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.


“Your Country Guesthouse Away From Home"

Think about this: an estate proclaimed “the most beautiful in South Africa” by the legend, Gary Player (he’s known a few!) and a place of fabled sporting and political history, the Hartford and Summerhill properties have homed and hosted prime ministers and royalty, captains of business and finance, and a veritable chest of horseracing treasures.

Though you’re not resident at Hartford House, offering the identical horse rides, fishing rods and stud and garden tours as they do; the same liberty of movement and bicycle rides, and preferential booking at its restaurant and wellness centre? As captivating as any, the same mesmerizing vistas of our mountain stronghold, Giant’s Castle; and while you’re not quite in it so you’re not too “bustled” by it, you’re right on the cusp of the Midlands Meander, custodian of Africa’s most famous arts and crafts as well as its finest schools and colleges.

Besides locality, there is also a common thread to these irresistible twins. The Summerhill and Hartford farms were both founded on dreams, widely disparate enterprises with a shared set of values. Survival in the modern world depends on how you distinguish yourself from the rest, and whatever they are today, it’s because they were built on an intuitive understanding of what gets a pulse racing. Good hospitality and fast horses always reflect a sense of “place”, their environs, their histories and traditions, and importantly their people. The “Hideaways”, all of them, have been integral to this tale, remembering that when their creators erected them, they had the “picks” of the property on which to place them. A home to themselves with a story of its own, and a neighbourly stone’s throw from Hartford House. Yes, we speak of Hartford, the decorated icon of the nation’s boutique hotels, and sanctuary to a restaurant idol.

So there you are, fully-serviced homes with most of the amenities of Hartford House, in a choice location at “Hideaway” prices with their own stories to tell.

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