Renovated Baileys cottage below the railway line

Sir Abe Bailey's thatch  guest cottage, below the railway, has been renovated. It was designed by Herbert Baker and built in 1909 only 4 years after Sir Abe Bailey's home, Rust en Vrede was completed.  It was thrilling to be on the site to see the waves crashing in front of the cottage.  It must be wonderful to have been a guest in that cottage. It has a modern bathroom!! The guests could not...

Vernacular Architecture Society of South Africa

Jon and I enjoyed a wonderful sunny day visiting farms in Rawsonville valley and Worcester valley.  It is such a privilege that owners open their home for our members to view. We spent 2 nights in a lovely flat in a Cape Dutch house owned by Felix and Elizabeth....

A Statement in Stone

I have so enjoyed "A Statement in Stone" by Michael Walker, a new book about Muizenberg-St. James-Kalk Bay's early buildings and their architects, including Sir Herbert Baker. Michael Walker was born in St James. He has a lifetime of experiences and relationships on the False Bay coastline. This is his 14th book about the region. His knowledge of and passion for the villages is deeply appreciated by...

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