organizing historical tours, sports activities, country picnics, individualized shopping outings and transfers to attractions in the city and surrounding areas. Guests may enjoy beauty treatments in the magical wellness spa in the secret garden or in the privacy of their rooms.

Secluded yet centrally located, a stay at Illyria House is ideal in combination with a luxury rail journey, wildlife safari or Indian Ocean island resort, and holds the promise to add an unforgettable authentic experience in colonial African hospitality. Illyria is often referred to as the highlight of a visit to Africa.


Region: Africa - Eastern and Southern

Nearest Airport: JNB

327 Bourke Street
Muckleneuk Hill
South Africa


Breakfast Breakfast

Day Tours Day Tours

Hiking Trekking Hiking Trekking

Horses Horses

Wildlife Wildlife

Fishing Fishing

Family Friendly Family Friendly

General Information

All options include bed and breakfast... some options include full board, wellness treatments, tours, etc. The following are not included in any of the options: French Champagne and specified cigars, Green fees, Balloon safaris, Telephone calls and gratuities.

In terms of child discounts, we do not charge a fee for children under the age of 4. We do receive children, but still wish to take the other guests into consideration in doing so. Therefore, children will be accommodated on request and by prior arrangement only.

There will be an extra cost per third adult sharing as well as children older than four, sharing with parents.

Cancellation Policies

As we prefer our reservations to be finalized some time in advance, we normally charge a cancellation fee of 50% 4 weeks prior to date of arrival, 60% 3 weeks prior to arrival, 80% 2 weeks prior to arrival and 100% 1 week prior to arrival. However, in case of cancellation due to unforeseen humanitarian reasons, the decision to charge a cancellation fee is left to the discretion of management.