Tucked away in the heart of the Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve, surrounded by giant Yellowwood trees, is Coedmore Castle, a gracious old stone homestead.
It was built by Dering Stainbank in 1885 as a family home and is situated an easy 15-minute drive south of Durban. The 253 hectare nature reserve, or rather ‘Green lung’, home to many species of antelope, zebra and abundant birdlife, was donated by Kenneth Stainbank to the people of South Africa over 50 years ago and is currently managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.
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Coedmore Castle has remained in the family for 4 generations, and contains many of the original household contents including furniture from the 19th century, old family portraits and antique silverware. Although donated to the state by Kenneth Stainbank, the family currently manages it. It is now open to the public for guided tours, school outings and hire of the grounds for small weddings, functions and photography.
Opened in 2013, the Mary Stainbank Memorial Gallery houses the work of Mary Agnes Stainbank, a renowned contributor to Modernist art. Keith tells us that: “Those familiar with her work are delighted that there is now somewhere where they can view it, whilst people who are not familiar with it are amazed that a woman born at the end of the 19th century produced such powerful art, which remains relevant today.”
Address: 14 Robin Road, Yellow Wood Park, Durban South, 4011, South Africa
Area: 625 acres
Phone: +27 31 469 2807
Times: Mon – Sat (6AM–6PM) bookings must be done in advance
|Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve||R30||R15|
|Mary Stainbank Memorial Gallery||R20||R10 (kids & pensioners)|
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