TreeTops & Treats Guest House
Bed and Breakfast Accommodation in Muckleneuk, Pretoria (Tshwane) Gauteng, South Africa

 

History of TreeTops & Treats Guest House
and Architect Gerard Moerdijk

In the 1920's, statesman and politician in the Hertzog cabinet,
Oswald Pirow, built his residence on this site, high up on the slope
of Muckleneuk Ridge with panoramic views of the Capital City,
Central Pretoria. The original residence consisted of three adjacent
thatched huts.

Gerard Moerdijk, the famous architect who among others designed the Voortrekker Monument, married Pirow's daughter and bought a piece of the original property from his father-in-law and built his first residence on it. The Moerdijk family lived next door from 1924 till 1954, and today the magnificent house is a heritage site.

Meanwhile, the Pirow family sold this property. Inspired by the 'maestro's' design next door, the new owners in the 1960's added a kitchen and dining room to the three thatched huts and soon thereafter also built the outbuildings. Muckleneuk became increasingly sought-after for especially embassies, and the property soon required a further facelift to blend in with the area. It was then that, before selling it, the house was transformed into a double-storey, still with a thatched roof, cleverly preserving the original 'opstal' huts in the design.

In 2003, we discovered this unique and tranquil home with its enchanting ambience. Falling in love with it instantly, we also recognised its vast untapped potential. This was just the setting for a guest house! With much dedication and tender loving care, the homestead was restored to its former glory. In 2005, the outbuildings were transformed into the Egyptian Suite, Cats Whiskers Suite, Twin Oaks 1 & 2 Suite.

Today, TreeTops & Treats is reputedly better than 'home', with an appeal rarely found in the hospitality industry. The Guest House consists of 8 exquisite suites all offering unsurpassed comfort, ambience & hospitality. Facilities include a communal bar and a swimming pool, both situated in the tranquil garden. Guests can also lounge in the lapa. Services include internet access, an in house decor specialist and catering for small workshops, weddings and other intimate occasions.

 



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