Groote Schuur Estate



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The former Cape Town residence of the state president, the gabled Groote Schuur ('Big Barn') was originally built in 1667 to serve as the VOC's granary before it was bought by Cecil John Rhodes in 1893 and converted into a grand mansion and office by his chum Herbert Baker. Along with the building, Rhodes bought several other properties on Table Mountain's eastern slopes during the late 19th century, including the summer house of Rudyard Kipling, the Woolsack, and Mostert's Mill. On the slopes above the UCT campus you can still see the ruins of the lion enclosure known as the Groote Schuur Zoo, which replaced the original cage-like structure commissioned by Rhodes in 1897. Rhodes died in 1910 and bequeathed his estate to the nation; an elaborate neoclassical shrine was erected in his memory two years later.

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Groote Schuur Estate details

Klipper Road,

Area Cape Town

Telephone 83 414 7961

Tours by appointment.

Admission R75 (including tea and refreshments).