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.

Suite 10 - Heliotrope

Originally known as the Garden suite, Heliotrope and its neighbour were the first attempt by our previously unskilled Zulus at building with bricks and mortar. A fine effort, we’re sure you’ll concede.

Appropriately, the suite takes its name from the Heliotrope flower, and a parallel connection with the first racehorse owned by Mick Goss and his family.

Originally selected by Mick’s late father, Bryan, shortly before his premature death in 1977, a one third share in the R900 purchase Heliotrope was the sum of Mick’s inheritance, though he did get the racing “disease” from his Dad and grandfather, Pat snr. Yet it was this modest horse that ignited the fire which burns so brightly in the subsequent history of Summerhill Stud, the multiple champion racehorse breeding establishment on the continent, and of course, in the distinguished story of Hartford, which was the subject of an exchange for the Goss family property in Hillcrest, just outside Durban, in 1990. 

A humble but game little racehorse, Heliotrope provided Mick and Cheryl with one of their most thrilling moments when he became a winner on only his second racecourse start, and this early success led to the Gosses acquiring their first race filly, Pagoda, the foundation mare in the Summerhill story

The furnishings in these suites are drawn from such diverse places as India and Morocco, while the teak flooring was part of the original dining room in the fabled Edward Hotel on Durban’s Golden Mile.

Bed Size
King Bed; Extra Length


  • Lounge with wood fireplace
  • Shower and Bath in Bathroom.
  • Under floor Heating throughout
  • Covered Veranda
  • Natural Carport
  • Complimentary tea and coffee making facilities
  • Fresh fruit and sherry in suite. Replenished Daily
  • Satellite Television with over 25 channels to choose from ( not flat screen- will be upgraded and amendment sent)
  • In-room CD/DVD players
  • Charlotte Rhys amenities, luxurious bathrobes and slippers
  • Housekeeping service twice daily including a full turn down service
  • Heated towel rails
  • Well stocked mini bar
  • In-room safe
  • Laundry Service provided

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