Baynesfield Estate is about 20km from Pietermaritzburg on the Richmond Road (R56). It is a working farm of 23’000 acres, which was left in trust for the benefit of all South Africans by Joseph Baynes when he died in 1925.
The home Joseph built for Sarah in 1882 is now a National Monument and is furnished with may original Bayne’s pieces. The house is open for tours by prior arrangement. Baynes House is surrounded by a historic 3 acre garden which visitors are encouraged to explore. The gardens are open to the public each October as part of the Witness Open Gardens. An Enchanted Garden Party is usually held at this time for fairies and elves.
The garden is offered as a venue for weddings. Three “ Open Days “ are held annually ( May, July & December ), when a steam train comes from Pietermaritzburg to Baynesfield. There is a craft market, numerous food and drinks outlets, trailer rides to the mausoleum where Sarah and Joseph are buried, a blacksmith in action as well as the “ Woodpeckers “ demonstrating ancient skills.
The museums are open Monday to Friday 08h30 to 16h00. Weekends only by prior arrangement. House tours by prior arrangement.
Contact 033 251 0001