From a grand sandstone mansion rescued from dilapidation in the scrubby Free State veld, to a romantic Arts & Crafts style double-storey that presides over a halfacre of prime real estate in the high Berea suburb of Durban, Remarkable Heritage Houses of South Africa provides a privileged glimpse inside 20 of the country’s most distinguished, remarkable and treasured private residences.
Predominantly constructed no later than the mid 1950s and chosen for the singular legacy each keeps alive, these are homes that blend architectural integrity with an uncanny sense of place. Some more ‘historic’ than others, they have been sensitively rescued or meticulously preserved, or simply kept current with custodianship that has at all times respected their unique pedigree. Strikingly captured by distinguished photographer, Craig Fraser, they cover the full gamut of locations, architectural genres and interior decorating styles, yet have all been skilfully adapted to meet the demands of modern living.
About the Author
A childhood spent in the wide-open spaces of central Africa, followed later by her involvement in the restoration and rejuvenation of her family’s historical homestead and its gardens, informed Nini Bairnsfather Cloete’s deep appreciation of the environment as well as the cultural and horticultural arena. This culminated in the research and writing of special interest travel itineraries based on horticulture and architecture for an exclusive international market. In compiling Remarkable Gardens of South Africa, Nini was delighted to use her knowledge (and indulge her passion for travel) in hunting down some of the most extraordinary gardens in the vast and varied landscape that is South Africa. She lives in the Winelands near Stellenbosch with her husband and various canine friends; this is her first book.