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House AM Mostert - Welgelegen
Balfour, Mpumalanga

BAKER and FLEMING: Architect

Date:1913
Client:AM Mostert
Type:Homestead
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
26°37'30.56" S 28°36'47.30" E Alt: 1678m

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The house is now a five star hotel - visit their website

Cumming-George 1933

RIETBULT is the beautiful Transvaal farm of Mr. A. M. Mostert and the homestead was built by him in 1913 to the designs of Sir Herbert BAKER, R.A. and Mr. F. L. H. FLEMING, F.R.I.B.A., at that time in partnership. The gardens are an important part of the whole design. The house stands on high ground some two miles from the town of Balfour, which it overlooks, while possessing magnificent views in other directions, over the farm lands. The design is typical of Sir Herbert Baker's interpretation and adaptation of the spirit of Cape Dutch domestic architecture; and is carried out in whitewashed plastered walls, red tiled roof, teak joinery with hand-made fittings and furnishings. The internal finishings and equipment, and the care bestowed upon the gardens and surroundings have combined to create a very charming country home.

See also the Mostert Family Mausoleum.

(See also Baker 1944, between pp 48/49 ill)

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.


Writings about this entry

Baker, Herbert. 1944. Architecture & personalities. London: Country Life. pg b&w photo, 55
Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 82
Greig, Doreen. 1970. Herbert Baker in South Africa. Cape Town: PURNELL. pg 237