Constantijn Hahndiek shows both imagination and flair, and produces dishes with great flavours. Hartford House is in great hands. - Frank Chemaly / Food CriticRead More
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Come for a while, and you might even discover the meaning of a much-used phrase here in Zululand: "What's the hurry?"Read More
All-in-all we had an experience that we truly couldn't fault, and will certainly recommend Hartford House to all our friends and acquaintances. - Jane and Nick MallettRead More
Guest reviews such as this one posted last week on the TripAdvisor website, are invaluable to the morale of our hospitality team. A humble and sincere 'Thank You'.Read More
I live to eat and the food at this establishment is incredible. It's creative, tasty, elegant and just a true experience from beginning to end.Read More
Unmistakenly one of the KZN Midlands' top boutique hotels; its history rich manor house and uber styish accommodation makes Hartford House the sought after venue for family celebrations, weddings, anniverseries, birthdays and barmitzvas.Read More
On the odd occasion, when our luxury trains release us from their pretty green clutches, we get to experience the magic of the local tourism industry. - Brenda Vos / Rovos RailRead More
Hartford House Moor Suite 1
(Photos : Sally Chance)
Moor Suite 1
Named for the Moor family, who occupied Hartford from 1875 to 1937, and in particular the two brothers, John and Frederick. John Moor was the member of parliament for Weenen County in the old Natal Colonial government, as well as a Senator in the first South African government, and was responsible for most of the development at Hartford. His brother, Sir Frederick Moor, was the last prime minister of the Colony of Natal prior to Union. He was the only man to emerge from the Union talks in 1908 with a knighthood, for his efforts in bringing about what we know today as the Republic of South Africa.
In its time, Moor has accommodated two Prime Ministers, the last of the colony of Natal, and the first of the Union of South Africa, General Louis Botha.
Of interest in this suite is the old marble bath, which was reputedly imported into South Africa from Malaysia towards the latter end of the 18th century, then found its way into the Durban Club, and eventually into this bathroom, together with the old church window installed alongside.
One of South Africa's greatest artists, the late Errol Boyley, is remembered throughout the manor house in numerous fine examples, several of which were included in the compendium of his best works. Errol was a great friend of Summerhill and Hartford, and, somewhat unusually for this committed landscapist, he also portrayed Cheryl Goss in two portraits which appear in this suite.
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