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.


The home of good conversation, spectacular dining and classic horses.

You can feel the passion at Hartford; any meal here reflects our obsession. We live in one of the planet’s great pantries, a world of rich soils, a wonderful climate and bountiful harvests. “In season” and local, are our keys.

Dinner at Hartford is a spectacular 6 course tasting menu, served in the grandeur of a timeless dining room, or in the candlelit splendour of one of Africa’s great verandahs. There might be nine other “Top Ten” restaurants in the nation, but only one claims the ambiance which accompanies Hartford’s history and award-winning gardens. And if you’re lucky enough to be with us on a weekend, the country’s number one dance troupe reminds us that Africa is the home of performing arts. Please join us for dinner from 6:30 pm for 7:00pm.

Breakfasts are celebrations of the creative spirit, individual masterpieces inspired by the genius of local producers and the fresh pickings of our kitchen garden.

Lunch is a festival of the senses, the colours, the scents and the lilting sounds of a place completely at peace with itself. Our lunch  menu is served on the Verandah from 12h00 to 14h00, Saturday and Sunday as either a 2 or 3 course from a variety of dishes.

All are welcome for breakfast, lunch, picnics, snacks and dinner.