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.

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The garden of Rose and Revell Sivright “Glengarry Park.”
Self catering chalets.
Phone: 033 267 7225 Cell 082 7833445.
OPEN 10/11, 17/18  and 24/25 October and during the week by request

This large English country garden features stunning young beeches, birches, maples, nyssas and dogwoods. Thatch cottages are surrounded by borders of viburnums, azaleas, rhododendrons, pieris, kalmia and many russell lupins, astilbes, hostas , hellebores with a sprinkling of annual poppies and pansies. Donations to a charity of the gardener’s choice. Glengarry often opens during the year by appointment , please call in advance if you plan visiting outside of Open Gardens.

Directions: Turn off the N3 at Nottingham Road and continue onto Rosetta along R103 (old main road) At Rosetta turn left onto Kamberg Road and continue for 31 kms, turning left at Glengarry/Highmoor Road. “Glengarry Park” is 500 metres along this road - tar to the gate.

The garden of Veronica Ratsey “Uskia Garden”, Defence Farm.
Phone: 033 267 7442 OPEN 3/4, 10/11 and 17/18 OCTOBER

This garden features many varieties of well established English trees, rhododendrons and pink and white dogwoods. Other plants to look out for are the gunnerer, acers, holly, clematis, irises and beech trees. Some indigenous plants have been added over the past years and spectacular views over the whole Drakensberg mountain range make this an exceptionally scenic spot. Plants are on sale and donations to the SPCA are most welcome.

Directions: From Rosetta proceed 14 kms up the Kamberg Road, turn right when you see the signboard stating Defence Farm, continue till the blue and white sign stating house/nursery to the left, and shed to the right - proceed left and continue up the driveway - it will be signposted.


The garden of Priscilla and Peter Francis “Milestone Forest.”Phone: 033 234 4190. OPEN SPRING & SUMMER ENJOY A DAY IN THE COUNTRY!

This portion of indigenous KwaZulu-Natal mist forest is a National Heritage site. The Balgowan Conservancy and the Wildlands Trust have over the years developed a tree walk which has been enjoyed by numerous visitors and organized groups – the trees are named and it is well worth the visit. The forest also attracts numerous birds so be sure to take your binoculars and wear good walking shoes. Spectacular Cape chestnuts flower in late spring - the garden is a woodland and informal with many hydrangeas, azaleas and rhododendrons. Highlight: Picnic baskets welcome – have a picnic at the dam and spend a day in the country enjoying the tree walk and have an informal stroll through the garden.

Directions: From N3 take Balgowan turn off left. At the T junction turn left at Caversham sign turning left again into D533 - Milestone is just over 1 km on the left.