What a beautiful place is Hartford House. GM Duncan Bruce is very caring toward the guests and he gives excellent service. Nothing is too much for the staff and they go the extra mile. The food, service and ambience is excellent.Read More
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"Quite simply put, our stay at Hartford House could not be faulted from the moment we arrived to the moment we left." - Hartford House GuestRead More
I learnt a little of the history of this property, I then understood their ethos and why this is such a special place with custodians who are all special people.Read More
It’s often been said that you only get one shot at this game…Hospitality… But in our opinion we believe that if you do it right…once is enough! And it’s when you receive feedback from guests such as this, not only is it a humbling experience for us but its proof that we are doing it right!Read 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
We are looking forward to kicking Spring into gear as slowly as possible. Why not come up to Hartford and enjoy the ultimate in relaxation by taking advantage of our Spring Accommodation Special.Read More
It was well worth driving from Johannesburg to Hartford House for the dinner and one night.Read More
There is a friendly and relaxed formality at Hartford and we can't thank Duncan and his front of house team enough for going out of their way to make our stay memorable.Read More
When a guest takes the time to write an email of 'thanks'... I feel immense pride in my team for their impeccably service in delivering the Hartford House experience. Here is one such email received from guests Stefan and Elzette.Read More
Hartford House, the fabled five-star boutique hotel set in the almost impossibly picturesque Giant’s Castle valley just outside Mooi River, has a reputation for warm hospitality and culinary excellence going back 140 years – to when it was the home of Sir Frederick Moor, the last prime minister of the Colony of Natal.Read More
I thought everything that had to be said about Wayne Coetzer’s prowess as a hotelier had been said, but this week the GM at The Oyster Box surpassed himself, even by his own lofty standards. Before I elaborate, let me put it into context.Read More
We are lucky to live where we do, in a boundless, unconquered world, where the plains roll away to the great skies beyond. There are those who will tell you there is no other place quite like it.
But we are equally fortunate in the people who came before us. Their footprints are everywhere at Hartford. The old manor house built by the family of the colony’s last Prime Minister, stands alone among the best homes of a splendid era. Built at a time when great wars were being waged by great nations for the spoils of our region, anybody who was anyone, knew the portals of this grand old dame.
Yet long before the intrusion of these well scripted events, an ancient people lived here in quiet serenity among the plants and animals of our kingdom, and they built their abodes with the materials of the neighbourhood.
These are the people that gave birth to Ezulweni, a reversion to the methods of old, and a sensual interpretation of the way things were. The juxtaposing of Hartford House with Ezulweni provides our travellers with an insight into our colonial past, and a glimpse of the imaginations of our Zulu craftsmen, whose creative hands are embedded in the finishes.
In so many ways, Hartford stands apart for its originality. Its architecture, views, dining, sounds, scents, its racehorses and its people, are all exhilarating surprises, unique to this Zululand, to this property, and to Africa.
Hartford has gained and regained from the cultures it celebrates. It is life’s exception.