Hartford House

The Home of Good Conversation, Fine Wine and Classic Horses.

Award-winning hotel and restaurant situated at Summerhill Stud on the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Meander, South Africa.



Imbongi (The Praise Singer)

Former home of a Minister of State, a mid-sixties four-bedroomed house (two en suite, two sharing a separate shower, bath and “loo”) with fully equipped kitchen, dining room, sun porch and TV lounge in spacious gardens with big views of the farm and mountains. Sleeps 8. Named for Summerhill’s first truly “international” racehorse.

Nhlavini (“The Playboy”) a.k.a “The Boathouse”

First erected as a recreational clubhouse for the farm staff, Nhlavini enjoys an enviable lakeside location. For twelve years, home to the culinary celebrity and authoress Jackie Cameron, a delightful single bedroom cottage with sensational views across the paddocks and lake to the Drakensburg mountains. Separate TV lounge-cum-dining room, fireplace, kitchenette, shower and “loo”, with a spacious verandah. Perfect “braai” country! Sleeps 2 (and if you insist, 2 kids on “campers”). Named for the only racehorse to line up six times for a national sprinter’s award.

Smanjemanje “The Showoff” or “The Stylish One”

Originally the birthplace to some famous racehorses, the stables were uniquely converted into a “home away from home” for the Goss family when Hartford House became a hotel. A quaint hillside bungalow with sweeping views of the stud farm and a World Heritage site, it was intended to house the owners for twelve months, but they loved it so they stayed for 12 years! Two and a half bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, TV lounge and dining room, spacious country kitchen and large verandah. Another “braai” haven! Sleeps four (or six, as you wish). Named for a multi-millionaire racehorse who was a “whisker” away from immortality in the Durban July.

House Rate Friday & Saturday: R4200 pn incl of breakfast
House Rate Sunday – Thursday: R3570 pn inclusive of breakfast