A BRIEF HISTORY OF KING
GEORGEíS GUEST HOUSE
(Reference: The Dream Houses of Mill
Park by Gavin McLachlan, UPE, 1993)
Erf 1078 (lot 84)
Designer: B. Thompson
Plan Approval: August 1915
Completion Date: April 1915
Built For: F. Giband
Style Classification: English Vernacular Style
It is interesting to note from the above details, that
the plans for this house were approved some time after
the building was completed!
The roof is covered with plane tiles. The walls are
smooth plastered with mouldings, and the windows are
mostly recent timber casement window
Although much altered, this house retains a strong sense
of character and presence. The dominant roof and Tudor
revival gables create a striking impression and are
visible from quite far away. Within the secluded front
garden, the simple L-form of the main front part of the
house with its elegant stoep and entrance forms a
striking architectural image.
The house originally belonged to the Pudney family, who
made their fortunes during the Ostrich feather era. It
was altered and the upstairs bedrooms added, as the
family increased. The beautiful stained glass was
Dave and Danielle bought this lovely homestead in 1995
from a retired couple, Mr and Mrs Kirton. It had 4
en-suite bedrooms, with a self-contained flatlet that
was rented to a student.
Dave converted the pantry into the pub area. All the
original woodwork was painted black, which was sanded
and treated. He also altered the original garage and
servants quarters into a lovely room with a separate
entrance and also added bathrooms, resulting in a eight
en-suite bedroomed Guest House!
The house next door, Newlands, was acquired in 2002.
house has two luxury suites each with its own lounge
area, one with itís own balcony and the other with a
There are also three rooms that share
a bathroom down the hall and a self-catering flat with
its own garage. The house has a very beautiful modern
kitchen, two lounges, a lovely bar, dining room, four
garages and a swimming pool.
The previous owners had an outside Chinese kitchen that
Dave converted into a stunning en-suite room situated
right next to the swimming pool. Dave also broke down
some of the walls between the two houses and built a
very nice bridge with a water feature linking them.