We know you love to be pampered, so Hartford has some cosy little Winter Specials at our wellness house. Please note that all our packages include a light lunch at the Tijnhuis but only from Wednesday through to Sunday. Should you wish to enjoy any of the packages on a Monday or Tuesday your 2-course lunch will then be served on the Hotel Main Verandah between 12h00 – 14h00.Read More
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"Just 12 kilometres from Mooi River - surrounded by farmland, the picturesque hills of the Midlands Meander and Summerhill Stud - is an award winning lakeside hotel called Hartford House, the ideal destination to celebrate special occasions." - Kavitha Pillay / The WitnessRead More
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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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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 River, Hartford 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.