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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Our bodies are our gardens - our wills are our gardeners.
— William Shakespeare

Emtonjeni Suite 12 at Hartford House

Hartford House Emtonjeni Suite 12
(Photos : Sally Chance)

Emtonjeni Suite 12

We are blessed on our farms with an abundance of water, with numerous underground springs spread across the length and breadth of the property. The word Emtonjeni means "at the springs" in Zulu, and this suite takes its name from its proximity to the swimming pool, and the springs. "The Springs" was also the name of the farm in East Griqualand on which Pat Goss snr founded his renowned racehorse breeding enterprise in the 1930's.

This suite fronts onto an old bathing pavilion (now the Wellness Centre), which dates back to the foundation of the Manor House, in 1875. The Moors, who were the first occupants of Hartford as we know it, initiated a habit of giving to each other, a plant or a piece of garden statuary or ornamentation on wedding anniversaries, and the bathing pavillion was one of the first of these. Since then, the Ellises and the Gosses have perpetuated this rather quaint habit, and most of what you see in the garden today came about as a result.

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"Hartford House"
By Candice Botha
House and Leisure - June 2012

Hartford House in KwaZulu-Natal is one of those rare places which has  it all - a picturesque setting, fabulous restaurant and beautifully  designed rooms. Situated on the Summerhill Stud Estate in Mooi RiverHartford House has won countless awards for both its accommodation and  food.

The restaurant is run by renowned Chef Jackie Cameron and the menu is  varied and interesting, taking advantage of the region's fresh produce.  Be assured that the meals are the kind which people remember for years.  Jackie's food presentation is particularly noteworthy with most dishes  looking far too good to destroy with a knife and fork but utterly  sublime when you do. Meals are served either out on the veranda  overlooking the estate's colourful gardens or inside the dining room of  the original homestead.

The original house is still home to three guest suites which boast  period details such as antique taps and light fixtures which many guests  find fascinating. Every suite in the hotel is unique and each boasts  details which will delight. Some suites look out onto the gardens and  swimming pool and four recently built eco suites are made entirely from  natural materials from the estate and its surrounds. The feel of these  suites is distinctly African and there can be no doubt of your location  in the world as you gaze out over the lake.

The Summerhill Estate is a destination on its own as the leading  racehorse breeder in South Africa. Guests are welcome and regular tours  of the Stud are conducted. Other activities include trout fishing - I  expect my divine trout lunch was freshly caught - and horse riding, bird  watching and spa treatments in the wellness centre. The Battlefields and Midlands Meander are also within easy reach and, so, a stay here  really should be for more than just one night. The restaurant also  welcomes guests who are not resident in the hotel for meals and a Sunday  outing to Hartford House for lunch is a rare treat.

For more information visit www.hartford.co.za or call 033-263-2713.