“If music be the food of love, play on” are the words from Shakespeare’s glorious love comedy Twelfth Night, from which Illyria gets its name from.
The serene beauty of Illyria house has always been an irresistible attraction to all lovers of fine things. Against the backdrop of classical music, fine antiques,17th century tapestries, an enchanting colonial lifestyle, complete with white-gloved butlers
Originally bought as a student digs for her four daughters, Marietjie van der Walt changed tack and turned the house inside out and upside down. She added pillars, hundreds of meters hand-embroidered Chinese cotton, chandeliers, a spiral staircase, grand piano and Mandarin ducks that waddle through the house en route to a lovely courtyard fountain. There’s a gourmet chef to please the appetite with seven course dinners, a spa for the ultimate in pampering, and a personal butler in black tie and white gloves to do your bidding.
Over-the –top and shamelessly romantic, its certainly fit for society’s who’ who: Nelson Mandela ,Graca Machel ,Princess Benedicte of Denmark and Saudi Arabian princes are among them. Why is this the number one romantic spot in Pretoria? you ask, when there are so many lovely places. Because once you enter Illyria you’re in another world completely, and its one where love’s labours are not lost.
Venue: 327, Bourke Street, Muckleneuk
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