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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Shaun and Trish Pollock with champion chef Jackie Cameron / Leigh Willson (p)

Shaun and Trish Pollock with champion chef Jackie Cameron / Leigh Willson (p)

The "Pollys"

Hartford House is a popular haunt among sportsmen the world over, and it's magnet for those with a sense of history, with a taste of the culinary comforts, appreciation of good conversation, classic horses and fine wines. Yesterday, we hosted fourteen journalists from across the world, just as our ex-Proteas cricket captain, Shaun Pollock and his gorgeous wife Trish were departing us. We've all been watching Shaun, as the South African representative on the commentary panel at the Investec Test Series, which ended in triumph for the Proteas over England. How formidable a panel of commentators was this, with four ex English captains, Sir Ian Botham, David Gower, Mike Atherton and Nasser Hussein, and as good a cricketer as we've ever produced in Shaun Pollock, who looks not a day older than he did as our captain in 2003. That says something for the way he's been kept.

The "Pollys" are foodies in their own right, and thank heavens they ignored the advice of a close friend who suggested they might not be able to find a booking at Hartford in view of its popularity, since they'd left things a little late. It's true, Hartford is just about as popular as any venue in the country, particularly on weekends, but we generally have something available mid-week, and in this case, it was so. They were here to celebrate a special birthday (no telling, no packdrill), and Shaun is now winging his way back to England for the "one- dayers". He assures us we'll be able to cope with the Poms again in the shortened version, even without Jacques Kallis, whose home on a break. From Shaun's mouth Mr Captain, to God's ears!


BJ Botha / Keo (p)

BJ Botha / Keo (p)


This is not a rugby selector's statement; it comes from a hotelier. World Cup-winning Springbok tighthead prop,Brendan Botha and his lovely wife Tarryn, were back at Hartford again this week after his torrid Tri Nations tour to Australasia. In the peak of health, "BJ" assures us there are only a few small things wrong with the Springbok team at the moment, requiring a few "tweaks", and all will be well. Brendan and Tarryn are among a number of sporting fans of Hartford, including former Springbok rugby captains, Gary Teichmann and Francois Pienaar,coach Jake White, and former Proteas cricket captain, Shaun Pollock. Brendan also has the distinction of being an alumnus of that fine sporting institution, Durban High School, the most prolific school academy in the production of international cricketers in the world, though it has to be said, this man is a rare rugby Springbok.

Closer to home, we have a "horsey" weekend ahead with the greatest of the greatest, the Vodacom Durban July on Saturday, and "Racing's Greatest Day Out", the Summerhill Stallion Day, right here on the farm on Sunday. We'll be feeding close to 700 people from at least 14 different nations this weekend, and looking at Friday evening's guest list at Hartford, apart from the equine contingent, we have the return of one of television's most recognised personalities in Martin Locke, Isidingo's Carolyn Steyn and Vodacom man on the screen, Michael De Pinna, who will be entertained by Waterford's lyrical winemaker, Kevin Arnold. It takes all types to make up a race meeting!

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