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 5 - St Pauls

Named for St Paul’s Cathedral in London shortly after the Battle of Britain, the diminutive equine version, St Pauls, remains the smallest winner of Africa’s most famous horserace, the Durban July Handicap. He was the property of Pat Goss snr, grandfather of Mick Goss, whose family is the current custodian of Hartford House and its rich legacy. 

St Pauls remains etched in the memory of many South African racing fans, winning the 50th edition of this grand event in 1946 from the outside draw in record time, and his exploits lent impetus to the development by Pat Goss of his well known private breeding establishment at The Springs in East Griqualand. St Pauls was the first of several Durban July Handicap winners produced by the Goss and Ellis families (the latter the founder of a storied racing and breeding enterprise of the 40s, 50s and 60s), their involvement with Thoroughbreds dating back to the 1930’s.

Bed Size
King Bed


  • Shower and Bath in Bathroom
  • Air conditioner
  • Private Patio
  • Complimentary tea and coffee making facilities
  • Fresh fruit and sherry in suite. Replenished Daily
  • Satellite Television with over 25 channels to choose from
  • 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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