If you weren’t around in the late 1800s and the early part of the twentieth century, you’re most likely to remember Hartford, the farm, for the exploits of its famous racehorses. In 1939, the late Raymond Ellis and his family acquired the property as a country retreat, a refuge from their beachfront hotels and property holdings in Durban.Read More
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It’s no accident that even widely travelled South Africans – those who’ve taken in everything from sunrise over the Seine to the northern lights in Norway – will tell you that Mzansi is easily one of the most beautiful countries in the world.Read More
Fabulous place is Hartford House. We stayed in the Moor suite in the main house. Highly recommend the 6 course tasting dinner with a different wine paired with each course, probably the best meal I've ever experienced. Staff were all very helpful, and nothing was too much trouble.Read More
Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, once said that the most important thing you can do is to make the distinction between customer service and guest hospitality. You need both things to thrive, but they are completely different.Read More
I spend a lot of time trying to work out when I will be able to work in a visit to Hartford House during a fleeting visit back to South Africa - it is that special.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
My team and I derive the greatest satisfaction from the knowledge that our guests have enjoyed a unique, holistic experience at Hartford House. Here is a lovely comment from a guest posted recently on the TripAdvisor website.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 Siyabonga Suite 15
(Photos : Sally Chance)
Siyabonga Suite 15
In Zulu the word Siyabonga means "we are grateful" or "give thanks to", and this suite is part of the Ezulweni (meaning "in the heavens") eco extension to Hartford's own colonial styled origins. The suite was named that way by our Zulu building team once complete, as much echoing their own relief at having accomplished what was for them in the nature of something unique in architectural style, as it was for the natural beauty and ambience which the suite exudes.
Built with materials harvested largely off the greater Summerhill and Hartford estates, or otherwise acquired in the near vicinity, Siyabonga is characterized by its collection of African artifacts and its stunning sleeping quarters, clad in local Drakensberg sandstone. The bathroom features romantically aligned twin tubs, and the suite is rendered with a combination of mud and locally harvested river pebbles, all of which has withstood the ravages of our summer thunderstorms and occasional winter snowfalls with surprising resilience. The Indian front door was imported by Cheryl Goss while she was overseeing the renovation of Lynton Hall, which she decorated in Colonial antiques, recalling the arrival of Indian indentured labour for the colony's fledging sugar industry.
In recent times, Siyabonga has become the suite of choice of His Royal Highness Sheikh Mohammed of the Ruling Family of Dubai, during his visits to Summerhill Stud, where he stands several stallions and mares of world renown. Another visitor of fame whose name has become embedded in the lore of Siyabonga, is Angus Gold, a celebrated reveller, who is also associated with the Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum.
The intention in juxtaposing the original Hartford homestead with Ezulweni, is to provide travellers with an insight, when they are in the manor house, of our region's colonial past, and then to transport them through an intimate glimpse of what's possible with a touch of imagination from our Zulu staff, whose creative hands are strikingly apparent in the finishes to Siyabonga.
In contrast to the natural materials with which the suite was erected, the beds are from an altogether different age, featuring a hydraulically adjusted touch button (just below the mattress on either side), enabling guests to position themselves as their souls demand, after another "tough" day in Africa!
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