"We will definitely return and I highly recommend Hartford to all my friends what a beautiful place with super staff, service and efficiency! Many other places can take a feather out of your cap when it comes to client service excellence!" - Lynne van ZijlRead More
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We wish to thank you for the wonderful accommodation, service, Tijn’s mouthwatering food and special care your staff took of all our guests over the weekend of Megan & Paul’s wedding. It was a very memorable occasion which we will always cherish and we will definitely be back for more of your special brand of tlc at Hartford in the future!Read More
You will not find a more beautiful destination anywhere, the attention to detail is unmatched and the personal service is warm and comforting.Read More
(Photo : Leigh Willson)
"We're on Fire."
We're on fire. No wonder Emma Stephenson's telephone lines are burning. Most Hartford fans know that Emma manages our front desk, and is our reservations queen. We're only a few days into July and she's already made her monthly budget, and bookings into January 2012 are already looking encouraging. How lucky we are in this day and age to have the clientele we do. Looking at the international website ratings (courtesy of Alexa) it's evident why this is the case. Hartford leapt some 46,000 places in the international rankings last month, which partially explains why accommodation bookings into the new year are so favourable. The other part is because they are running a darn good show.
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Paula Mackenzie and Jackie Cameron at the Eat Out Awards 2010
THE CRITICS HAVE SPOKEN
Hail Hartford, national Top Ten Restaurant again. Two months ago, this little hostelry was voted the nation's choice by the South African public in the face of competition from two "World Top Fifties". On Sunday evening Eat Out celebrated the critic's "Top Ten" at a gala function in Cape Town. David Higgs'Rust en Vredetook top spot in both the restaurant and best chef categories, while Hartford House was the only KwaZulu Natal-based restaurant counted in the top ten. Notable absentees in what is an increasingly competitive line-up, include last year's winners, Le Colombe and Mosaic as well as the quite exceptional Green House. Considering the remoteness of our location, this is a signal achievement for Jackie Cameron, her sous chef, Elaine Boshoff and their kitchen crew, but it isn't a matter alone of where we are, it's what we are. It is a victory for our social consciences, a message to the world of what's possible in what might have seemed impossible circumstances. Your patronage and encouragement has revealed a new world to a community of people who never knew life beyond Mooi River before, to our service staff, the scullery team and even our gardeners. To Paula Mackenzie who's God given talent picks the wines, and to her fellow managers Scott Morgan and Emma Stephenson.
You see Hartford is different. It is different because it is not just about the cuisine; it's the only member of the Top Ten that combines a world class restaurant with a matching accommodation establishment. It's both a cultural and a philosophical experience, where luxury is part of the journey, but it isn't the destination. A place without pretence, yet comfortable beyond imagination.