“If music be the food of love, play on…”

Shakespeare used ancient Illyria, presently known as Albania as the enchanted setting for his play, “Twelfth Night”. Everyone in this tranquil paradise is in love, even the King.

Indulge yourself for a moment in the splendor of Illyria House, our celebration of elegant and romantic living, of love and happiness, of music, beauty and poetry… in our new home, Africa.


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 and 17th century tapestries an enchanting and unique colonial lifestyle experience, complete with white-gloved butlers and a resident duck family, unfolds.



We are centrally located with easy access to Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport (25min) and Pretoria/Gautrain Station (5min) and Capital Park station (8min).


  • Commended by Condé Nast House & Garden as the most outstanding accommodation establishment in Pretoria. – March 2000
  • Included as one of the seven “Most Exclusive Hotels in South Africa” – Marie Claire – June 2002
  • Applauded as the “Most Romantic Spot in South Africa” – Getaway – February 2003
  • Selected by the South African National Broadcasting Corporation as having the No 1 Honeymoon Suite in the country
  • Included in Best Hotels of the World by Sven Fritsche – 2003
  • Nominated by 50 leading travel industry consultants as an entrant for the World Luxury Hotel Awards
  • Listed in “1001 Places to see before you die” – 2006/2007
  • Finalist in the category “Most Romantic Hotel” – 2007 & 2008
  • Included in “Villas and Luxury Hotels South Africa” – The Dream Destination Edition
  • Appointed as one of the “Best 100 Spas in Africa” – 2008/2009
  • Chosen as the Number One Hotel in Pretoria – TripAdvisor – 2012 and the no 1 Hotel for Business Romance and Families
  • Included in “Opulent Living” Volume 1 African Dream – Coffee Table Magazine for the finer things in Life – 2012
  • Best Hotel in Pretoria as well as Best Hotel for Romance and Families – TripAdvisor – 2013
  • PMR Africa Diamond Arrow Overall Winner Boutique Hotel – 2013/2014
  • Accolade Business Spain – 2014
  • Certificate of excellence – Trip Advisor – 2016
  • Lilizela Service Excellence Award 2019 – Runner Up in the 5 star Boutique Hotel category

Contact us for more information about our Accolades